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Traveling Egypt to Morroco via coast line of North Africa

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1. Posted by isikiss (Budding Member 3 posts) 8y

Hello I am organising my big backpack travelling mission from Egypt to Morocco via along the coast line of North Africa

Thease are countires i need to across :

Egypt
Libya
Tunisia
Algeria
Morocco

I don't have much information about north africa and I cound find much. this is my first time oversea backpack travel.
If you can answer some of the following things would be really appreciated

- Crossing borders
- Transport
- Safety
- Things to watch out
- Time require

Language is another barrier. I looked up and those country speak Arabic mostly. I am going to learn basic Arabic at least alphabet side before the trip. I am not sure whether it will really help.

Thanks in advance

Ian

2. Posted by theallans (Budding Member 30 posts) 8y

I dont know if you can go that way, the border between algeria and morocco is touchy to say the least...If your trip is in the very near future...Keep an eye on the situation in Algeria.Aid workers for the UN were bombed the other day..the web page to watch is reuters alertnet, it will keep you posted better than regular news...lp's phrase book is excellent. I have sworn by it for many years, and if you don't pronounce something right,its written in arabic as well,so you can at least point at it...providing the person is literate...Good luck,and please let me know if it is possible,we too would love to make that journey...but Algeria is unfortunately the clincher still...

3. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 8y

Two things:
1. The border Morocco/Algeria is closed (at least for travellers?).
2. Individual travel in Libya is still not possible, you need to arrange your visa and some short tour with a organisation.

Transport won't be a big problem, safety in Algeria will be like theallans said.

If you only travel along the coastline, I think about 5-6 weeks will be more than enough, assuming that you will travel across Algeria as fast as possible. You are missing a lot of desert fun though, so maybe try to book a tour in Libya to the desert as you will have to book something before arriving in Libya and without it no visa!

MIchael

4. Posted by cosing (Budding Member 4 posts) 8y

check it dude... might have some info for ya!

http://www.hobotraveler.com/de3howtotravelfrommoroccotoegyptoverland.php

best of luck!

5. Posted by vanessa (Travel Guru 257 posts) 8y

North Africa - they all speak French at very good level. It could be much easier for you then studying Arabic.
Also Arabic is different in all these countries.
I know that Algeria-Tunisia have very good relations, so probably border-crossing would be not a big problem. There are buses running between Alg & Tunisia. As I know, the situation in Algeria is really bad now, check yourself before you go, and be ready to change your path.
Tunisia is well-traveled, also by Europeans. Europe is connected not only by regular flights, but also but ferry.
In Egypt they speak a little this- a little that , many of languages, but at very basic level. About Libya I don’t know anything, sorry
P.S. PPL were right there – u miss the desert and it’s pity (also in Morocco it’s great). I wasn’t in Morocco, but collected some basic info for future trip. The most lovely looks Marakesh and desert experience. In Egypt – there are pyramids, Cairo and The Red Sea indeed. Red Sea (and desert again) is amazing, pity if you miss it.
Good luck!
vanessa

6. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 8y

http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=34258
http://www.travellerspoint.com/forum.cfm?thread=43036