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11. Posted by BlondSuzie (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

Hi all,
My friend and I are currently planning a trip down through Europe and Africa stopping off to do volunteer work in Namibia and Swaziland and then going across to Sout America. We are trying to use public transport rther than planes where we can (well for all if possible) but are seeing some problems with this. Firstly, if you cross from Europe (somewhere) to Egypt and then boat it to Djibouti (Eritre-Ethiopia border closed), then travel through Ethiopia to Kenya to Tanzania to Zambia to Namibia then across South Africa to Swaziland and then down to Cape Town - is this bonkers? Are we being completely naive that this can be done in a shortish length of time and not cost the earth?? And also not be stupidly dangerous. Neither of us have travelled much before and so need as much help and advice as we can get. If this would take a silly amount of time and be dangerous we are considering more use of boats or possibly an internal flight in Africa. Please can anyone advise?? Also, would we need to meticulously plan all our buses, trains etc or sort it as we are going?

The comments on this post so far are really helpful - thanks x x

12. Posted by tripple3 (Budding Member 3 posts) 7y

hello i will be watching this post as the info so far has been great... i am doing the same trip solo in nov 09 but will be starting in egypt and going south from there... i know from nairobi it will be plain sailing as im sure there is a well trodden tourist trail in many directions going south..... going to be meeting a family member in malawi so will have transport sorted to cape town from there...

malawi into zambia then zimbabwe west into botswana continue to namibia then down to cape town...............

my problem is sudan and ethiopia will be watching the situations in those countrys but will prob be going though them none the less....

but pack light, keep a good head on your shoulders and you should be fine.... ive been to many "unsafe" countrys and never had to much problems..


13. Posted by wouterrr (Travel Guru 3379 posts) 7y

Hi there. Have been driving from Holland to Gambia with my car. What I noticed that its quite a hassle to to find public transport in western Sahara and Mauritania. I don't think I have seen any buses or taxis. So you really need to find people that also go in the direction you want to go and then hitch hike. But what the hell, that is probably even a better experience. It sounds like a freaking awesome trip, I hope i get to make it myself one time too. All the best and keep us updated;).

14. Posted by 11Dan11 (Inactive 1 posts) 7y

Hey guys i would like to know if they are any over land tours that leave from the UK and go to Cape town? Any websites, phone numbers, suggestions?

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