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Seeing Africa by Road- Nairobi to Cape Town


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In today's NYT.

 

A 4,250-mile, 16-day trip through six countries with five

children and four hardheaded adults. What could go wrong?

 

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Cool read! Mad trip though!

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Two months still wouldn't be enough.

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Interesting. Perhaps rather rash and clearly a huge challenge but they made it. The report suggests that if/when they go back they will take time to go to the National Parks. So they have realised that they missed a lot. New safari goers in the making.

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For how to do it "right" read this epic 9 month trip by a retired South African doctor and his wife. Their detailed preparation posts, daily dispatches etc make for fascinating reading.

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The trick is not to plan too much. Have the flexibility to do things not in the guide books or what others have done. Too many people take to the highways in a rush when there are many interesting alternate routes and adventures available.

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I know of several groups who have taken a year or more to traverse Africa.

 

Currently I am following (on Instagram) a guy who is doing it alone. If you are interested, look up "Theroadchoseme".

 

What I have never been able to understand is:

1) How do they manage to amass enough funds to do it, and

2) How does one return to a normal life after an amazing experience like that?

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What I have never been able to understand is:

1) How do they manage to amass enough funds to do it, and

2) How does one return to a normal life after an amazing experience like that?

 

I did it several times between 1996 and 2002. Each time at least 6 - 11 months. The last couple times I had the opportunity to include managing a photographic safari camp. The funds issue was easily controllable back then. Everything was so much less inexpensive.

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