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Old 05-01-2010, 07:54 AM   #1
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Africa overland: Europe to Cape Town via east coast

Afrikou 2009

we've just returned back from Europe to Cape Town overland tour and I would like to give you few updates on what to watch out. Mainly visas, problematic areas, must see places etc.

- From Czech Republic (5th Oct 2009)
- Finish Cape Town (29th Jan 2010)
- Bikes: BMW Xchallenge (modified) and BMW 1150 GS
- 24000 km
- 116 day
- besides few punches no technical problems



gpx track is available on demand

Here are basic info from each country:

Syria (click for pix)
- visas needed in advance
- CARNET is required (but customes call it "triptich")
- border fee 20 USD
- time spent on borders 2h in and 1h out
- people are friendly and helpfull, but driving like crazy - watch out!
- Aleppo and Crac de Chevalier is worthy to see
- hostels are about 6USD person and night
- petrol available, about 1USD per liter, only cash payment

Jordan
- visas available on the borders
- CARNET is required
- border fee 50 USD including insurance
- time spent on borders 1h in and 1h out
- Dead see is interesting, Petra must see, Damaskus is ok
- no camps available, hostels are about 15 USD person and night
- petrol available, about 1USD per liter, only cash payment

See short video from Middle East

Egypt
- visas needed in advance
- CARNET is required
- border fee is 170 USD (...crazy)
- time spent on borders 5h in and almost a day out (because police, customs, traffic and port are 10km from each other! In T4A are the coordinates...)
- only way to Sudan is via ferry from Asuan
- passenger ferry goes every Monday (sometimes not)
- cargo ferry should go every Tuesday (sometimes earlier)
- ferry fee per person and bike is aprox. 60 USD
- on the ferry go to the upper deck to the captain's board
- watch your space, or you will be squeezed like a lemon
- it is nice to follow river Nile and but also see Western desert
- no camps available, hostels are about 6 USD person and night
- petrol available, about 30 cents per liter, only cash payment

Sudan
- visas needed in advance
- Sudan grant visa only for 30 days from issueing! You can get them in Cairo, but it takes time. Better it to arrange them from your country...
- the famous Wadi Halfa - Dongola sandy piste is gone - now there is brand new tar road up Chartoum
- petrol you can get in Dongola, 400 km after Wadi Halfa, make sure you have also water with you
- than petrol is available, about 60 cents per liter, only cash payment
- border fee is about 100 USD (on top of visa fee)
- no camps available, hostels are about 6 USD person and night
- Sudaneese are nice people

See short video from Egypt & Sudan

Ethiopia
- visas needed in advance
- CARNET is required
- border fee is 0,-
- you MUST SEE the Simien mountains!!!
- you can go tar road, but nicer is going north to mountains where are dusty gravel roads
- no camps available, hostels are about 6 USD person and night
- petrol available around tar roads, about 1USD per liter, only cash payment
- money exchange only street black dealers

Kenya
- visas available at the borders at 50 USD (Moyale)
- the famous "Moyale piste" split into two days: 1/ to Marsabit - first 120km from Moyale is ok, next 100km are big stones and deep rails, last 30 is ok, 2/ to Isiolo is better but a lot of corrogation - if you have GS 1200 go breakes to cool down the susspesion!
- in Nairobi go to famous Joungle Junction camp - European standard! and it is hubb for adv. travellers
- the roads west from Nairobi towards Victoria lake are in very bad conditions with big pot wholes, so even with bike you go slowly...

Rest countries will come soon:-)
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