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Old 04-17-2008, 11:42 PM
 
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Anyone have experiences? If not those areas, anyone have experience for any part of the Cairo-Cape route?

In particular I'm interested in knowing ways of cheaply minimizing bus travel. Were there any parts of the continent you felt bus travel was more dangerous than your average Third World bus trip?

Thanks.
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Old 04-17-2008, 11:56 PM
 
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i am hearing some bad stuff re sudan. check with consulate b4 for making that one.
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:14 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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Oh man... Good luck, buddy.
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Old 04-18-2008, 07:21 AM
 
Location: Sweden
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Why do you want to go there?
Are you tired of living?
Why can´t you go to a safer part of Africa?
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:44 PM
 
Location: Tucson AZ & Leipzig, Germany
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I have traveled by bus all through the Americas, so that gives me some perspective in Third World bus travel. However even the most difficult places in Central or South America would seem quite secure, luxurious and tame, compared to the locations you mention.

I don't know if there is actually scheduled bus service in many of those places, but if I were to attempt a trip like you describe, I would go with these guys:

Overland journey between Cairo and Cape Town

Notice how they avoid Congo-Rwanda. That's too far out of the way on a trip from Cairo to the Cape. The also avoid the lawless disaster area in the horn of Africa (Somalia). Dragoman route avoids those places, but does go through Sudan and Ethiopia. Let us know what you decide to do, I'm curious how this turns out.
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Old 04-18-2008, 10:12 PM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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If you do go, please bring me back a snowglobe, t-shirt or something from Rwanda.
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Old 04-19-2008, 01:54 AM
 
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Why do you want to go there?
Are you tired of living?
Why can´t you go to a safer part of Africa?
I'm a young man. I've graduated and this is my last chance at the grand adventure. I have some travel experience (1 country, Haiti, is comparable in difficulty).

When you avoid lands where tourists don't go, you will find portals into experiences that are not even possible to imagine because it will be another world.

As a Swede, one of the most multi-cultural people, the lure of Africa should be tugging you too.




Thanks for the link.
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:05 AM
 
Location: Des Moines, IA
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As a Swede, one of the most multi-cultural people, the lure of Africa should be tugging you too.
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All joking aside, have you thought about looking into the Peace Corps or something like that if you really want to see this part of the world?
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Old 04-19-2008, 04:38 AM
 
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As a Swede, one of the most multi-cultural people, the lure of Africa should be tugging you too.
I would love to go to Africa too,but I have never felt the need to go on a vacation in a warzone.
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Old 04-19-2008, 05:26 AM
 
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El Rhino,

In a recent survey of dozens of country of their attitudes towards globalization, Sweden and Jordan were the only two countries where the majority agreed that immigrants were good for the country. Jordan is 66% Palestinian, the product of massive migration after Arab-Israeli wars so it is a given that they approve of immigration. So that makes Sweden the outlier of the world--somehow they still tolerate immigrants.

I've considered the Peace Corps but it doesn't fit my schedule. Over 2 years, working in one country. So it's also a terrible way to hardly travel.

I won't find snowglobes. But there will be wonderful crafts all along the way (and I don't mean touristy crafts, but real art--yes, there are places in the world still untouched by Chinese imports).

Guys,
I will avoid the warzones. Many of these places outside of warzones are quite safe. In places like Eritrea, robbery is practically unheard of.
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