Solo Female - Cape town to Cairo overland
I'd love to travel from Cape Town to Cairo overland. I'd prefer to travel via public transportation.
-How feasible is this idea?
-Have any of you done it?
-Where can I find additional information on this type of journey?
Thanks for your responses. Yeah - I have heard a lot of people suggest that I go on a package tour. Not quite my style, though. I travel alone out of preference rather than necessity. I tend to travel *very slowly* and like to be a bit more independent - I think I might go crazy on a long tour
I'm glad to hear that E. Africa shouldn't be a problem -- but what about Southern Africa??
The reason I did some of it with an overland group (Africa Travel Company was my choice, tho most are pretty much the same) is in some countries public transport doesn't go to areas that are interesting to travelers (think desert in Namibia) and there are a few things that one can't really do solo just showing up because the permits are super annoying- most notable of these is gorilla trekking if you're interested in that (though if you make it to Kampala you can arrange things from there). The rest is certainly doable via public transport.
Also as others have noted just keep an eye on the situation because things can change for sure, don't skimp on cab fares when solo at night, and general "don't be stupid" type things that apply to solo women travelers.
I am wondering... for the most part, do you think that the public transport is best done by train?? I recall that in Egypt the trains are quite good, but I don't remember it as a real option in Sudan. How are the trains in the rest of Africa? I met a Kenyan girl at a party this weekend, and we got on to talking about this trip. She said that I'd be able to take trains from South Africa to Kenya - but she's never done it and doesn't know anyone who has....
I personally would check out the the organised tours, there are many companies out there, some cover the young party crowd so you need to be selective if you are a serious traveler.
We traveled for 6 weeks from Cape Town to Nairobi with Africa in Focus, my husband and I were the only couple the rest were singles age range late twenties to early seventies. We were a group of 6 although the truck carried 16 if it was full.
In addition to this we bought into a weeks trip to the Masai Mara, which was amazing, there were three of us one of the ladies from our previous trip joined us.
We then spent 6 weeks in Watamu in Kenya a town on the coast with a christian conservation group called La Roche. We were located right on the beach a wonderful place and met some great people.
Many locals in Africa rely totally on the mini buses that travel the roads very inexpensively.
You'll need to do quite a bit of research for your trip and get the funds in place, cash is king in Africa and don't expect to see ATMs everywhere, some don't work and others if you can find them don't always accept your cards. Take several cards as back up, on all our trips we have had cards which have stopped working. A money belt is essential.
We traveled in remote areas and camped in the bush which is very different to staying in the cities.
Best of luck
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