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When we started to think about this trip the question of the feasibility of such a journey came up immediatly.

  • What is the distance we will have to do? According to the GPS the air line distance is just 10.000 km.
  • How much time will we need? Are the six weeks yearly leave enough or do we have to plan for up to a year?
  • How much will the journey cost? Is Africa a bargain or do we have to sell part of our belongings?

Even if a lot of people do such journeys it is quite difficult to find answers to these questions. The infinite number of web pages of such journeys are most times increasing the longing for foreign countries by showing exciting reports and impressive pictures, but besides the duration of the trip one can't find a lot more relevant information. For carful planners and for our own curiosity we want to prepare an over all balance of the trip. Sorted according to the different visited countries we want to fill this page with the most important numbers during and after our big trip.

These are the balances we found so far:

  • 43.635 Rand (~4850 €) were spent by two Journalists of Getaway to drive a Landrover from Cape Town to Cairo
  • 82.800 Rand can be spent to participate in an organised trip "all inclusive" driving within 36 days from Cape Town to Cairo. This is exclusive the vehicle you want to use to drive up and the experience one gains by planning and doing the trip on your own.

After our journey we know how much our dream was, how far our bikes carried us and whether the planned duration of 4 month was realistic.
Here it is, our balance:

If you are in a rush you can find the total costs here.


South Africa

planned km
1700
driven km
1967
Duration of stay
6 days


Costs
Visa, Border
-
Petrol
105 €
Accommodation
135 €
Food
85 €
Other*
70 €
Communication
22 €
* Anschaffungen, Augrabis Falls National Park

Botswana

planned km
1785
driven km
2499
Duration of stay
11 days


Costs
Visa, Border
11 €
Petrol
83 €
Accommodation
109 €
Food
177 €
Other*
172 €
Communication
41 €
* Okavango scenic flight, Rhino Sanctuary, Tsodilo Hills, Kubu Island

 

Namibia

planned km
1700
driven km
498
Duration of stay
2 days


Costs
Visa, Border
14 €
Petrol
27 €
Accommodation
17 €
Food
29 €
Other*
7 €
Communication
8 €
* Shopping

Zambia

planned km
1273
driven km
1493
Duration of stay
6 days


Costs
Visa, Border
147 €**
Petrol
92 €
Accommodation
50 €
Food
73 €
Other*
50 €
Communication
17 €
* Shopping, Zambezi Ferry, Victoria Falls
** Yellow Card Insurance

 

Malawi

planned km
1060
driven km
1206
Duration of stay
7 days


Costs
Visa, Border
-
Petrol
63 €
Accommodation
34 €
Food
83 €
Other*
53 €
Communication
14 €
* Lizzard Island , Fish Farm, Rasta Hair, Shopping

Tanzania

planned km
2540
driven km
2623
Duration of stay
24 days


Costs
Visa, Border
33 €
Petrol
123 €
Accommodation
112 €
Food
217 €
Other*
713 €
Communication
20 €
* Zanzibar Ferry, Spice Tour, Hospital, Serengeti/Ngorogoro Safari

 

Rwanda

planned km
634
driven km
-
Duration of stay
-


Costs
Visa, Border
-
Petrol
-
Accommodation
-
Food
-
Entrance fees
-
Communication
-

Uganda

planned km
760
driven km
-
Duration of stay
-


Costs
Visa, Border
-
Petrol
-
Accommodation
-
Food
-
Entrance fees
-
Communication
-

 

Kenya

planned km
1400
driven km
3138
Duration of stay
25 days


Costs
Visa, Border
83 €
Petrol
113 €
Accommodation
145 €
Food
435 €
Entrance fees
141 €
Other*
104 €
Motorbikes**
429 €
Flights (Heidi + XR)
1057 €
* Shopping, Truck Transport, Museum, Giraffe Centre, Elephant Orphenage
** KTM Service, 1 Tyre, XR head bearing, XR Service!?

Ethiopia

planned km
2814
driven km
3420
Duration of stay
28 days


Costs
Visa, Border
105 €
Petrol
91 €
Accommodation
83 €
Food
158 €
Other*
196 €
Communication
24 €
* Shopping, Entrance Fees, Guids, Gifts

 

Sudan

planned km
1979
driven km
2425
Duration of stay
20 days


Costs
Visa, Border
81 €
Petrol
59 €
Accommodation
76 €
Food
119 €
Other*
36 €
Communication
16 €
Motorbike**
38 €
Ferry
129 €
* Shopping, Cinema, Merowe,
** Frame welding, 1 Tyre

Egypt

planned km
2170
driven km
2179
Duration of stay
21 days


Costs
Visa, Border
122 €
Petrol
19 €
Accommodation
30 €
Food
137 €
Other*
144€
Communication
19 €
Entrance Fees
58 €
Flights**
(Kay + KTM)
704 €
* Shopping, Taxi
** Cairo - Zürich

 

Libya

planned km
3050
driven km
-
Duration of stay
-


Costs
Visa, Border
-
Petrol
-
Accommodation
-
Food
-
Entrance fees
-
Communication
-

Tunisia

planned km
1210
driven km
-
Duration of stay
-


Costs
Visa, Border
-
Petrol
-
Accommodation
-
Food
-
Entrance fees
-
Ferry Tunis-Genua
-
Europe

planned km
700
driven km
331
Duration of stay
1 day


Costs
Visa, Border*
133 €
Petrol
15 €
Accommodation
-
Food
-
Entrance fees
-
Other**
56 €
* Versicherung für 4 Wochen
** Abwicklung Flughafen Zürich

Total

planned km
23.075
driven km
21.779
Duration of stay
5 months


Kosten
Visa, Borders
1065 €
Petrol
790 €
Accomodation
791 €
Food
1513 €
Communication
285 €
Motorbikes
467 €
Other
1604 €
Transport
1890 €

Total
8405 €

Here it is, the magic number we were curious to see ourselve.
That we spent more money than the GETAWAY team was surprising for a second. But we spent more time, drove a bigger distance and our balance includes the costs for the flights from Nairobi and Cairo to Zuerich.

Explanations:

- Not includet is the money we spent on the motorbikes and their preparation.
- The costs for visa and boarders include the two Carnet de Passage and all the obligatory insurances.
- Costs of accomodation were reasonable since we got many invitations by wonderful people . (Thank you so much Louis and family in Dar Es Salaam, Beate and Dirk in Addis Abeba und Mazen in Cairo!!!)
- Communication includes internet, telephone and mail.
- The money we spent on garages and extra tyres is summarized under motorbikes.
- Other cost are the entrance fees, safaries and important (clothes, engine oil) and less important shopping.

- The transport cost contain the flights and the expensive ferry from Aswan to Wadi Halfa.