About 8 months ago, my buddy (who was working in Dar es Salaam at the time) and I talked about doing a one-month trip to the East African game parks and Kilimanjaro when he's done with his contract. Slowly but surely, our East African Safari turned into an epic trans-continent road trip, and perhaps beyond if time and money allows.
We bought our own vehicle - a 1998 Toyota Prado 4WD - in Dar Es Salaam. Our current itinerary is to go from Dar es Salaam to Cape Town, then up the east coast of Africa to Cairo. If time and money allows it, we would like to make it to Istanbul. If we still have any will to travel by that time, we are going to make a right turn and head into central Asia, with Kathmandu being the ultimate destination. At this stage I would say our chances of making it to Kathmandu is worst than a 1-outter on the turn, but I would never say never.
I flew into Dar es Salaam on June 8th, planned to start our road trips 2 weeks later but major car problems (cracked pistons) delayed our trip by 2 weeks. We didn't end up leaving Dar until the 1st week of July. In the 3 weeks or so since I've been on the road, we've made it thru Southern Tanzania and most of Malawi. I'm currently sitting my hotel room in Zomba, Malawi, getting our car packed and documents ready for Mozambique tommorrow. It is going to be a rough couple of days as we are planning on crossing the Tete Corridor from Malawi thru Mozambique into Zimbabwe. 2 African border crossing in 2 days, should be fun.
Our highlights thus far:
- The Southern Highlands in Tanzania: never the focal point of Tanzanian travel literature (Kilimanjaro and the Northern game parks are way more famous) but it is surprisingly lush and scenic.
- Lake Malawi: We spent the last 2 weeks chilling so hard on lakeshore towns in the Northern, Western, and Southern shore of the Lake. So beautiful and peaceful
- Tanzanian traffic police (we've gave quite a few 'gifts' already to officials)
- Border Crossing (hopefully this gets better)
Feel free to ask any questions you have about the countries I have visited, countries I plan to visit or life on the road in Africa in general. I'll try to update this thread and my travel blog
whenever internet permits and maybe even get some hands in when the connection is stable.
Here is a picture of the beast that will carry us across Africa.
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