For many it is simply the Cape to Cairo route, but for others it is venturing truly off the beaten track. A general guide when planning a route is to research other overlander’s routes this will give you a good idea of what is achievable. If none are crossing an area or entering a specific country there is probably a very good reason why.
Choosing the route depends on
- Places of interest you wish to visit. Do your research
- Weather patterns which impact road closures or conditions make roads impassable specifically rain or snow conditions. Rainy or snowy seasons only become a real problem if it makes roads absolutely impassable.
- Border crossings open or closed. Not all countries that share a border have a border crossing open for travelers. Borders can be closed during coups, unrest and conflicts or disease outbreaks. When trying to cross from Uganda to Kenya the borders were blocked read our travelogue Uganda for more details. It is best to plan to be at border crossings early in the day. Our shortest border crossing was 10 minutes and our longest 3 days.
- Accessibility, bridges, landmines, roads, especially important in countries, which have known many years of war and conflict and the infrastructure has all but been destroyed. Generally larger vehicle are more limited when traveling through narrow streets, over narrow bridges, ledges, across pontoon ferries etc
- Access to fuel. Generally fuel is available in most major centers and towns. Issues also include power and the ability to pump the fuel in locations where there are frequent power failures.
- Degree of off-roading capabilities required. Just because the map show there is a road does not mean it is actually drivable.
- Ability to obtain visas. Angola is notoriously a difficult visa to obtain and there is no guarantee that one will be granted.
- Time permitted. Travel is slow in developing countries it can take days to cover a few kilometers.
- Budget do your research, know what your costs are expected to be.
- Flexibility, do you have the time and money to wait things out if necessary?
Africa Travels Across the Continent
- East Africa Overland Route 2005-6
Cape to Cairo is the main route for overlanders in Africa. We traveled through South Africa, Namibia, Zambia, Botswana, Malawi, Tanzania, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Jordan and Israel
- West Africa Overland Route 2007
From South Africa we traveled through to the Democratic Republic of Congo, through Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe and Botswana.
- West Africa Overland Route 2008
Leaving from Portugal we drove through Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria and Cameroon.
Rocky Mountains Calgary
Our plan is to travel from Prudhoe Bay, Alaska to Ushuaia, Argentina and back to Canada. We anticipate being on the road for over a year.
We have not yet finalized our route and at this point are not sure if Prudhoe Bay as our first stop or our last. Our route is dependent on when we leave Calgary, which is dependent on when we sell the house.
Alaska, Canada, USA, Mexico
Belize, Guatemala, El Salvador, Honduras, Costa Rica, Nicaragua, Panama