Capetown to Europe
After having travelled around the world a fair amount, I have decided that it is time for a real adventure. I am ditching dodgy buses, and opting for independence in a challenging environment: riding in Africa.
I am planning a trip from Capetown to Europe (don't know where yet -- either Sweden or France) early next year. I have been doing quite a bit of research, on this great site, on travelogues, in guidebooks, and in Chris Scott's adventure motorcycling handbook, all of them making me want to this trip even more.
I was thinking of taking the East route, hoping that I will be able to get a visa for Sudan, and thinking that it is probably a little more reasonable than going West for my first motorcycling adventure.
I have a few questions:
I want to buy a bike (well two since I am going with a friend) in Capetown. I have a rather small budget (I'm a student), and I am pretty open minded as to what i'd be getting, as long it is reliable and can carry me and my bags. Any problems/recommendations? What should I expect to pay?
Any visa issues?
Anything I should really see?
I am an avid hiker, and East Africa seems to have some awesome trails. Any recommendations?