Originally Posted by Steven vdb
What could be a possible way to cross northern Africa by public transport? Anybody with experience in this? Advices?
I've been up and down that route several times and have met many independent travellers (mostly European) who were doing exactly what you want to do, only in reverse though...
Your biggest headache will be visa's, as most of the time you have to visit the capital city of the country to get a visa for the next one - which is time consuming, but part of the adventure of traversing Africa...
Quite a few people I met were Hitch-hiking - as they were irritated with sitting on the back of trucks/trains/matatus etc...
As for an adventurous route, I suggest:
DRC (Lubumbashi to Kinshasa)
CAR (if there is enough flow in the Congo River, take a ferry upstream to Bumba - 2 to 3 weeks, then pirogue across the border and truck to Bangui)
As for public transport, the most difficult will be DRC and Mauritania.
The rest - do what the locals do - hitch a ride with a truck (they do it with livestock!)
In Capital cities, try hook up with Couchsurfers - who are only too happy to share everything with you...
I hope you speak some French.