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Question Anyway to get a ferry from Benin

Ha anyone taken a ferry from Togo, Benin, or Ghana to a point south of Nigeria? Probably by the time we are there, the problems and strikes will have sorted themselves out, but it is better to have alternative plans just in case. What is the fastest time in which anyone has crossed Nigeria. It is 518 miles across the coastline. Allowing for checkpoints, bad roads, heavy traffic and goats, is 3 days unreasonable?
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Hi,

If you can travel Nigeria as it has it's own beauty and some very interesting people. 3 Days is not unreasonable as far as travelling time is concerned.

As for the Ferry, the safest option is to send anything from Ghana to Camaroun. I am not aware of any Ferry running the Benin, Togo route to Cameroun. There are what we call "Fly boats that travel from Nigeria to Limbe in Cameroun daily but they are so far South that you might as well travel through Nigeria. The other plus is that you can stop off in Limbe, Cameroun and at least go up Mount Buya (Spelling??) and look at the only active vulcano in this part of Africa.

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thanks Frank. I did receive some messages from another site from people who live in Nigeria. Most of them state that what we hear on the t.v. and read in the papers is so blown out of proportion that it is ridiculous. I guess we won't really worry about ferry travel and will just be on our best alert mode while going through there. Thanks again. We break in the new machine this summer vacation with a short 6,000 mile ride in the states. I get 2 1/2/ months vacation each summer and winter, so use that to gain more experience with the new equipment. take care.

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Hi Joe
I am happy on your decision.
If you pass trough Ibadan you are welcome for a and italian food...just drop me a line and will send you the coordinates to arrive at my place.
safe ridings
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thanks Frank. I did receive some messages from another site from people who live in Nigeria. Most of them state that what we hear on the t.v. and read in the papers is so blown out of proportion that it is ridiculous. I guess we won't really worry about ferry travel and will just be on our best alert mode while going through there. Thanks again. We break in the new machine this summer vacation with a short 6,000 mile ride in the states. I get 2 1/2/ months vacation each summer and winter, so use that to gain more experience with the new equipment. take care.

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Hi Alessandro,

well, you make it sound while not entirely safe, at least no worse than other places I have been. my email is the same as my posting. hindu1936@gmail.com. stayin touch, and when we get to Nigeria, we will look you up. Thanks again for soothing the nervous nelly shakes.
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When were you thinking of going through Nigeria, my reason for asking is that we will most likely be going through there in August of this year. We are in Ghana at the moment and will travel on from here.

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We won't be there for more than a year depending on whether I can get a replacement installed so I can retire 6 months early. Please, by all means, keep us posted on your progress through Ghana, Nigeria and so forth. Let us know, if it is not too much of a hassle, what difficulties you encounter with the current anti-american attitude, bribery, gasoline and food. and the good things you see and do also. this is supposed to be for us a fulfillment of a dream and not a tortuous period of trial before being admitted to the afterlife. we want to do things, see things, eat (things?) that we have not done before. sure, there is risk, but a practical level of caution should prevent some while allowing the sights, smells, tastes, to still saturate the senses.

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