The Achievable Dream 5-part series - the definitive guide on DVD for planning your motorcycle adventure. Get Ready! covers planning, paperwork, medical and many other topics! "Inspirational and Awesome!" See the trailer here!
Gear Up! is a 2-DVD set, 6 hours! Which bike is right for me? How do I prepare the bike? What stuff do I need - riding gear, clothing, camping gear, first aid kit, tires, maps and GPS? What don't I need? How do I pack it all in? Lots of opinions from over 150 travellers! "This DVD will save you a fortune!"See the trailer here!
So you've done it - got inspired, planned your trip, packed your stuff and you're on the road! This section is about staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure. And crossing borders, war zones or oceans!
On the Road! is 5.5 hours of the tips and advice you need to cross borders, break down language barriers, overcome culture shock, ship the bike and deal with breakdowns and emergencies."Just makes me want to pack up and go!" See the trailer here!
Tire Changing!Grant demystifies the black art of Tire Changing and Repair to help you STAY on the road! "Very informative and practical." See the trailer here!
Ladies on the Loose! For the first time ever, a motorcycle travel DVD made for women, by women! These intrepid women share their tips to help you plan your own motorcycle adventure. They also answer the women-only questions, and entertain you with amazing tales from the road! Presented by Lois Pryce, veteran solo traveller through South America and Africa and author of 'Lois on the Loose', and 'Red Tape and White Knuckles.'
"It has me all fired up to go out on my own adventure!" See the trailer here!
We're not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown a hobby into a full time job and a labour of love.
When you decide to become a Member, it helps directly support the site. You get additional privileges on the HUBB, access to the Members Private Store, and more to come as we roll out new systems. Of course, you get our sincere thanks, good karma and knowing you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. :-)
Travel BooksMotorcycle and travel books to inspire and inform you!
DVDs - Watch and Learn!
Horizons Unlimited presents!
Achievable Dream The definitive guide to planning your motorcycle adventure! This insanely ambitious 2-year project has produced an informative and entertaining 5-part, 18 hour DVD series. "The ultimate round the world rider's how-to DVD!" MCN UK.
Collectors Box SetAll 5 DVDs with a custom printed slip case. "The series is 'free' because the tips and advice will save much more than you spend on buying the DVD's."
Advertisers- Horizons Unlimited is well-established as the first source of reliable, unbiased information on all aspects of motorcycle travel.
We reach a dedicated, worldwide group of real travellers, and are the only website focusing exclusively on long distance motorcycle travellers.
If you sell motorcycles or motorcycle accessories, riding gear, camping equipment and clothing, transport motorcycles, organize motorcycle tours, or have motorcycles to rent, you should be advertising with us!
As a group of 9 volonteers we want to deliver 4 cars (1 Toyota Pick Up and 3 Peugeot Partner) to 'Medecins sans Frontières' in Ethiopia. We plan a trip from Belgium to Addis Abeba in dec/jan (3 weeks) this year. We would like to travel via Egypt Sudan Ethiopia and come back by plane.
- how do we get from Europe (Greece,Italy, France,....) to Egypt?
- Can we drive from Aswan to Abou Simbel and to Wadi Halfa
- How to cross the border from Sudan to Ethiopia
- Any help and info is welcome
[This message has been edited by Kortrijk Afrika (edited 19 August 2003).]
Q1) any way pretty much, Europe is pretty flexible, possibly France, Italy - ferry to Greece, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia. Another route, Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Turkey, Syria, Jordan, Egypt, etc, alternatively there may be a ferry across from Greece to Egypt. There is supposed to be a service from Greece to Israel but may be difficult going that way, if the Egyptians for example realise you came through Israel I think they might refuse you entry but not sure.
Q2) No you can't drive from Aswan to Wadi Halfi, you have to get a ferry. There is supposed to be a passenger ferry that runs regularly but you have to get the barge to get the vehicles down, this can be expensive, may be $2000 for the four vehicles, not sure. Its also irregular so you can end up stuck there for 3 weeks waiting for it to get down. Heard one account where the only way of contacting the barge was via the radio on the passenger ferry. So twice a week the traveller went onto the passenger ferry for the coupl eof hours it was in and tried to arrange for the barge to come down. He did this for 3 weeks before it arrived just sitting around in the mean time. There is no open land border. Another alternative may be Saudi - they may give you a three day transit visa to drive down to Jeddah to ge tteh ferry to Saukin in Sudan. However there have been some terrorist incidents against westerners in Saudi and so you a) may not want to go or b) the Saudis may not be issuing visas, you would need to check.
Q3) You just drive, forget the name of the border but its very easy, its about 1 1/2 days drive from Khartoum, then you start climbing from the border and wind all the way up to Gondar. Really nice on the way up. Just need to check the weather for the time of year you are going. I think they have flooding up there and its a mountainous route that could possibly get blocked quite easily. They are in the process of building a good route up with the help of the Chinese but its not in place yet and instead you wind up on tracks next to the new road.
You might be able to get into Sudan between the boarders of Egypt and Sudan by Port Sudan on the coast.Have heard of trucks going through there.
The boarder between Sudan and Ethiopia is called Gallabat / Metema,
You will have to sleep at the Imigration office at the boarder post,it is safe and secure,
We did the route through Europe/Middle East in June 99. Syrian visa is easy to get in Turkey, Jordan at the border Egypt in Al Aquaba. Get the ferry from Aquaba to Egypt so you don't need to bother with the 5 hour border crossing via Israel.
My best advise for this route since you are short of time is get as many visa's before you leave AND DON'T LEAVE HOME WITHOUT A VISA FOR SUDAN. the embassy in Cairo is not that helpful and it takes about 6 weeks. All visas are processed in Khartoum and needed 11 passport photo's with a South African PP.
If you can't get a visa you can ship the car to Djibouti from Aquaba and fly with Ethipian Airline or Yemenia to collect in Djibouti.
There is a ferry from Suez to Port Sudan via Jedah but you can't even board it without a visa for Saudi (even if you don't get off the boat). The Saudi Embassy in Amman (Jordan) will not issue visas to non muslims and definitely not during the Haj.
The ferry info (Egypt/Sudan) is spot on but I must add that even with a Carnet Eqypt is an expensive place to get through - about USD300 taxes.
Hi - I'm doing a similar trip down thru Egypt, Sudan and Ethiopia and then into Kenya - What I've found though is that getting from Greece into Alexandria doesn't seem possible - I think that you can ship your car from Pireaus in Greece to Alexandria but then you'll have to go separately on a plane - very costly affair - an alternative would be to go from Genoa (or Marseille) to Tunisia. From there you can then get to Egypt via Libya which isn't as hard as you'd imagine to drive thru....
as for crossing into Sudan from Egypt, as of mid-September the Red Sea route to Port Sudan is still closed (even though there are rumours this might open soon) - the only feasible way of crossing this border is with the car ferry at Aswan to Wadi Halfa - the journey is approx 48 hours....
Finally we will ship the cars from Antwerp to Port Said and fly to Egypt and pick up the cars there. We know it is not the cheapest way, we are neither Scottisch nor Dutch ;-),but it allows us to spent 4-5 days more on the African continent.
Now that summer is here, get On the Road! Take 30% off the Achievable Dream - On the Road! 2-DVD set until August 31 only.
Our veteran travellers share their tips (and great stories) for staying healthy, happy and secure on your motorcycle adventure.
"A fantastic, informative and inspirational DVD."
"It's brilliant - thank you very much!"
Check it out at the HU Store! Remember to use Coupon Code 'ONTHEROAD' on your order when you checkout.
What others say about HU...
"I just wanted to say thanks for doing this and sharing so much with the rest of us." Dave, USA
"Your website is a mecca of valuable information and the DVD series is informative, entertaining, and inspiring! The new look of the website is very impressive, updated and catchy. Thank you so very much!" Jennifer, Canada
"...Great site. Keep up the good work." Murray and Carmen, Australia
"We just finished a 7 month 22,000+ mile scouting trip from Alaska to the bottom of Chile and I can't tell you how many times we referred to your site for help. From how to adjust your valves, to where to stay in the back country of Peru. Horizons Unlimited was a key player in our success. Motorcycle enthusiasts from around the world are in debt to your services." Alaska Riders
10th Annual HU Travellers Photo Contest is on now! This is an opportunity for YOU to show us your best photos and win prizes!
Global Rescue is the premier provider of medical, security and evacuation services worldwide and is the only company that will come to you, wherever you are, and evacuate you to your home hospital of choice. Additionally, Global Rescue places no restrictions on country of citizenship - all nationalities are eligible to sign-up!
Horizons Unlimited is not a big multi-national company, just two people who love motorcycle travel and have grown what started as a hobby in 1997 into a full time job (usually 8-10 hours per day and 7 days a week) and a labour of love. To keep it going and a roof over our heads, we run events (22 this year!); we sell inspirational and informative DVDs; we have a few selected advertisers; and we make a small amount from memberships.
You don't have to be a Member to come to an HU meeting, access the website, the HUBB or
to receive the e-zine. What you get for your membership contribution is our sincere gratitude, good karma and
knowing that you're helping to keep the motorcycle travel dream alive. Contributing Members and Gold Members do get additional features on the HUBB. Here's a list of all the Member benefits on the HUBB.