Europe to Cape Town via west coast, May 2007
I'm traveling from Europe to Cape Town starting late May of this year. I hope to be in South Africa by early September. It's a less-than-ideal time frame considering the Saharan summer and West African rains, but unfortunately this is the only opportunity I'll have for some time. It's also short (three months), but I'm not wedded to the idea of getting all the way to Cape Town, although it would be nice.
I'll be doing the Atlantic Route- average temperatures for coastal cities is much lower than one might expect (low seventies), although the roads between them do stray from the coast and will likely be quite scorching. Also, the rainy season appears to stop dramatically as one approaches southern Cameroon / Gabon, south of which the worst roads of the route are located. The worst of the rains can be avoided by staying away from the coast as long as possible (although its still going to be pretty wet).
Is anyone else going to be out there around this time, that would want to share some mileage?
Does anyone who's been to these parts in June/July/Aug have any advice?