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Old 1 Mar 2018
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Originally Posted by Walkabout View Post
This seems to me to be a reality check on developments within Africa.

The EU is about to bring their own increased efforts to this party which can only stir the pot to achieve an increase in the geopolitical temperature.
Uh-boy. Yeah, this will be quite the pot stirring in that part of Africa. Thank you for the article. I'll keep my eyes on the situation and have to make an informed decision when I start getting further into Africa.

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Originally Posted by schenkel View Post
I travelled this route back in 2013/14 but the opposite direction.
I think you can still fly your bike from Khartoum to Aljunaynah. Ride from there to adre, Abeche and all the way to Ndjamena. Head south to Mondou and cross the border to Cameroon. Ride all the way to Mamfe and cross the border to Nigeria. Ride through Nigeria and into Benin and enter Togo. head up north in Togo to Dapaong and enter Burkina. Find your way through Burkina and enter Mali through Koro and through Bankas to Mopti. Now you are in the Dogon Land (Nice to spend time there walking through the mountains). Ride from there to Bamako. go up north and enter Mauri and head west all the way to Nouakchott and the rest is easy all the way up to Morocco. this route was very safe back then and I don't know how it is like now (If you go it please, please update!). Hope you have a safe and wonderful ride.
Holy moly, this is very helpful Schenkel! Great to know others have down this before. And thank you so much for your route, that is incredibly helpful. I'm gonna explore this on the map and will most likely be bugging your for further information.

Thank you!
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Disclaimer: This is a "I know a guy who did something like this" post. He enjoyed his trip, but it's literally sample size 1.

In 2016 I met a Japanese bicyclist who did something similar in the first half of the year, except the other way around and a little more south.

He started in Morocco and pretty much followed the coast until Benin. There he headed north to Ouagadougou, Niamey, Jaunde. Now here's where it gets interesting, he went into CAR to Bangui, then into DRC via Lisala and Isiro.

If you made it til here you should make til Uganda too.

It is possible, it has been done in recent times. Keep in mind however that the security situation can change rapidly and this particular bicyclist had a very different approach to personal safety than I do; he went on to Goma and south to Lubumbashi which was pretty much a no go zone then as it is now.

TL;DR: It seems possible, I wouldn't do it in this year.
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Originally Posted by Wanderlost Moto View Post
Hey everyone,

I should be getting into South Africa late 2018/early 2019 and plan on riding up the eastern coast of Africa to Ethiopia. What I would like to do, but am unsure if it’s possible, is to get to Morocco so I can then make the hop into Spain. This idea is proving to be particularly complicated.

Is there any route that has been traveled by travelers in recent years east to west(or vice versa) across Northern Africa? Seems as though if I go up into Egypt there’s no foreigners allowed into Libya/Algeria. From what I read no foreigners have been allowed to travel across Chad/Niger? What about heading through Sudan to Central African Republic to Cameroon? Or do I need to go even further south through Uganda and the DRC?

Would it be possible to freight my bike on a truck through any of the northern countries(Libya, Chad, Niger, etc) and travel independently? I don’t like that idea but am trying to weigh my options. Would it be possible to fly my bike and myself over to west Africa?

Or have I already answered my own question and should plan on heading north through Egypt to the Mediterranean/Europe?

Hoping this is possible but not surprised if it isn’t.


Hi there - I am also looking into the route between Nairobi and Cairo (via Ethiopia/ Eritrea/ Sudan). Have you heard of any good routes or border crossings? Any advice at all would be much appreciated.
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