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Bicycle Touring in Africa

Dino Angelici

I am interested in any information about bicycle touring in Africa. Specifically, which countries are safe, which may not be, and why. Recommendations for good sources of information are welcome.

Also of interest is access to money, how much money to carry, and perhaps how to legally protect it when touring. Areas where a tourist might become a target of thieves and how to avoid this scenario are also of interest. Thanks.

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2 weeks ago
Jean-Marc StrydomTo Dino Angelici

If you are on FB you can have a look at the Southern Africa Bicycle Touring, Bikepacking & Hosting group.  My wife and I have also done a few tours through South Africa and our journals are here on CycleBlaze:

Tiny step 2: A week in the Karoo
Tiny step 1: A mini tour from McGregor
The tenth step ... SISA Episode II
The ninth step ... Somewhere in South Africa
The second step ... a booze cruise that is actually a dry run


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2 weeks ago
Jean-Marc StrydomTo Jean-Marc Strydom

With regards to carrying money, in South Africa plastic is acceptable almost everywhere, even for very small purchases.  I seldom have more than the equivalent of ten US dollars cash in my wallet at any time.

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2 weeks ago
Dino AngeliciTo Jean-Marc Strydom

Thank-you! I will definitely check all of those references out!

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2 weeks ago
Dino AngeliciTo Jean-Marc Strydom

This is also most definitely appreciated advice, from experience. Many thanks!

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2 weeks ago
Mike AylingTo Dino Angelici

Click on journals tab/location/Africa

Kim Johnson rode north from South Africa.

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2 weeks ago
Dino AngeliciTo Mike Ayling

Thank-you Mike. I'll definitely read this journal.

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2 weeks ago
Suzanne GibsonTo Dino Angelici

Try finding Peter Gostelow in the Internet. He is one of the most experienced Africa cyclists I know of. I follow him on Facebook. Currently he is cycling in Saudi Arabia. 

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2 weeks ago
Dino AngeliciTo Suzanne Gibson

Found him! Thanks so much, Suzanne.

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2 weeks ago
Rachel and Patrick HugensTo Dino Angelici

Hi Dino,

In 2015 we rode from Nairobi to Capetown staying more west first through Uganda then south toward Malawi and west through Botswana and Namibia then to Capetown South Afica. ( In 1994 we cycled Capetown to Nairobi staying more in East Africa). Africa Map

What is your timeframe? How long do you plan to travel in Africa? 

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