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I am planing to cycle from Scotland to South Africa for charity in 2012. I am wondering if it is possible to cycle  from Tunisia to Capetown in less than 6 mouth? If so. What route would i take? I hope somone can help.
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Re: Needing help. Am planning a trip from Scotland to South Africa.
« Reply #1 on: August 20, 2010, 11:15:50 PM »
Anything is possible. It will be hard though. At the moment its pretty hard to get a visa for Libya unless you have a lot of money and can pay a tourist company. So your only option is to go through Algeria. I have no idea what the situation is like there at the moment but I imagine it is pretty hot unless you go along the coast and then down the west coast of Africa to Cape Town.. but I don't think that would be much fun in 6 months!!

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Re: Needing help. Am planning a trip from Scotland to South Africa.
« Reply #2 on: August 29, 2010, 03:08:08 PM »
The Algeria-Morocco border is closed, so from Tunesia it is hard to get to West Africa. There is a very challenging road through the center of the Sahara, that very few cyclists have ever done. I think it runs south through Algeria into Niger. They usually pull a special trailer full with water.
Coming from Scotland, the most common way would be down Spain into Morocco, then down the west side of Africa. Half a year sounds really quick, you will have a lot of visa hassles, there are so many countries in west Africa! Right now I am staying with friends in Wales who cycled London to Cape Town in 2 years, 30,000km.
If you want to be really fast you could join the Cairo to Cape Town Race. They do it in about 100 days. http://www.africa-ata.org/sports3.htm
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Re: Needing help. Am planning a trip from Scotland to South Africa.
« Reply #3 on: August 30, 2010, 05:06:28 AM »
Hi Steve,

I'm currently researching a similar trip. From Tunisia is almost impossible, the visa's for Libya and Algeria are almost impossible to get for a solo cyclist and I get the impression that you dont want to be in south Algeria by yourself (unless you want to get famous on youtube with a black hood on for your beheading :o).

You have to pretty much choose if you want to go down the east or the west of the continent. i.e via Morocco or Egypt. But 6 months is very ambitious, I would recommmend taking more time and enjoying it, or as peter said join in with the Tour de afrique and be done in 100 days.  I plan to take 12-18 months for the same trip.

In the mean time here are some links which may be of help:

http://takeonafrica.com/  Helen Lloyd's solo trip through africa.
http://www.thebigafricacycle.com/ Peter Gostelow's solo trip through africa.
http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hubb/sahara-travel-forum/ Motorcycle forum for africa which has alot of usefull tips which are also relevant to cyclists.
http://www.shanecycles.com/ and of course my own website, I'll be cycling in Uganda early next year, then the big trip will start sometime in 2012. I hope before that time to have alot of useful info/links on my site about africa mainly for my own use but also for others....

Good luck and have fun ;D

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« Reply #4 on: August 30, 2010, 12:13:03 PM »
i think quite some people on motorbikes make it through the central Sahara.
What I understand South Algeria is quite ok now, with the road being almost all paved till the border.
But northern Niger seems to be a bigger problem. Motorbikes and cars have to drive in convoys there.
I am sure that I read a story once from a cyclists who crossed on this road, but I can't find it.
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Re: Needing help. Am planning a trip from Scotland to South Africa.
« Reply #5 on: August 30, 2010, 12:34:00 PM »
The problem in the Algerian Sahara is not the desert or the road(its all aspalt now) but al qaida, they are very active in the south, or at least sympathisers are,and they're more than happy to grab a tourist and sell them to the Al qaida.

With a motorbike you can speed on and be gone. On a bike if an idiot see's you they can pick you up 3 days later on the same road.....

Bummer really, My dream was to cycle straight through the sahara thorough Algeria, I'm going to play it safe and go through the western sahara/Morocco.

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Re: Needing help. Am planning a trip from Scotland to South Africa.
« Reply #6 on: September 15, 2010, 08:01:50 PM »
I did a 3 years trip around Africa. Down west side and Up east side. Morroco is quite well in Sahara for ride. I will not recomend you Algeria.
West coast is harder (visas, conflicts...) than East side.
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« Reply #7 on: September 16, 2010, 03:58:46 AM »
Riaan Manser cycled around the coast of Africa. From all 33 countries he liked the people in Algeria most.
I think Algeria is the Iran of Africa. Most people are afraid to go there, but in reality the people are the friendliest.
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Re: Needing help. Am planning a trip from Scotland to South Africa.
« Reply #8 on: September 16, 2010, 10:58:56 PM »
Probably Peter are right. I said Algeria will be difficult to go in, and because is not taken you to anywhere if you want to ride Africa. But if someone says is like Iran I should affirm: GO FOR IT!!!!!
After more than 6 years touring the world i can affirm that if  some country has bad TV reputation (like Afghanistan or Iraq) people living there are probably the best.
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