Replies: 9 - Last Post: Aug 4, 2013 11:14 PM Last Post By: xeffie
Jun 8, 2013 1:24 PM
Maybe Africa?I have some thoughts about cycling in Africa this coming autumn and winter. Would like some feedback from those who have gone there before.
I'll be free to travel from late September and can be gone until mid March or so. One reason for me going to Africa at this time is that a friend need a bit of computer help in Guinea Bissau around X-mas time.
My thoughts are to cycle in Morocco in October then fly to Senegal and cycle there in November and then to Guinea Bissau for December and a bit of January, then fly to Tanzania to cycle there and Rwanda/Uganda.
Any thoughts on this?
Is it reasonably doable to fly with a bike in Africa?
Are inter-Africa flights very expensive?
I am well traveled and have done five cycle trips in Asia the last few years. Not at all looking to go with a group. Swedish passport.
Jun 9, 2013 7:18 AM
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4Check out the mountainarea of the Fouta Djallon in Guinea-Conacry:
Fresh climate, beautifull scenery, many rivers and waterfalls. Mango-harvest in march.... :)
In Dalaba you can visit the house of Miriam Makeba, the villa of former president Sekou Toure and the old townhall. Don't miss a day trip to the spectacular Chute de Ditin.
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Jun 30, 2013 2:39 PM
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Aug 4, 2013 11:14 PM
9For what it's worth.... I cycled from Barcelona down to Banjul about a year and a half ago... and the Morocco-Western Sahara-Mauritania portion was a highlight of the trip. Definitely some long hard days through the desert.. but also some amazing scenery, and on the whole it was much more relaxed that Senegal. I found Senegal (at least the northern part) to be a bit more hectic and much more (negatively) affected by tourism than the rest of the trip. And Morocco was great too - amazing food!. But I guess it depends what you're looking for out of your trip!
On flying.... when we were looking into it, inter-African flights tended to be quite expensive. Not at all like the cheap inter-Europe flights you can get. We flew out of Banjul with bikes and it was so easy (Brussels Airlines). We literally rode to the airport, turned the handlebars sideways, took off the peddles and the seat, and handed the bikes to the baggage checkers. The bikes arrived on the other side intact and on time.
Whatever you choose, have a great trip!
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