cooking gas availability in africa?
Replies: 7 - Last Post: Apr 18, 2013 3:57 PM Last Post By: JuVaGe
Sep 19, 2012 2:04 AM
cooking gas availability in africa?Hi all,
I'm planning a backpacking trip in Africa (starting in Morocco, making my way roughly along the Atlantic coast, safety situation permitting).
My question is, are camping gas canisters (butane / propane) commonly available in Africa? And is it commonly possible to dispose of the canisters in an environmentally responsible way (I kinda fear the answer to this question :-P )? I won't be cooking every day, but I do want something that allows me to be self sufficient. I prefer gas over liquid fuel due to familiarity and safety concerns.
Thanks for any advice you can give me :-)
Sep 20, 2012 6:36 AM
1Bump! Surely someone must know how common butane-propane canisters are in Africa?
Sep 20, 2012 9:38 AM
Sep 20, 2012 10:47 AM
3Okay, like I said I'll be starting in Morocco, and then the first few months would be occupied with west african countries (Mauritania, Senegal, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast if it's safe enough, and eastwards to Cameroon if possible).
I'm not looking for specific stores or anything, more of a general idea of whether people in Africa even use the stuff. If I can find (and preferably also properly dispose of) a canister every other week or so, that's fine. If I go somewhere in Europe, I know I'll be able to buy gas canisters in pretty much every decently sized town, but if gas canisters are pretty rare in (Western) Africa, I might have to switch to liquid fuel.
Edited by: bartjeej
Sep 24, 2012 9:08 AM
I have cycled through West Africa (please see countries on my blog www.entegatochfietsen.waarbenjij.nu.) In most countries I have found the gas canisters (piercable) in the larger city's of a country.
If you receive more information about the availability of those canisters in Eastern Africa, please let me know because I am currently planning a cycling trip along Eastern Africa. So therefore I have the same question...
Regarding the environmentally friendliness I have to disappoint you...
Sep 25, 2012 8:05 AM
Thanks for your advice =) did you also see threaded / resealable canisters, or only the piercable type?
Looks like you had an awesome trip! Should I find myself with money and motivation to spare, I'd like to go all the way to SA too...
From this thread
I got the impression that, at least in Kenya, it should be possible to find gas canisters, although you might have to search a bit. Have a good East Africa trip!
Sep 25, 2012 12:39 PM
Think it won't be such a big problem indeed to find the gas canisters in Eastern Africa. I'll do some additional checks for confirmation.
Since I was primarily looking for the piercable, I am not sure anymore. I believe that most of the times they had the other types as well, though the piercable were the most common I believe....
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