Traveling Africa: Backpack, Motorbike or 4WD?

One of the logistics issues Charlie and I have come across in planning our Africa adventure is: how do we get around? We know we want to travel independent – no multi-country group tours for us – but how that’ll happen is still left to be decided.

Here are our options:

4WD

Mercedes G500 {ExpeditionPortal.com}
Mercedes G500…a bit out of our price range… {ExpeditionPortal.com}

The ideal option is renting or buying a 4WD somewhere in South Africa: driving ourselves would give us the ultimate freedom to go wherever we want, whenever we want. It would also mean a good chance of recovering most if not all of the money we put into the purchase when we sell it.

But even so, an expensive purchase could be enough of a dent in our budget to cost us precious traveling time. Not to mention the stress of purchasing practically sight unseen. And what if we couldn’t sell it afterwards? Renting would ease that worry, but renting can add up in costs as well, and often comes with limitations. Continue reading Traveling Africa: Backpack, Motorbike or 4WD?

Next Adventure: Africa!!

It’s true!!

More family weddings means Poland again this summer. But you know where Poland is? In Europe. And you know where Europe is? Pretty damn close to Asia and Africa and the Middle East that’s where.

Yup, Charlie and I are less than T- ½ YEAR to AFRICA, which roughly translates to more or less 160 days until I achieve one of my biggest life dreams. True story.

We got the library books. We started the savings fund. We pored over maps and contemplated all the adventures we could possibly have. We weighed those against our excitement quota,  narrowed it down based on safety, money and time, and then ordered our own books to mark up and pore over in detail.

Well, the guidebooks are here and the planning starts NOW!! I’ll have more details, like our Itinerary-To-Be, closer to the date, so stay tuned. Till then, EXCITED!!

Have any of you been to Africa? Thoughts? Recommendations? Advice? Let me know below!