MY CAPE TO CAIRO PLANNED TRIP

History claims that Cecil John Rhodes had a dream of connecting the entire African continent through a single railway which would run from Cairo in Egypt to the then Cape Colony in Cape Town. I woke up today with a thought that I have an opportunity to do what Mr. Rhodes could never do and that is travel from Cape Town to Cairo, Egypt using public transportation. Ok, it might not be a railway journey like he had envisioned, but using public transportation will give me more freedom and freedom is the most important part of every holiday.

For the past couple of months I’ve been planning to go backpacking through South America  but today I woke up feeling like I can’t go exploring another continent without fully exploring my own. So, I’m changing my plans to backpacking from Cape town, South Africa to Cairo, Egypt next year February. This is a route I’ve always planned on taking, but for some reason i had this fantasy of doing it with my future husband, but soon realised that life is too short to wait around for something I have no certainty of. Therefore, I’m taking a leap of faith and doing this alone!

The famous Cape to Cairo route today stretches through 10 African countries. It passes through deserts, great lakes and mighty rivers, alongside the beautiful Indian Ocean and over African Savannah. I plan to include 7 more countries, just to get the full experience of traveling through Africa.

So, my planned route will start in Cape Town, obviously 😀, then off to visit a couple of my friends in

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NAMIBIA 

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BOTSWANA 

ZIMBABWE 

MOZAMBIQUE 

MALAWI 

ZAMBIA 

Angola

CONGO

BURUNDI 

TANZANIA 

RWANDA

UGANDA 

KENYA 

ETHIOPIA 

SUDAN 

EGYPT 

Ethiopia and Sudan I’m told are a little more dangerous to travel through than any of the other countries on the route. I believe this route is a true adventure because it winds through what is widely considered to be the world’s last frontier, Africa. Lake Malawi, Victoria Falls, the Okavango river, the great Nile river, the Serengeti and the Chobe river which are some of the world's famous attractions that I’ll get to explore on this route.

So I have a month  and a half to plan this trip, but I’m excited because the first 6 countries I’m familiar with from previous excursions. But overall, this is super exciting 😀

Gladys M. Semenya Comment