|What follows is a detailed version of our intended route. Of course, things being as they are in Africa, we may have to amend our intention as we find some areas or roads inaccessible, or as we find unexpected new places to visit.
We depart Johannesburg for Cape Agulhas (Africa's southernmost point) and Cape Town. From there we head north via the South African west coast and Bushmanland to Upington and Augrabies Falls, before entering Namibia at Nakop. We will visit the Fish River Canyon and maybe other tourist spots (Luderitz) before making for the Namibian capital Windhoek.
From Windhoek we will head east to Botswana, entering at Buitepos. We then travel via Ghanzi to Maun, where we will take a side trip into the Okavango swamps for a mokoro safari. After the Okavango we will head north through Chobe and enter Zambia at Kazangula.
We will visit Victoria Falls before making for the capital Lusaka, after which we continue eastwards via Chipata. We may visit the South Luangwa National Park before continuing east to Malawi. From the capital Lilongwe we will head north to Nkhata Bay on Lake Malawi, and then follow the lakeshore southwards. In the south of the country we will visit Zomba and climb Mount Mulanje, after which we will enter the far northern part of Mozambique, entering at Mandimba.
From there we will continue northwards into Tanzania, making first for the capital Dar es Salaam. From Dar es Salaam we head inland to visit Serengeti and Ngorogoro, before climbing Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa's highest mountain. After Kilimanjaro we head back to Dar es Salaam and the coast and an excursion to Zanzibar and maybe Pemba island (not the same as Pemba in Mozambique).
We then continue to follow the coast northwards, entering Kenya at Lunga Lunga. Next stop will be the Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and a trip further north along the coast to Kilifi and Malindi for more diving. Then we will head back to Mombasa and inland to the capital Nairobi. From Nairobi we intend to visit the Rift Valley and Turkana region, and we may visit Uganda. Then we will return to Nairobi before heading north. After an excursion to Mount Kenya we continue northwards on the notorious Trans East African Highway to Ethiopia, entering at Moyale.
In Ethiopia we will continue northwards to the capital Addis Ababa. In Ethiopia we intend to explore the highlands and antiquities sites, before making for Sudan by whichever route is currently favoured.
In Sudan we will take the most direct route to the capital Khartoum, on the confluence of the White and Blue Niles. We then follow the river Nile northwards to Wadi Halfa, where we will load the car onto a ferry on Lake Nasser, headed for Aswan in Egypt.
From Aswan we will continue to follow the Nile to Cairo. After Cairo we intend to follow the African Mediterranean coastline through Libya, Tunisia (including Africa's northernmost point at Cap Blanc), Algeria, and Morocco.
We then end the African leg of the journey by crossing to Europe at Gibraltar, and then making for London by the quickest route through Spain and France, intending to arrive in London in the new year.
|Countries on the proposed Zebra Safari route:
- South Africa
- United Kingdom