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Boat from Gabon to South Africa? Or Senegal to South Africa?
Posted March 20th, 2013 - 12:31 pm by from Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Permalink)
Hi there, I'm thinking on how to go to South Africa without taking a plane. Do you think it's possible to take a boat from gabon to south africa or namibia, or from ghana or Senegal?

Thanks !
Cath

Posted March 20th, 2013 - 4:11 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted March 20th, 2013 - 4:28 pm by from Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Permalink)
It's more than reluctance, it's that I'm convinced deeply that the travel worth it, and that you have to travel slowly if u want to really connect. Flying to uganda from belgium is like walking in the mountains and arrive at the middle spot without walking until there.

But I know that finding a boat from some western country like Senegal of Ghana to Gabon or South Africa will be really difficult. That's why I wanted to have opinions, experiences from others !

Thanks anyway for your answer !

Posted May 1st, 2013 - 12:56 pm by from Palo Alto, United States (Permalink)
I am currently traveling overland in West Africa. I started in Senegal and am in Guinea, heading for Sierra Leone on 4 May. It is hard work. East Africa is much much easier.

Posted May 1st, 2013 - 2:02 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
that excatly true,

east african much more easy, but you would not feel so much adventourious as you are now in West africa,.. let say west african is quiet difficult, but its worthed if you have adventurious feeling.

no surprise I alwasy say to my friend who met in East african country that they're living in good place and plenty of tourists. I didnt feel in africa when I crossed into east Africa, I decided to comeback home to istanbul from Nairobi last month.

I didnt cross to sierra loene, but I visited Guinea, really fantastic landscape scenery in Guinea and after I crossed to mali, at that time I arrived the border in afternoon, the police didnt allow me to cross, there was no choice, I had to sleep at the border though.

, Sierra leone Visa was 100USD for me, I can't do that

Posted March 21st, 2013 - 3:32 am by from Qingdao, China (Permalink)
I've done some traveling in both East and West Africa and lived in Gabon. My experiences, for the most part, were very positive with the exception of my time in Gabon. I think this is the only country I've been to that I really found little to speak positively about. Senegal and Ghana I liked a lot, but I would avoid Gabon.

Posted March 21st, 2013 - 7:54 am by from Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Permalink)
Oh, that's uncommon, I've heard a lot of good about Gabon. Why didn't you like it?

Posted March 21st, 2013 - 8:13 am by from Qingdao, China (Permalink)
My experiences in the six other African countries I've been to were great - warm, friendly, hospitable people, but Gabon was just the opposite. And on top of that there's a very wealthy elite that makes things very expensive in Gabon. Libreville, where I lived, is one of the most expensive cities in the world to live in and unless you have a LOT of money, there's not a lot to really do there. Even if you have a lot of money there's not a lot to do there.

Posted March 21st, 2013 - 8:20 am by from Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Permalink)
Ok thanks for the warning ! What about the rest of the country? Is there something worth to see?

If u lived in Libreville maybe you can help with this question : do you know if there is a way to do some boat hitchinking to go to South Africa?

Posted March 21st, 2013 - 8:35 am by from Qingdao, China (Permalink)
I sincerely doubt it (boat hitch-hiking). Gabon just isn't that kind of country.

I think that there are a LOT of amazing things to see in Gabon, but it's doubtful that you will be able to. The natural world there, I've heard, is amazing and they have species that are hard to see in other parts of Africa. But it's just really difficult to organize and pay anyone to help you see things. It's hard to explain, but getting things done there is just really hard. I'm a science teacher who takes an interest in all varieties of plants and animals, but I saw almost none of this in my seven months there. In other countries in Africa, you will always find people who for economic or just friendly reasons want to help you do things, but Gabon just doesn't work that way.

Posted March 21st, 2013 - 8:43 am by from Ottignies-Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium (Permalink)
Ok thanks ! I'll reconsider to go there :). Did you go to Ghana during your time in Africa?
I'm sorry if I ask a lot of questions !

Posted March 21st, 2013 - 8:52 am by from Qingdao, China (Permalink)
I went to Ghana in 2003, so it's been a while. But I really enjoyed myself there. It's not for everybody, but if you don't mind a bit of rough traveling, you'll be rewarded with great experiences. The people are great and you can have really fun there, mostly because the people and cultures are so fascinating. In my time there I found myself having conversations about politics and world events that were superior to what I could expect back home. I like it too that Ghanaians are so proud and at ease with themselves.

Posted March 21st, 2013 - 3:40 pm from Camden, United States
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Posted May 1st, 2013 - 12:53 pm by from Palo Alto, United States (Permalink)
Hi, why avoid Gabon? I am traveling overland from Senegal (am currently in Guinea), would like to know about your experience. I have been in Africa since October 2011, but there is always... ALWAYS more to learn. Thanks. Emmyht

Posted May 1st, 2013 - 2:05 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
east african much more easy, but you would not feel so much adventourious as you are now in West africa,.. let say west african is quiet difficult, but its worthed if you have adventurious feeling.

no surprise I alwasy say to my friend who met in East african country that they're living in good place and plenty of tourists. I didnt feel in africa when I crossed into east Africa, I decided to comeback home to istanbul from Nairobi last month.

I didnt cross to sierra loene, but I visited Guinea, really fantastic landscape scenery in Guinea and after I crossed to mali, at that time I arrived the border in afternoon, the police didnt allow me to cross, there was no choice, I had to sleep at the border though.

Posted May 2nd, 2013 - 1:41 am by from Qingdao, China (Permalink)
OOOooh, Guinea! We were there two years ago. And Senegal. Great people, beautiful country, but no, I don't want mayonnaise in my coffee, thanks. (Just remembered that as I'm drinking my coffee!)

Gabon is the only country in Africa I don't like. If I were a millionaire I could have seen the forests and animals. But I like Africa for its people, first, and the people in Gabon made it clear they don't like me. Fortunately, I didn't have to take it personally because all of the Togolese, Nigerians, Malians, Cameroonians, and Ghanaians had the same experiences.

I would avoid Gabon. It's extremely expensive and not at all worth it.