Lome to Malabo Flight
Lome to Malabo Flight
Lome Togo West Africa
Saturday, May 26, 2007
Someday, I will make this trip, as of yesterday, it is again delayed, who knows when I will go this way…
I can fly from Lome, Togo to Malabo, Equatorial Guinea one way for about 125,000 CFA, this is about 250 US Dollars. Africa is a pain in the butt, the routes are not clean, mis-representation is rampant, and every person acts as though the trip is extremely dangerous.
People drive in countries where it is safe to drive, 95 percent of tourist in West Africa drive a car or motorcycle and many bike trips. It now is the only continent of the developing planet, the 80 percent majority of the planet where I am thinking about buying a motorcycle. It is like Europe, you need a van or motorcycle in Europe to avoid the tourist traps, here, you need one to drive to the great places where they have not eaten the animals of cut and burned the trees for firewood, plus avoid the aggressive taxi driver fights.
It is semi-amazing, I have now been in West Africa for about five months of my life, I have not sat in any major city in Africa and had tour companies offer to sell me tours of something in West Africa. I was remarking to my German friend, if a person here in Lome would put me in an Air Conditioned car and take me to see Hippos, I think I would pay between 100 and 300 US dollars to avoid the pain. In contrast, I think I will buy a motorcycle for 600 and just go myself.
Nigeria what a bad reputation this country has, it is the stone in the middle of the river of Africa. I am not so much afraid or worried about safety in Nigeria, I just do not like to listen to the continually scam offered, it is like listening to a use car salesman 24 hours per day, that you know 100 percent is selling a lie and junk.
Note, I have given up on miles, it is just ridiculous to talk in mile when only about 300 Million people do so…
Map of Route I will try to take, when I get around to it.
Itinerary West Africa, Planning Africa, West Africa Maps, Togo Maps, Togo,Lome to Malabo Flight
When you get to Ethiopia, Adam Katz has "A Budget Backpacker's Guide to Addis Ababa" from Feb. 2006. Seems worth a read, and has a map.
Geekeasy - A Budget Backpacker's Guide to Addis Ababa
I am an Irishman living in Douala. Since u made this trip, can u tell me the following:
1 Is Malabo worth the visit ?
2 Is it hard to cross Gabon and Congos borders ?
3. Is there actually anything in DCR worth seeing, or is it just the same old jungle, rubbish and chaos?
4. Was it expensive / safe / tedious ?