These are MY “Africa’s best & worst” stuff after 438 days on the road…
After my little ride through Africa in 438 days and about 32,000km always riding my cool Vespa (OK – OK I also took some trucks and some 4X4), I collected some interesting facts and I’d like to share them with you. So take a small taste and stay tuned for the next post with all the data from my trip (petrol, food, accommodation and other costs)!
On the road for: 438 days
Countries visited: 19 (Italy, Morocco, Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho)
Favorite country: D.R.Congo
Least favorite country: S.Africa
Most beautiful country: Lesotho
Distance covered on the Vespa: 32,000 km
Average distance covered per day: 73 km
Average fuel consumption: 3.315 lt/100km
Petrol I used: 1,060.8 lt
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Longest / most difficult border crossing: Mauritania – Senegal (5 hours)
Quickest / easiest border crossing: Namibia – South Africa (5 minutes)
Longest visa application: Nigeria (took me a week in Ouagadougou)
Quickest visa application: for the 2 Congos (within few hours in Lome)
Most expensive visa: D.R.C. (2 months for 124 € / 2 months extension 147 €)
Cheapest visa: Benin (11 €)
Most expensive petrol: D.R.C. (3.78 €/lt but only in 1-2 very remote villages – in the rest of the country 1.61 €/lt)
Cheapest petrol: Nigeria (0.58 €/lt)
Most expensive sleep: Nigeria (13.8 € in a hotel)
Cheapest sleep: Togo & Namibia (1.4 € in campsites)
Most expensive meal: 15.15 € (Republic of Congo)
Cheapest meal: 0.15 € (Burkina Faso)
Most expensive product: yellow cheese 82€/kg (Burkina Faso)
Cheapest product: bananas 0.05€ per piece (D.R.Congo)
Worst meal: the thing that they call fufu or nsima or pap or bukarhi no matter if it comes with the best meat or fish (to be honest I’ve missed it a bit), and also the hundreds kilos of rice with tomato sauce that I’ve eaten!
Best meal: sandwich with fried bananas in Bamako
Worst bread: Ghana (it’s something like toast bread but it’s sweet)
Best bread: Morocco (simply the best bread I’ve ever eaten)
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Worst roads: D.R.C.
Best roads: Morocco
Vespa troubles: dead pick-up after 120,000km (Cameroon), 2 sets of clutch disks burnt (one in each Congo), broken speed cable (South Africa)
Punctures: 1 (Mali)
Got ill: 0
Times robbed: 0
Bribes / fines: 0
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