Africa: The cost of the trip

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my expenses in africa


Many of you, are asking me how do I finance my trip and where do I find the money to pay for my accommodation, the petrol and the food that I need. People think that in order to do such a big trip you need to be a millionaire. Big mistake! Not only I’m not a millionaire but at the time I took the decision to start this adventure I was actually unemployed, with literally no money in my pockets.

So how is it possible?

First of all, I sold all the small and unnecessary things I had (a bicycle, my old mobile phone, some motorcycle cloths and accessories and another motorcycle I had – an Aprilia rs250). Then I was very lucky and I finally took a scholarship from my technical school after a five years delay (!) and some money as severance pay, all thanks to my…beloved government. But the most important of all is that I try to keep all of my expenses in a very low level! Usually, I prefer to sleep in my tent, I always travel in low speeds so my scooter consumes less petrol, I try to have only the absolutely necessary things with me and be as lightweight as possible (I’m not the best in this part but I’m working on it!) and most of the time, I cook my own food on a petrol stove avoiding all the fancy restaurants. So here are all the money that I spent and all of my expenses for the 438 days I had been traveling through Africa.

Days on the road: 438

Days spent in one place: 273 (62.34%)

Days on the road: 165 (37.66%)

Africa cost

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)

Africa cost

Number of days in each country

South Africa: 84 (19.19%)

Democratic Republic of Congo: 79 (18.05%)

Zambia: 30 (6.84%)

Namibia: 30 (6.84%)

Morocco: 26 (5.93%)

Mali: 23 (5.25%)

Burkina Faso: 22 (5.02%)

Cameroon: 20 (4.56%)

Republic of Congo: 18 (4.11%)

Ghana: 18 (4.11%)

Senegal: 17 (3.88%)

Botswana: 15 (3.42%)

Mauritania: 12 (2.73%)

Togo: 11 (2.51%)

Nigeria: 10 (2.28%)

Italy: 8 (1.82%)

Western Sahara: 8 (1.82%)

Lesoto: 5 (1.14%)

Benin: 2 (0.45%)

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Total distance traveled: 34,310km

Average distance covered per day: 73km

Average fuel consumption: 3.315 liters / 100km

Petrol I used: 1,061 liters

Africa cost

790km (2.3%) on ships

1,520km (4.4%) on trucks

32,000km (93.4%) on the Vespa from which:

  • 25,450km on paved roads (79,53%)
  • 6,550km on dirt roads (20,47%)

Africa cost


Campsites (in my own tent): 145 nights (33,11%)

Wild camping: 102 nights (23,31%)

Guest in friends’ houses: 73 nights (16,66%) 65 nights (14,85%)

Hotels: 37 nights (8,45%)

Trucks: 13 nights (2,96%)

Ships: 3 nights (0,69%)

Africa cost

Average accommodation cost

Africa cost

Campsites: 4,48€ / night

Hotels: 6,38€ / night


Visa cost

* inside the parenthesis I write the name of the city where I bought the visa

Democratic Republic of Congo: 124€ (in Lome)

Nigeria: 112€ (in Ouagadougou)

Republic of Congo: 105€ (in Lome)

Cameroon: 90€ (in Abuja)

Senegal: 52.5€ (online)

Togo: 52€ (in Accra)

Ghana: 45€ (in Bamako)

Namibia: 40€ (in Lusaka)

Zambia: 40€ (in Lubumbashi)

Burkina Faso: 35€ (in Bamako)

Mauritania: 30€ (in Kenitra)

Mali: 16€ (in Nouakchott)

Benin: 11€ (in Accra)

Total: 752.5€


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The total of my expenses

So here is the total. Every single day of this trip I keep detailed notes of all the money that I spend, the exact amount of petrol I buy and all the information that I think that may be useful.

In the «supermarket» category I put all the supplies I buy from the supermarkets and small markets, and which are not cooked and ready for consumption (when talking for food). For example if I stop in a supermarket and buy a burger with chips and a juice, this will automatically go to the «food» category where I place all the money I spend in restaurants or for street food.

Petrol: 1,268€ (23.09%)

Supermarket: 1,164€ (21.23%)

Accommodation: 886€ (16.15%)

Food (restaurants, street food): 786€ (14.32%)

VISA: 753€ (13.71%)

Various: 212€ (3.86%)

Insurances, tolls, etc: 190€ (3.46%)

Spare parts, oil, etc: 128€ (2.33%)

Sightseeing: 104€ (1.89%)

Africa cost

5,491€ in total or 12.53€ per day!


p.s. I cannot forget and I feel that I have to mention the help I got from all my sponsors, Drift, ELPA, Reevu, Planetsim and SBIA before and during the trip. Of course the help that I also got from many of you individually. I want to thank all of you guys! Without your help this amazing adventure would be just another dream!

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We (Stergios & Alexandra) are traveling around the world 2-up on a Vespa scooter. For 2.5 years we were in Africa & South America and very soon we'll be back on the road. Our book "Rice and Dirt" is now available.

20 Comments on “Africa: The cost of the trip”

  1. Καλή χρονιά Χρήστο κι ευχαριστώ πολύ για το σχόλιο!
    Έχουμε και όλα τα έξοδα της Νότιας Αμερικής (αναλυτικά) αλλά ψάχνουμε λίγο χρόνο για να τα ανεβάσουμε κι αυτά.
    Καλά ταξίδια!

  2. Στέργιο μπράβο ρε φίλε. Αναλυτικότατος και επεξηγηματικός οσο δεν πάει.Λύνεις όλες τις απορείες για όλους μας, απο επίδοξους μελοντικους ταξιδευτές, μέχρι και απλούς παρατηρητές της ιστορίας σου και όλα αυτά για πάνω απο ενα χρόνο!! και πάλι μπράβο σου.

    keep riding…

  3. ΧΑΧΑΧΑ, δεν είμαι έτσι ακριβώς όπως με φαντάζεσαι…
    Κι εγώ μια απ’ τα ίδια με ‘σενα είμαι νομίζω, απλά επειδή ήθελα να μοιραστώ όλες τις πτυχές του ταξιδιού (και μια απ’ αυτές ήταν και το οικονομικό), αναγκάστηκα να βγάλω τεφτέρι και να τα γράφω όλα!
    Όσο για τη μνήμη μου, όσοι με ξέρουν προσωπικά και διαβάσουν το σχόλιό σου, νομίζω πως θα γέλασαν αρκετά!

  4. πάντως ρε Στέργιο πρέπει να είσαι από τους πιο τακτικούς ανθρώπους !
    Αν είναι δυνατόν !
    Προσωπικά κάνω μια διαδρομή από Αθήνα – Ιερή πόλη Μεσολογγίου τα τελευταία 15 χρόνια με μοτοσυκλέτα και ποτέ δεν κατάφερα να συγκρατήσω κόστος διοδίων – βενζίνης!!!
    Υ.Γ.δεν μου περισσεύουν αλλά δεν έχω μυαλό – είμαι ακατάστατος – βαριέμαι;;;

    Σε ζηλεύω για τη μνήμη σου!

    1. Να’σαι καλά! Δεν τα κακολογώ μωρέ, απλά λέω τα πράγματα με τ’όνομά τους! ΧΑΧΑΧΑ!

  5. Καρντάση καλή συνέχεια. Σε παρακολουθώ απ΄τη πρώτη μέρα βλέποντας και απολαμβάνοντας τα βιντεάκια σου. Να είσαι γερός και δυνατός να μας <<ταξιδεύεις>> καβάλα και εμάς στην ΡΧ σου(είμαι και εγώ ευτυχής κάτοχος μιάς ολοκαίνουριας PX 150 mod 2011)μαζί σου όπου πας.

  6. Σου ευχομαι πολλες και ασφαλης διαδρομες, υγεια και να συνεχιζεις παντα να κανεις τα ονειρα σου πραγματικοτητα ….ειναι το μονο που μετραει στην ζωη αυτη ,να ζεις και να πραγματοποιεις τα ονειρα σου!Για μας λοιπον αυτο που μας φερνει πιο κοντα στη πραγματοποιησει του ονειρου … ειναι το ταξιδι με μοτο! ΠΑΝΤΑ ΤΕΤΟΙΑ ΑΔΕΡΦΕ …..

  7. Πάρα πολύ ενημερωτικό!! Ευχαριστούμε πολύ! Και στα δικά μας ευχόμαι 😛 και καλά μελλοντικά δικά σου ταξίδια

    1. στεργιο ολα αυτα που περιγραφεις ως εξοδα σιγουρα ειναι αληθεια.αλλα ποιο σημαντικο και απο τα χρηματα ειναι η μαγκια που χρειαζεται καποιος γεια την εκπληρωση τετοιου ταξιδιου.και εσυ την ειχες.να περνας παντα καλα οπου και αν βρισκεσαι…

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