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Overland trip from Bujumburu to Cape Town South Africa

by TheEnglishGentleman Online Now Nov 4, 2009 at 12:21 AM

Can any one advise on how to travel from Bujumburu to Cape Town overland. Which countries does one travel through ?

Can any one recommend bus companies from the respective countries ?

And approx, what cost would one budget on this.

Much appreciated

Alan

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    Re: Overland trip from Bujumburu to Cape Town South Africa

    by lynnehamman Online Now Nov 4, 2009 at 5:22 AM

    Have a look at this web page. It has a map of countries that you will pass through. For bus companies, try Google

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    Re: Overland trip from Bujumburu to Cape Town South Africa

    by zionafrika Online Now Nov 4, 2009 at 5:55 AM

    Hey!
    From Bujumbura local bus to Lake Tanganyika. Board boat to southern Tanzania the local bus to Tunduma border post. From Tunduma there is Inter Africa bus to Lusaka. From Lusaka Inter Cape bus to Johannesburg or cape town. In this way you should have flexible schedule. It can reach 500 USD appx.
    Cheers

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    Re: Overland trip from Bujumburu to Cape Town South Africa

    by muguruki Online Now Nov 4, 2009 at 7:34 AM

    I'd be tempted to do a trip on Lake Tanganyika it may well be boring going the whole length on the MV Liemba if and when it is running. It may well be the other end of the lake when you want to depart.

    You could always go as far as Kigoma then catch the train to Tabora bus to Mbeya hop on the TAZARA to Kapiri Mposhi, bus to Livingstone, train to Bulwayo bus to Beit Bridge the you'll be on South African trains.

    You could always go into Malawi and go down the lake there ahh decisions decisions!!! check out

    http://www.seat61.com/Zambia.htm

    and

    scandinaviagroup.com/Scandin...

    Not sure where you'll get info on Ferry services on the great lakes.

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    Re: Overland trip from Bujumburu to Cape Town South Africa

    by faurec Online Now Nov 5, 2009 at 11:37 AM

    Alan,
    From Bujumburu I would take the boat down Lake Tanganyika to get onto Zambian soil. The Tazara Railway to Livingstone. Then use the Intercape bus via Namibia to Cape Town. You will have to rely on local transport (bus/taxi) for connections.

    As for budget, I have no idea of current rates, but I am sure Google will have some answers, once you decide on transport.

    Sound like it could be a nice trip, enjoy.

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  • Re: Overland trip from Bujumburu to Cape Town South Africa

    by TheEnglishGentleman Online Now Nov 11, 2009 at 2:27 AM

    Thanks for all the advice and help, it is much appreciated
    Alan

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