Curious Canadian

Hello Everyone!
My name is Megan Marcoux, and I am a 19 year old Canadian from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. A friend and I are wanting to go to Africa, and we came across the Cape to Cairo trip on the African Routes website. I e-mailed the travel company to see if I could possibly get in touch with someone who had gone on the trip in the past, and they gave me this website to check out! Your travels look fascinating, and I have had a great time checking out your website! It also gets me very excited for my own trip. Anyhow the reason I'm posting this message, is because I would like to hear your thoughts on African Routes. Did you feel you got to see a lot for the price you paid? Was it well worth it? Do you have any other companies you would recommend for two low-budget travellers who want to see a large chunk of the continent? Thanks so much for your time, and I look forward to your reply.
 
Originally posted on 24 February 2006 - 01:26 PM

Glad to hear you are planning a trip to Africa. We guarantee you will love every second. When travelling through South Africa we suggest getting in touch with Journeez or Under the Elephant - both great travel companies who know a tonne about South Africa. Their contact details are on our website under "Partners and Friends". As far as African Routes is concerned, you can't beat them as a travel company for a "Cape to Cairo" journey. Its a tough trip no matter how you do it, but we definitely got our money's worth. Its a great way to meet other people and have a good time. This is the third trip in Africa where we have used African Routes. If you want more details or have more questions please feel free to email us at cathy.jackson@bluffside.ca. We will do what we can to help you out.

Megan,
I would have to agree with Mike & Cathy. Africa is an amazing experience that you will never forget.
If this is your first trip to the area, I recommend using a tour company like African Routes. They have developed trips that take the stress out of traveling while maximizing your exposure to all the continent has to offer.
With organized tours, you are given ample time to enjoy the "tourist" aspects of the places you visit but don't always have the time to linger. It gives you something new to look forward to every day (which I like) however some feel you don't get enough time to truly appreciate the local perspective.
There are several other tour group options that follow similar routes in Southern / East Africa, however only a few venture into the North. African Routes is one and Dragoman is another. I have always used African Routes because they are very economical and are tailored for young people. Not only are you getting to experience Africa but you are also meeting like minded travelers from around the world. I still keep in contact with some of the people I met through my African Routes experience.
In South Africa, you have the option to travel on your own (i.e. not as part of a group) as its tourism infrastructure is more developed. If you choose that route, you can't go wrong with Journeez or Under the Elephant. As you move into other countries, independent travel becomes more difficult and time consuming (particularly in the North). It is still possible to travel on your own but for your first visit, I would say the effort would outweigh the benefit.
Shannon and I are happy to answer any other questions you have. You can email us as matt.jackson@bluffside.ca or shannon.jackson@bluffside.ca