Our road trip Africa by motorcycle was 563 days and we made around 50.000 km; cost of travel was 25 USD everything include pppd. We started to ride motorcycle from Morocco, we passed 33 countries and had to finish in Sudan. 🙁
Road trip Africa by motorcycle | Cost of travel
When we started our world trip we decided our daily budget can be max 50 USD for both of us include everything (petrol, visas, food, accommodation, shipping / airfreight, fly, etc.) but it was except to climb Kilimanjaro, Gorillas trekking and safari to road trip Africa by motorcycle. They can change our cost of travel a lot because they are expensive things to do. This are options to do and we saved money for it before out of our budget. We could do all before leave Africa, some things are a once in a lifetime. 🙂
We divided Africa in three parts: West Africa, Southern Africa and East Africa trip by motorcycle. Southern Africa was a little hard part to keep our budget as it was wintertime so we needed some hotels sometimes and there is a lot to do and see.
Total road trip Africa cost was 11.975 USD per person for 19 months.
You can see on the basic photo of our calculate which part of Africa how much we spent in Africa trip.
The cost can change a lot depend on your journey what you want or how you want to travel. When we were traveling in Africa most of the time we stayed in the tent and cooked ourself.
We did a lot of wild / bush camping or set up the tent in front of a hotel or at the car parking. Also, a lot of people invited us to their home to stay, drink coffee or for dinner. We are so much thankful to them we made good friends and they helped us to keep continue our journey. So, we didn’t pay total 211 days for accommodation we slept in people houses or bush/wild camping.
Africa visas cost was total 1.850 USD for per person, include customer service, motorcycle traffic insurance and tax.
Visas price could be more if we entered more countries. We skipped some countries because they are so small and we have to pay 100 USD per person. You can find all details for African visas and border crossing .
Fuel is cheaper than Europe, US, Australia….etc. Our motorcycles goes around 30 km on 1 liter petrol.
Each motorcycle took 1.554 USD fuel in road trip Africa.
Other biggest parts were food and still hotel/camping even if we stayed 38% free of Africa trip. We can say that we spent approx. 8 USD each person when we stayed in a motel/hotel/hostel/campsite and spent 5 USD per person for food. (not include alcohol or cigarette)
5.500 USD was per person motel/hostel and market/food cost travel in Africa.
How much left from cost we spent for road, parking, transfer, shopping for motorcycle, sim cards, healthy…etc. Would you like to read all details country by country to cost of travel Africa? You can look at : West Africa trip cost and Southern Africa trip cost and Eastern Africa trip cost.
When you look to details you will see that airfreight motorcycle and our fly ticket, stay in Ethiopian tribes, visit Dallol in Ethiopia, do wildlife safari were include the total price of spent. 🙂
Begin of the article I wrote that our plan is spend daily 25 USD per person in world trip by motorcycle. So, we suppose to spend 14.075 USD total but we did less. It means we save money in the trip as well. 🙂
14.075 (we have decided) – 11.975 (we spent) = 2.100 USD We saved money more on the West coast motorcycle trip. Of course we didn’t keep money in a save account. We climbed Kilimanjaro. We knew that we were going to save money in Kenya as well. Therefore we visited gorillas and climbed Nyrigango in Virunga Park, Congo.
So, end of the Africa road trip we did everything what we wanted and daily cost of travel was 25 USD all-inclusive per person per day.
Thanks for the cost breakdown. You both are an inspiration!! Safe Travels!
When did you travel? I am commenting end of 2018.
We have been in Africa from November 2016 till June 2018 🙂
Planning my own solo trip that very closely mimics yours. Could you email me the Excel breakdown of your cost that you posted as pics here? I want to do some analysis and your cost breakdown is by far the best I’ve seen!
Also, is there a reason you avoided Central Africa?
Do you have build of your motorcycle for RTW trip? I mean if there were any modifications to the bike, what kind of luggage rack and panniers did you use etc?
Hey, yes we did. Just take a look at the website under Motorcycle you can find all our modifications there. Also we made a video on YouTube with all our modifications. http://www.youtube.com/oneroadoneworld