To Africa and Back
Given that I can’t buy my plane ticket for a few more days, I’ve been left with all this time to ponder whether I made the right decision planning a layover in Genoa, Italy. If my dream is to travel to Africa, then why am I so desperate to make a stop in Europe?
I guess part of this has to do with the fact that despite this trip volunteering with cheetahs is an absolute dream come true (think Kristen Bell crying about touching a live sloth,) South Africa is not my dream. When I think of Africa, I think of the Ngorongoro Crater, Mount Kilimanjaro and Victoria Falls. When I dream of Africa, my dream has always been to see Tanzania. And while a lot of that was in order to see a cheetah, which I’ll do in South Africa, Tanzania represents my vision of Africa.
So when I started to question why I was in such a hurry to get out of Africa and add another (European) notch in my belt, I decided to search for alternative layover options in Africa. I had strayed away from Lesotho because of a high incidence in violent crimes and the difficulty in getting from Maseru to Semonkong. I’ve been surprised to find, however, that planning a layover in, well, just about anywhere in Africa is significantly more expensive.
The only exception is northern Africa: I found a flight with a
layover stop in Cairo that was priced similarly or lower than the European countries I’ve been looking at. I don’t understand. I was really hoping for maybe an extra hundred dollars to stop in Tanzania and see the Crater, but it was about a $500-$600 difference. I looked at a few other options, like Botswana, Malawi and Gabon. The price difference is at least $300-$400 more than the European countries. If I’m flying from Africa, why is it more expensive to fly to Africa?
I guess I’ll be looking into other ways of traveling that may be cheaper since I can’t book my flight anytime soon, anyway.