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    My son, is concerned about what the risks are to take his 2 year girl overland from London to South Africa along the West Coast of Africa.
    What are thee real risks?
    If you wanted to do the trip and take your little girl would you do it? give pro and con reasons please

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    The two main risks would be malaria and yellow fever
    There are many people who have travelled into africa with small children (Mike AG )) comes to mind, they might have answers and solutions on how to manage the potential problems.
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    Quote Originally Posted by outop View Post
    My son, is concerned about what the risks are to take his 2 year girl overland from London to South Africa along the West Coast of Africa.
    What are thee real risks?
    If you wanted to do the trip and take your little girl would you do it? give pro and con reasons please
    Hello,

    I know directly or indirectly people who circumnavigated Africa (Europe to SA on the West route, back on the East) with two small kids, if you know some French you can read about their trip in their website:

    www.aux4vents.eu

    I must confess, I would not have done it, escpescially the road (??) in the DRC, and I do not know serious overlanders who would have done it; these guys were verly lucky..

    On the other hand, I met Swiss people in Nam last May, they had just crossed via the East including Syria and Egypt without any problem with two small kids as well. Sorry, their website is in German:

    www.toubab.ch

    They told me it is incredible how kids can adapt themselves in difficult situations..but the French had only a Landy for 4 people, the Swiss had a 11t Iveco truck ex Swiss army with a lot of comfort, it makes a big difference..

    But the East route is currently much easier.

    Another source of information is:

    www.overland.africa.net

    Concerning the West again, I met this year two Swedes (without kids) who had shipped their Land Rover from Ghana to Namibia in order to skip NIgeria, DRC, and Angola (it was last fall, Mali was not yet a big problem..).., and two French adults who shipped their car last July from Cameroun to France on their ay back due to the difficult political situation in the countries I just mentioned..

    Did your son read "Africa Overland" from Bradt Guides ? If not, spend some pounds and order it at www.bradtguides.com, think it is good for your son to read it..

    Cheers...

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    Also german.
    They did the route in 2008 - 2009: Five in a box

    DRC is quite not possible in the moment.

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    Default 2 year old girl

    Many thanks for your replies.
    Have forwarded them to my son.
    he must make the decision.

    I wander about the kidnapping risks ! ! !

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    DRC is quite not possible in the moment.

    What do you mean by this??

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    Outop, malaria is by far the greatest risk for a 2 year old and itís simply not worth the risk. I have worked in 22 African countries doing malaria control and malaria transmission in most African countries is rampant. If she contracts malaria there is a 90% chance of it being Plasmodium Falciparum which turns cerebral if not treated and it kills especially kids under 5.



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