Are you brave enough to walk from Cape Town to Russia?

  • 21 May - 27 May, 2022
  • Mag The Weekly
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Ever wondered what a long, uninterrupted walk would be like? Spanning over a distance of 22,387km approximately, potentially the world’s longest walkable road starts from Cape Town and concludes its run at Russia. If you decide to set foot on this challenging trail, it will be a journey of 587 days on foot for a person walking eight hours a day – or 194 days of non-stop continuous walking (which is practically not feasible). There will 17 countries that the traveller will cross, six time zones that will cover the journey and an experience spanning several seasons and weathers. The journey on this recently discovered longest walkable road has been compared to 13 trips up and down Mount Everest. With its starting point at Cape Town in South Africa, this uninterrupted trail passes through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Sudan, Georgia, Egypt, Jordan, Syria, Turkey, Romania and Belarus. Beginning from the coastal village of L’Agulhas and cutting through South Africa, the walk passes a few pretty-dangerous locations (with high crime rates). There is absolutely no individual in history who has traversed the world on foot via this route. Well, as interesting as it sounds, some of the locations en route have traditionally unstable governments, additional visa restrictions and even civil war situations.