I currently live in New York and I'm attempting to plan a backpacking trip through Africa. My plan is to leave around early April 2016 (but im flexible and can leave earlier) and be back by August 2016. I would like to travel along east Africa starting at Cape town and ending in Cairo(or ending at Cape town I dont care either way) and I def want to stop by Madagascar along the way. To save money I plan on couch surfing, volunteering for work through helpx.net, and staying at hostels.
Since all of my friends think I am crazy for wanting to backpack through Africa, at the moment I plan on going as a solo backpacker. However, I would love for someone to join me on this trip and I am sure my parents would appreciate it, since they nearly had a heart attack when I told them my plans.