The Extra Mile
Yes, you can travel from SA to Europe by cargo ship
It is possible to hitch a lift on a freighter, but it's pricey
Q. I would like to travel from Cape Town to the UK or Europe by sea. Is this possible by cargo ship? For medical reasons, I am unable to travel by air. — Eloff Snyman
A. A few shipping companies offer passenger berths on freighters serving the route between SA and Europe, mostly, it seems to either Antwerp in Belgium or Hamburg, Germany.
Voyages are on standard container ships with one-way trips taking about 27-31 days, depending on the number of ports of call and how long each call takes.
Accommodation is in private, two-berth cabins with en-suite facilities. You will eat with the senior officers.
Rates are from around €95-€110 per day so expect to pay at least €2,945 (R48,000) for a 31-day trip.
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