Desert Snow - The Book

Desert Snow is the book about my Take On Africa - 25,000km from the UK to Cape Town, fuelled on with 1,000 beers.

Desert Snow

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Journey Complete!!

24,870km by bike and 350km paddling later, I arrived in Cape Town on 15th March 2011 after 20 months on the road.

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Desert Snow - The Book of Take On Africa

Desert Snow – The Book of Take On Africa

It is a long time since I posted a blog here. Many of you will have followed my subsequent journeys on my newer site Helen’s Take On… and will know I’ve been writing the cycle ride through Africa into a book. But for those who didn’t know, I thought I’d mention it here. So now [...]

Video of DR Congo Train Journey

Video of DR Congo Train Journey

For those who followed my trip through Africa, you’ll know that I loved the Congo. And sometimes hated it too! But mostly I loved it and those experiences in my 3 months there will remain with me forever and seem to be a benchmark and comparison for all I have done since. And while I [...]

Video of Dogon Dama Mask Ceremony in Mali

Video of Dogon Dama Mask Ceremony in Mali

Another short video I made, this time showing the fascinating Dogon culture in Mali… a funeral procession and dance I saw when visiting the village of Djiguibombo: Video of Dogon Dama Mask Ceremony  

Video of Biking the Guineas' Backroads

Video of Biking the Guineas’ Backroads

Well I’m back from another trip and finally have some time to spare. I thought it about time I put together some of the videos I took while biking through Africa. So over the next few weeks I’ll be gradually sorting through and uploading a few. To begin with we go to Guinea and Guinea [...]

Video of Cycling across the Sahara

Video of Cycling across the Sahara

I’ve just created a short video of the cycle from Morocco through the Western Sahara and Mauritania. You can check it out on my new website: Helen’s Take On… video of Cycling Across the Sahara

Video of 2 weeks on the Niger River

Video of 2 weeks on the Niger River

I’ve just put together some short videos I took while on the Niger River… unseen footage until now… You can check it out here on my new website: Helen’s Take On…

Bike Equipment Review – After 25,000km

I wrote a review of the bike equipment after a year on the road, from Yaounde in Cameroon, after 17,000km. Now, having completed my ride to Cape Town, after 25,000km in total, it’s time for an update. Since Yaounde there has been little to fix – the wobbling wheel got worse but I lived with [...]

What’s Next

The big question (when you arrive is Cape Town after 20 months cycling nearly 25,000km) is ‘What next?’ Well, here’s the answer…. http://helenstakeon.com/blog/whats-next/ As you can see, I’ve set up a new website for my new adventures. I’ll keep this Take On Africa website live, but most things I post from now on will be [...]

Clothing Review

Clothing Review

Keen shoes – Targhee II I just love Keen shoes! These lasted the duration of the trip – that’s over 24,000km of cycling and walking when the roads were too bad to ride. Through torrential downpours, river crossings, muddy tracks and sandy paths. Ok, so they’re very worn now and I’ll need a new pair [...]

Camping Equipment Review

Camping Equipment Review

Tent – MSR Hubba Hubba This tent was a great choice – a two-man tent which is free-standing and can be put up inner only meets all the needs of travelling in Africa. The inner, a mesh material, acts as a mosquito net – I frequently put this up on beds in cheap hotels where [...]

Video of DR Congo Train Journey

Video of DR Congo Train Journey

For those who followed my trip through Africa, you’ll know that I loved the Congo. And sometimes hated it too! But mostly I loved it and those experiences in my 3 months there will remain with me forever and seem to be a benchmark and comparison for all I have done since. And while I [...]

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Photos of South Africa

Cape Town!! I made it. After 24,600km and 1000+ beers! It’s a great feeling! Anyway, here are some pics from the last bit of the trip from Namibia into South Africa and along the West Coast. I spent the weekend by the Berg river in Velddrif (Thanks to Rusty, Kim and co who put me [...]

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Video of DR Congo Train Journey

Video of DR Congo Train Journey

For those who followed my trip through Africa, you’ll know that I loved the Congo. And sometimes hated it too! But mostly I loved it and those experiences in my 3 months there will remain with me forever and seem to be a benchmark and comparison for all I have done since. And while I [...]

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Desert Snow - The Book of Take On Africa

Desert Snow – The Book of Take On Africa

It is a long time since I posted a blog here. Many of you will have followed my subsequent journeys on my newer site Helen’s Take On… and will know I’ve been writing the cycle ride through Africa into a book. But for those who didn’t know, I thought I’d mention it here. So now [...]

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Video of 2 weeks on the Niger River

Video of 2 weeks on the Niger River

I’ve just put together some short videos I took while on the Niger River… unseen footage until now… You can check it out here on my new website: Helen’s Take On…

Other posts in Niger River