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Cameroon's Highlands

Cameroon’s Highlands

Time to hit the hills. Time to take on Cameroon’s Highlands. Top Speed I cycle out of Bamenda, refreshed after the rest. The road sweeps around the green hillsides and I look out down the valleys into the distance. I am reminded of an English summer on a crisp, clear morning before the sun warms […]

The Longest Day

The Longest Day

Uphill to Bamenda End of the road I decided to take the high road, up to the hills surrounding Bamenda. Told that the tarmac road would end at a bridge after 10km and from then on it is ‘a road is under construction’, I was unsure how hard it would be. The last ‘road under […]

Two Bright Lads in Cameroon

The dirt road even turned to tarmac in the town of Mamfe. But Mamfe was disappointing and I didn’t want to stay there. Instead, I cycled a little further to the junction village of Basuo-Akagbe. At this stage I was still undecided whether to persevere with the poor roads and attempt the hill up to […]

Finding Helen - White! White! White!

Finding Helen – White! White! White!

Scene 1 The dirt road from Ekok wound its way round and up and down through the thick, overgrown forest. Everything was big. Trees competing to grow the tallest, to reach out above the canopy and feel the sunlight on their leaves. Hillsides vanished into a mass of green where fast-flowing waters rushed loudly, out-of-sight, […]

A Day at the Border

Ever since originally planning this Africa trip I had wanted to see the highlands of Cameroon. The guidebooks say it is beautiful. My map shows the roads as ‘scenic’. My map is flat. The countryside is definitely not. But I didn’t have to worry about that in the comfort of my own bedroom in England. […]

Photos of Nigerian and Cameroon’s Highlands

Just a few photos from Nigeria and Cameroon’s Highlands….

Nigeria – It’s Been Wet

Out of Abuja From leaving the Abuja, it was nearly 600km and five full days of cycling to reach the Cameroon border. But first, back to Nigeria. I had entered Nigeria with some trepidation. I knew little about the country, but two words above all others I associated with it. Corruption and Kidnapping. If I […]

Nigeria – A Culture Of Giving

Nigeria – A Culture Of Giving

I met many Nigerians in the couple of weeks I travelled through the country. In a country of 140 million (one in every five Africans is a Nigerian), this is not surprising. I met Yoruba, Hausa, Igbo, Fulani. I met policemen, customs officers and many other government officials; students, professional engineers, teachers, preachers, international businessmen; […]

Take On Africa is One!

One Year On The Road I hope you don’t mind this little post – a proper update should be out tomorrow (when I sit down to write it)…. but something far more interesting has just occurred to me – It’s just over one year since I left the UK with the bike. So, I’m going […]