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Photos from DR Congo – Taking the Train

From Mbuji-Mayi I cycled a couple of days to Kaniema on the border between Kasai and Katanga provinces. It turns out that the 260km of dirt ‘road’ takes just as long by ‘public’ transport! After relaxing in Kaniema for over a week, I took the train to Lubumbashi. The first half was fast – a […]

Photos of DR Congo – a change of plan

Having finally arrived in Kananga and taken a few days to rest (well, have a few beers) I cycled towards Mbuji Mayi. It should have taken 2 days, but when I stopped at Lac Mukamba there was a change of plan. With the Catholic Mission unwilling for me to camp there, I was about to […]

Photos of DR Congo – 350km Kikwit to Tchikapa

90km after Kikwit and the tarmac ended. Abruptly. From smooth asphalt to shocking deep sand. And just at that point it chucked it down with rain. Sheltering in a local hut until it subsided I then spent a good while pushing my bike alongside the truck tracks that are the road in the slightly less […]

Photos of DR Congo – 500km to Kikwit

Six days after leaving Kinshasa, cycling 500km on a good tarmac road, and I’ve arrived in Kikwit. It may have been a good surface but the endless hills and scorching sun made it tough enough! Apart from a couple of minor incidents (one corrupt non-official wanting money and screaming villagers chasing me) it’s been an […]

Photos from the DR Congo – Trip to Zongo Falls

In the nearly two weeks I spent doing very little in Kinshasa, I did manage to get off my backside and do a short 2-day trip on a less-loaded bike. After seeing the bonobos at the Lola Ya Sanctuary, I headed to the Zongo falls. Here are the photos from the ride and at the […]

Bonobos – Making Love Not War, apparently

I can’t say I’d ever heard of bonobos before arriving in the Congo. Which is a little surprising since they share 98.7% of our DNA. Perhaps I’ve seen photos of them before and in my ignorance gone, ‘cool chimpanzee!’ But look a little closer and you’ll realise that, in looks, bonobos are chimpanzees keeping up […]

Photos of Gabon and the Republic of Congo

Here are some photos from the latest part of the journey. I travelled south from Yaounde in Cameroon through Gabon to a small town called Booue. Having drunk some dodgy water and thrown up in the middle of the town crossroads, I thought it best to leave as soon as possible. This I did by […]

Photos of Nigerian and Cameroon’s Highlands

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

Photos of Ghana, Togo and Benin

Here’s a selection of photos from my journey by bike (yes, I’m finally cycling again!) from Accra up into the Volta region around Ho, across to Kpalime in Togo and then down to the coast at Lome, the capital. From Lome, it was east through Aneho with a detour to Togoville and into Benin, passing […]

Photos of the Gold Coast’s Slave Forts

When slavery in Africa was still big business, Ghana didn’t exist. The region we now know as Ghana was called the Gold Coast then. Gold was big business until slaves made more money. I visited a few of the old forts and castles, which are still standing. Thankfully, slavery was abolished in the 1800’s and […]