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Namibia (part 1) – The Wet

What’s not to love in Namibia? Beryl Markham, a remarkable woman who grew up in East Africa, wrote: ‘So there are many Africas. There are as many Africas as there are books about Africa… Being thus all things to all authors, it follows, I suppose, that Africa must be things to all readers. Africa is […]

All About Lions in Botswana

All About Lions in Botswana

I left Kasane, with the words ‘I’m surprised you’re still living’, still ringing in my ears. The road from Kasane south to Nata passes through game reserves. This means more animals and less people. I would need plenty of water and to be on the lookout for elephants and lions. Concerned with lack of water […]

Notes on Zambia - Is this really Africa?

Notes on Zambia – Is this really Africa?

Sometimes when you cross a border, you instantly know you’re in a different country. Perhaps a new language, a new uniform, now driving on the other side of the road. Sometimes, you would never know. Same scenery, same rough roads, same smiles, same stern officers. Crossing into Zambia, I instantly knew I was in a […]

Photos of the Namibian desert – To the coast

The latest photos are from the ride from Uis to Henties Bay on the Namibian skeleton coast. Apart from sand, sky and my bike, there wasn’t really much else to photograph!! But it was beautiful…

Photos of Damaraland, Namibia

Well after a week of wet marking my entry into Namibia, things started to brighten up. Not only did the sun come out, but I got off the tarmac roads and hit the gravel through some of the most beautiful scenery I’ve travelled since…. Guinea probably! So happy to be back in the desert… Photos […]

Photos of Botswana and Northern Namibia – Rainy Days

The road from Botswana into Namibia was good smooth, flat tarmac. The rain however was not so much fun! Plenty of wildlife though and lovely places to camp… So here are some photos from Gweta to Maun in Botswana, up along the Okavango into Namibia and along the long road back down to Otjiwarongo…

Last Days in the Congo

Just a short note on my last days in the DR Congo. (Will write about Zambia and Botswana shortly as will happily hole up here in Namibia somewhere just to get out of the rain… but today I’m pedalling on towards Otjiwaronga – good name huh!) Leaving Congo I planned to leave Lumbumbashi sooner. But […]

Photos of Chobe River Wildlife, Botswana

After crossing the border into Botswana, I stayed a couple of days in Kasane, at Thebe River campsite. One afternoon I took a river boat cruise down the Chobe River. We saw plenty of hippos and crocodiles amongst other wildlife and the scenery was simply beautiful. Here are the photos from the trip…

Passing the Time in Congo

Passing the Time in Congo

Kananga to Lac Mukamba Kananga had enough distractions to keep me occupied for a couple of days – a quiet hotel, a small restaurant across the road selling good local food and beer, and an internet café. The first day I spent drinking. The second day I spent searching the town for my map which […]

A Detour in Congo

A Detour in Congo

Tchikapa to Kananga – 286km in 4 days Diamonds and wetsuits I rested for the day in Tchikapa. A busy town. Dusty streets lined with small market stalls run by locals selling local produce – fruit and vegetables. Then there are the large buildings with clean compounds and glass-fronted shops – run by foreigners buying […]