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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

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 […]

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 […]

Namibia (part 2) - The Dry

Namibia (part 2) – The Dry

Not much mentioning of the bike recently? Apart from one puncture (the first since Ghana, 8,000km ago) it’s been a smooth ride. Good tarmac roads since I left Lubumbashi – that’s 3,000km of excellent roads – and barely a hill in sight. Easy pedalling. Time to think; time to look around. Time to ponder and […]

Photos of yet more hills and desert in southern Namibia

From Sesriem I took a short trip to Sossuvlei to see the dunes there. Pretty stunning but dunes nonetheless. And I’ve seen a lot of dunes now! But with all the rain there was a lake where the river ended and well, that was rather nice. After that, it was a real slog south to […]

Photos of Central Namibia – Coast to Dunes

From sleepy Swakopmund on the coast I headed south to Walvis Bay. Then it was a tough ride inland across the desert, up the Gamsberg Pass and down the Spreetshoogte Pass to Solitaire. Another day’s ride and I finally made it to Sesriem from where I went to see the famous dunes at Sossusvlei. Photos […]

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 […]

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 […]