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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 [...]

Photos of Swakopmund

Swakomund is Namibia’s second largest town. You could mistake it for being German. It’s also not very big. Sleepy too. Well, here are a few photos of the place…

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 Makgadikgadi pans, Botswana

There is a lot of wildlife in Botswana. Lots of it is in the national parks, but there’s plenty on the roads too… To be honest, I haven’t been doing a huge amount of cycling… I went by 4×4 onto the Magkadigkadi salt pans and saw huge herds of zebra and wildebeest, which traverse the [...]