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Zambia to South Africa via Botswana and Namibia: The final dash home [Part 2/2]

“I shed a proper tear the night before I left Walvis Bay. My friends and I had gone out for dinner to a brewery in Swakopmund, and it was in the car on the way back that I felt really… Continue Reading →

Zambia to South Africa via Botswana and Namibia: Elephants!!! [Part 1/2]

“Although we did not see any elephants in the Caprivi region, I sure did have a nerve-wrecking encounter in Botswana. I came across a small herd standing in the shade right next to the road. Because they were so close… Continue Reading →

Nkhata Bay to Livingstone: A broken hub and a tent-shaped hot air balloon [Part 3/3]

“That night I farted more and louder than I have ever done before. And it smelled pretty damn bad too. I farted so much I thought that, if my tent was not pegged down, it would take off like a… Continue Reading →

Nkhata Bay to Livingstone: Chiefs, hippos and crocs [Part 2/3]

“I wished though Chief Chikwa had warned me about the tsetse flies, which attacked me constantly for the next two days. Freaken hell it hurts when they bite. In hindsight I also wish that I paid attention when I was… Continue Reading →

Nkhata Bay to Livingstone: Shrödringer’s cat on antibiotics [Part 1/3]

“Clearly the infection had spread inside my finger. I decided to use the time in Mzuzu to go see a doctor. It was the right thing to do. The doctor was quite impressed with my bandaging skills, but was glad… Continue Reading →

Dar es Salaam to Mbamba Bay (part 3 of 3): Contemplating choices

“Towards late afternoon I became ever more drained, both physically and mentally. In an effort to get some instant energy I drank my whole last can of sweetened condensed milk that I normally used for coffee. This helped a little… Continue Reading →

Dar es Salaam to Mbamba Bay (part 2 of 3): The Tanzanian factor

“Just as in the previous little village people in Milo were incredibly surprised to see me there, especially on a heavily loaded touring bicycle. One little girl started crying and ran away when I greeted her. I am sure she… Continue Reading →

Dar es Salaam to Mbamba Bay (part 1 of 3): Vicarious living and unexpected gems

“I waited for Athu for 45 minutes that morning, but he never showed. Quite disappointed I left in search of a new shifter and cable to fix my steel horse. When I returned to Kibwana’s house later that day he… Continue Reading →

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam – Part II

”Once the rain cleared up the Captain pulled into the shallows in front of some fancy resort and dropped the four of us, our two bicycles and all of our belongings right there on the beach. To the onlookers sipping… Continue Reading →

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam – Part I

“While inspecting the wheel once more just outside of Same, a gentleman stopped next to us and asked what was wrong. He suggested we go camp at the Elephant Motel and, in true Tanzanian spirit, phoned ahead to let them… Continue Reading →

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