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South Africa: When the Cape Land gave us a worthy ending

And so time has come for the last blogpost – for this journey. Over a month has passed since Sam and I finally reached our last destination: Cape Town. At this point my bicycle and I are already back on Swedish ground. Sam is in Turkey starting off his next cycle adventure through Central Asia and China, together with his new companion Charlie. I assume that I, subconsciously, must have found it hard to put an end to this story, although it’s not going to get easier as the whole trip just feels more and more distant every day. Luckily I’ve got my … Fortsätt läsa South Africa: When the Cape Land gave us a worthy ending

Namibia pt. 2: Spectacular views and free beers in the desert

Sand, empty landscapes and dirt roads. That was more or less all I expected of Namibia before going there. But if I had known what this country would actually offer in terms of hospitality, wildlife and sceneries I would probably have been over excited. Just like Sudan, Namibia with its vaste deserts would turn out to be a real highlight.   Sam and I had only been on Namibian territory for a couple of hours when we got our first share of hospitality. It was late afternoon and the sun was setting. Paradoxically, we couldn’t find anywhere to camp, despite … Fortsätt läsa Namibia pt. 2: Spectacular views and free beers in the desert

Namibia pt. 1: Visit at the NAPPA-clinic in Keetmanshoop

 When I started planning this cycling project, I wanted to combine the tour with a fundraising to support the solidarity organization the Africa Groups of Sweden, that works in partnership with a number of local organizations in Southern Africa (Angola, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa). One of their main causes is sexual and reproductive rights. Now, eventually arrived in Namibia, I’ve had the opportunity to visit a clinic operated by one of their partners, the Namibia Planned Parenthood Association (NAPPA).    NAPPA was established in 1996 as a part of the International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF). The association promotes … Fortsätt läsa Namibia pt. 1: Visit at the NAPPA-clinic in Keetmanshoop

Botswana: An elephant safari with new bush-buddies

Last time I wrote that we would probably meet more animals than people in Botswana.That turned out to be correct. With 2,2 million people in a country with an area the size of France you can’t really expect anything else. Still, we bumped into surprisingly many cycle tourers in this remote place. Five in total, which is more than we’ve met during the five previous months altogether.     In northern Botswana there’s the huge national park Chobe. Coming from the Zambian border and heading south we naturally had to go through the wildlife area next to the park. Although the … Fortsätt läsa Botswana: An elephant safari with new bush-buddies

Zambia: Broken skies and broken glass

”But don’t you ever get bored just riding your bicycle all day, every day?”, people often ask when you tell them that you’re trying to cross a continent by bicycle. I usually answer that no, not really, because even though the actual peddling is pretty monotonous the surroundings are never too constant.Well, with a few exceptions. Northern Zambia was one of those.     For nearly 1000 km, from the Tanzanian border to the capital Lusaka, there was actually not much going on along the straight, flat road surrounded by sparse vegetation that, due to deforestation, mostly consists of low bush … Fortsätt läsa Zambia: Broken skies and broken glass

Tanzania: No sailing in the wilderness

What is Tanganyika plus Zanzibar? The answer, Tanzania, is quite logical, especially if you consider that the country was created when the two states unified in 1964. You might find it slightly trickier to guess what the name Tanganyika means in Swahili. It is composed by tanga (=”sail”) and nyika (=”wilderness”, ”uninhabited plains”), forming the phrase ”sail in the wilderness”. Tanzania was indeed pretty wild and remote. But obviously, we didn’t sail in the wilderness. We cycled, although we were ready to give up a great stretch in favour of what could have been an unforgettable ferry ride. I’m soon … Fortsätt läsa Tanzania: No sailing in the wilderness