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Africa in 2009

I started thinking about cycling through Africa only a few months into my last adventure. Once I finished the Long Ride Home I imagined making a journey from north to south Africa, following the west coast from Morrocco to South Africa. This plan is still very much alive, despite the occasional doubts that creep through my mind now that I’m home. Wouldn’t it be more sensible to find a job like most people? Having already cycled across the World why head off again to spend many more long hours on the saddle?

 Ultimately I consider my 30,000 mile journey from Japan-UK to be one part of a bigger global trip, encompassing both Africa and the Americas. Returning to the UK last summer was an opportunity to rest, reflect, catch up with friends and family and begin planning to head off again for the next leg.  One of the reasons I maintained such a frugal budget over the years in Asia was so that I wouldn’t return home penniless. I was already thinking ahead to the next leg.

Summer is the ideal time to depart the UK as it ensures cycling through the Sahara during the cooler months of autumn and winter. A rough route through the continent might look something like this:

 Countries en route:

France, Spain, Morocco, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Namibia, South Africa

Estimated distance: 15,000-20,000km
Estimated time: 12-18 months.


  1. Thinking about doing the same thing. poking around on the web, I found this site which I found to be quite useful. The updates are pretty whiny, but there is some nice broadly descriptive country-by-country info.

    Incidentally, thanks much for your long ride home blog – it is one of the best that I have encountered. Makes me consider a SE asia to Europe trip. Other options – Africa N-S, as mentioned, or Pan Am. Whatever, I’ve got the twitch, and I’m saving coin. happy travels.

  2. Good luck in Africa.
    Been reading your blog. Really enjoyable and inspiring.
    I’m heading out to Nepal and India in late Feb to cycle around for six months.
    Been sweating in the gym but haven’t been on a proper bike for nearly 30 years so completely unsure as to how I’ll get on.
    However, your descriptions of travelling back to Britain via the Stans, Iran, Turkey etc have set me to daydreaming about following suit.

  3. Thanks, I like the cycling directory website. I will use google maps more when I head off again.

  4. Looks *amazing*

  5. That sounds great mate, you certainly have a knack for journal writing and photography, so it should be spectacular – good luck.

    Same bike?

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