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This is the story of an amazingly courageous woman who traveled from Europe to Zimbabwe on her own, and what a story it is!This book reall...
Alice
Dot Bekker…my favourite person. I feel like I know but I don’t. I’ve read your book describing your amazing journey about going home to Zimbabwe...
Adele
What an amazing read,what a brave woman!!!I just cant put the book down, shes such a good writer ❤️ (Facebook)
Thoko
This book was an answered prayer, a daily entertainment and a true inspiration. I feel like I know Dot personally after reading this book....
Michelle
I found “Going Home to Africa” a gripping, authentic, informative and humorous book! Gripping…in the countless unpredictable travel/r...
Gerald
From the first chapter I was hooked and followed Dot's adventures down the coast of West Africa with awe. I bought the book because I too am con...
Jordan
Dot took me on the journey of a lifetime. I witnessed the challenges, frustrations, joys and overwhelming beauty of Africa from the comfort of m...
Wendy
I had the pleasure of meeting Dot when she was living in Solsona and have followed her adventures on Going Home to Africa on IG. I have been so ...
Ruth
This is a brilliant story of a lovely lady driving solo from Northern Africa through many countries to go home to Zimbabwe. This touches my hear...
Dallas
Going home to Africa is an honest, humble and uplifting account of an incredible adventure and Dot’s fighting spirit and firm belief in the univ...
Fiona
Absolutely Compelling I could not put this book down and I am not an avid reader, getting bored quickly. I loved every moment of her jou...
Antoinette
FANTASTIC BOOK! I LOVED every page of this book and didn't want it to end. I have read many travelogues and this was by far my favourite...
Kevin
My first impression was just: Wow! Hats off! What an impressive book... I can already now say that it is, along with Doris Kearns Goodwin's Pulitze...
Susanne
Dot is one of the most amazing "road" friends we made while overlanding through Africa, and whatever we were doing she brought a tremendous sense o...
Laurie
I absolutely love travelling so this story really spoke to me. Having followed Dot in real time on her epic journey, I’m now absolutely loving the ...
Catherine
I think the fact that you share ALL of your experiences, good and bad, and do NOT leave out the huge challenges and obstacles you had to face on a ...
Susanne
I’ve just been spending the whole evening with your book. I feel so fascinated by your story and I love the way you’re describing both breathtaking...
Alexandra
Absolutely loved it. Very inspiring and Dot I would love to meet you one day when I visit Zimbabwe again. Thank you for sharing this amazing story....
Justyna
I have just finished reading Going Home to Africa and I really enjoyed it. I enjoyed it more as the journey went on... Her experiences become more ...
Nicola

Going Home to Africa

One Woman's quest to return home, driving from Europe to Zimbabwe.

Planning the Route

Planning the Route

Apart from the people suggesting that I should fly like everyone else, I've also had a number of recommendations on the route I should take, from taking Eastern or Western routes and cutting through the Sahara desert. In addition I've also read a number of books of people who have taken trips from North to South and the challenges and benefits of each.

I've had to take several factors into account when making my decision;

Firstly I'm a woman, travelling on my own, I hate sand (you'll seldom find me on a beach never mind in the middle of a desert), and I'm interested in discovering more about the continent that I was born on so shorter is not specifically what I'm looking for.

As such, as you would, I've decided to take probably the longest route.  Through approximately 22 countries in Africa to get to Zimbabwe and 20 000 kilometres.  If I drove 5 hours a day it would take me at least 3 months.  I know it's crazy ... but why not?  I have yet much to plan, such as almost every country requires me to have a visa, some of which I should be able to get at the border and in most cases I wouldn't be allowed to stay more than 30 days in any one country.

So the Western route would take me (in this order) through the countries below :

From Spain (by Ferry) to

Tangier in Morocco

Western Sahara (which is controlled/managed by Morocco)

Mauritania

Senegal

The Gambia (never realised this was surrounded by Senegal)

Guinea Bissau

Guinea

Sierra Leone

Liberia (has a woman president)

Ivory Coast

Ghana

Togo (met a man on a bus from there)

Benin (I've been warned about the roads)

Nigeria (where 272 girls were stolen for getting educated)

Cameroon (I have learnt this is also called Little Africa)

Equitorial Guinea (din't realise there were 3 Guineas)

Gabon

Congo

Democratic Republic of Congo

Angola (and Cabinda which lies Congo and DRC) (I can practice my Portuguese)

Namibia (I shall have to tackle some sand and in Namibia I turn inland to the hinterland and home)

Botswana (wonderful game and the world's only inland delta the Okavango)

Zimbabwe (HOME!)

 

As you can see there are many places that I know little or nothing about and having met some of the people of a few of these countries over the years I'm excited and intrigued to find out more about these places.

'Africa is not a country' is a joke that many African people will understand, many people underestimate the size of this continent.  Africa is almost 3x the size of Europe, larger than North America anda pretty awesome place, so when I tell people I'm from Zimbabwe, I'm sometimes asked if I know a person in Kenya ... There are 1.2 billion people in Africa and I don't yet know all of them :)

If you're reading this and you're from one of these countries above or if you've visited and care to share your views, places of interest, people, favourite foods or anything else, don't hesitate to send me a message or comment, I'd love to hear from you to help me with my research on each country.

Lots of things to do and stuff to find out so stay tuned and I'll keep you posted.

 

 

 

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Guest - John Sexton on Sunday, 25 September 2016 21:07

Well, several of those countries have ongoing civil wars or terrorist organizations that work in parts of the country. Obviously, those need to be well mapped out and avoided.

I was wondering if you really wanted to do the whole route or would be happy doing the last parts, say from Ghana or so? There are several companies that specialize in transporting cars to that section of Africa...

Well, several of those countries have ongoing civil wars or terrorist organizations that work in parts of the country. Obviously, those need to be well mapped out and avoided. I was wondering if you really wanted to do the whole route or would be happy doing the last parts, say from Ghana or so? There are several companies that specialize in transporting cars to that section of Africa...
Going Home to Africa on Sunday, 25 September 2016 21:43

Hi John, well if I make it through the bombings in France and Belgium recently, I will take my chances. I will of course check all details, the UK and USA have good advisories, albeit erring on the side of caution. The logistics of starting halfway are likely to be difficult as I would still need to get all my stuff there. Remember my plan is to take my life with me, nothing more than what I can take. Love to have more info from you on your trips there when we next meet.

Hi John, well if I make it through the bombings in France and Belgium recently, I will take my chances. I will of course check all details, the UK and USA have good advisories, albeit erring on the side of caution. The logistics of starting halfway are likely to be difficult as I would still need to get all my stuff there. Remember my plan is to take my life with me, nothing more than what I can take. Love to have more info from you on your trips there when we next meet.
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About Dot

Dot is Zimbabwean born and raised and after having lived in Europe for 20 years she decided to return home but uniquely she decided to drive  through Africa to get there.

She achieved her dream by driving 20,000kms through 18 West African countries over 8.5 months on her own for most of the journey.  Her book of the same title will soon be launched,and you can find out more about Dot or subscribe to the Blog for more.

 

Kusasa Scholarship Fund

Alongside my journey I've decided to raise funds for scholarships for girl's education in Zimbabwe, find out more about that here, to contribute to the Scholarship Fund please do so here.