It has been great to meet so many people who are interested in my trip and have offered ideas and suggestions, given advise and sage wisdom, all of this has been appreciated. However, the one question that I do get asked the most is "when are you going". Some people believe that it's a bit like deciding to drive to Greece and all I need to do is get in my car and go. Regrettably the reality is that in order to do this trip well there are not only a lot of things that I need but many things...
In a previous post I discussed the route that I am planning but I've been getting more questions so here is a visual Google Earth image with an approximation of the route. This route is not the final route but it gives everyone a better idea of what I have in mind. There is much about the route that may change as I need visas for almost every country so if I am denied any of these I will obviously have to adjust accordingly.
When I started to speak to people about my idea to drive through Africa to reach home I have to confess I did so reluctantly as there are those people who are dream stealers and while I have thought through all (well probably not ALL, but many) of the pros and cons I still want to do it and I didn't want to be drowning in alarming stories or warnings. However, I was surprised and delighted by the response and support I've received by most people. Of course there have been many comments, like you're very brave, which somehow I've...
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.
If you're wondering how a 60 year old woman managed to traverse West and Central Africa in a 20 year old 2WD van on her own ... how she managed the loss of her clutch in Nigeria, her views of passing the Sahara desert, camping at dubious hotels, managing the many, many checkpoints and never paying a single bribe ... you can now read all about it ... https://goinghometoafrica.com/index.php/the-book