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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...
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...
What an amazing read,what a brave woman!!!I just cant put the book down, shes such a good writer ❤️ (Facebook)
This book was an answered prayer, a daily entertainment and a true inspiration. I feel like I know Dot personally after reading this book....
I found “Going Home to Africa” a gripping, authentic, informative and humorous book! Gripping…in the countless unpredictable travel/r...
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...
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...
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 ...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
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 ...
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...
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....
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 ...

Going Home to Africa

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

The Book


My drive through Africa took 8.5 months, writing the book took 7 months, the editing, proof reading, publishing and such took a further 8 months ... all in all the book took more time and headaches than the journey ... well OK, maybe they are on a par!

I've never written a book before, well that's not entirely true ... I have written a book but it is still in a folder tucked away looking for a rewrite ... However, this was the first time ever that anyone wanted me to write a book and after my journey so many of my followers wanted to read about all of my journey so I felt compelled to write ... The Book!

I decided early on that I needed to give the story some context as I'm often asked what set me out on this journey and so there needed to be some part about the what, why and how before launching into the journey itself.

I set out the book with chapter headings first and decided on a chapter per country ... there were 18 of them and it might have become confusing to tell one country from another.  I also decided that I would tell the story as though I was taking the reader along with me.  I'm not a descriptive writer and frankly there weren't things of great descriptive glory every day ... other than the glorious sunrises and sunsets ... 

So the book is written in a style that is familiar and in my own voice and I'm hoping that it will delight my faithful followers.

I have so many people to thank for supporting the book into publication, my Editor - Andrea Murphy of The Perfect Wordsmith, she showed me why so many writers are effusive about their editors because she truly brought the (many) words a touch of magic.  Thanks to Elitsa Simova and Ben Randell for their excellent proof reading.  Also to Graeme Bell, intrepid overlander and author of many books - A2Aexpedition whom I met while on the road and wrote my Foreword.  As with all good things in life they are never achieved in isolation.

The book launches on 30 March on the website and it may be some days later before Amazon launches.

I would welcome your reviews on the website, on Amazon, on Facebook ... the more you like the more girls are also helped with their education as at least $1 from each book goes to the education of girls in Zimbabwe.





© Dot Bekker Image - Iris Ritchie Photography

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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.