I'm regularly asked how I came up with the idea to drive home. After all I've lived outside my country of birth for 35 years and have not returned for the past 25 years, why would I conceivably want to return now? Like the best ideas, it came about as a convergence of times, experience and circumstance. So there isn't a clear one line answer to this, but I'll try to not only put my thoughts into writing but also to share them with you. Firstly, although I've been outside my country (for those who don't know, it is Zimbabwe)...
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