Going Home to Africa - South Africa

Product Code: GHTASAP
Availability: In Stock

Price: R295

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My South African friends and fans have patiently awaited the arrival of Going Home to Africa, FINALLY the South African paperback edition is available. 

We decided to give you a pre-launch offer of the book at a 15% discount before it reaches the book stores and we will post it to you.  Order now to secure your paperback copy of the book Going Home to Africa as the offer is limited.

You can follow Dot’s extraordinary 20,000km adventure in her first book, Going Home to Africa, where she describes the ups and downs she faced over the course of her grand expedition: the countries, the people, insane traffic, corrupt borders, marriage proposals, perilous potholes and good old Africa Roadside Assistance.

Her fascinating journal also highlights the varied landscapes and cultural history of Africa that she discovered along the way, the strange, funny and sometimes terrifying situations that she encountered, and the numerous challenges that she and BlueBelle endured – all the while navigating her own personal internal journey.

If you are not in one of the main centres, please request delivery as we cannot be sure if delivery covers your area.  There are two standard options : collection from your local PostNet (up to 3 books) or door-to-door delivery.  

Going Home to Africa is getting great reviews (see the tab for some of these), find some of these on the website and get your copy.  The special price makes it a great gift!


This book is presented in Paperback format and is an A5 size. 

There are approximately 480 pages of content.

The book is printed in South Africa by Shumani RSA and distributed by Cape Courtesy.

Delivery of books is being processed by PostNet and should be collected from your nearest branch.  Please note that if you are not within proximity of a PostNet, before you order, send us an email (mail@capecourtesy.com) or contact us on the website providing details of your address and we will find an alternative shipping method for you.

If the parcel you collect is not in good order, please address this matter to PostNet and do not accept delivery.

Delivery of books should be within 5 - 7 working days.


Purchases are final and refunds will only be provided if there is evidence of an error on our behalf.

Any issues regarding your order should be addressed within 48 hours of receipt with full details, please send to mail@capecourtesy.com

Bank Transfer payment will be processed by our South African Agent, Cape Courtesy, details are provided when yo select this option, please note carefully and forward, by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., your proof of payment to help expedite delivery of your order. 

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Kevin (Amazon UK) on 10-29-2021 01:20 PM
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. I enjoyed Dot's candid style of writing and she covered so many aspects of her journey such as local history, culture, cuisine , fashion ,wildlife, architecture but most of all I loved Dot's vivid descriptions of the African landscapes and the various characters that she encountered on her fascinating journey home to beautiful Zimbabwe. I look forward to the next book!
Antoinette (Amazon UK) on 10-29-2021 01:21 PM
I could not put this book down and I am not an avid reader, getting bored quickly. I loved every moment of her journey and her easy writing style! Salute this amazing lady! I was truly sorry when the book came to an end!
Dallas (Amazon UK) on 10-29-2021 01:22 PM
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 heart as I am from the same country as “Dot” the author. A must read for anyone with the same roots, or just loves a good heartfelt adventure of a lifetime.
(Amazon UK) on 10-29-2021 01:22 PM
Such a great, inspiring read about a journey very few would be brave enough to embark on.
Ruth (Amazon Spain) on 10-29-2021 01:23 PM
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 looking forward to this book and well worth the wait. An epic story of courage, fortitide and sheer determination written with candour and humour. Dot is a truly remarkable woman!
Wendy (Amazon DE) on 10-29-2021 01:24 PM
Dot took me on the journey of a lifetime. I witnessed the challenges, frustrations, joys and overwhelming beauty of Africa from the comfort of my armchair. Her optimism, determination and pragmatism are inspiring and I am a better person for having
taken the journey. Wishing you every success and happiness Dot!
Jordan (Amazon USA) on 10-29-2021 01:25 PM
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 contemplating something similar and within the first few chapters of Dot's book I had gained a huge amount of insight and had re arranged my plans accordingly. As a guide
on what to do and how to, I found her knowledge invaluable and hope to put it to good use. I took it as encouragement for older women to take the bull by the horns and do what it is that sets your heart on fire, thank you Dot.
Cindi (Amazon DE) on 10-29-2021 01:29 PM
If you’ve ever gone through a divorce, needed a life change or adventured alone, then you will feel this book in your heart.
I knew Dot before her journey...I followed her as she made her journey over difficult and washed-out roads, facing challenges and setbacks, triumphs and connections.
As vehicle parts, visas, weather and other obstacles appeared, she always managed to surmount them, with ingenuity, support, pure courage, persistence and a little luck. Maybe it was her belief, self-reliance and fortitude or maybe it was having a goal bigger than herself that made her never give up.
... With Dot’s vivid story-telling, you will feel like you were in the passenger seat with her all the way. If you want to take an epic adventure, celebrate victory after near-certain disaster, experience the scenery and people of Africa, but mostly feel the inspiration and resilience of a strong woman who would never give up, then this is the book for you.
Fiona (Amazon UK) on 10-29-2021 01:30 PM
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 universe working with her is inspiring. From the frustrations and doubts of the early parts of the journey, the reader really shares and partakes in Dot’s journey, blessings on the way, growing sense of peace and accomplishment and joy at arriving home. Wonderful - I can’t wait for the next one - and if you liked Nomadland at the cinema - you will love this!
Gerald (Amazon USA) on 10-29-2021 01:31 PM
I found “Going Home to Africa” a gripping, authentic, informative and humorous book!
Gripping…in the countless unpredictable travel/road conditions as well as encounters with people (officials & ordinary citizens).
Authentic…the author’s experiences of Africa during her travels are I unembellished but laid bare as they are.
Informative…interesting historical information is weaved in masterfully. I also learned several new vocabulary words!
Humorous…the humor is natural and unforced unexpectedly popping up in unlikely places.
And of course the book is inspirational in many ways.
Great read!
Michelle (Facebook) on 10-29-2021 01:48 PM
This book was an answered prayer, a daily entertainment and a true inspiration. I feel like I know Dot personally after reading this book.
If you want to get to know Africa better and understand the culture that is this beautiful, confusing and addictive continent ...this is the read for you.
A must for anyone who wants to hit the African roads (or lack there of )
Was a true pleasure to devour this book, page by page.
Thoko (Facebook) on 10-29-2021 01:49 PM
What an amazing read,what a brave woman!!!
I just cant put the book down,shes such a good writer ❤️
Justyna (Facebook) on 10-29-2021 01:51 PM
Absolutely loved it. Very inspiring and Dot I would love to me you one day when I visit Zimbabwe again. Thank you for sharing this amazing story. My lunch brakes will be so empty without all your adventures. Wishing you luck with all your projects and waiting for part 2 of your book.
Adele (Facebook) on 10-29-2021 01:52 PM
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. I often speak about you like an old friend because you taught me so much by your experiences and the obstacles you had to conquer. You’re still teaching me today with your powerful posts on Facebook and I thank you for that. You truly are a gift!❤️??
Alice (Facebook) on 10-29-2021 01:54 PM
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 really moved me, having been born in Zimbabwe and lived in South Africa, it made me quite nostalgic and homesick, but at the same time, it was so uplifting and joyful. Dot really brings the scenery to life and showcases the wonderful giving nature that lives in Africa´s people from North to South.
Reading this book I relished each sunrise and sunset, felt every pothole on the road, the anxiety of uncertainty, and the jubilation of each win.
Dot and Bluebell are such an inspiration.
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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.