We covered the 830Km from Maun, Botswana to Windhoek, Namibia in a challenging 5 days. The distances have been intimidating but I have enjoyed the riding.

Another rest day, this time in Maun, Botswana. The general feeling within the group is that with only 21 days and 2600Km till Capetown, we're nearly there.

I visited Victoria Falls today. The trip started with the usual obligatory negotiation with a taxi driver who wanted to charge us double the going rate. Sigh

This section was a short but brutal reminder of how tough the Tour d'Afrique has been. 450Km from Lusaka to Livingstone in 3 days.

Throughout our trip the TDA have relied on the knowledge of a number of local guides. Sadly, in Ilongwe we said goodbye to Eddie who was our guide through Kenya, Tanzania and Malawi.

With just over a month to go before reaching Capetown, I've noticed the conversations around camp have changed as people start to focus on what comes next.

I  am now in Ilongwe, the capital city of Malawi.

Due to a last minute route change we have 2 rest days to enjoy a campsite with hot showers and a swimming pool.  Awesome.

This 5 day section has taken us from Iringa in Tanzania to Chitimba Beach in Malawi. Chitimba Beach is a cool backpackers campsite on a private beach on the south coast of Lake Malawi.

The three days off in Arusha were great. The Masai Camp Hotel was a cool place to hang out and as it had food, beer and internet there was minimal need to leave “the compound”.

I have now been cycling for 8 weeks and have reached the half way point in the trip. I currently have 3  days off from cycling and am taking it easy at the Masai Camp Hotel in Arusha, Tanzania.

Isiolo was the start of a return to civilisation after weeks of bush toilets, no showers and tough conditions.  Our campsite in Isiolo had showers, proper toilets and a well stocked bar with cold beer. Luxury.

On the first day in Kenya, I surprised myself and everybody else by finishing second in the race. This was 70Km over very challenging off road conditions which I completed in 2 hours 57 minutes.

The last few days in Ethiopia were easier as the reduced population density near the border meant less children and fewer attacks. Ethiopia is a very beautiful country, but we were all very relieved to be leaving to get away from the children.

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