Africa Clockwise is the name of the epic journey around the circumference of the continent stand-up comedian Mark Sampson, writer Sam Pearce and their children Ruby and Zola completed at the end of 2019 in their Big Green Truck, fuelled by recycled waste vegetable oil and solar power.
We set out in July 2013 to inspire others to:
– Travel Africa
– Think Green
– Seize the Day
We originally thought it would take us two years – the plan was one year up the west coast, one year down the east, and back before our daughter started high school. Six and a half years, 47000km, 38 countries and 27 breakdowns later, she wrote Matric!
Africa Clockwise was a quest to discover whether it was possible for our kids to live happily without wifi or water on tap – like the majority of the continent’s children. A quest to investigate whether a future without fossil-fuelled luxuries may not be such a bad thing, helping us to focus on quality of life experiences, not quantity of possessions.
The journey in the Big Green Truck was ‘clockwise’ – both as a direction, and as a wake up call: time now is crucial and we urgently need to take proactive steps to prepare for an environmentally compromised future. Our ecological clock is ticking increasingly loudly and alarm bells are ringing…
Since we left, ‘global warming’ has become ‘global heating’, with ‘global scorching’ on the horizon. In 2013 we thought we were going to be teaching our kids how to cope with extreme weather and less water so they could pass lessons on to their kids – we didn’t think we would be dealing with climate emergency in our lifetime.
However, we are confident that the lessons travelling Africa has taught us about resilience and positivity have prepared them well for what is upon us and what is coming. If you need cheering up about climate change, book comedian Mark Sampson for a post-pandemic motivational presentation or follow us on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.
Follow the blog to witness Sam Pearce complete the story of their mammoth trek and transform it into a book about the lessons of longhaul travel with longhaul illness.