Author Archives: Africa Clockwise

“We Are Sahrawi”

On 16th June 2016, we made our 20th border crossing (thanks to entering Senegal twice around The Gambia) into our 19th and 20th countries. Officially, we were moving from Mauritania into Morocco. But as far as South Africa is concerned, … Continue reading

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Mauritania Curveballs

The edge of the Sahara in midsummer feels a bit like Jo’burg in midwinter: it’s really dry, cold at night and you start the day by piling on layers which you then have to strip off in the hot mid-afternoon. … Continue reading

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Sahara Routine

The Sahara was a big surprise. Before we left Dakar, we were bracing ourselves for two solid months crawling across the desert. We had packed in more food than at any time since we left South Africa in 2013. These … Continue reading

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Ripped Off in Rosso

This blog tells the story of the one time we got thoroughly ripped off at a border. After travelling through 18 African countries back to back, I thought I was pretty good at sussing out con artists by now, but … Continue reading

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Saint Louis: An Audience with Zoumba

Just before the blog leaves Dakar, I have to make one last mention of Monsieur Sall, LASA’s long-suffering truck consultant, who made the trip into town to attend to Big Reg’s needs many times over our two months there, and … Continue reading

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WE LOVE DAKAR! Part 5: You Are My Tribe

This is the last Dakar blog, I promise. When we originally planned this trip, we intended to cross the Sahara before the end of March because of the encroaching summer heat. (The fact that was originally March 2014 we can … Continue reading

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WE LOVE DAKAR! Part 4: La Main Gauche

Our art-craving slaked, we got on with the business of getting out of here. Ousmane, our best friend at Ngor Lounge was proving a godsend. Boris’s right hand man, Ousmane was at work from dawn till dusk during the month … Continue reading

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