The plan was to cycle ~26 000 km from Lund, Sweden to Cape Town, South Africa between March 2018 and September 2019. When we reached Spain after two months of cycling we had to send the bikes home to Sweden due to knee problems and continue travelling with backpacks. In the first map we have outlined our planned route before starting. In the second map we have marked our actual route so far.
(Updated 2018-09-12 in Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire)
Red = staying with hosts, Blue = hotel/hostel, Green = wildcamping. One bed = one night, two beds = several nights.
Why in the world are we doing this? We have always loved to travel, and out of all destinations, the continent of Africa has always enticed us the most. Africa offers adventure, nature, colorful cultures and the true sense of exploring something you have never witnessed before. Anna has previously lived in West Africa and David has previously cycled to Turkey, therefore this felt like the perfect trip. Instead of spending our young adult years sitting in an office, we get to see the world and spend more time together. To enjoy the ultimate freedom, we have both quit our jobs and our apartment.
We started cycling because we think that it offers the best mode of travelling; you get closer to the real people outside the tourist destinations and you feel the nature and climate more intimately. The slow pace lets you spend enough time in each country to really get to know it, while at the same time you are always moving forward. A bicycle allows you to carry enough stuff to be truly self-sufficient. We will bring a tent and cooking gear to be able to camp most of the nights, but in big cities we will rest up in hostels or with locals. Now when we are not cycling anymore we still plan to travel slow and camp whenever we can.
While doing this trip, we also want to seize the opportunity and remind everyone that while we our moving south trough Africa, many more people are moving north, fleeing from conflicts and poverty. We have started a fundraiser to bring awareness to this and we encourage you to read more about it here.
With this blog we want to keep our friends and family updated on our adventure, but we also write this for ourselves, as a memory to not forget what we have experienced. While researching our trip, we borrowed a lot of inspiration and information from other long distance cyclists’ blogs and hope to be able to do the same for others. We aim to be honest and not only write about the good times, but also about the bad times (something a lot of bloggers miss these days on social media). In addition to this blog, we also have an instagram account which we encourage you to follow if you want more frequent updates.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact us!
Departure date: 8th of March 2018
See you on the road,
Anna & David