Tuesday, 24 April 2012

Out of Africa


Charley Boorman of Long Way Round/Long Way Down and Race to Dakar fame has a new project called 'Ride Africa with Charley Boorman'. Charley has developed a love for travelling and exploring the world on a motorbike and is now teaming up with the off road touring company Moto Aventures to lead a group of motorcyclists on an adventure through Africa. The trip will happen in August and September and takes a fascinating route starting at Cape town and travelling through East Africa, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and finally ending at Victoria Falls - evocatively nicknamed 'Smoke that Thunders'.

The trip will cover 5,000 miles in 16 days through spectacular landscapes over gravel roads on a good day, and impassable tracks on others, so there will be time to stop when the going is too hard and explore and talk to people. The East African section has better roads so may suit riders who favour roads rather than tracks. The bikes being used are BMW's supplied by an African company call Motorrad South Africa and there will be support vehicles taking the luggage so that not much will have to be carried on the bikes as they travel.

The journey will take in a lot of terrain which is totally new to most riders including deserts, canyons, nature reserves and those huge expanses of Africa under a vast sky. The potential for adventure is there as, although Charley is experienced in this kind of road trip, there is always ample opportunity for the unexpected when covering so many miles in unfamiliar territory so problem solving skills will be an advantage!

For more info see: www.charleyboorman.com

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