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Under African Skies

Motorcycle ride up Africa from Cape Town to London

Riders: Gareth Morgan, Jo Morgan, Dave Wallace,Brendan Keogh, Tony Armstrong, Paul Swift
Motorcycles: BMW F650 GS Dakar, BMW F650 GS
Distance: 20,756km
Countries: South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Libya, Tunisia, Sicily, Italy, France, UK

Trip description: This trip is one of the most challenging we have undertaken and the big hurdle is having to be flexible enough to change motorcycle routes because of the uncertainties at any time over safe passage being possible through Central Africa. We have to be sufficiently flexible to be able to switch from one route to another even within a week, the volatility of the region is that high..

Blogs from the trip

Bye from Jo

We are at the end, London. We have gone from spring and blossoms in South Africa to bitterly cold bleak UK and morning frosts, and between the equatoral scorching heat of deserts and the wet season in Ethiopia and Sudan. We have had roads that are as smooth as a baby’s bottom to the ones […]

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What a ride. We are at the top of Africa

We are at the top of Africa and waiting at Tunis for tonights ferry. Tunisia has been a real delight, especially after the ruin of Libya. We managed to get some riding excitement along a 60 km shortcut that someone, probably Brendan, had found. Yes when I thought all the sweaty days were over another […]

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Libya has lost 50% of its population.

As we have travelled through Libya I have noticed there are very few women or girls visible in any places. I saw one driving yesterday and she told me she was “from Tripoli where it is more free”. There have been none at any of the restaurants we have eaten in, eating or working. Today […]

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I’ve been in De Nile

We have put out toes in the source of the Nile (both Blue and White) looked at the confluence of both at Khartoum ( in the Sudan), taken a ferry trip along it’s dammed lake (Nasser) from Wadi Halfa to Aswan and gone to where it discharges muddy, used and abused into the Mediterranean Sea […]

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Joanne – In Shock Yet Again

She’s done it again – blown here 3rd shock absorber on this trip. What it is about Joanne’s riding or with her F650 none of us can fathom, but she is hard on the hardware. So bike guru Paul is back in action replacing the shock from our inventory of spares, shipped out to Addis […]

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The Old Giza

It was sad to see the pyramids surrounded by rubbish, parking lots, and the suburb of Giza pressing in on 3 sides. The construction was being eaten away by the acids caused by the city, but you had to be impressed by the size, hope they are looked after for the next generations.The corruption of […]

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Plates and ladders

Dealing with the Egyptian Traffic Police is like playing snakes and ladders. Land on the right square on the right day and you will progress up the ladders and get to your destination. Land on the wrong square and the snakes will ensure you’re in for lengthy delays. Our first mission was to get an […]

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