Matt & Nat's wheelie big adventure!

Lake of stars

We’re camping on a lovely white sand beach at Senga Bay, at the end of a peninsular that juts out into the huge lake. I’ve been for a couple of short rides around the village and my knee feels okay. Camping has been less than ideal though: It hurts a lot to bend my knee past 90 degrees, so sleeping, cooking, eating, washing up and [...]

The warm heart of Africa

When we arrived at Devil St, Lilongwe at 3am, the other passengers told us that it was safest to stay on the bus until morning, so we did and watched the adjacent fish market set up in the breaking dawn. We’re staying in a guest house on church grounds and spent Sunday resting in our room and listening to the singing from the church. De [...]

It’s a long way to Lilongwe

It’s over 35 degrees in Lusaka, the municipal water was cut off all day today, there’s no fan in our room, and I can’t get my knee wet in the pool at the backpackers, so we’ve been cooling down by drinking cold beer and hanging out at the air-con shopping mall where we found an excellent Indian restaurant. Tomorrow we [...]

Jolly glad to be leaving

We’re taking the bus to Lusaka tomorrow as our Zambian visas will expire soon, so it’s time to start moving. We could apply for visa extensions but we want to start moving north before the rainy season starts in the next month. We’ll bus until I’m ready to ride…

The smoke that thunders

Yesterday we went to Victoria Falls. It is the end of the dry season, so there is not much water in the falls at the moment. I was able to walk around for a couple of hours, which is an improvement, but my wound is still bleeding and I can’t bend my knee very far. The bridge between Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Allez les bleus

Jacques (20 years on the road) & Regis
The wound in my knee is now infected and I’m back on antibiotics. We’ve just booked our room at the hostel for another week. Yawn! Two French cyclists are here for a couple of nights – the first long-distance tourers we’ve met in Africa. One of them has been cycling round and round the world non-stop for 20 years! I [...]

African Queen

We went on a charity cruise on the Zambezi today. It was an annual fundraiser for a local home for sexually abused girls – the youngest girl they have is only 3 years old… We ate fried rice and drank beer and watched the hippos and bought crafts that the girls had made.

A stitch in time

My knee is slowly (painfully) healing, though the cut is deep and still bleeding and I have limited movement. I had the stitches removed a couple of days ago and the doctor is happy enough with the progress. Thanks for all the emails and messages of support. We’re staying at a great hostel near Victoria Falls with lots of chill-out areas with [...]

An angel called Gabriel

The amount of wildlife around here is incredible – as we rode through Kasane at dawn yesterday we passed elephants, hippo, baboon and antelope, all in the town. We took a ferry to cross the Chobe and Zambezi rivers, at the point where Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia all meet. I thought the elephants, speeding taxis and huge truck [...]

King of the jungle

We went on an excellent game drive in Chobe today and saw lions with cubs, leopard, buffalo, hyena, zebra, giraffe, sable, eland, mongoose and hundreds of elephants. When we got back to the lodge, we found that monkeys had ripped a couple of big holes on the top of our tent. While we were lounging up at the lodge bar yesterday, monkeys had go [...]

Land of giants

This croc is about 2 metres from our tent! Apparently there will be lots more around tonight - I am not getting out of the tent until morning!
We had an excellent day today. We woke to the sound of hippos in the Zambezi and cycled 75km with NO headwind – the first time in over a month, hurrah. We were so fast that we reached the Botswana border by lunchtime. The border had elephants and eland everywhere, it was brilliant to ride through. Then we reached Chobe National Park, wh [...]

The mighty Zambezi

Sign just next to our tent
We are having a day off (at another luxury resort), camping under a mango tree on the Zambezi River, from where we can see hippos splashing and grunting in the water and Zambian fishermen in dug-out canoes. Tomorrow is our last day in Namibia. There is no longer clean municipal drinking water and we don’t fancy drinking the water straight fro [...]