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After 44 years - on 18th.09.2014 - I decided to stop my researches on: "How were all continents discovered 1885-2014 by motorcycle-travellers?" The reason is that I have been sitting with all my passion behind the computers and reading books and articles for years day and night to come to the knowledge of these sites.
I am still full of other ideas including some travels. Also I want to move a bit more for my health instead of sitting too long behind the computer.

You can use all information for yourself. If you use infos and fotos for any other reason like publications please know, that there is still Copyright on all of it by myself and others.

I am German. I did my best to write most in English. If I missed some ,,,,,,,,, please take some of these and put them on the right place (Churchill)!

Bye Bernd Tesch. Village Hammer in forest EIFEL / Germany / United Europe / Multiversum



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Africa-Motorcycle-Travels = Afrika-Motorrad-Reisen

Overland to, in and around Africa by Motorcycle
Plan or experience?
On this site you find summaries of travellers who have travelled already in Africa, just travelling there or have the plan to travei in Africa.
You can talk with ca. 250 high experienced Motorcycle-Travellers who rode all continents so far on the yearly motorcycle meeting - called "Tesch-Travel-Treffen" - for World-travellers.

Links:
Around-The-World including Africa
10 Billion-1950 in Africa

1951-1980 in Africa

1981-1990 in Africa
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2011-2020 in Africa



Political map of Africa 2008. http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/




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Africa 2001-2010

Africa-Motorcycle-Travels = Afrika-Motorrad-Reisen
Overland to, in and around Africa by Motorcycle

Wie kann ich selber nach Afrika fahren ?
How can I travel myself to Africa ?


Try to find any information for your plan to travel to Africa
via internet, people, TV, magazine, newspapers.

1. Find good maps !
Here you find one of the best overviews of worldwide maps-: http://www.lib.utexas.edu/maps/  
The best maps in general for a motorcycle traveller are still the "Michelin Maps". You have to buy them in a book-shop.

2. Find good books !
There are a lot of books in the international market in all languages. Go into a larger book-shop and buy books. See books www.berndtesch.de
If you want to know what kind of Motorcycle-Travel-Books books have been written look at Bernd Tesch´s website www.tukutuku.de at first. Here you find information about nearly all avaible and not available "1000 Motorcycle-Travel-Books 1907-until today" in all languages.
The book in German written by Bernd Tesch "Afrika Motorrad Reisen" is not available any more since januar 2009.


3. Find good information !
Try to find travellers who have gone your route already. You will find on this sites the largest collection of Africa-travellers in internet. See their websites as well.
But always be very critical about individual and new information. There will be differences like "no problem" and "only I could travel this route". Africa is still the adventure continent. In desert Sahara you could do a mistake only "once".
Visit the yearly "Tesch-Travel-Treffen" with 250-300 Motorcycle World-Travellers" !!
Here you find a huge collection of Africa-travellers including Transafrica-Tavellers

3. Find good equipment !
Talk with individual Africa-travellers !
But you will notice very quick that there are a lot of different meanings concerning equipment for the motorcycle and person.
Bernd Tesch has written in German the list you should start with. This is called "Moto-Pack". About 20 pages of what you should take with you and leave at home. And why ! Experience out of 45 years
In www.berndtesch.de you find the equipment Bernd Tesch produces and offers for your tour.

3. Find good information, recommendation and equipment together!
Individual-personal recommendation by Bernd Tesch:
Normally people search for weeks / months for x-people to find out the needed information and equipment. If you want to save your time and money and do not want to depend on individual information only then visit the "Recommendation Hours of Bernd Tesch"in German or English. Then you will have all important information and equipment in some hours for your planned tour.

Copyright by Bernd Tesch. Motorcycle-WORLD-Travel-Expert. It is free for you to read this and learn out of it. It is not allowed to take off or to publish any information of this without written permission of Bernd Tesch (C). This all is a part of the books "Afrika-Führer für Selbstfahrer" = Africa-Guide for Individual Travellers" ISBN 3-9800099-0-4 (5th edition, out pf print). And a second book in German: "Afrika-Motorrad-Reisen" = Africa Motorcycle-Travels. ISBN  3-9800099-2-0 (out of print) and another book in work "Afrika-Motorrad-Abenteuer" ISBN  3-9800099-4-x.
GLOBETROTT-ZENTRALE Bernd TESCH. Grünentalstrasse 31. 52152 Simmerath-Hammer. Germany.
Tel. 0049 (0) 2402-75375. email: homepage  http://www.berndtesch.de





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Bernd Tesch´s Africa-tours and Africa-equipment for Motorcycles

< So sicher fällt man auf Tesch-Travel-Taschen und TTTräger.

Foto: Steffen Müller und Min Tesch in Afrika.

Bernd Tesch has been travelling in Africa 1961 until 2010 about 111.111 kms himself. But much more important is that he knows hundreds of Africa-Motorcycle-Travellers himself. He is working in this field since 1961 (his first tour to Africa). In this times I had to write letters and to phone or to visit the Africa- and World-Travellers to get contact / information. Later Fax helped. In 1991 I visited the most famous motorcycle-travellers in Denmark, in 1993 in Britain, in 1994 in USA and in between in Belgium, France, Germany, Namibia, Netherland, South Africa, Switzerland. Many of  famous Africa Motorcycle Travellers have been at my yearly Motorcycle-Meeting for World-Travellers in april. I own the largest archive of  Africa-Travellers and TRANS-Africa-Travellers. Especially I am as well best informed about the history: "Discovering Africa by Motorcycle". See up and below. In this summaries you find nearly all the mc-pioneers and other intersting mc-tours. I konw many Transafrica-travellers which are not inside here so far. In 02.1998 I started in internet to publish information about Motorcycle-World-Travellers. This collection was first published 28th of may 2000 first time. In 06th.05.2009 I overworked this sites and divided them in different sites. Until 2013 I have worked many months to add and update all this.

To find all this and all my activities was a "life-long job" and cost me a lot of money. Since many years I am working in a two new books called "Afrika-Motorrad-Reisen (3rd edition) = Africa Motorcycle Travels" and "Afrika Motorrad Abenteuer" = Africa Motorcycle Adventures. All books about "Africa by Motorcycle" which have been published until 1994 are published in German. But a very international understandable book is called "Motorrad-Abenteuer-Touren" = Motorcycle-Adventure-Tours (432 pp, 500 pictures / drawings. About 264 Motorcyle World-Tours. ISBN 3-9800099-55-5. € 19,90).



Deine geplante oder schon durchgeführte Afrika-Reise:
If you are an Africa-Motorcycle-Traveller or plan to do this or "on the road" already or know anyone who is not listed here, please send my any details, addresses, publications, homepages and most important: best pictures.

If there is any chance give me at first a complete view LIKE this EXAMPLE in the SAME STIL in English:
01.10.2010 - 27.10.2011
Sven Müller (German, born ??.??.19??)  your http://www.???
I rode solo Africa with BMW R 100 GS. 25.000 kms in 12 months. Or: I rode together with Susan Smith (British) who rode a HONDA 500 XL
Purpose: ??.
Route: Europe 12.000 kms (Germany - Austria - Switzerland - Italy - Greek - Turkey ....) - Asia 15.000 kms (Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal. Bike solo by plane to Singapure. I flew to Singapure. Malaysia - Thailand - back to Singapure). - Australia 16.000 kms (I flew together with bike to Darwin. Around  Australia 16.000 kms. Or offer names like: Darwin - Adelaide - Melbourne - Sydney ...) - North-America (I flew with bike to Los Angeles. LA - New York) - Africa - Europe (Bike by ship to Netherlands / Amsterdam - Germany / Cologne).
The best: I wanted to find myself. Freedom. Sun. Friendship of  Turkey people. invitation by Pakistani. Climbing the Himalayas........)
The worst: I got Malaria in Nairobi. Attack of soldiers with weapons in Iran.....)...
Important useful informations for others:... ??
Book or publication (about your tour):... ??
Earlier and later experiences with motorcycles: ??

I am very grateful to all the individuals who knew that I am working in this field. They informed me worldwide by sending letters, later faxes and emails since 1970 about Motorcycle-World-Around-Travellers. Without their help I could not get to this high level. Please give me your "pardon" that there are mistakes inside of the informations and a lot in the language. At least you will never have seen such a huge collection of informations. I could add hundreds huge Motorcycle-Travels of  Africa- and especially Trans-Africa. But this will take much more of my time in future. One special field of me is to reseach the "Historical conquer and special interesting Africa-tours". The earliest motorcycle tours through Africa should be relatively complete. If you know any of them who are not registered here please inform me.
Bernd Tesch

Overland to, in and around Africa by Motorcycle


All the great Motorcycle-Travellers who rode / ride Around-The-World and possibly crossed this continent as well are not included here. See http://www.berndtesch.de >Englisch or German version >continents >world




2001

??.03.2001 - ??
Frank Hoefer (35) Alex Schönborn (30) und Jan Hagedorn (32)
Tunisia - Libya. Plan: 03.2001: D - Italien - Tunesien - Libyen  - Tunesien - D.
Der Brauer Frank (Afrika Twin RD 04), der Werbe-Agenturist Alex (Varadero) und der Werkstoffmechaniker und gelernte Zweiradmechaniker Jan (RD 07) wollen einen Einstieg in Afrika. Über Ghadames wollen sie über die Piste nach Sebha, Mandara-Seen nach Ghat ins Akakus-Gebirge.
08.07.2000 They came for recommendation.


??.??.2001 – 14.09.2001
Thomas Kaffanke (German, born 14.09.1970)
+ South- and East Africa
. Thomas rode solo ?? 5 months with a BMW R80GS Basic ca. 30.000 km.
Purpose of tour: Travel with my bike. Holiday. Meets with new people outside the Europe culture.
Route: South Africa (Cape Town – Garden Route, Krueger National Park, Lesotho (highest pup in Africa, ~ 3000 meter above zero), Durban - Cape Town) – Namibia (Lüderitz, Fish river canyon, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Etosha Naional Park) – Botswana (Maun, Okawango Delta) – Zambia (Victoria Falls, Lusaka) – Malawi (Lilongwe) – Tanzania ( Mbeya, Tanga, Dar es Salaam , Arusha, Moshi ) – Kenya (Nairobi, Victoria See, Masai Mara Park). Shipped the bike from Nairobi back to Germany with Kühne and Nagel.
Highlights: Ride with my bike trough the Namib. The silence in the dessert. Starry sky in the dessert. The people!
The worst: I got fleas in Namibia . Try to robbed me two times in South Africa. First time, Cape Town : I walked in the night close to the long street. Two guys stopped me, unmistakable the wanted to have my jacket and wallet. But sometimes I'm a lucky guy; the police was only around the corner. The guys run away. Second time, Johannesburg : The traffic light on the junction was red. I'm a good German and I stopped. Some guys came around and start to take the stuff from my bike. I rode away with my bike.
Earlier experiences: Some trips in Europe ( France , Corsica , Austria )
Book – publication about the tour : I did not write about the tour.
Info:
I used for preparation this literature: "Durch Afrika" (Edition 2000 Klaus und Erika Därr); "Afrika Motorrad Reisen Ratgeber" (von Bernd Tesch Handbuch - 1988), "Motorradreisen zwischen Urlaub und Expedition" ( Thomas Trossmann Taschenbuch – 2000).
My useful information and TIPS for others: Take your time!!!
"Reisen ist tödlich für Vorurteile". Viele "Probleme" die ich in meinem Luxusleben hier in Deutschland habe sind eher nichtig und klein gegenüber den Problemen die die Menschen in Afrika haben. Fasziniert hat mich, das die Menschen obwohl, Sie selber wenig oder nichts haben mir immer geholfen haben oder bereit waren mit mir zu teilen. Ich würde das allen empfehlen so eine Reise durchzuführen. Ein tolles Erlebnis, das Gefühl der totalen Freiheit wird mich mein restliches Leben begleiten. Fernziel: Mit dem Motorrad von Nairobi nach Kairo zu fahren. "Problem": 4 Kinder, 1 Haus und natürlich meine Frau.
30.03.2009 1 st summary
30.03.2009 1 st request for update.
01.04.2009 Last update.


15.06.2001 - 10.09.2001
Jolien Visscher (Dutch, 21.12.1980) and Rene Willekes (Dutch, 01.01.1977) http://www.motormaniacs.nl
Southern Africa. Rene and Jolien rode through Southern Africa (7 Countries) on ONE BMW R1150GS. 15.000 kms in 10 weeks.
Route: South Africa - Namibia - Botswana - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Mozambique on ONE BMW R1150 GS about 12.000 kms.
Bike shipped to Capetown. Camping and self-cooking all the way.
Route: Namibia - Botswana -, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Swaziland and South Africa. Bike shipped to Capetown
Purpose of travel:
Meeting all the people of the world. Learning more about life itself an living our dream.
The best: Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Despite the empty shops and flodded roads the people are generous and friendly. Even better: watching elephants in Botswana from 5 meters without them noticing us.
The worst: Endless roads of deep sand and deep ruts. Riding 300 kgs of GS with two up is a nightmare. But we wouldn't want to have missed it.
Publications in Dutch MC-magazines and on http://www.motormaniacs.nl
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Contact me if you need information about shipping an contacts in Capetown, I speak German too!
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Drove through many countries in Europe and loved every inch of it!


Ca. 22.09.2001 - ca. 20.11.2001
Min Tesch (German, born 1976) and Steffen Müller (German)
< Steffen und Min beim Dünenfight in Afrika.
Foto: Steffen Müller und Min Tesch.

+ Tunisia. Algeria.
Min (25, son) with Bernd Tesch´s BMW R 80 G/S and Steffen Müller with YAMAHA XT 600 K rode about two months Europe - North Africa - Europe.
Purpose of travel: Min finished his study Dipl.-Media-Designer. Computer-filmer Steffen joint him for adventure. Both bought a new digital-film-camera to film in Africa.
Route: Europe (Germany - Switzerland - Italy) - by ship from Genua to Tunis - Africa (Tunisia - Algeria) - by ship from Oran to Alicante - Europe (Spain....Germany)
The worst: In Tunisia the just new bought digital-TV-camera broke down. Time too short to forget Europe and to be just "on the road". Kids around the motorcycle stole his sun glasses.
The best: A Tunisian techincan from TV repaired their camera one day after it broke down. Sitting on the high dunes of the Sahara part Grand Erg Occidental.
Impressions: Min did not like Tunisia because the whole country was full of rubbish. Even parts of the desert. Nothing was so new for me as o the first tour with B.T. in 1997.
Earlier experiences: 1997 three months overland from France via Black Sea - Caspian Sea - Russia - China with his father Bernd Tesch.


10.10.2001 - 01.04.2002
Thilo Kollmann (German, born 10.12.74) and Erling Foshaugen (Norwegian, born 31.08.68)
Plan: Europe - North-Africa - West-Africa - via Tchad / Sudan to North/East Afica). After having been infected by the sand and dune-virus in Morocco in 2000, I´m working on a plan how to cross Africa through some sahel states from the west to the east. The bike will be my beloved HONDA XL 600 R (1985).
Route: Europe (Germany - Italy (Genua) - Africa (by ferry to Tunisia) - Algeria (Ouargla - probably graveyard-piste - Illizi - Djanet - Tam - In Guezzam) - Niger (Aarlit - Agadez) - Tschad (Lac Tschad - Bol - Djamena - Abéché) - Sudan (El Obeid - Khartoum. From here Erling wants to travel solo south and Thilo solo north to Wadi Halfa) - Egypt (Assuan) - Asia (Israel) - Europe (Greek (here one or two weeks of recreation and hollidays) - Italy - Germany.
Purpose of travel: If you don't know better stay at home thinking about it (some hints: expect to see marvellous landscapes. Nosy to meet people, who don't know Harald Schmidt or Princess Di and who have other sorrows then choosing the right tv-programme. Keen on experiencing absolute silence within myself and the nature. Searching for a duty that could be worth spending the time of my life for it. Doing something completely senseless and at the same time s.th. of an unimaginable value for oneselfs development. Learning to make decisions and to carry out the consequences (sounds a little bit like therapy, doesn´t it? There is a lot more but you all will find out by yourself. Unfortunatly I cant give any hints yet before the trip. All I know is available on the net or witten in books. As soon as im back I´d love to share all information that could be useful for following travellers.
B.T.: Dieses ist die mir erste bekannte Tour per Motorrad via Tchad - Sudan in der Neuzeit. 1933 - 34: Die erste West - Ost - Durchquerung Afrikas via Tchad durch James C. Wilson und Francis Flood mit 2 englischen 1 Zyl. Motorrädern mit Seitenwagen. Route: Lagos - Tchadsee - Sudan - Äthiopien - Rotes Meer. 3800 miles = 6800 km. (Buch Wilson 1935). 1994 habe ich Jim Wilson (96) in USA/Nebraska besucht !


31.10.2001 - 31.01.2003
Ingeborg Wannags (German) and Tjeerd Klerk (Dutch)
Amsterdam - Capetown - Cairo with a Yamaha XT 600 E and a Yamaha XTZ 660 Tenere, 44.000 kms, 21 countries.
Route: Amsterdam through Germany, Austria, Italy to Tunis - Algeria - Niger - Burkina Faso - Ivorycoast - Ghana; flight to South Africa, shipping the bikes to Durban; South Africa - Namibia - Botswana - Sambia - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenia - Ethiopia - Sudan - Egypt - flight back to Amsterdam.
Purpose of travel: travel
The best: silent nights in the Sahara, vibrant live at the african markets, meeting lovely people, Africans and travellers, riding the motorbike through great landscape and many more.
The worst: being stupied enough to be cheated, tearing the ligaments of my shoulder in the dessert, many discussions about security, being robbed in SA, hurting my knee in Cairo so that we had to fly back to Holland
Book: "Karibu Mgeni - willkommen Fremder", 2010. ISBN 9783842312517


28.11.2001 - 12.07.2002
Susi Boxberg (German, born 1961) and Achim Schmitt (German, born 1969)
+ Transafrica: Germany >Cairo > Capetown.
Germany - Egypt > South Africa. www.zweizeit.de.vu
Susi and Achim rode together from Germany (Cologne) via the Middle East to Capetown with a Honda Africa Twin and a BMW F 650 GS.
Purpose of travel: Curiosity. We both had the wish to travel for a long time and to start such a journey from home with our own vehicles. After some thinking we decided to make our driving license for motorbikes and started immediatly to Africa.
Route: Europe (Germany - Italy - Greece - Turkey-) Asia (Syria - Jordan-) Africa (Egypt - Sudan - Ethiopia - Kenya - Tanzania - Malawi - Zambia - Namibia - Botswana - South Africa). Overall 30.000 km. We flew back and we shipped the bikes back to Germany by ship.
The best: Making it without experience and injuries. Petra and Wadi Ram. Sudan and it's people full of hospitality. Climbing Kilimanjaro. Wildlife in Southern Africa. Victoria-Falls. The experience to make the decision and start.
The worst: Achim got Malaria in Botswana. Stone-throwing children in Ethiopia. "Roads" in North Sudan, Ethiopia and North Kenya.
Book or publication : Motorrad (edition no. 10, 2003 ). Book in 2008: Von Köln nach Kapstadt. Verlag Delius und Klasing. ISBN 978-3-7688-2461-3
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Please visit our homepage www.zweizeit.de.vu for many infos about the tour and the track (sorry, German only)
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: None
09.01.2004 1st information by Stefan Harms
12.01.2004 1st contact
16.03.2008 Invitation with book for 51. TTTreffen.


??.12.2001 - 01.2002
Mike Etienne and ? (England)
Plan Transafrica. GB - Cairo - Capetown.
Route: Europe (GB - France - Germany - Czechoslovakia - Hungary - Romania - Bulgaria - Turkey ) - Asia (Syria - Israale - Jordan) - Africa (Egypt - Sudan - Ethiopia - Kenya - Uganda - Rwanda - Burundi - Tanzania - Maaalawi - Zambia - Mozambiqque - Zimbabwe - Botswana - Nambia - Swasiland - Lesotho - South Africa).


??.12.2001 - ??.04.2002
Anette Bovin (Kay) (Swedish, born ??.??.19??) no www.
+ Sweden - West-Africa: Capetown. Anette (33 ??) rode solo from solo on her old SUZUKI DR 350 about ??.000 kms.
Purpose of the trip:
???
Route : ?? Europe (Sweden by truck to The Netherlands by bike NL - Belgium - France - Spain - Portugal - Spain) - Africa (by ferry to Morocco - Mauretania - Mali - Burkina Faso -Ghana (Accra) - and from here ???
Info: Anette put her bike in Sweden in a truck down to Holland to avoid the ice on the roads in Sweden . From Holland she rode down to Portugal . Because it was sooo cold... she tried to put newspaper in the shoes... but it didnt really work ! Ferry from Spain over to Morocko and down to Dhakla. There she spent the New Year waiting for the military-convoy to leave to Mauratania. In Mauretania lovely sand dunes then over to Mali on a sandy track. More dust in Burkina Faso and a terrible heat... And then the humid Ghana with amazing green forest and magic small tracks. Ended the trip in Accra after about 4 1/2 months.
The best / highlights:
?? Loved the whole West African experience. Even the desert its full of colour. Just the french bit was a bit tricky for me.
The worst : ??
Book / publication:
That trip I documented with a video and its been aired by a Swedish travelprogram
Earlier experiences: 03.03.1999 (SA, Capetown) - 18.06.2000 (Sweden, Stockholm ). Solo Transafrica with the same SUZUKI DR 350.
21.09.2006 Anette informed me 1 st time about this tour. Haven´t done any adventures since really but I live in Malawi and dream about it all the time!!! Do go and pat my bike every now and then. Its really tired and I cant afford a new one...... Anette Bovin is now married with new name: Kay.
21.09.2006 1st Tesch-request for update.
28.09.2006 2nd request for update.


26.12.2001 - 17.03.2002
Andrea Weierich (German, birthday 1971) http://www.xt-500.de/reisen/xt-ratte/xt-ratte.html
Andrea planned to ride solo from Germany to Ghana with XT 500. Because her motor had a defect she came as far as Bukina Faso.
Route: Europe (Germany (Tübingen)) - France - Spain - by ferry from Almeria to Melilla Algeria - behind the Rif-Mountains towards the convoi through Morocco - Mauretania - Senegal - The Gambia - Mali - Burkina Faso - Niger - Ghana. The bike will be send back to Germany - Andrea will fly back.
She rode: France (Montelimar) - Tarragona - Almeria - Nador (30.12.01) - Oujda - Marzouga (Erg Chebbi) - Zagora (Valle du Draa) - Marrakech - Sidi Ifni - Dakhla - Militaerkonvoi 11.01.02 - Nouadhibou - laengerer Aufenthalt mitten in der Wueste wegen Getriebeschaden an einem Landrover unseres kleinen Konvois - Nouakchott - Rosso (21.01.02) - St. Louis (ein paar Tage ausspannen, dann alleine weiter) - Touba - Kaffrine - Ngyenne - (Steinkreise/Megalithen) - Kaolack (kleiner Umweg wegen besserer Strasse) - Tambakounda - Diboli (MALI 29.01.02) - Kayes - Manantali (eine Woche ausspannen bei neuen Freunden vom Kraftwerk) - Bamako - Bandiagara (Falaise du Dogon) - Djenne - Bamako (um einen der Kraftwerksarbeiter zu verabschieden, der nach D zuueckkehrt und leider auch um meine Malaria auszukurieren) - Richtung Burkina Faso über Sikasso, da leider schwerer Motorschaden
(keine Zeit für Reparatur). Mit einem LKW kamen meine XT und ich nach Bamako zurück, wo ich noch eine Wochen mit meinen Freunden aus der Wüste verbrachte und dann heimfliegen mußte.
Purpose of travel: Gaining new experiences and to see The Gambia again
The best: Uebrigens ist diese Reise durch West-Afrika das beste, was mir je passiert ist! Und bislang hatte ich als Frau ueberhaupt keine Probleme (toi, toi, toi). Nur Fahrtechnisch bin ich an meine Grenzen gestossen (Strecke Kayes - Bafoulabe), aber das war zu erwarten. The whole trip was great! One shouldn‘t miss the Falais du Dogon in Mali!
The worst: It is very likely that I wont see most of the nice people I met again
Book or publication (about your tour): .......
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Don‘t plan too much at home! It is not good to rush through the countries just because you are supposed to see many of them.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Nothing really big: 3 months in Skandinavia 1998 and 5 weeks in Scottland 2000.
Special info: My Malaria was resistent against Lariam (prophylaxe sorgfaeltig eingehalten!). I got a theraphie Coartem (= Arthemeter kombipraeperat als Therapie) which means to get three days infusion of Chinin.

20?? Andrea was solo in Iran
2016.02.16 Last update.



2002


03.2002 + 1 Year
Monika Bertels (German) and Fichard Schawn (South African)
- Transafrica. Both plan to travel back to South Africa by motorcycle BMW R 100 GS or YAMAHA XT 600 E.
28.04.2001 1st conatct
30.01.2002 They cancelled there trip and flew to South Africa. They still dream to do this trip once. They are willing to accepet motorcycle-travellers as guests in South Africa, Capetown: monikabertels@hotmail.comoli


31.03.2002 - 13.04.2002
Ignaz zu Toerring Jettenbach (born 30.03.1966) and Maximilian von Habsburg (born 05.11.1963)
+ Spain - Mauretania. Ignaz and his cousin Maximilian rode both with BMW 650 Dakar 3.500 km.
Purpose of travel: to visit Mauretania.
Route: Spain (Madrid) - ferry from Algeciraz to Morocco (Tanger) - Essauira - Sidi Ifni - Tan Tan Plage - Tafaya - El Aioun - Dahkla) - Mauretania (Nouhadibou - south through desert - Parque Banc d'Arguin - along beachline to Noukachott) - Senegal (Rosso - St. Louis - Dakar). Back to Spain (Madrid) with airplane (Lufthansa) with motorcycles.
The best: The crossing of banque d'arguin
The worst: Frontier at Rosso - avoid it if you don't want to get robbed (corrupt frontier police) and take the "dique" along the river Senegal to St. Louis.
Book or publication (about your tour): no
Useful informations and TIPS for others: ....??
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:. Alps, Pyrinees, Dolomites, Corsica
02.2002 1st contact
19.09.2011 1st request for the best foto + 2 portraits


15.04. - 15.08.2002
Andreas Goetzenich (born 1977, German) and Franziskus Stephan (born 1976, German)
- Plan North Africa. Medical student Andreas wants to travel with a BMW R 100 GS and with Landscape- gardener Stephan (26) with his beloved Harley Sporster. They intended to circle the Mediterrean sea but will manage this as good as they can.
Orginal planned route: Germany - Switzerland - Slowenia - Albania - Greek - Turkey - Syria - Jordania - Israel - Egypt - Libya - Tunisia - Algeria - Morocco - Spain - France - Germany or the other way around.
Route finally: Wir haben uns dann doch für die umgekehrte Reise-Route entschieden: Aachen- Schweiz- Frankreich- Monaco- Frankreich- Andorra-Spanien- Marokko- Spanien- Algerien-Tunesien Bereits in Marokko machte meine GS100PD das erste Mal Probleme, und wir saßen für ca. 1 Woche fest. Da der Grenzübertritt nach Algerien zu der Zeit gerade mal wieder dicht war, sind wir nach Spanien zurück, um von dort aus direkt nach Oran überzusetzen. In Spanien habe ich meine Maschine nochmal überholen lassen, mit dem Erfolg, das unser Visum für Algerien um 1 Tag überschritten war und wir ca 2 Wochen in Spanien auf ein neues Visum warten mussten. In Tunesien ist die GS dann endgültig über die Wupper gegangen, allerdings hatten wir auch massive Probleme mit den libyschen Visa. Unsere 2.Reisepässe waren nämlich nicht schnell genug fertig geworden und sollten per Post an eine befreundete Familie in Sfax geschickt werden. Die Deutsche Post hat sich aber geweigert, die Dokumente überhaupt zu verschicken, nach viel Hin- und Her saßen wir also in Sfax fest. Auf dem Weg nach Tunis, wo wir uns erneut um Visa bemühen wollten, erlag meine R100 einem Getriebeschaden, der so vollständig war, daß er uns zum Aufgeben zwang (O-Ton des Händlers: was fahren Sie auch mit so einem alten Motorrad, für die neue GS hätten wir alles da gehabt...) - die Lieferung des Ersatzgetriebes hätte in etwa 3 zuätzliche Wochen gedauert. Die Rückreise fand dann mit Hilfe des ADAC statt. 
Insgesamt muß man sagen, daß wir wohl recht überladen in die Tour gestartet sind, weniger wäre mehr gewesen, erst recht, da wir ja zu keinem Zeitpunkt weit von der Zivilisation entfernt waren. Die Erfahrung war dennoch umwerfend und es hat sich gezeigt, daß gerade in den Ausnahmesituationen die Gastfreundschaft der Länder wie Marokko, Algerien und Tunesien unschlagbar war. Anekdoten hierüber würden wohl den Rahmen sprengen. 
Falls Du noch ein paar Fotos für die Seite haben möchtest (Da gibt es ein sehr nettes, wo die PD am Baum hängt, weil sich der Metallstift, mit dem wir die Lichtmaschine öffnen wollten, verkantet hatte. Mit 5 Mann haben wir die Kuh mittels Seilzug am Hinterteil den Baum hochgezogen, gut geschüttelt, dann fiel der Stift von selbst heraus.) Sag kurz Bescheid, dann such ich Dir 1-2 raus.
Purpose of travel: to touch horizon
Book or publication : yet to come...
Useful informations and TIPS for others: yet to come
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: none
11.2001 Andreas was the 50.000 visitor on my website.
09.01.2002 1st visit for recommendation.
28.09.2006 2nd request for update
20.02.2009 Last update from in the meantime Dr. med. Andreas Goetzenich


04.2002 - 10.2002
Pia Fleischlin (Swiss, born 02.06.1978)
Pia want to travel solo with a Honda Transalp. Also ich bin noch nicht auf dem grossen Trip. Nein, ich plane erst. Deshalb auch die Anfrage betreff Bernd-Tesch-Treffen für weitere nützliche informationen. Ich breche anfangs April los und werde meine Zelte als erstes für einen Monat in Paris aufstellen. Dort werde ich einen Chraskursus in Französisch hinter mich bringen. Danach gehts weiter über Spanien, Portugal nach Marokko. In Rabat werde ich auf den 15. Mai eine Stelle in der Schweizer Botschaft antreten. Dieses Praktikum dauert 4 Monate. In dieser Zeit werde ich auch meine weitere Reise planen und organisieren. Voraussichtlich werde ich danach in ca. 5 Wochen über Algerien, Tunesien, Italien in die Schweiz zurückkehren um mein Studium zu beginnen.
Purpose of travel: Orient erleben. Französisch lernen. Land und Leute Religion verstehen. Natur.


??.06.2002 - ?
Gill and Chris Kinsey (England)
- Transafrica. Gill and Chris plan to cross Africa via Cairo > Capetown with two BMW R80 GS.
03.07.2002 1st request for update.



18.07(04?).2002 - april 2003
Thomas Kroger (born 10.06.1957) + Katharina Hermans (born 16.01.1960) (Germans) www.globusbiker.de
- Transafrika ? Katharina and Thomas ride with two HONDA Transalp.
Route: Germany - Spain - Morocco - Mauterania - Senegal - Burkina Faso - Tschad - Niger - Sudan, ...?..., Kapstadt, (India ?) ca. 10.000 km
ich war letztes Jahr auf dem Tesch-Teffen. Dort haben wir ein paar Worte gewechselt.
16.07.2002 1st information


26.08.2002- ongoing should end in 03. 02
Phil Plant (British born 27.12.1954) web site under constuction
+ Transafrica.
Travelling through Africa from Cape Town SA to Manchester UK, alone on BMW R100, which I bought new in 1980.
Route: Shipped Bike from UK to Cape town South Africa - Namibia - Zambia - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenya to date (06.12.2002). Want to travel through Ethiopia - Sudan - Egypt - then Middle East back to Europe.
Purpose of travel: Experiencing the people and countries of the world
The best: Watching an elephant swim the Zambesi from the seat of a micro-light aircraft. Riding the vastness of the Namibian desert on super dirt roads.
The worst: Falling off the bike on a bad sand road in Zambia from Katima Mulilo to Livingstone trapping my foot under the bike badly bruising it.
Book or publication: There may be a video of the trip.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Travel as light as possible you don't need all that stuff!!
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Rode the same bike round Australia with a sidecar on, took my 3 year old son with me for 6 months tour. Overland to India same bike solo: Europe - Turkey - Syria - Jordan - Iran - Pakistan - India - then shipped back to UK from Bombay.


27.09.2002 - 27.10.2002
Achim Wiesinger (German, 10.12.1966) and group your www.jowisbikes.de.vu and www.wiesinger99.de
- Algeria. Achims plan is to ride to Algeria and the desert of Ténéré
Route: Germany (Cologne) - Switzerland - Italia - Tunesia by boat - Algeria - going to Djanet over "Gräberpiste" - Ténéré - Hoggar and back.
Purpose of travel: to travel: ??
The best: not yet clear. maybe i can tell you something afterwards
The worst: see above
Book or publication (about your tour): none
Useful informations and TIPS for others: not yet
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: with motobike only in Europe, but travelexpierience in North- and Southamerica, Asia
06.07.2002 1st contact



Claudia Sabel-Steffens mit Werner Steffens possibly in South-America, Bolivia on lake Salar de Uyuni with a spectceluar view.
They started in 2006 their mc-world-tour which is going on in 2013. Foto (C).

11.10.2002 - 11.01.2003
Claudia Sabel (German, born 02.02.1979) and Werner Steffens (German, born 27.06.1975)
+ Europe > Tunisia > Togo.
Claudia rode with a YAMAHA XT 600 E and Werner with a BMW R 100 GS from Europe (Germany) to West Afrika ca. 9.000 kms.
Purpose of Travel:
Journey, to travel and see Africa
Route:
Europe (Germany (Remscheid)) - Austria - Italy) - Africa (Tunisia - Algerie - Niger - Burkina Faso - Togo). From Lome (Togo) we took a flight back to France (Paris). We flew with Air Togo from Togo (Lome) to France (Paris): 2 bikes on a "cargo-palette without a box" cost € 1.400 (470 kg). Per person we paid € 300,00.
The best:
Night's in the dessert, met friendly travellers and our time in Lome at "Chez Alice ".
The worst:
for Claudia: driving sand and for Werner: to go back
Book or publication (about your tour): ....... ??
Useful informations and TIPS for others: .... ??
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:... ??
01.04.2003 1st request for update.
11.-13.04.2003 Werner was participant of the "25th Motorcycle-Meeting for World-Travellers": Offered a longer report as a gift for the meeting.
16.-18.04.2003 Participants of the "26th Motorcycle-Meeting for World-Travellers".

16.10.2013 Next request for update.


15.10.2002 - 30.01.2003
Leonard van Berlo (Dutch, born ca. 1963)
Netherland - Togo.
Leonard planned at first to travel solo with Honda XL 600 R Senegal - Gabon. Now he changed his plan and wants to travel with a partner Netherland - Togo.
Route: Netherland (Maastricht) .....Spain - Morocco - Algeria - Niger - Burkina Fasso - Ghana - Togo. Motorcyyle back by boat. Flying back himself.
21.06.02 new upadte: Tunesia - Algeria - Niger - Burkina Faso - (Ghana) - Mali - Senegal and back by boat to Antwerpen. May be the other way around is also a possibility. It depends on the boat between Antwerpen and Dakar.


12.2002 + 6 Monate
Dennis Dietrich
Ich habe vor durch Nord-West Afrika zu fahren (Marokko, Mauretanien, Mali, Burkin Faso, Benin ,Togo Nigeria oder Gahna).
Ich bin aber immer noch auf der Suche nach einem großen Tank für meine Suzuki DR 650 R Bj. 1994.
30.10.02 1st request for update
19.08.2003 2nd request for update





2003


Exact date of start ??.??.2003- end of tour: ??.??.2004.
Reinier Boere (dutch,10.08.1977)  and Anne ?? (dutch, 09.06.1981)   www.kickersoppad.org
+ Transafrica. Reinier ( YAMAHA XT Tenere 34L) and Anne ( YAMAHA XT Tenere 34L) rode from Amsterdam to Cape Town along the west coast of africa with 32.000 kms in days ? months ? years ??.
Purpose of your travel:  Meeting local people. See cultures
Route : Europe (The Netherlands - Belgie - France – Spain) – Africa (Morokko - Western Sahara - Mauritania - Senegal - Gambia - Senegal - Mali - Ghana - Togo - Benin - Nigeria - Cam e roons - Gabon - Congo - DRC - Angola - Namibia - South Africa - Lesoto - South Africa) - bike back by ship to Netherlands (Rotterdam).
Highlights : African people. Rainforest.
The worst:   Two broken bones of person ???. Why ?? One in Spain one in Cameroons   
Book or publication: ?? website.
Earlier experiences by motorcycle: ???
Useful tips for others: ???
17.-19.04.2009 Participants of the 51th Tesch-Travel-Treffen in Malmedy
06.05.2009 First summary.
06.05.2009 1 st request for Update
05.10.2009 2nd request for Update


03.2003
Tour d'Afrique, http://www.tourdafrique.com, some cycle tour I heard of in Cairo meeting one of the truck drivers. They are cycling from Cairo to Capetown in 100 days.
14.03.2003 1st information by Frank webmaster@crossingafrica



28.06.2003 - 09.08.2003
Michael Franz (German, born 22.05.1932) "Mike the Bike"
+ Capetown - Cairo
. Michael rode (01.07.- 07.08.2003) Transafrica 11.500 kms plus shipping ca. 1500 kms. He rode with an organized group of seven bikers, six 4x4 cars and one truck..
Purpose of travel: Fun. Meeting new friends.
Route: South Africa - Mosambik - Malawi - Tansania - Kenya - Ethiopia - Eritrea - .Sudan. The last section from Port Sudan via Saudi Arabia - Suez by ship because of freey because of trouble at the border Sudan - Egypt - Suez - Cairo by motorbike.
The best: JUst to find out what I can do with 71 years.
The Worst: Two bad accidenst with hurt participants. Bush-camping was a little problem for me.
Book or publication: Personal report with 29 pages including maps and pictures. Perhaps available aganist fees from "Apotheke am Lindenplatz" Tel. 0049-(0)451-83061.
Organiser:
All organised by Ray Müller from Johannesburg. Tel. 0027-11-6835837. www.toursforafrica.co.za
Earlier experiences: 10.000 km from Germany through Austria - Italy - Greece - Turkey and bach in 19??
B.T. 08.04.2004 As far as I know Michael (who was an earlier motocross rider) is the second oldest mc-traveller who crossed Africa from Capetown to Cairo somehow. The oldest who crossed Africa Cairo - Capetown by motorcyle
is Ted Simon with 70 (geb.
01.05.1931 who crossed Africa in 2001).
07.10.1996 IFMA First contact.
20.03.2003 1st contact by email
01.11.2003 1st information by Gerhard Engel in Lübeck.
01.12.2003 1st request for update
08.04.2004 Request for last update.
16.-18.04.2004 Michael will visit the "26th Motorcyle Meeting for World-Travellers" in Malmedy
08.10.2008 Request for a picture and his bike: The BEST foto!
02.03.2013 Michael lives now in Mallorca. He has a shopper-mc there. Request for a foto with his bike in 2003 for this blog!


01.10.2003 + 6 weeks
Wolfgang Schmid (Born 11.03.1967, German)
- Germany - Egypt - Germany.
Plan to ride solo in 6 weeks with a HPN-BMW R 80 G/S from Germany to Egypt and back.
Purpose of travel: Holidays
Route: Germany - Italy - Greek - Turkey - Syria - Jordan - Egypt - Israel and back with the ferry to Greek - Italy - Germany
Earlier experiences by bike: From East to West N.Y. - Chicago - Route 66 to L.A. and over the Highway No 1 to S.F.
2 times India for 4 weeks with an rental moto from Goa to Trivandrum and back??
18.08.2003 1st information
22.08.2003 2nd request for update


03. 11.2003 - ??.04.2004
Marion Schmitt
(German, born Lege, 28.09.1961) and Thomas (German, 22.10.1962
)
+ East and South Africa. Marion and Thomas travel with two YAMAHA TT600 R in eastern and southern Africa.
Purpose of travel: ??
Route: They flew to Nairobi with two bikes ?? - Kenia (Nairobi) - Sansibar - Tansania - Malawi - Zambia - (Lusaka) - Botswana - Namibia since beginning of january 2004, so far 15.000 kms)- South Africa - back ??
The best: ??
The Worst: ??
Book or publication : South-Amerika in magazine "Enduro 10/93" and "Motorrad News 12/95 and 01/96"
Earlier experiences:
Thomas Schmitt rode solo Transafrica: December 1990-April 1991 with BMW R100GS, Afrika 18.000kms (Germany- Austria- Switzerland-Italy- Tunesia- Algeria- Niger- Togo- Benin- Nigeria- Kamerun- Centralafrika- Zaire- Uganda- Kenia). Bike solo by plane to Germany/Stuttgart.
Thomas and Marion Schmitt: December 1992- May 1993 with EML-BMW R 100 GS Sidecar (you have the Foto, the Sidecar was pink/black) South-Amerika 20.000kms (Argentina- Chile- Peru- Bolivia- Paraguay- Brasilia - Uruguay- Argentina). Sidecar by plane to Argentina/Buenos Aires and back to Germany/Frankfurt.
November 1995 - January 1996 Thomas Schmitt rode with Heos 100 GS and Marion Schmitt rode a Yamaha TT600. Middle East 10.000kms (Germany-Austria- Jtaly- from Greece with a ship to Israel- by road to Egypt - Jordan - back by plane to Germany/Stuttgart.
10.01.2004 1st information
10.01.2004 1st request for update
29.04.2004 next request
23.10.2006 next request


2004

january 2004 plus 4 months
Gerhard Engel (German, born 23.07.1941)
- Transafrica. The mechanic Gerhard visited me 15.11.2003. He had white hair but his not very high body was in an excellent shape. Gerhard was full of his plan. The reason was to get recommendation from me for his new Transafrica plan.
Route: Orginally he wanted to cross Africa in 3-4 months starting in january 2004 on a bike: Tunisia - Libya - Egypt - Sudan - Ethiopia - Kenia - Uganda - Tansania - Zambia - Zimbabwe - South Africa. At this stage of planning he did not have a bike.

Earlier experiences: See his tour 1973 Transafrica by car


01.01.2004 - 13.12.2004
Joachim von Loeben (German, 18.01.1971) www.triparoundtheworld.de
+ Transafrica: Germany - Egypt - South-Africa. Joe  rode solo Transafrica with Honda Africa Twin through 17 countries 35.000 kms by bike. And 5.000 km others.
Purpose of your travel: Meet people and learn about the culture
Route: Europe 1.000 kms (Germany - Switzerland- Italy) - ferry from Genua to Tunis - Africa , 35.000 kms (Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenia, Tansania, Uganda, Ruanda, Burundi, Sambia, Malawi, Botswana, Namibia, SA, Lesotho, Mosambique 
Highlights: The people.
The worst: I got a crash in Ethiopia. 
Book : Atempause, Highlights Verlag. Euskirchen. ISBN: 3933385369. 09,90 Euro 
Useful informations and TIPS for others: www.triparoundtheworld.de
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: none
03.10.2005 1st summary
04.12.2006 Last summary


02.04.2004 - 30.05.2005  
Michael Narozny
(American, in Germany since 1976, birthday 18.10.1964) http://freenet-homepage.de/michael.narozny
+ Transafrica: Cairo - South Africa: Michael rode  thru Africa for 15 monthes on an African Twin RD 07.
Purpose of your travel: first time travel, just see what happens
Route : Africa (Egypt - Sudan - Ehtiopia - Kenja - Uganda - Ruanda - Tansania - Malawi - Sambia - Simbabwe - South Africa - Namibia - Botswana - Namibia)
Highlights
: amazing conversations with many different characters
The worst:
  getting asked 20 times a day where I come from and where am I going (and: how much is the bike)
Book or publication
: http://picasaweb.google.de/KoelnMike
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others:
Small alu-boxes. Drink a lot of beer in bars "on route" to meet interesting people.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:
None.
10.08.2007   1st summary
10.08.2007 Michael plans a trip overland to Australia in 1 year. See my site about Australia.


05.04.2004 - 06.04.2005
Thecla Graas (Dutch, 23.09.1963) and Benno Graas (Dutch, 08.12.1960)    www.graasuitgever.nl
+ Transafrica. Benno and Thecla () rode on one Royal Enfield mit a trailer for one year trough Africa back home in 43.000 km
Purpose of your travel: Experience the unbearable beauty of Africa and searching the unknown world of coincidence.
Route: Africa (South Africa - Namibia - Botswana - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Mozambique - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenya - Uganda - Ethiopia - Sudan - Egypt) - Asia (Jordan - Libanon - Syria - Turkey) - Europe (Bulgaria - Romania - Hungarian - Tjechie - Germany - Holland).
Highlights: The meeting of an clairvoyant and the hidden law of apparent coincidence that we traveled through. A bird that traveled the whole journey with us.        
The worst: My brothers death, we get attack by 5 lions, I got two times malaria, we got a heavy accident…..   
Publication: Book "Het aarden Beest". In year 2009  chosen as the best travel story of the year: publications, in most motorcycle magazines, newspapers, radio, esoteric magazines, internet...
Useful informations and TIPS for others: listen to your inner voice...    
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: 22.000 kilometers Afrika, 29.000 km Alaska to Mexico, 31.000 km South America. All with the same Enfield with two of us on it and a trailer behind, that we rode already for 477.000 kilometer.
30.04.2012 Dutch Eric Wierda informed me first time about their tour and book.
??.07.2012 Eric Wierda visited us and brought the book.
??.07.2012 B.T. asked for 1st update   


07.04.2004 - 01.06.2004 - 13.01.2005
Stefan Harms (German, born 22.03.1968)
+ Transafrica: Capetown > Cairo > Turkey. Stefan rode solo 12.000 kms with HONDA AFRICA TWIN RD O7.
South Africa > Namibia > Sambia - Tansania > Kenya > Ethiopia > Sudan > Egypt > Jordan > Syria > Turkey. There oil came out of the cylinders. So the mc and Stephan came back by German automobilclub ADAC.
Purpose of Travel:
Stefan wanted to see himself how it really looks in Africa.
Visa: Stefan got all the Visa up to Kenya in one day in Pretoria South Africa, the Visa for Ethiopia took 24 h. Syria recomends a HIV Test in South Africa, which is easy to get there, but the Visa takes 2 weeks, 24h in Cairo
Route
:  
South-Africa (Capetown) > Namibia (Windhoek-Caprivi Zipfel) > Sambia (Victoria Falls - Lusaka) - Tansania (Dar es Salaam ) - Kenya (Nairobi (The visum for Ethiopia in Nairobi after 8 days) - Isolo (from there it is recommended to ride next 600 km to the Ethiopian border by convoi. But you are not forced to travel by convoi. Stefan rode with police to Moyale 600 km off road most time standing on the bike) - Ethiopia (Addis Abeba (here you can get only money with cards out of two banks. Visum for Sudan after 8 days. From Gondor to the border hard surface way on sometimes very rough / gravel - Sudan (off road until you come to the tamac road leading to Wad Medani and Khartoum. Along the Sudanese road no police check from the border until Khartoum. In Khartoum it was 50°C degrees. So Stefan decided to travel to Wadi Halfa with his mc by train via Atbara to Wadi Halfa (20 hours, 80 € black for the police cabin) - by ferry to Egypt (Aswan. Ferry-price ca. 70 US $ + 20 $ per person). Because the ferry arrived thursday afternoon Stefan had could get his requested documnets and stamps for the police and customs only after four days. Finally he started still with the new Egypt plate on the motorbike by convoi to Luxor. Here he had to wait some hours and to take part in another convoi to Hourgada where he could sleep very good and cheap in the youth hostel. By convoy to Cairo.
Visum for Syria in Cairo in 1 day. From Nueba by ferry to Jordan (Akaba. The visum for Jordan you get on the ferry (as a German) - Amman) - Syria (at the border Stefan was not forced to have a certain exchange per day. Damaskus - Aleppo) -Turkey (100 kms after the border in Osmania the motor-cylinder started to leak. The German automobil-club ADAC brought him and the bike back to Germany form Adana.
The best : Nice Africans. His trip was much easier and better than expected.
The worst : No spareparts. No front tire north of Nairobi. Big cities are dirty. Better stay into the landscape.
2004: Stefan was here for recommendations before the trip. Originally Stefan wanted to continue to Wladiwostok and then Alsaka-Tierra del Fuego by bike. But he decided to travel b public transport starting 26th.09.2004.
Info: Best would be to have a list of good motorcycle-repair-shops along the way Capetown > Cairo.
Info: The best book with all information concerning route-description Capetown>Cairo
http://www.magsathome.co.za/sputnik.asp?CategoryID=11851&CategoryDescription=Getaway%20books
16.10.2004 Lieber Bernd, ich bin von Wladiwostok weitergeflogen nach Anchorage ($714 mit Korean Airline), Und nach einer Woche weitergefahren nach Whitehorse Canada. Von hier aus fahre ich per Bus fuer C$165 mach Tijuana in Mexiko. die USA kenne ich ja schon sehr gut. Der Reisefuehrer schreibt, dass man mit dem Bus sehr gut reisen kann in Sued Amerika.
13.01.2005 Der Reisebericht zum Rest der Weltumrundung: Ich bin am 26. September 2004 in Hannover mit dem Bus nach Moskau gefahren und von dort mit der Transsibirischen Eisenbahn nach Vladivostok gefahren. Wenn man das Ticket in Moskau kauft kostet es 7.500 Rubel (30 R = 1€). Das Ticket für 6.500 Rubel ist die Ersparnis nicht wert, am liegt oben und ist auf die Gastfreundschaft der unten liegenden angewiesen. Man reist in einem sehr bequemen Schlafwagen, die unteren Betten sind 10 cm länger. Extra Bettzeug ist nicht nötig. Entweder man bringt sich selbst etwas zu essen mit oder wenn man genug Durchfallmedizin dabei hat kann man auch an den Bahnhöfen allerlei schöne und interessante Dinge kaufen. Es gibt den ganzen Tag kochendes Wasser, also kann man sich so etwas wie „5 Minuten-Terrine“ mitnehmen was es in Moskau sehr günstig gibt. Wenn man die Fahrt unterbrechen möchte, muss man die Verbindungen einzeln kaufen. Es wurde mir gesagt, man kann auch von jeder Stadt mit dem Bus in die nächste Fahren und im Jahr 2005 soll dann auch die Straße soweit komplett fertig sein. 2004 konnte man sie schon mit einem 4x4 befahren. Es gibt eine Flugverbindung für $700 von Vladivostok nach Anchorage. Ein gutes Reisebüro ist im Hotel Hyundai. Von Anchorage gibt es eine Busverbindung nach Whitehorse in Kanada, von dort aus kann man an jeden Ort in Nordamerika und nach Tijuana, MX reisen. Wenn man eine Woche vorher bucht kann man, wenn man ohne Pause immer den nächsten Bus nimmt, für €100 an jeden Ort in Nordamerika fahren (die Frage ist, wer zuletzt lacht, Greyhound oder der Fahrgast). Ab Zentralamerika werden die Busse auf den Hauptstrecken wesentlich komfortabler. Sie haben höchstens 45 Sitze, statt wie Greyhound 55. Man kann mit ein und derselben Busgesellschaft von Caracas über Bogota, Quito, Lima, Santiago nach Buenos Aires fahren. Von Hannover über Moskau, Vladivostok, Anchorage, Panama, Cartagena, Ushuaia nach Hannover kostete 2004 €1280,- incl. Flug €2.604,80 und die reine Fahrtzeit beträgt 144 h im Zug und 520 h im Bus. Wenn man sich beeilt kann man es in 10 Wochen schaffen (Ankunft in Ushuaia war am 03.12.04). Ich habe möglichst immer den nächsten Bus genommen und am Wochenende bin ich nicht gereist, d.h. wo ich am Samstag oder Freitag angekommen bin, bin ich am Montag abgefahren. Man braucht auch mal einen Tag in der Woche wo man seine Eindrücke sacken lassen, Kleidung waschen und den Rest des Tagebuches zu Ende schreiben kann. 3 Tage im Bus waren das absolute Maximum, das schlimme sind die Nächte, nicht die Tage, bei Übernachtungspreisen von €5 pro Nacht, lohnt sich eine Nacht im Bus nicht um des Geldes wegen. Am besten schläft man wenn man sich zum schlafen genauso hinsetzt wie es am Tage auch bequem war, alles andere ist Aberglaube und klemmt immer irgendwelche Adern ab. Eine warme Jacke ist empfehlenswert, da die Klimaanlage Nachts manchmal voll aufgedreht werden. Es ist ratsam sich mit $1 Noten zu versorgen, da man manchmal kleine Beträge zu bezahlen hat und natürlich niemand Wechselgeld hat. In Panama kann man bei der Bank sehr einfach ein Bündel brandneue Noten bekommen, in den USA nur zu den Feiertagen im Nov. und Dez. Neues Geld kommt immer besser an als gebrauchtes. Es ist ratsam sich am Busbahnhof, bei unabhängiger Stelle, vorher nach dem Taxipreis zu erkundigen bevor man einsteigt, spätestens aber im Hotel. Merke: die erste Taxifahrt ist immer die teuerste (bis zu 10 x). Man hat zwar nicht ganz soviel davon, aber man kommt auch mit Englisch durch, ohne Englisch bin ich mir nicht ganz so sicher. Ein Zettel mit den wichtigsten Fragen zum Fahrkartenkauf ist ganz hilfreich. Wer spanisch kann, kann auch handeln, wer nicht, eben nicht. Eine Woche Sprachkurs macht schon einen großen Unterschied, wenn’s doch nicht reicht, kann immer noch einmal eine Woche dranhängen. In Buenos Aires kann man es am besten aushalten als Europäer. Es gibt alles und das auch noch zu ordentlichen Preisen. Kolumbien ist am schönsten aber auch am gefährlichsten. Ushuaia hat die längsten Tage, wenn Anchorage die kürzesten hat. Ein eigenes Fahrzeug ist das Beste. Man sieht vielleicht mehr im Bus, aber es ist ein Unterschied wenn man nicht vorn aus dem Fenster sehen kann.
20.02.2017 Next request for update.


14.08.2004 - ??.??.200?
Eva Schöner-Löther (German, 01.03.1961) and Ralf Löther (German born 20.12.1964) : http://www.motorradnomaden.de
+ Africa. Eva and Ralf (better known as RalEva) rode 40.000 km with 2 Yamaha XT 600 Ténéré (1 VJ).
Route: Germany to Cape Town to Djibouti.
Countries : Germany - France - Spain - Morocco - Mauretania - Senegal - Gambia - Senegal - Guinee Bissau - Guinee - Mali - Burkina Faso - Ghana - Togo - Benin - Nigeria - Cameroun - Gabon - Congo - Cabinda - Democratic Republik of Congo (DRC) - Angola - Namibia - Botswana - Zambia - Namibia - South Africa - Lesotho - South Africa - Swaziland - South Africa - Mozambique - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenya - Ethiopia - Djibouti. We drove all the way through Africa overland.
Purpose of Travel: We want to travel around the world, step by step, with our motorcycles
The best: We did this trip trip together and still loving each other! Most of the people were very friendly and hospitable. The "feeling" to be free.
The worst: Hard to say, it is easier than we thought
Important useful informations for others: http://www.Motorradnomaden.de
Book or publication (about your tour): O http://www.Motorradnomaden.de
Info: We have a lot of new information about Visa, "Hotels", Camping etc. at our homepage under "Reisetagebuch".
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Alaska - Tierra del Fuego, Europe.
Our dream is to finish our around the world trip in the following months/years.
From Djibouti we are heading to Yemen , Oman , UAE, then a ferry to Iran and travel further to Pakistan and India . After that we are heading to Australia , maybe via Southeast Asia.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Alaska - Tierra del Fuego, Overland to India , Europe. Our dream is to finish our around the world trip in the following months/years


30.09.2004 - 30.12.2004
Johannes Kloer (German, born 15.10.1965)
- Plan Cairo-Capetown. Johannes plans to cross solo Africa with a Royal Enfield with Hatz-Diesel engine (462 ccm, 11 PS, www.royal-enfield.de.
Purpose of travel: To visit horticulture-farms. Wants to discover more of Africa.
Route: Europe (Germany - Switzerland - Italy) - by ferry from Italy (Ancona) to Asia (Libanon (Beirut) - by motorcycle Libanon - Syria - Jordan - Africa (Egypt - by ship from Assuan to Sudan (Wadi Halfa) - Ethiopia - Kenia - Tanzania - Malawi - Simbabwe - South Africa (Capetown) - by plane back to Europe (Germany).
The best: ?
The Worst: ??
Useful information for others: Ganz neu ab ca. Juni 2004 gibt es folgende Fähre von Italien zum Libanon (Beirut): http://www.otls.de
Größte Forum für Landcruiser-Fahrer von Alexander Wohlfarth: http://www.otls.de
Earlier experiences: 1986 With a 200 D Mercedes-Diesel Johannes and Josef Heuger 3 months overland to Greece by ferry to Israel (Haifa) - by car to Egypt - Israel - back by ferry to Greece (Piräus) - Germany.
1996 Three men climbing of Kilimandscharo. 2004 Roland Fuchs and Reinhald .. and Jonhannes with Landcruiser HZJ 78 overland to Morocco and back in 3,5 weeks. G
B.T.: Johannes can be the first motorcycle traveller riding Cairo - Capetown with an motorcycle with a diesel-motor.
june 2004 First contact
20.07.2004 1st visit for recommendation
09.05.2009 THe plan was cancelled because of family problems.


26.12.2004 – 31.03.2005
Tiffany Coates (British) www.tiffanystravels.co.uk http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAUhV1r-kUo
Travelling to Timbuctoo . I usually ride on "Thelma" - my BMW R80GS (1992), but this bike is a bit heavy for the Saharan sand, instead I rode on Thelma's little sister – “Ethel” 2004 BMW F650 GS.
Route : Return distances 7.000kms ( England , France , Spain ,) 12.000 kms ( Morocco , Western Sahara , Mauritania , Senegal , Mali )
Highlights : Setting off from Barcelona with the Dakar Rally and then managing to arrive in Dakar two hours before them. The warm and generous hospitality of the Touareg people. A personal highlight and achievement for me was learning to ride properly on the sand.
The Worst : Breaking down in the middle of the Sahara and having to use my bra to fix my motorcycle.
Important useful informations for others: ?
Book or publication (about your tour): ?
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: ?
18.05.2010 First summary.
18.05.2010 First request for update.


2005

??.01.2005 - ??.ca.07.2005 (6 months?)
Peter Brohammer (Sweden, born 1962)
Peter plans to ride to and in africa on a 2001 KTM 640 LC4 Adventure.
Purpose of your travel: Experience Africa.
Route: Route to be decided. Will probably finish in Cape Town S.A.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: See Australia Australia 22.03.1991 - 01.08.1991 and Iceland 22.06.2002-17.07.2002


07.04.2005 -31.04.2005
Gerd Middelmann (German, born 31.12.1962) and Gido Telker (German, born 23.06.1972)
+ Germany > Morocco.
Gerd (BMW F 650 GS Dakar) and Gido (KTM 640 Adventure) rode to Maroc 6,000 kms.
Purpose of your travel: Holidays and interest in Off Road .
Route: Europe: Train from Germany/Duesseldorf to France/Narbonne, 1.000 kms by bike (France/Narbonne - Spain/Almeria), ferry (Spain/Almeria - Maroc/Melilla). Africa: 2.000 kms around Maroc, ferry (Maroc/Melilla - Spain/Almeria). Europe: 3,000 kms (Spain/Almeria - Germany/Dortmund).
Highlights: first sights of the pre-sahara, invitation of a marocain family, off-road-trails.
The worst: flat tire
Book or publication (about your tour): -
My useful informations and TIPS for others: Need to talk French. Some words Arabian make friends. Be prepared for all weathers and a lot of fine sand coming from the side and find everyplace in your luggage...
My earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: See above.


16.08.2005 - 21.04.2006
Adam Shani (Israel, born 21.02.1975)
+ Transafrica: South > East > West > North
and Transeurope up to Northcape, Norway. Adam planed to start in june 2004. But because of 14 months work in Nigeria he plans to leave in may 2005 from Capetown. At first he wanted to travel solo Transafrica with BMW R 1100 GS Model 1997, but changed it into a lighter HONDA Africa Twin. In 10 months he wanted to cover ca. 30.000 kms.
Finally Adam rode solo 36.000 kms through 14 countries in Africa. And 10 countries in Europa until 23.06.2006.
Purpose of travel: To see the world as it is, meet its people, see how they live, what they think. To see the landscape, feel the weather and like to be confronted with the the daily challenge as a traveller and a bike rider. An adventure, something different,a challenge...to see other cultures with my own eyes.
Route plan : Asia (by plane from Israel to) Africa (South Africa - Namibia (05.09.2005) - Angola - Zambia - Tanzania - Uganda - Ethiopia - back to Uganda - DRC - CARep. - Cameron - and up the Sahara: Nigeria - Niger - Mali - Mauritania - West Sahara - Morocco.
The best: I hope: Angola, DRC, CAR
Route-done
: Asia (by plane from Israel to) Africa (South Africa (16.07.2005) - Namibia (05.09.2005) - no chance get a visa because the law changed in ca. 2005 that only Angola residents and Nambian residents get a visa in Windhoek - Zambia - DRC Congo - Congo - Gabon - Cameroon - Nigeria - Benin - Niger - Mali - Mauritania - Senegal - Ganbia - Senegal - no chance to get a visa for Arabic country West Sahara- Morocco becaue of Israeli passport - Adam with his motorcycle with shippingline Grimaliline to Germany - by mc Germany - The Netherlands - Belgium - Germany - France - Spain - Andorra - France - Germany - Austria - Italy - Switzerland - Germany - Denmark - Sweden - Norway North Cape > Sweden. Motorcycle back to South Africa.
The best: Friendly people in Gabon, wildlife in Cameroon, the Sahara Desert.
The worst: Before: Loose my bike, or my life?? On the road: Refusing the Moroccan Visa.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Try to get as much Afican visas before you start.
Earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: 1999: A tour from America to Mexico and back on a KTM 620 EGS (1996).
2000: 1 first tour in Africa. South Africa (Capetown) - Mozambiqe - Malawi - Zambia - Botswana - South Africa. On HONDA XR600R (1995)
2002: Tour in Botswana on BMW 650GS (2000)
2002\3: Namibia - Botswana - South Africa on BMW R1150GS. The bike was STOLEN. So now I have got a BMW R1100GS(2000) for the Transafrica-Tour.
19.10.2003 1st information about this planned tour
21.10.2003 1st request for update
31.10.2003 Visited me for boxes and rack and recommendation
23.06.2006 Last update
12.-23.04.2006 "Special Guest" on the 28th. Mc-Meeting for World-Travellers in Belgium.
21.06.2006 Personal guest on our party "Sommersonnenwendfeier" in Hammer

18.09.2005 Adam wrote to me from Lubumbashi before he rode this route:
After a crazy 5 hour border crossing in Kasumbalesa, and 45 USD, I'm in the Congo, Lubumbashi. Some nice Belgium expats took me in as there guest, and they are wonderful and helpful folk. According to them, the road is possible, but VERY hard. A permit for the mining are is a key for a safe passage, and they can help with that as well. Non of them drove this route in the passed 10 years. But due to their work, and born here, they are the best source of information.
The Only route is: Lubumbashi - Kolwezi: Tar road x 160 km > to Luena : piste rough but doable 211 km > to Kamina mountain piste the rough type 174
km > to Mwene Ditu : piste in very bad state km 330 > to Mbuji May : tar road km 131 > to Kananga : piste with some long sand passages km 175 > to Tshikapa : sand all the way but manageable > to Kikwit : deep sand all the way > to Kenge : very damaged tar road but no problem > to Kinshasa : 140 km of deep
sands then 120 km of nice tar.
Petrol is a problem, and no one drives this road. The soldiers will give problems, but you can talk to them. Some May-may rebels are reported next to Kamina, and if they catch you, "its a certain death" the Belgians say.
They kindly offer to arrange a FREE flight for me and the bike to Kinshasa on 20/09/05...

16.11.2005 Adam wrote to me from Rumsiki, North Cameroon after he rode from Lubumbashi to KInshasa somehow:
In Lubumbashi, I took your advice Bernd T., fueled my motorbike full with pertol, and started the ride to Kinshasa.
Before leaving, a Belgian friend got for me a "travel permit" to Katanga province. This was not enouth. By the official law, everyone needs a permit to travel in Kasai Oriental and Kasai Occidental provinces. These permits cost 250 USD etch!. They only issue it in Kinshasa, and it takes 2 weeks to be procced...
My plan was to travel with the Katanga permit in my pocket, and a smile on my face...
My route was: Lubumbashi - Likasi 120 km: Tar road > Likasi - Kolwezi 210 km: broken tar > Kolwezi-Tenke 80 km > Tenke - Les Biano 95 Km: deep sand > Les Biano - Lubudi 50 km: deep sand >
Lubud i -Bukama 115 km: nice mountain piste > Bukama - Luabo 125 km: VERY hard mountain piste > Luabo-Kamina 55 km: big "pot holes" up tp 3 meters deep!!! > Kamina: there is a nice Catholic mission to rest in > Kamina - Kaniama > 200 km: reasonable dirt road > Kaniama-Lubilanji river 18 km: pot holes, deep mud. This is the Kassi province border- many police and army! > Lubilanji-Mwene Ditu 90 km: corrugated road > Mwene Ditu - Mbuji Mayi 168 Km: tar road. The road Kolwezi-Luena is totally destroyed.
I was arrested just before Mwene Ditu for not having the Kasai province permit, and after long hours I was "sent free". I had a contact in Mbuji Mayi, so I rested there for two days.
My girlfriend was already wating for me in Gabon, so I had no more time... I took a cargo plane (150 USD total) to Kinshasa.
From Lubumbashi to Mbuji-Mayi took my 15 days of riding. The road is very bad, deep sand, and mountain piste. I slept in the villages, and in the nice catholic mission in Kamina.
Petrol can be found in all the towns mentioned above, for 3 USD in average. For some reason, one can pay in USD(cash)notes!! The Savanah is beautiful, and the locals are very nice. Most of then do'nt speek French or English, only Swahily and Lingala.
This area is very remote, and the only transport is made on bicycles. The train from Lubumbashi to Ilebo works, and take 4 weeks!!!
The season was good for bike traveling. The rains where just starting, and this made the sand tracks a bit more compact, so is was EASYER to ride.
> My girlfriend was already wating for me in Gabon, so I had no more time... I took a cargo plane (150 USD total) from Mbuji Mayi to Kinshasa > from Kinshasa I took the ferry to Brazzaville > Oyo> West to Gabon (Franceville > Libreville > Ndjole. From here tar-route until Yaounde. > Bitam) > Cameroon (Ebolowa > Kribi > Edea > Yaounde).
Bernd T was asking: why did you take this much more difficult road instead of riding the normal road to Dolisie > Lambarene > Libreville ??????
Adam Shani answered: My route is a far better option. On the road you described, there are many police. The route from Brazzaville to Oyo (400 km north of Brazza) is tar: Congo president was born in
Oyo.... > from Oyo going west on a good track. The Border crossing into Gabon at Leconi is easy. And from Franceville the roads are good piste.
Info: Your Box and rack are working VERY WELL- thank you for that.
16.11.2005 Next request for more details of road conditions between the towns.
30.11.2005 Good more detailed infos came. And : My girlfriend just left me, and went back to Israel. She don't like the bike, and me, so we separated...it's hard, but I believe it's the best way for the two of us
30.11.2005 Next request for update

27.11.2005 Nigeria, Ibadan
The Algerian ambassador finally refused to issue me (as an Israeli) visa, so I packed my bike, and left Yaounde.
My route was:
-7/12/2005-Yaounde, Obala, Bafia, Bandjoum, Bamenda, Batibo. >> 440km. Tar road in good contition, and very cenice.
-8/12/2005-Batibo, Mamfe, Ekok(the Nigerian border)Ikom. >> 178Km, bad road all the way to the border. Deep beautiful jungle.
-9/12/2005-Ikom, Abakaliki, Enugo, Onitsha, Benin city, Ejebo-ode, Ibadan. >>752km, tar road all the way, many police checkpoints, but no problem.
I'm visiting some friends here, and enjoying a clean bed, and hot meals!!
The bike needs a service, and next week I hope ride to Benin republic, and then to Niger. From there i plan to ride the original plan top Mali, Mauritania, and Morocco

03.02.2006 Mali, S&eacute;var&eacute;, .
You - Bernd - where right-once I've crossed into Benin, things are different- more relaxed. And I can see other travelers...that's also a nice change.
My route from Ibadan/Nigeria, up to now:
-14/01/06 Ibadan, Abeokuta, Meko, Ketou(Benin), Savé, Kokoro. 444Km Tar.
-15/01/06 Kokoro, Malanville(Niger), Sabongari. 481Km Tar
-16/01/06 Sabongari, Dosso, Dogondoutchi, Birnin Konni, Moujila. 416Km, Tar.
17/01/06 Moujila, Tahoua, Agadez. 500Km Tar.
20/01/06 Agadez, Moujila. 500KM Tar.
21/01/06 Moujila, Niamey. 402Km Tar.
26/01/06 Niamey, Ayorou(Mali), Fafa. 290Km Tar to Ayorou, sand to Fafa.
27/01/06 Fafa, Gao, Bourem. 267Km-sand.
28/01/06 Bourem, Ber. 268Km-soft sand.
29/01/06 Ber, Timbuktu. 38Km- soft sand.
1/02/06 Timbuktu, Douentza. 225Km-sand in first 100Km, then badly coregated piste.
2/02/06 Douentza, Madougou, Douro, Bandiagara, Sévaré.
230Km- sand to Bandiagara, then tar.
>>>2 Tuareg dressed men jumped out of a bush, pointing an AK47 rifle at me, signaling to stop. I just accelerated, and drove (FAST) away. This area is known for armed bandits, I was told here by some NGO's.
>>>the first pic is on the way to Timbuktu, the second is climbing up the pass in the beautiful Bandiagara escarpment.

03.03.2006 Mauretania, Nouakchott: I will email you the route description Bamako>Nouakchott in a day or two, but first, I need your advice please.
As an Israeli, I need a visa to enter Morocco. I applied for one in the Moroccan consulates of Niger, Mali, and here in the Embassy in Nouakchott. The consulates told me that I need to apply in the embassy in Nouakchott, and here they said that since I'm riding a vehicle, I need to get it in the consulate in Nouadhibuo, at the border. So, I rode 500Km North to Nouadhibou, and was told to go BACK to the embassy in Nouakchott 500 km!!! This morning I came back to the embassy, and they said that I can only get in in it in Nouadhibou ! so it seems that i came to a dead end....
I'm staying in a nice campsite called "Auberge Sahara". The owner is a french born Muslim women, that married a Mauritanian man. They are very nice people, and treat me like one of the family. The campsite is full with interesting people, and I'm in good company.

26.03.2006, Senegal, Cap Skiring: The Moroccan embassy in Dakar also refused to issue me visa, even with an air ticket to Rabat...
So I see no other choice right now but ship the bike over to Europe. The Grimaldi lines agent in Italy is very helpful. The next ship sailing from Dakar to Europe will be in 30/03/2006, and I have booked a place for me, and the bike, all for EU 1000, including meals. That's the best option for me.
With the time I had left, i decided to explore Senegal a bit more.
The Casamance area is very nice, with friendly people, and beautiful "bush". Here's the route I did from Nouakchott to Cap Skiring:
18/03/06 Nouakchott>Tiguent>Rosso>Keur Massene>Diama.
334Km Tar to Rosso, and good piste to the border in Diama. I took this route to avoid the hassles in Rosso border crossing.
19/03/06 Diama>St.Louis>Thiés>Dakar. 351Km, tar.
22/03/06 Dakar>Mbour>Fatick. 211Km tar.
23/03/06 Fatick>Kaolack>Farafenn>Senoba. Tar. The 100
ton(!!) ferry across the Gambia river was stuck for 5 hours, but eventually was fixed. The border crossing between Gambia/Senegal was relatively quick.
24/03/06 Senoba>Ziguinchor>Cap Skiring. tar to Zig.
piste to Cap S.Tomorrow I'm planing to ride back to Dakar via Banjul, and on the 30th board the ship to Europe.

11.04.2006, Holland, Utrecht: After 9 days at sea, on board of the cargo vessel "Repobblica Di Amalfi", I disembarked in Hamburg, Germany.
The Sailing route has been changed at sea. I was told it might happen, and had the option of staying on board for another 9 days, to reach Portugal. But I had enough sailing. From Hamburg I road the Motorbike to Utrecht, Holland.
There are a lot of things to organize; bike insurance, changing tires, and so on. It will all be ready for the Tesch meeting I'm sure.
If there's any help I can offer you with the bikers meeting, please let me know. I will be happy to help in any way. Take care, and see you soon.
Adam.
21.-23.04.2006 28th Motorcycle Meeting for World-Travellers: Adam was my special guest !
The African leg of this trip started in Krugersdorp South-Africa on 16/07/2005, and ended at 30/03/2006 in Dakar, Senegal.
The Europian leg is planed to take about 3 mouths more from now, general destination in Nord Cap in Norway.

08.05.2006. Spain, Segovia: ..greetings from Segovia, Spain. Thank you Bernd, for the wonderful bikers meeting you have arranged, and made me your special guest. It was a real honor for me, and I will never forget it: standing in-front of all these committed travelers, and telling them my story... And for all the nice and interesting people I have met during that weekend.
From the meeting I have traveled to Leonberg in Germany, to meet a very nice "Sandra". We have met in Zambia, and kept in touch ever since.
Now, I'm on the way to Gibraltar... Europe is another adventure, and I was happy to discover that I can camp here by the side of the road, and travel like I did in Africa. I'll up date you as always, about the route from Gibraltar to Nord Cap, and I hope we can meet again in a few weeks. I would love that.

28.07. 2006 Sweden: .. after about 4000km of riding from Germany, I have arrive the Nordkaap! The ride through Denmark, Sweden and Norway, via road E6 was spectacular. Fjords, rivers, and deep canyons where all along this beautiful region. From Nordkaap I turned South, to Finland, and into Sweden, where I am now, with my mother's family in the North province.
It's wonderful to meet my family again, and tell them about the trip I have made from Africa all the way up here.
Eventually I decide to ride around the world, BUT not right now. So, I will get another job, for a year or two, to save the money needed to complete the
journey- Asia, the Americas, and Australia. My Carnet will soon be expire anyway.
I will keep you updated, as always, and would like to thank you for all your kind help and advice.
B.T.: I accompanied Adam from before he started his Transafrica-Tour until "he made it in time to participate the 28th. Mc-Meeting for world-travellers". He is as nice as we all should be.

18.09.2005 Adam wrote to me from Lubumbashi before he rode this route:
After a crazy 5 hour border crossing in Kasumbalesa, and 45 USD, I'm in the Congo , Lubumbashi . Some nice Belgium expats took me in as there guest, and they are wonderful and helpful folk. According to them, the road is possible, but VERY hard. A permit for the mining are is a key for a safe passage, and they can help with that as well. Non of them drove this route in the passed 10 years. But due to their work, and born here, they are the best source of information.
The Only route is: Lubumbashi - Kolwezi : Tar road x 160 km > to Luena : piste rough but doable 211 km > to Kamina mountain piste the rough type 174 km > to Mwene Ditu : piste in very bad state km 330 > to Mbuji May : tar road km 131 > to Kananga : piste with some long sand passages km 175 > to Tshikapa :
sand all the way but manageable > to Kikwit : deep sand all the way > to Kenge : very damaged tar road but no problem > to Kinshasa : 140 km of deep sands then 120 km of nice tar.
Petrol is a problem, and no one drives this road. The soldiers will give problems, but you can talk to them.
Some May-may rebels are reported next to Kamina, and if they catch you, "its a certain death" the Belgians say.
They kindly offer to arrange a FREE flight for me and the bike to Kinshasa on 20/09/05...

16.11.2005 Adam wrote to me from Rumsiki, North Cameroon after he rode from Lubumbashi to KInshasa
somehow:
In Lubumbashi , I took your advice Bernd T., fueled my motorbike full with pertol, and started the ride to Kinshasa .
Before leaving, a Belgian friend got for me a "travel permit" to Katanga province. This was not enouth. By the official law, everyone needs a permit to travel in Kasai Oriental and Kasai Occidental provinces. These permits cost 250 USD etch!. They only issue it in Kinshasa , and it takes 2 weeks to be procced...
My plan was to travel with the Katanga permit in my pocket, and a smile on my face...
My route was: Lubumbashi - Likasi 120 km: Tar road > Likasi - Kolwezi 210 km: broken tar > Kolwezi-Tenke 80 km > Tenke - Les Biano 95 Km: deep sand > Les Biano - Lubudi 50 km: deep sand > Lubud i -Bukama 115 km: nice mountain piste > Bukama - Luabo 125 km: VERY hard mountain piste > Luabo-Kamina
55 km: big "pot holes" up tp 3 meters deep!!! >
Kamina: there is a nice Catholic mission to rest in > Kamina - Kaniama > 200 km: reasonable dirt road > Kaniama-Lubilanji river 18 km: pot holes, deep mud.
This is the Kassi province border- many police and army! > Lubilanji-Mwene Ditu 90 km: corrugated road > Mwene Ditu - Mbuji Mayi 168 Km: tar road. The road Kolwezi-Luena is totally destroyed.
I was arrested just before Mwene Ditu for not having the Kasai province permit, and after long hours I was "sent free". I had a contact in Mbuji Mayi , so I rested there for two days.
My girlfriend was already wating for me in Gabon , so I had no more time... I took a cargo plane (150 USD
total) to Kinshasa .
From Lubumbashi to Mbuji-Mayi took my 15 days of riding. The road is very bad, deep sand, and mountain piste. I slept in the villages, and in the nice catholic mission in Kamina.
Petrol can be found in all the towns mentioned above, for 3 USD in average. For some reason, one can pay in USD(cash)notes!! The Savanah is beautiful, and the locals are very nice. Most of then do'nt speek French or English, only Swahily and Lingala.
This area is very remote, and the only transport is made on bicycles. The train from Lubumbashi to Ilebo works, and take 4 weeks!!!
The season was good for bike traveling. The rains where just starting, and this made the sand tracks a bit more compact, so is was EASYER to ride.
> My girlfriend was already wating for me in Gabon ,
so I had no more time... I took a cargo plane (150 USD
total) from Mbuji Mayi to Kinshasa > from Kinshasa I took the ferry to Brazzaville > Oyo> West to Gabon (Franceville > Libreville > Ndjole. From here tar-route until Yaounde . > Bitam) > Cameroon (Ebolowa
> Kribi > Edea > Yaounde ).
Bernd T was asking: why did you take this much more difficult road instead of riding the normal road to Dolisie > Lambarene > Libreville ??????
Adam Shani answered: My route is a far better option.
On the road you described, there are many police. The route from Brazzaville to Oyo (400 km north of Brazza) is tar: Congo president was born in Oyo.... > from Oyo going west on a good track. The Border crossing into Gabon at Leconi is easy. And from Franceville the roads are good piste.
Info: Your Box and rack are working VERY WELL- thank you for that.
16.11.2005 Next request for more details of road conditions between the towns.
30.11.2005 Good more detailed infos came. And : My girlfriend just left me, and went back to Israel . She don't like the bike, and me, so we separated...it's hard, but I believe it's the best way for the two of us
30.11.2005 Next request for update

27.11.2005 Nigeria , Ibadan
The Algerian ambassador finally refused to issue me (as an Israeli) visa, so I packed my bike, and left Yaounde .
My route was:
-7/12/2005- Yaounde , Obala, Bafia, Bandjoum, Bamenda, Batibo. >> 440km. Tar road in good contition, and very cenice.
-8/12/2005-Batibo, Mamfe, Ekok(the Nigerian border)Ikom. >> 178Km, bad road all the way to the border. Deep beautiful jungle.
-9/12/2005-Ikom, Abakaliki, Enugo, Onitsha , Benin city, Ejebo-ode, Ibadan . >>752km, tar road all the way, many police checkpoints, but no problem.
I'm visiting some friends here, and enjoying a clean bed, and hot meals!!
The bike needs a service, and next week I hope ride to Benin republic, and then to Niger . From there i plan to ride the original plan top Mali , Mauritania , and Morocco

03.02.2006 Mali , S&eacute;var&eacute;, .
You - Bernd - where right-once I've crossed into Benin , things are different- more relaxed. And I can see other travelers...that's also a nice change.
My route from Ibadan/Nigeria, up to now:
-14/01/06 Ibadan , Abeokuta , Meko, Ketou( Benin ), Savé, Kokoro. 444Km Tar.
-15/01/06 Kokoro, Malanville(Niger), Sabongari. 481Km Tar
-16/01/06 Sabongari, Dosso, Dogondoutchi, Birnin Konni, Moujila. 416Km, Tar.
17/01/06 Moujila, Tahoua, Agadez. 500Km Tar.
20/01/06 Agadez, Moujila. 500KM Tar.
21/01/06 Moujila, Niamey . 402Km Tar.
26/01/06 Niamey , Ayorou( Mali ), Fafa. 290Km Tar to Ayorou, sand to Fafa.
27/01/06 Fafa, Gao, Bourem. 267Km-sand.
28/01/06 Bourem, Ber. 268Km-soft sand.
29/01/06 Ber, Timbuktu. 38Km- soft sand.
1/02/06 Timbuktu , Douentza. 225Km-sand in first 100Km, then badly coregated piste.
2/02/06 Douentza, Madougou, Douro , Bandiagara, Sévaré.
230Km- sand to Bandiagara, then tar.
>>>2 Tuareg dressed men jumped out of a bush, pointing
an AK47 rifle at me, signaling to stop. I just accelerated, and drove (FAST) away. This area is known for armed bandits, I was told here by some NGO's.
>>>the first pic is on the way to Timbuktu , the
second is climbing up the pass in the beautiful Bandiagara escarpment.

03.03.2006 Mauretania, Nouakchott : I will email you the route description Bamako > Nouakchott in a day or two, but first, I need your advice please.
As an Israeli, I need a visa to enter Morocco . I applied for one in the Moroccan consulates of Niger , Mali , and here in the Embassy in Nouakchott . The consulates told me that I need to apply in the embassy in Nouakchott , and here they said that since I'm riding a vehicle, I need to get it in the consulate in Nouadhibuo, at the border. So, I rode 500Km North to Nouadhibou, and was told to go BACK to the embassy in Nouakchott 500 km!!! This morning I came back to the embassy, and they said that I can only get in in it in Nouadhibou ! so it seems that i came to a dead end....

I'm staying in a nice campsite called "Auberge Sahara". The owner is a french born Muslim women, that married a Mauritanian man. They are very nice people, and treat me like one of the family. The campsite is full with interesting people, and I'm in good company.

26.03.2006, Senegal , Cap Skiring: The Moroccan embassy in Dakar also refused to issue me visa, even with an air ticket to Rabat ...
So I see no other choice right now but ship the bike over to Europe . The Grimaldi lines agent in Italy is very helpful. The next ship sailing from Dakar to Europe will be in 30/03/2006, and I have booked a place for me, and the bike, all for EU 1000, including meals. That's the best option for me.
With the time I had left, i decided to explore Senegal a bit more.
The Casamance area is very nice, with friendly people, and beautiful "bush". Here's the route I did from Nouakchott to Cap Skiring:
18/03/06 Nouakchott >Tiguent>Rosso>Keur Massene>Diama.
334Km Tar to Rosso, and good piste to the border in Diama. I took this route to avoid the hassles in Rosso border crossing.
19/03/06 Diama>St.Louis>Thiés>Dakar. 351Km, tar.
22/03/06 Dakar >Mbour>Fatick. 211Km tar.
23/03/06 Fatick>Kaolack>Farafenn>Senoba. Tar. The 100
ton(!!) ferry across the Gambia river was stuck for 5 hours, but eventually was fixed. The border crossing between Gambia/Senegal was relatively quick.
24/03/06 Senoba>Ziguinchor>Cap Skiring. tar to Zig.
piste to Cap S.Tomorrow I'm planing to ride back to Dakar via Banjul , and on the 30th board the ship to Europe .

11.04.2006, Holland , Utrecht : After 9 days at sea, on board of the cargo vessel "Repobblica Di Amalfi", I disembarked in Hamburg , Germany .
The Sailing route has been changed at sea. I was told it might happen, and had the option of staying on board for another 9 days, to reach Portugal . But I had enough sailing. From Hamburg I road the Motorbike to Utrecht , Holland .
There are a lot of things to organize; bike insurance, changing tires, and so on. It will all be ready for the Tesch meeting I'm sure.
If there's any help I can offer you with the bikers meeting, please let me know. I will be happy to help in any way. Take care, and see you soon.
Adam.
21.-23.04.2006 28th Motorcycle Meeting for
World-Travellers: Adam was my special guest !
The African leg of this trip started in Krugersdorp South-Africa on 16/07/2005, and ended at 30/03/2006 in Dakar , Senegal .
The Europian leg is planed to take about 3 mouths more from now, general destination in Nord Cap in Norway .

08.05.2006. Spain , Segovia : ..greetings from Segovia , Spain . Thank you Bernd, for the wonderful bikers meeting you have arranged, and made me your special guest. It was a real honor for me, and I will never forget it: standing in-front of all these committed travelers, and telling them my story... And for all the nice and interesting people I have met during that weekend.
From the meeting I have traveled to Leonberg in Germany , to meet a very nice "Sandra". We have met in Zambia , and kept in touch ever since.
Now, I'm on the way to Gibraltar ... Europe is another adventure, and I was happy to discover that I can camp here by the side of the road, and travel like I did in Africa . I'll up date you as always, about the route from Gibraltar to Nord Cap, and I hope we can meet again in a few weeks. I would love that.
B.T.: I accompanied Adam from before he started his Transafrica-Tour until "he made it in time to participate the 28th. Mc-Meeting for world-travellers". He is as nice as we all should be.
BT.: I have never heard that a man from Israel rode Transafrica. In any case this is a rarity ! I suppose that he is the first one - and I am relatively sure about this ! Transafrica: South > Central > West > North
BT.: I have never heard that a man from Israel rode Transafrica. And not Capetown > Northcape! In any case this is a rarity ! I suppose that he is the first one - and I am relatively sure about this ! Transafrica: South > East > West > North > Europe from Spain to Nortcape.

01.11.2005 - spring 2007
Martin Wellein (German, 25.09.1978)
- Around Africa.
Maschinenbaumeister Martin plans to travel solo around Africa with a Yamaha TT600 Belgarda, ca.40.000 kms. Special: He travels most of the time with a surfboard.
Purpose of your travel: It was a dream to surf around Africa and do it by a bike and to meet my buddys in Namibia and South Africa again
Route: Europe (Germany - Austria - France - Spain) - Africa (Marocco - Sahara Occidental - Mauritania - Senegal - Guine Bissau - Mali - maybe Cote d´Ivoire - Burkina Faso - Benin - Nigeria - Cameroun - Gabon - Rep. Congo - Rep. dem du Congo - Angola - Namibia - South Africa. Then I want to stay minimum 4 months in Capetown to be with my buddys and to work there. Route backwards: Around september 2006...: Swasiland - Botswana - Zimbabwe - Mocambique - Tanzania - Kenya - Ethiopia - Eritrea - Sudan - Egypt - Lybia - Tunisia - Algeria - Marocco - Europe (- Spain - Portugal - France - Germany).
Highlights: I want to find myself. Surf, surf, surf. Freedom. Sun. Meet my Buddys. Climbing the Spitzkoppe, Drakensberge, Kilimanjaro... Having a bath in the Okavango delta......)
The worst: I´ll find it out
Book or publication (about your tour): I am thinking about it
Useful informations and TIPS for others: not yet...
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: none
10.06.2005 1st information
10.06.2005 1 st request
19.06.2005 2nd request for update.



< Foto: Corinna "off road" in Morocco

21.10. - 12.11.2005
Corinna Ziebarth (German, birthday 10.08.1977)  www.CoWrinna.de

+ Morocco. Corinna  planned  travelling to Maroc on BMW R1200GS (modified by Wunderlich) round about 6.000kms in Maroc with three guys from Germany (Michael Paetsch, Lothar Bertels and Joerg Niemczyk). Finally she rode ca. 7000 kms.
Purpose of your travel: Holiday , motorcycle riding fun and getting impressions about different culture, nature, life and language of native people. Photography. During my time at Maroc the "Ramadan"-period finished with a big festival. I learned many things about differences between religions (Islam - Christians). Talking to/ meeting people during the trip.
Route : Düsseldorf/Germany - Narbonne/France by DB Autozug (Nighttrain) - Overland Narbonne/France - Barcelona/Spain - Port of Almeria/Spain. By Ferry from  Almeria/Spain - Nador/Maroc (6 hours passage). I visited during my trip: Guercif (Souk), Missour, Midelt, Georges du Ziz valley, Er Rachidia, Source Bleue de Meski, Erfoud, Merzouga, Erg Chebbi (dunes), Mecissi, El Mharch, Zagora, Vallee du Draa, Agdz, Bou-Azzer, Tazenakht, Ait-Benhaddou (Kasbah castle), Kasbah Telouet, Tizi-n-Tichka, Marrakech (Souk, Medina etc.), Afourer, Jbel Tazerkount, Jörg GranderathOuaouizarht, Beni-Mellal, Azrou, Meknes, Larache, Tanger. Ferry from Tanger/Maroc to Tarifa/Spain (35min. passage) - overland to Moux/France - Back to Düsseldorf/Germany by Motorcycle Transport Company (Bike in a Box).
Highlights
: Different landscape like Desert, Mountains, Oasis, Nirvana. Meeting very friendly people. Simply travelling by motorcycle. I bought my first Berber-carpet. Learning some arabian words. Friendship to other traveller I met in the desert. I learned how to ride on sand with R1200GS...and I needed 1,5hours for 100m... ;-), Marrakech Jemaa El Fna & Souk, The de Menthe. Friendly and helpful native people...
The worst: Missing the character strenght of my group members for a trip like this. Many discussions, many changes and misbehavieour on- and offroad. Missing the capability of alternativ group travelling.  
Book or publication : none, only on my website and comercial websites www.cowrinna.de
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Actual information for travellers on website of Auswaertiges-Amt or Travel-Meeting. Otherwise call me or contact me on my website. Some tips will be nominated on my website. It is easy to travel Maroc in group or alone on motorcycle.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Since 1998 Northern Europe (NO, SE, FIN, DK), Middle Europe (DE, NL, BE, LUX, AT, CH), Southern Europe (FR, ES, PT, AND, IT, Sicilia) , East-Europe (SLO, HU, SK, CZ, EST, LT, LV, PL), most countries of the EU, The Alpes, Romania, Croatia.
13.10.2005 1st summary
12.11.2005 Last update. 13.10.2005
Best Photo: -> I will send you my best Photo after finishing the trip!



2006


ca. 01.04.2006 - Dauer ca.: 1 -2 Jahre
Tilmann Achenbach (German, birthday 18.07.1976)
- Plan Transafrica Cairo - Capetown. Til plans to ride solo with a KTM LC4 Transafrica with a Kibbuz-stop in Israel. Adventure. Ca 40.000 kms His plan was changed in Israel because he met there his wife from Australia.
Then he followed her to Adelaide. In 2000 they made a 3-month journey through Australia. Both on a KTM 950 Adventure. - In 2010-2011 they finally made the Transafrica Tour in 6 month: Germany - Northaafrika - Eastafrica - South Africa (Capetown). Because the rode on one motorcacle KTM 640 Adventure they had very little luggage. http://tilleandains.blogspot.com.au
Purpose of your travel: Die Welt sehen. Traum verwirklichen. Fun. Meeting the best girls (Israel).
Planned route in 2006: Europe (Germany - Austria - Switzerland - Italy - Greek - Turkey) - Asia (Syrien - Jordanien - Israel)- Afrika (Ägypten - Sudan - Äthiopien - Kenia - Tansania - Malawi -Sambia - Zimbabwe - Botswana - Namibia - Südafrika). Per Flugzeug entweder zurück oder weiter nach Südamerika.
Highlights: ??
The worst:??
01.08.2005 Last summary
03.08.2005 Til came for recommendation to plan his route.
12.03.2012 Last update
12.03.2012 Next rquest for update.


15.09.2006 - August 2007
Natascha Schmitt (Germany, 09.04.1968) and Jason Johnson (USA, 20.01.1972)  website coming soon
- Africa north - west - east.
Natascha and Jason plan to ride with two BMW F650 GS-Dakar.
Purpose of your travel: Free your mind!!!
Planed route:
Europe (Germany - France - Spain)  - Africa (Morocco/Sahara - Mauretanian - Senegal - Mali - Senegal - Mauretaniea - Morocco) back to Europe - Africa (Egypt - Saudi Arabien - VAE)
Highlights:
Rallye Dakar
The worst:
We will see ....
Book or publication (about your tour):
later
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others: ....??
About the preparation already ???
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours (Jason and Natascha):
France and Spain (8000Km/2 weeks) with BMW F650 GS-Dakar; Car-tours (Jason): Marokko/Sahara (4 weeks); Per feet (Jason): Mexico, Culumbien, Argentinien, Kuba, Haiti.
12.06.2006 1st update
21.06.2006 Both visited our private party "Sommersonnwendfeier".


10.09.2006 -open End
Claudia Sabel  (German, birthday 02.02.1979) R80GS  and Werner Steffens (Geman, birthday 27.06.1975)  R100GS
- Transafrica.
Claudia (BMW R 80 GS) and Werner (BMW R 100 GS) plan to transfer Africa. Both are very wellknown to Bernd Tesch.
Purpose of travel:
To travel. We want to see West-Africa again. Algeria is impossible. So we have to travel via Mauretania.
Route
: Europe (Germany - ????) - Africa (Morocco - Mauretania - Senegal - Guinee Conakry - Mali - Burkina-Faso - Ghana - Togo - Benin - Nigeria - Kamerun - Congo - DR Kongo - Angola - Namibia - South Africa
Highlights : We will see....
The worst:
  .......
Book or publication
(about your tour): We will only keep contact by email.
Useful /important informations and TIPS for others:
Walter+Julia www.globebiker.de     Ralf+Eva www.motorradnomaden.de Adam Shani: www.berndtesch.de (on this site !)
EarlierExperiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: .Oktober 2002 - Januar 2003 Tunis- Lome on this website
21.04.2006 Claudia and Werner have been participants of the Motorcycle-Meeting for World-Travellers several times.
07.05.2006 Last summary
18.05.2006 Next request for update. Please write more details of the route in Europe = countries and in Africa some towns behind each country.
21.06.2006 Werner visited our private party "Sommersonnwendfeier".



(C). Lois Pryce in Africa. Herr book-cover.

14.10.2006  - 06.03.2007
Lois Pryce (British, born Jan 13th 1973). www.loisontheloose.com
+ Transafrika. London - Tunis - Cape Town. Lois rode solo on a Yamaha TTR 250 ca. 20.000 km in 4 months.
Purpose: ??
Route: Tunisia - Algeria - Niger - Nigeria - Cameroon- Gabon - Congo - DRCongo- Angola - Namibia - South Africa.
The best: Crossing the Sahara and riding through Angola.
The worst: Hard times in the Congo
Publication: Motorrad-REISE-Buch: RED TAPE & WHITE KNUCKLES. ISBN 978-0-0995-1359-9. Arrow Books. Random House. 410 pp. Softcover. UK. 2009. 4 maps. 31 fotos.
Earlier experiences: Americas
01.08.2011 Got the English version of the book from Amazon.
05.08.2011 1st request to Lois for update this blog and best foto of this tour of her and the mc.
15.08.2011 First summary
15.08.2011 2nd request for update
12.09.2011 3rd request
19.09.2011 4th request

2006-2007
http://www.afrika-offroad.de/
- One year overland-tour by car.
27.04.2007 1st information by Esther Zierau
03.05.2007 1st request to the website-owner for update
28.12.2007 This guys do not want to offer a short overview about their tour here. For whatever reason. May be they think that they are famous...
May be I leave this here because they rode a very seldom
route.




2007


??.05.2007 - ??.??.2007
Charley und Ewan McGregor Boorman
+ Transafrica.
With two BMW R 1200 GS prepared by TOURATECH.
Route:
25.000 kms. Europe (Great Britain - Scotlands northern Point) - Africa (Libya - Ehtiopia - Uganda - Tansania - Namibia - South Africa (Capetown) - by plane back to Europe..??
Books and publication:
www.longwaydown.com28.12.2007 Sold 900.000 DVDs of "Long Way Down " and 1,3 million books.

28.12.2007 The rights of the tour are payed by BBC.

28.12.2007 Leserbrief von B.T. an bikersjournal.de

Falls Ihr in bikersjournal.de eine Leserbriefseite habt, dürftet Ihr mit meinem Namen plus website folgendes gerne publizieren:
Die Weltumrundung von Charley Boorman und Ewan McGregor in 2004 und ihre Transafrika-Tour 2007 waren eigentlich nichts Besonderes: Die Motorrad-Weltumrundung war entlang der einfachsten Route. Die Transafrika-Tour war etwas anspruchsvoller. Genug Geld. Die technische Vorbereitung machten andere. Gesponsorte Motorräder mit Ersatz-Reparatur-Garantie. Und eine Filmmannschaft mit allem Komfort immer im Auto dabei.
Das einzige Spektakuläre daran war die Presse-Arbeit. So ist dieses ein erneuter Beweis dafür, dass man nichts Besonders mit viel PR enorm verkaufen kann.
Die zwei würden dem zustimmen, würden sie diese website kennen:
www.berndtesch.de Dort findet man Zusammenfassungen über 250 Weltumrundungen 1912-2007. Und die
Eroberung ganz Afrikas mit dem Motorrad 1903-2007.
Unter www.tukutuku.de findest Du 1000 weltweite verschiedene Motorrad-REISE-Bücher 1910-2007 über solche Reisen


21.09.2007 - 21.10.2007 -  (always with exact dates : days, months + years !!)
Anneliese Tischler (Romanian/German, 29.09.76)  and Dr. Claus Possberg (German, 27.07.1959) website:  http://www.possi.de
+ Transafrica East > North.
" Possi" and Anneliese rode together on one BMW-HPN 1043cc, an original replica of the Paris Dakar winner: A trip from Mombasa to Germany, total  14.452  km finally. 
Purpose of your travel:
want to see the extremely hard to reach vulcano "Erta Ale" in the Danakil Depression, near the Eritrean border in Ethiopia.
Route
:  Wir wollten umbedingt den Vulkan Erta Ale in Äthiopien sehen (der Einzige, wo ständig aktiv blubbernde Lava im Kratersee herumschwappt), die Danakil-Depression (der heisseste Punkt der Erde), die Felsenkirchen in Lalibela/Abessinien, Axum (Stelen), die selten besuchten nubischen Pyramiden von Meroe und Nuri im Nordsudan, die Nubische Wüste, dann natürlich die Sehenswürdigkeiten Ägyptens - und da gibts ja eine ganze Menge, u.a. Abu Simbel, Assuan, Karnak, Tal der Könige, Luxor-Tempel, Gizeh (Giza) Pyramiden, Kairo mit dem Nationalmuseum, Katharinenkloster im Sinai. Weiterhin das Wadi Rum und die Nabatäerstadt Petra in Jordanien (wunderschön, traumhafte Fotos), das tote Meer (tiefster Punkt der Erde mit ca. -420m), die Altstadt von Damaskus in Syrien, den Berg Nemrut Dagi in der Türkei mit seinen Kollossalstatuen (hatte ich wegen tiefem Schnee auf der letzten Türkeireise verpasst), und erneut Istanbul, das sich rasch ändert und immer wieder einen Besuch wert ist.
Highlights : s.o.
The worst:
 absolutely crazy tracks in the Danakil depression. My worldwide worst. Trekking the Erta Ale in 60°C. At midnight see, the crater rim is broken, not possible to get into the lava-inner crater. The worst was: the 2 armed Eritrean guides used all our drinking water to wash their feet for praying to allah.
Book or publication  :  mein Bildband "Motorradtraum Wüste"  beim  Bruckmann-Verlag
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others:
do not try to get to the Erta Ale and the Danakil. Extremely difficult and very dangerous (the only Expedition in 2007 before us had on death  -  from  4 international researchers).
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: oh, lots of them, approx 50.
19.04.2010 1st request for this tour.
19.04.2010 1st and last summary



01.12.2007- 2010
Carola Möller (German, born 17.03.1978) www.easyri.de
+ South-North-America Carola rides solo with YAMAHA XT600. 13.02.2009 So far 35.000 kms. First 3 month with Ralf Geister on a KTM 640
Route: Europe (Bike by ship. Mysel by plane from Hamburg to Buenos Aires) - South America (by motorcycle Argentina - Chile - Brasil - Bolivia - Peru - Equador - Colombia). With a saleboat from Colombia (Cartagena) to North America (Panama - by motorcycle to Costa Rica. 11.11.2008. Since dezember working in Costa Rica as a waitress. Plan by motorcycle to Alaska end of march.
Purpose of travel: Explore other cultures, enough time for myelf.
The best: Meeting amazing people. Local people and traveller from all over the world.
The worst: nothing so far.
Info:Compared to my first travell 8 months through Africa it is quite easy to travel in Southamerica. Bordercrossings are easy, no "Carnet de Passage". And the landscape changes from jungle to desert and everything in between. Now in Centralamerica it is a bit more difficult to cross boarders. More time, more money.
Important useful information for others: Dont plan your trip forever.... just start. Thats the hardest part. The rest you will figure out!
Earlier experiences: 5 weeksby mc to France/Spain (thats all) in ?? 19??. 03.10.2000 - 28.05.2001 South Africa.
31.07.2001: Carola wrote: I hope to meet you next to thank you in person, Bernd: Without the inspiration I got at your Mc-Meeting for World-Travellers I would never got the idea to travel through Africa. For this I want to take you in my arms again.
12.02.2009 1st summary
13.02.2009 1st request for Update
14.02.2009 Last update. Foto is coming next.





2008


31.05.2008 -29.06.2008
Gerd Middelmann (German, born 31.12.1962) and Hartmut Roke (German, born 15.09.1970)
- Germany - Morocco. Gerd (Suzuki DL 650 V-Strom) and Hartmut (BMW R 100 GS PD) plan to ride to Marokko 8,000 kms.
Purpose of your travel: Holidays and interest in culture, lokal meals, Off Road.
Route: Europe: 3,000 kms (Germany/Dortmund - Spain/Gibraltar), ferry (Spain/Gibraltar - Maroc/Tanger). Africa: 2.000 kms around Maroc, ferry (Maroc/Tanger - Spain/Gibraltar). Europe: 3,000 kms (Spain/Gibraltar - Germany/Dortmund).
Highlights: nice oasis in the heat and a bit off road.
The worst: I don't know
My useful informations and TIPS for others: Need to talk French. Some words Arabian make friends. Be prepared for all weathers and a lot of fine sand coming from the side and find everyplace in your luggage...
My earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: See above.
25.01.2008 1st summary.


01. 07 .2008 - 30 . 09 .2008
Graham Boyd ( South African , birthday 3.9.1964 )  and Jean Lin ( American , 17.10.1966 )   no homepage
- Transafrica: Capetown - Cairo - East Europe - Belgium.
I'm planning to ride from Cape Town to Europe on an BMW F650GS PD, with Jean travelling with friends in a 4x4 .
Purpose of your travel: Seeing a swathe of Africa today, having a once in a lifetime experience.
Route : Cape Town - Mozambique - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenya - Ethiopia - Eritrea - Sudan - Egypt - Jordan - Syria - Turkey - various Eastern Europe to Brussels.
Earlier experiences of big mc-tours??
28.01.2008 last summary

01.06 - 31. 08. 2008
Uwe Neubauer (German, birthday 15. 11. 1963)
- Plan to travel around Tanzania. Uwe plans to travel solo around Tanzania. He will probably buy a bike in Tanzania from a local dealer to avoid costs and problems wirh police and customs when transporting the bike from Germany to Tanzania. Bike type not yet known.
Purpose of your travel: Nature- and wildlife photograpy.
Route: Not exactly known yet. Probably starting in Dar es Salaam, then south and a full circle round the country clockwise back to D. e. S.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Not much, mainly Eastern Europe. I am doing this not for the bike riding but to get to remote places, otherwise hardly accessible. The bike is but a means of transportation.
16.02.2008 1st summary




12.2011. Lodie de Jagger (Kawasaki KLR 650) mit Jolandie Rust (Yamaha Teneré. (C) Foto) auf Piste zum Kubu Island, Makgadigadi Pans, Botswana.



Lodie de Jagger in 2011.

15.03.2008 - 01.06.2008
Lodie de Jager (South African, born 19??) http://www.naboom2germany.co.za
+ Transafrica Capetown - Cairo - Germany - Russian border - Germany.
Lodie solo rode with a Kawasaki KLR 650 ?? km in nearly 3 nonths through ?? countries.
Purpose of tour:
Realisierung eines Lebentraumes
Maps of my intended route: My route through Africa as viewed on Google. Cape Town - Namibia - Botswana – Naboomspruit (27 November '07 - 7 December '07). South Africa. Botswana. Zimbabwe. Zambia. Malawi. Tanzania. Kenya. Ethiopia. Sudan. Egypt. Tunisia.
Real Route: Africa (South-Africa – Botswana – Simbabwe – Samiba – Tansania – Kenia - Sudan - Egypt)– Europe (Italien – Oesterreich – Deutschland – Polen – Littauen – Lettland – russische Grenze (Einreise verweigert) – Littauen – Polen - Deutschland).
The best: Die Tour ueber Afrika, und vor allem der Sudan, war ein einziger Hoehepunkt. Das einzige Problem am Motorrad? Eine einzige Sicherung musste ich in Italien ersetzen.
The worst: That I had to stop riding and start working again.
Book and publication: "Noord van Naboom". In Afrikaans. 1st South African edition.
23.02.2008 1st contact from South Africa by ordering books "Transafrica".
06.06.2008 Lodie wrote me that he made it.
03.05.2010 – Die beiden Kawasaki KLRs kommen in Muenchen von Kapstadt an. Im Mai 2010 kuerzere Touren in Deutschland, um Freunde zu besuchen.
Plan: 01.06.2010 – 15.08.2010:   Start der Reisen ueber die Baltischen Staaten, Russland bis nach Vladivostok
29.01.2010 3rd request for Update. Plans in 2010 to travel to Vladivostok. Business visa (3 months) rejected by the Russians. I decided instead of cancelling my long tour I would ride back to South Africa from Germany.
10.05.2010  My KLR arrived in Munich. Or a week I visited friends in Germany.
18.05.2010  I started my long ride home in Langenselbold (Hessen). My route took me south via France, Switzerland, Italy and Slovenian. In Koper, Slovenian, I took a freight ship to Athens and from there to Haifa, Israel. From Haifa I started riding south again, crossing Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and then South Africa. I first rode down to Cape Town und then turned north for the last 1 600 km to my home town Naboomspruit in the Limpopo region, South Africa. I arrived back home on the 22nd August 2010.
20.-22.04.2012 Participant of the 54th. Motorcycle Meeting for World-Travellers in Malmedy / Belgium

The best of the tour:  The friendliness of the African people! After my third crossing of the African continent I still hadn’t to pay any bribe to any policeman or soldier!  It was also the year of the Football World Cup in South Africa, and I celebrated with my fellow Africans at every game we watched together.
The worst: The embarrassing behaviour of some First World travellers (not by bike) at border crossings. Breakdown (Pannen): I had to replace the hooter (Hupe) of my bike in Egypt.
Book and publication: Not yet.

2012: My plans: 28.05.2012  Arrival of my KLR in Berlin.
29.05.2012  My tour starts. First I am going to visit friends in Bavaria, then off to Switzerland, Austria, the Czech Republic, Poland, Lithuania, Latvia, Estonia, then into Russia. I am going to travel as far east as the Baikal Lake, then turn back, northwest, back to Finland, north to North Cape, then south direction Denmark, through the Benelux countries and back to Berlin.
Highlight: My KLR should reach its 100 000th km in Siberia.





15 March 2008 – 22 June 2008 Vespa has placed a lot of my photos http://www.flickr.com/photos/26744942@N07/sets/72157605845174335/
Sibble "Sib" Andela (South African Male born 1940)
+ South Africa (Cape Agulhas) – (Norway) Nordkap. VESPA 250 GTS ie automatic. This was my first MC ever, I bought it in Oct 2007 and got my licence in Feb 2008.
Purpose of the tour: I set out to do the trip in 100 days and to arrive in Nordkapp and my 40 th Wedding day as tribute to my late wife. My son and daughter joined me on that day and we drank a champagne toast to her and celebratory toast to the completion.
Route : South Africa - Namibia - Zambia - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenya - Ethiopia - Sudan - Egypt (I wanted to go via Jordan , Syria , Turkey , Bulgaria , Romania , Slovakia but Jordan refused to let my scooter in). So Israel - Italia - Switzerland - Germany - Czech Republic -  Poland - Lithuania - Latvia - Estonia - Russia - Finland and Norway.
Return Route : Norway - Sweden - Denmark - Germany - Nederland - Belgie - France and England , the fly home to South Africa.
Highlights : Friendliness and hospitality of people on both continents. No unpleasantness at any stage at all from any person. Not a single moment of trouble with the VESPA.
Low Point: Physical tiredness in the desert of Susan.
Sorry I do not have a website but any person may contact me via berndtesch@gmail.com. My journal with photos is about 256MB in size.
I was lucky to meet Lodie de Jager, who also appears on Bernd's web, in Wadi Halfa, Sudan. We travelled together all the way to Bodenzee Germany before parting. Another chance meeting was the Rolls Royce team of Mike and Jeanette van Ginkel who travelled from Cape Town to London with their Silver Spirit. Hope to meet you. I am planning a VESPA trip Lisbon to Magadan for next year.
15.11.2008 First contact and very good summary with fotos.



Crossing a river in th Congos. Foto Fabian Schmid (C)



Crossing Africa north > South . Map by Janine Ritchard and Fabian Schmid.

12 10.2008 - 01.08.2009
Janine Ritschard (Swiss, born 1985) and Fabian Schmid (Born. 12.08.1985 in Zürich) and Anisa Ehrat (Swiss, born 1985) and Markus Hagmann (Swiss, Born 1969)
+ Transafrika. CH-Nord-West-South. Janine, Fabian, Anisa, Markus and Anisa crossed Africa in about 10 months on 4 motorcycles with km 45.000in total.
Route : Europe ( Switzerland - France - Spain) - Africa (Morocco - Westsahara - Mauretania - Mali - Guinea 1 - Cote d´Ivoire - Ghana - Togo - Benin - Nigeria - Cameroun  - Rep. Kongo (Brazzaville, 10.03.2009) - Congo - (Kinshasa) - Angola - Namibia - South Africa (Capetown) - Mosambique - Malawi - Zambia - Botswana - South Africa - flew home to Zürich with the motorcycles.
Highlights: The Congos. An off-road-adventure in dschungel.
The worst: No bad experiences.
Book or publication : There WAS a foto-stream in internet. No book. Nothing in internet anymore about Africa.
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others: Für Angola ist es übrigensnur in Abuja , Nigeria und in Matadi möglich, ein Transitvisum zu bekommen? Wir haben es in Ghana, Nigeria, Kamerun und Kongo versucht. Erst im Kongo bekamen wir das Visum. Trafen jedoch Engländer, die es 3 Tage nach uns in Abuja bekommen haben... Afrikanische-Logik... 
04.2008 Janine Ritschard aus CH nimmt das erste Mal am TTTreffen teil..
11.03.2009 1st summary by Bernd Tesch
11.03.2009 1st request for update
05.10.2009 2nd request for update
09.04.2011 Update by Janine Ritschard.
10.04.2011 Next request for update and the best foto of Janine.
29.04.2011 Janine will take part on the 29th. Mc-Meeting for World-Travellers.
04. 2011 Janine Ritschard aus CH nimmt da zweite Mal am TTTreffen teil.
22.11.2011 Durch Zufall lese ich das hier bei Fabian Schmidt: http://www.tenere-e-tours.ch/nomaden.htm
Die Handbuchbinderin Janine Ritschard und der Zimmermann Fabian Schmid (beide 1985) sind seit dem Tesch-Traveler-Treffen in Belgien 2008 ein Paar. Neben vielen anderen Interessen ist die Leidenschaft für das Motorrad und das Reisen eine wichtige Verbindung zwischen den beiden. Nach einer Reise 2008 durch ganz Afrika starten sie am 03. Juli 2011 sie mit ihren beiden Yamaha Ténéré XT660Z ihre zehnmonatige Reise durch Asien. Ténéré Experience Tours sponsert die beiden Ténéré Nomaden, berichtet regelmässig über den Streckenverlauf und stellt die schönsten Fotos in hoher Auflösung für den privaten Gebrauch zu Verfügung. HAVE FUN!
22.11.2011 Next request to Fabian und Janine for update. First information about their ten months Asian-tour.
23.11.2011 Update by Fabian with a wonderful foto.
23.11.2011 Next request for a blog of their Asia tour.


06.10.2008 - 01.02.2009, 223 days in 2008 www.wuestenritt.de
Christoph Isenberg (German, born 17.04.1965) und Gideon van der Watt (South African, birthday 18.06.1977)   
+ Transafrica. Cairo-Capetown. Christoph (BMW F 800 GS) and Gideo (BMW R 1150 GS) rode on two motorcycles from Germany (Hamburg) to South-Africa. 20 countries, 25,000 km, 4 months.
Purpose of your travel: exploring Africa, adventure, getting out, I did fancy a bit of a change
Route : Passing the mediteranian on the eastern route (Turkey, Asia (Syria - Jordan) - Egypt (via Sinai, Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenia, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, Namibia to  South Africa).
Highlights: I was blowed away by the friendlyness of people we met. We had a blast in Turkey. Ethiopian Landscape, Lake Malawi, a beer in Gonder after weeks of teetotalism in the arabic countries. The desert... love it!
The worst:  we finally ran on a tight schedule- shame! Egyptian rip off. Ruts.
Publikationen:
mototraveller Sept. 2009: 4-seitiger Langstrecken-Testbericht F 800 GS und Zubehör / 4  page lang haul-test report F 800 GS
TÖFF 08/09 (Suisse): 6-seitiger„Erfahrungsbericht“ BMW F 800GS und Ausrüstungsteile/ 6 page long haul-test report F 800 GS
Motorrad-Abenteuer 09/10-2009: 12-seitiger Reisebericht & Technik, „25.000 km durch Afrika“/ 12 page travel report "The Wuestenritt".
Further publications in UK, Italy, Spain, The Netherlands, USA and Canada are in the pipeline.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: this was our very first tour. I didn´t ride a motorbike for 20 years prior to this trip.
Useful / important informations and TIPS for others : check our webpage for further information
14.09.2009 1st request for update
05.10.2009 2nd request for update.
09.10.2009 Last update.
12.11.2009 Next request for short update.


15.09.2008 - ??.06.2009
Florian Rolke (German, born 1976) http://slowwaydown.com
+ Transafrica. Europe – Cairo – Capetown. Solo Africa with Simson Schwalbe KR51/1 from 1978. In 9 months 21.000 km.
Purpose of the tour: ??
Route: Europe: Germany , Czech Republic , Slovakia , Hungary , Serbia , Bulgaria , Turk e y
Asia: Turkey , Syria , Jordan
Africa: Egypt , Sudan , Ethiopia , Kenya , Uganda , Rwanda , Tanzania , Malawi , Zambia , Botswana , Namibia , South Africa .
Back from Cape Town, Soouth Africa by Plane, the Bike by Ship.
The best: the people: very friendly and helpful, the landscape, no unsolveable problems with the bike.
The worst: -/-

Publication: http://slowwaydown.com
Photos: http://www.flickr.com/photos/slowwaydown/3896316085/
http://www.flickr.com/photos/slowwaydown/3896305219/
Useful tips for others: ?? (Am Besten die Probleme der Reise ansprechen und Deine Lösungen unterwegs dazu)
Earlier Tours by bike: ??
12.11.2009 1st summary
12.11.2009 1st request for update. And please sent the very best foto of you and the bike “on route” .
2011: Youtube: Florian Rolke http://t.co/H1BlpWPB
14.02.2012 2nd and last request for update




2009


2009-2010
Sonja und Jan Gehlen www.afrika-offroad.de
+ Europe - Asia - Africa - Europe.
352 Tage unterwegs 42 Länder bereist 59.156 km on the road. Mit Auto.
Route: http://www.afrika-offroad.de/bilder/routeklein1.png
02.11.2011 First request for update.
After several request: They do not want to make a summary for this site. The reason I left this in my website is that they crossed Africa in a wonderful route.


16.03.2009 - 26.06.2009
Jörg Schnorr www.quadridesafrica.de
+ Germany - Cairo - Capetown. Jörg crossed Africa solo with a quad ATV Cetek Gladiator (500ccm) and a little Trailer from Cologne to Capetown via East Africa route 22.000 kms.
Purpose of your travel: ... to feel Africa
Route: Europe (Germany - Austria - Switzerland - Italy - Greek - Turkey) - Asia (Syria - Jordania) - Africa (Egypt - Sudan - Ethiopia - Kenia - Tansania - Sambia - Botsuana - Namibia - South Africa - Namibia). Back ??
Highlights: Absolute: Victoria Falls in Sambia
Book or publication: several articles in papers in Europe, Turkey, South Africa
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Take your time but do it !
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Sahara since 1990, since 1993 with Quadbikes and ATV's:
1989 First contact with B.T.
01.05.2013 First info by Jörg Schnorr and offer of a slides-show about his quad-Tour
01.05.2013 First request for a summary.
13.05.2013 First summary
13.05.2013 Please explain for everybody this: ??? weltrekord mit quad und kleinem miniwohnwagen von köln nach kapstadt ?? Please send the three best fotos for this blog on the road with you and the bike.







Fotos Tobias Dreissig (C).
Layout B.T.

01.04.2009 - 01.06.2012
"Tobi" Tobias Dreissig (German, born 01.06.1982) http://www.adventure-travel-experience.de/index.php?report=transafrika
+ Solo nearly around Africa. Tobias rode mostly solo with a Honda XL 600 Transalp 50.000 km through three continents in more than three years.
Purpose: When I was 14 in 1996 somebody (Martin Heidenreich, in 2013 living in Mzambique) who had done a simulare Africa-Trip showed me his pictures. Since then I was dreaming about visiting all those wonderfull countrys too.
Route: Europe (Germany - Austria - Italy - Kroatia - Montenegro - Albania - Greece - Turkey) - Asia (Syria - Jordania) - Africa (Egypt - Sudan - Ethiopia - Kenia - Tansania - Malawi - Mosambic - Southafrica - Swaziland - Lesotho - Botswana - Namibia - Angola - Congo - Gaboun - Nigeria - Benin - Togo - Burkina Faso - Mali - Mauretania - Marokko - Spain - France - Germany).
The best: The local people were so amazingly friendly even they did not own so many things like we do. 
The worst: I got robbed in Nigeria. I had two bad accidents in Southafrica and Mali with the motorcycle. Five people tryed to pull me off the bike.
Important useful informations for others: GPS Positions of al the embassys, fotos of the road and planning tips in the website.
In Africa I used a HONDA XL Transalp 600ccm during 2009 - 2012 for 50.000 kms. In South America in 2011-2012 I used a Honda 125 ccm because it was cheap and you can get parts for small bikes like this everywere in South America. Local people love this bike and invite you to stay if they see you love it too :). If I would do the Africa tour after both tours again I would use a Honda Transalp without spair tires and less luggage for Africa and a Honda CGL 125 for South America because it worked very well :)
Book or publication: No book. Webpage with all the GPS positions.
Earlier or later experiences: In 2011-2012 a one year tour in South America. Plan 2013: Thailand. http://www.adventure-travel-experience.de
21.01.2013 First information by Tobias.
21.01.2013 Second request for update.
22.01.2013 Last update.



Ellen Österle
and Markus Kirchgeßner at the end of the journey Transafrica after 12 months in Capetown. Foto Ellen Österle (C).



Foto Ellen Österle (C).

18.08.2009 - 09.08.2010
Ellen Österle (German, born 1976)
and Markus Kirchgeßner (German, born 1975) : www.time-2-travel.de
+ Transafrica. Germany – Cairo – Capetown. Ellen (KTM LC4 640 Adventure) and Markus (KTM LC8 990 Adventure) rode 45.000 km in 12 months from Germany through Africa on the eastern route.
Route : Europe 3.000 kms (Germany - Austria – Slovenia – Croatia – Bosnia – Serbia - Bulgaria - Turkey) - Asia 7.000 kms (Turkey - Syria – Jordan) – Africa 35.000 kms (Egypt – Sudan – Ethiopia – Kenia – Tansania – Uganda – Rwanda – Malawi – Sambia – Botswana – South Africa – Swaziland – Lesotho – Namibia). Flew back from Windhoek/Namibia to Munich/Germany with Air Berlin and two bikes for € 3.400 all togheter (the bikes were fixed on a palett provided by Air Berlin) .
Highlights: the people we met, Africa 's phenomenal nature, the trip itself!!!
The worst: speaking to Charles Mugabe, one of only eight survivors of the massacre in Nyamata Church/Rwanda  (more than 8000 people have been killed there within five days) during the genocide in 1994. Being just six years old, Charles was burried under dead bodies and survived.
Earlier experiences of mc-tours : trips all over Europe and to Northern Africa from 1 to 5 weeks.
Publications:
Touratech Katalog 2010‚ Traum Reise – von Karlsruhe nach Kapstadt' .
Touratech Katalog 2011‚ Kontinentalverschiebung' .
Motorrad Abenteuer ‚Äthiopien – Hochgefühle' (Juli 2010) .
Motorrad Abenteuer ‚Ostafrika – Karibuni – Willkommen in Afrika' (Januar 2011) .
Motorrad Abenteuer ‚Ägypten/Sudan – Stromaufwärts' (Juli 2011)
29.04.-01.05.2011 Ellen was participant of the 53rd TTTreffen in Malmedy first time. Markus third time.
01.05.2011 First summary
07.05.2011 Last summary


03.10.2009 - ??.??.2010
Birgit Hummel (German, birthday 08.09.1977) www.jamboree.rtwblog.de and Thomas Kiraly (German ?, born 1975) www.bikecop.de
- Transafrca: Germany > Cairo > Capetown.
Birgit (BMW f 650, 20.000 km) and Thomas (YAMAHA Tenere) plan to cross Africa. Birgit: I planned with two others, but now we`re two left. We will meet tonight (OCT 4th 2009) in Bratislava.
Purpose of my travel: Because Travelling is Life and life is Travelling.
Route: Europe (Germany, Slovakia, Hungary, Rumania, Bulgaria, Turkey)- Asia (Syria, Jordan) - Africa (Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenia, Tansania, Sambia, Botswana, Namibia and Southafrica). And then ??
Highlights: We`ll see, but just leaving for a big travel.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Different trips in Europe with a Honda CB seventfifty.
05.10.2009 1st summary.
05.10.2009 1st request for update.
30.03.2011 1 st request to Fabian Schmid and Janinie Ritschard: 2 Mal TTReffen 2008 + 2011


2009-2010



Andrea Tomaschett and Daniel Schaller in Afrika. Fotos und Gestaltung Daniel Schaller.


Andrea Tomaschett and Daniel Schaller (C) in Afrika.


Andrea Tomaschett and Daniel Schaller (C) in Afrika.



(C) Daniel Schaller in Afrika bei der Fussballweltmesierschaft.

 
(C). Daniel Schaller. Andrea Thomaschett.

01.11.2009 - 04.08.2010
Andrea Tomaschett (Swiss, born 30.12.1974) and Daniel Schaller (Swiss, born 29.11.1974) http://www.ichbinweg.ch
+ Transafrica: Morocco - Westafrica - Capetown. Daniel crossed solo Africa via Westafrica: 20,000 kilometers in three months. In parts with his girlfriend Andrea as a pilion rider on a YAMAHA XT600E.
Purpose of Travel: After having been on the road for two years in Asia/Australia/Russia, the idea of going again is not far. I had to see Africa.
Route: Europe
 (Switzerland - Genova/Italy) - by ferry to  Africa  (Tanger/Morocco, Andrea flew home from Marrakech) - Mauritania - Senegal - The Gambia - Senegal - Mali - Burkina Faso - Ghana, Andrea flew into Accra - Togo - Benin - Nigeria - Cameroon - Gabon - Congo - D.R. Congo - Angola - Namibia - South Africa, Andrea flew home from Cape Town - Lesotho - South Africa - Mozambique - Zimbabwe - Zambia -  Botswana - South Africa) - by cargo boat to  Europe  (Vigo/Spain, Andrea met me a the port - Switzerland).
The best:  The ever open and curious African people. Doing a big trip with my girlfriend. The win over Spain in Durban.
The worst:  Having to go through a malaria is not too much fun.
Earlier experiences: Switzerland > Australia > back von Wladiwostok to Switzerland. See this website part Austrlia
Useful tips for others: ??
2003 Daniel war hier zum Trägerbau und Aluboxen.
??.01.2004 Postkarte aus Indien, dass alles o.k. ist. from Switzerland to Australia
??.12.2004 We met Daniel by accident in Australia before the Nullabor.
21.11.2005 Daniel visited us in Hammer / Germany coming von Vladiwostok in Russia
03.01.2006 His final letter to all: But this is probably what makes you feel home. Everything is as expected.
04.11.2009 X request for update
06.11.2009 First short information from Morocco.
25.11.2009 First summary from Morocco
18.02.2010 Next request for update
26.10.2010 Short summary of Daniel after 20.000 kms of Africa with wwonderful map.
26.10.2010 Next request for update
05.09.2011 Last update

Daniels story:
Nun ist es schon wieder eine Weile her seit wir von unserer Afrika- Reise zurückgekehrt sind. Am 12. Juli, am Tag nach dem WM-Finale, bin ich in Kapstadt auf einem Frachtschiff ausgelaufen, welches mich zurück nach Europa ins Land des Weltmeisters und nach längerem alleine reisen wieder mit Andrea zusammen gebracht hat. Von Spanien war es für uns nur noch eine kurze Fahrt zurück in die Schweiz. Der Weg südwärts durch die Länder von Afrikas Westküste war beschwerlicher aber auch ungleich interessanter. Am 1. November im letzten Jahr sind wir zusammen losgefahren und mit der Fähre auch schon bald im Maghreb angekommen. Marokko konnten wir noch zusammen bereisen aber dann musste Andrea leider schon wieder nach Hause fliegen. Mit der Durchquerung der Sahara - heutzutage komfortabel auf Asphalt - habe ich dann das arabische Afrika hinter mir gelassen und bin in Senegal in Schwarzafrika angekommen. Zwei Monate haben mich durch einige Länder des Sahel schliesslich nach Ghana gebracht, wo Andrea für die Weiterreise wieder dazugestossen ist. Es folgte der anspruchsvollste Abschnitt der ganzen Reise durch Länder mit schwierig zu bekommenden Visas, schlechten Strassen und Regionen, in denen bis vor kurzem noch Bürgerkrieg herrschte. Nach drei Monaten und 20'0000 Kilometern seit Europa sind wir Mitte April in Kapstadt angekommen, von wo Andrea wieder zurück nach Hause musste. Die Länder im Süden des Kontinents konnten mich gut beschäftigen bis dann im Juni der Anpfiff zum weltgrössten Sportanlass erfolgte. Nie war die Weltmeisterschaft das eigentliche Ziel der Reise aber es war ja nicht der Anlass eines einzelnen Landes sondern eines ganzen Kontinents. Neben der grossartigen Atmosphäre in Südafrika durfte ich auch die drei Schweizer Spiele vor Ort erleben. Zwar konnte die Schweiz als einziges Team Weltmeister Spanien schlagen, aber damit hat man den Titel nicht gewonnen. Gewonnen haben wir dafür auf unserer Reise unzählige Eindrücke. Die Strapazen von Strassen und Klima (und einer Malaria) werden uns genauso in Erinnerung bleiben wie die überwältigenden Landschaften und die vielen spontanen Begegnungen mit der immer offenen und neugierigen Bevölkerung des Kontinents. Als Reisender aus dem modernen Westen mag man vieles in Afrika nicht verstehen und am Ende bleiben wohl mehr Fragen als Antworten. Aber genau das macht den Kontinent ja so lohnenswert für eine Reise. Wir auf alle Fälle denken oft wehmütig an die Zeit in Afrika zurück, was durch den nun in Europa einziehenden Winter nur noch verstärkt wird. Bald werden wir auch beide wieder zurück an der Arbeit sein und aus der erlebten Realität Afrikas wird wieder der Traum, den wir uns erfüllt haben.

It's been quite a while since we came back from our Africa trip. On he 12th of July, the day after the world cup final, I set sail on a freighter out of Cape Town that brought me back to Europe into the country of the world champion and after quite some time of travelling alone also back together with Andrea. From Spain it was just a short ride back to Switzerland. The way down south through Africa's west coast countries has been more demanding but much more rewarding, too. On the 1st of November last year we left together and a short ferry trip brought us into the Maghreb. Together we explored Morocco but Andrea soon had to fly home. By crossing the Sahara - these days comfortably on tarmac - I left Arabian Africa to get to Senegal and arrive in Black Africa. During two months I travelled through some Sahel countries which brought me to Ghana where Andrea joined me again. What followed was the most demanding stretch of the trip through countries with hard-to-get visas, bad roads and regions that have been plagued by civil war. After three months and 20,000 kilometers since Europe we arrived by mid-April in Cape Town where Andrea had to go back home again. I then roamed around Southern Africa until the kick-off of the world's biggest sports event. The world cup has never been the trip's main goal, neither has it been a single country's event but one for the whole continent. Besides the great atmosphere in South Africa I followed all of the three Swiss matches on the spot. Switzerland was the only team to beat the world champion but that's not enough to win the title. What we won instead on our trip were numerous impressions. The hardships of roads and climates (and a malaria) will be remembered as well as the stunning landscapes and the many spontaneous encounters with the ever open and curious population of the continent. Coming from the modern west many things in Africa may seem mysterious to the traveller and at the end there probably are more questions than answers. But that's exactly what makes the continent worth a trip. Anyway, we keep having melancholic thoughts of our time back in Africa, even more often now as the winter sets in over Europe. And soon we both will be back at work and the experienced African reality again becomes the dream we made come true.



Motorradtausch in Burkina Faso in 200?. Foto Klaus Wohlmann (C).



Li: Kamel mit Touareg im Enedi, Kamel mit 2 seitlichen Ziegen als Wasserbehälter. Mi: Buchvover "Begegnungen". Re: Buchcover "licht und schatten". Alle Fotos Isa und Klaus Wohlmann (C).

01.12.2009 - 30.03.2010
Isa Wohlmann (German, Born 28.02.1962) and Klaus Wohlmann (German, born 14.01.1963www.klauswohlmann.de
+ North-West-Africa: Cologne-Cameroun. Isa  (Honda Dominator) and Fotograf Klaus (BMW F 650 GS) rode 15.000 km in 4 months through 10 countries in two continents. 
Purpose: Auftrag von Hilfsorganisationen (DED, GTZ, KFW und Inwent) zahlreiche Projekte in den Ländern Mali, Burkina Faso, Niger und Tschad zu dokumentieren. Es entsteht eine aussergewöhnliche Nähe zu den Einwohnern.
Route:
 Europe (Germany - France - Spain) – Africa (Morcco - Mauretania - Senegal - Mali - Burkina Faso - Niger - Tschad - Cameroun - back by plain to Germany. Motorcycles in Cameroun.
The best: Touareg Festival in de l´Air north of Agadez in Niger. Tour through Endi-mountains in Tschad.
The Worst: Militärputsch im Niger.
Publications: Klaus Wohlmann hat zwei Bücher geschrieben, die über ihn zu bestellen sind. Auch wunschgeäß signiert für dich oder Freunde:
Buch „licht und schatten“. Isa und Klaus reisten in 2006 ca. 15.000 km mit zwei Motos Germany - Kamerun. 140 S. 21 cm H x 27 B. Papiereinband. € 39,00. Eigenverlag Klaus Wohlmann. Köln. Keine ISBN. Nur bestellbar bei:  www.lichtundschatten-fotografie.de
Buch „Begegnungen Westafrika“. Klaus reiste solo mit Yamaha TDM in 2006 Köln-Togo. 142 S. 27,5 cm H x 19,5 B. Hardcover. € 29,95. Eigenverlag Klaus Wohlmann. Köln. Germany. www.begegnungen-westafrika.de.
Earlier Experiences: 1980 Mit dem Mokick nach Marokko
2006 ca. 5 Monate solo mit einer TDM 850 von Köln bis Togo und zurück.
Next plan:  In dezember 2011 - januar 2012 both want to continue from Cameroun – Central Africa – Kongo (Brazzaville) – Gabon. The two motorcycles are standing in Cameroun.
20.-22.04.2011 Life-Vortrag von Klaus Wohlmann: Licht und Schatten. Mit zweit Motos Germany-Kamerun. Vortrag in Deutsch. Mit anschliessenden Fragen.




2010





21.10.2009 - 16.08.2010: Breaking the Cycle in Africa.
Kate Leeming (Australian, born ??.??.19??) : www.btcycle.com
+ Africa West- Southern-East. In ten month (299 days) Kate cycled solo 22,040 km across Africa through 20 countries from Point des Almadies in Senegal to Cape Hafun in Puntland, Somalia.
Purpose: Breaking the Cycle – a world-first cycle expedition across Africa from Senegal to Somalia.
- I completed my ride on August 16th 2010, four days ahead of schedule. The ride is believed to be a world first achievement. This journey was not only a physical quest, but an odyssey to highlight the development needs of war-torn and poverty-stricken nations. Cycling through 20 countries my aim was to find out what is being done to give a ‘leg up’ rather than a ‘hand out’– to shine a positive light on the issues, cultures and geography of the often misnamed Dark Continent. What I discovered has changed my life forever.
- I battled injury, exhaustion, the African authorities – as well as sand, mud, tsetse flies, extreme heat and mountains – to experience the real Africa. Diverting into the Sahara Desert, I met cultures with sophisticated written histories spanning a millennium. The libraries of Oualata (Mauritania) and Timbuktu (Mali) contain books more than five centuries old while thousands of manuscripts remain in private family vaults in the desert, revered as their most valuable possessions. In the Sahel region, the shoreline of the Sahara, education levels, especially of girls are amongst the lowest in the world. Women are the cornerstones of their communities and educated women tend to have smaller, healthier families. I met with communities across the regions that are highly motivated to educate girls and empower women to improve their circumstances for the long term.
- Cycling across Somalia to the finish involved high-level planning and cooperation with the Puntland and Somaliland governments. The first obstacle was the lawless 135km no man’s land between the two Somali states, the second a vicious conflict between the Puntland government and Al Shabab extremists that erupted three days before I entered Puntland. Accompanied by the President of Puntland’s Special Forces and two bulletproof vehicles containing government ministers, I took a secret route to avoid being detected by Al Shabab insurgents and Somali pirates to reach Cape Hafun.
- My journey continually revealed the truth of Africa, and its diverse people and cultures, in a way that could be only seen on a bicycle.
- A feature film and book, both entitled Njinga, Breaking the Cycle in Africa, 22,000km, 20 countries, 299 days were released in September/October 2014. The film won Best Documentary, Best Cinematography and was runner-up for Best Director at the Action on Film International Film Festival in LA. We are now cutting a 10x30min TV series to be ready by around September 2015.
Organization:
2016.04. Firsi information by bicycle expert John Weiss.




16.01.2010 - 30.04.2010 (105 Days)
Marco Wahlen (German, 1976) and Dirk Hengelsberg (German, 1964) www.projekt-benin.de
+ Germany - West-Africa-Germany. Marco and Dirk drove down a Mercedes Benz G Ambulance–car. And rode back with two KTM LC 8 990 Adventure motorcycles.
Purpose of our travel:
Bringing an ambulance-car (present of a German School) to a small Hospital in Benin, then rode back slowly to Germany with the motorcycle. (Way down the two motorcycle have been in the Ambulance-Car).
Route down to Benin with the ambulance-car (ca. 8.500km in 25 days): Europe (Germany, Switzerland, Italy) - ferry from Italy to Africa (Maroc, , Westsahara, Mauretania, Mali, Burkina Faso, Togo and Benin).
Route back to Germany with the KTM LC 8 (ca.13.500km in 80 days): Africa (Benin, Togo, Ghana, Burkina Faso, Mali, Senegal, Mauretania, Westsahara, Maroc) - ferry from Maroc to Europe (Spain, France, Luxembourg, Germany).
Highligths: Festival Sur les Niger in Mali- Pendjari National Park in Benin. Different objects of interest in Ghana. The partnership school of Germany in Womey in Benin. Voodoo in Benin.
The worst: Nothing worst except “Beninoise” (the local Beer of Benin).
Book or publication : different reports in local newspapers, website: www.projekt.benin.de
My useful informations and TIPS for others: Ghana is really easy to travel and there´s a lot to discover, best experience with local people have been in Mali
Marcos earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: 2007: Within three months from Nairobi in Kenia with KTM LC 640 Adventure motorcycle back to Germany: Africa (Kenia, Uganda, Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt, Israel, ship from Israel) to Europe (Italy, Austria, Germany).
27.04.2011 First summary by Marco Wahlen.
29.04.2011 Marco and Dirk were participants of the 53. Tesch-Travel-Treffen in Malmedy.



Michael Lindlar in 2010 in Egypt. Foto Michael Lindlar (C).

09.08.2010 - 16.03.2011
Michael Lindlar (German, born 24.03.1975)
+ Transafrica. Germany - Cairo - Capetown. In 9 months I rode solo Transafrica with a Honda Africa Twin 35.000 km.
Purpose of your travel: Have a good time with my bike.
Route: Europe (Germany, Austria, Slovenia, Serbia, Bulgaria)- Asia (Turkey, Syria, Jordan) - Africa (Egypt, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenia, Uganda, Ruanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Sambia, Namibia, South Africa). Back by plane from Windhouk Namibia to Europe (Munich (Munich-Cologne by bike))
Highlights: Too much to explain. African and Arabian hospitality. Culture. Wilderness. Landscape....
The worst: A destroyed backwheel in Serbia. Fleas (flies = Fliegen ??) in Ethiopia. Accident with a truck in sambia. Worms in Namibia. But everything was not that worst and also a good experience.
Book or publication: None until 2011.
My useful informations and TIPS for others: Dont be afraid or think twice about doing it. DO IT.
My earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: 3 months through South Africa, Mocambique, Malawi, Sambia, Namibia in 20?? with ?? motorcycle. Some small Tours in Europe, Swiss, Austria etc.
29.04.-01.05.2011 Patricipant of the 53rd Tesch-Travel-Treffen in Malmedy.
6.05.2011 First summary.
06.05.2011 First request for update.
09.05.2011 Last summary:
Tesch-rack who had already gone overland from Cologne to Austraila. The alu-boxes were selfmade after the way B.T. produces them.
Nun zu den Reifen. In Afrika ist es schwer, Reifen für Großenduros bzw. Ersatzteile zu kriegen. In Nairobi, Dar es Salam gibt es Reifen: Satz ca. 500US dollar oder mehr. In Namibia und Südafrika kriegt man Reifen mittlerweile ohne Probleme. Würde ich noch einmal Transafrica reisen, würde ich mir wieder einen Satz Reifen mitnehmen. Kommt halt drauf an, da es Vor- und Nachteile gibt. Nachteile: Gewicht, Reifen altern schon ohne Benutzung etc.
Vorteil: Kein Ärger mit dem Zoll (wenn man sich welche schicken lässt, hat man den schon mal bzw. Import-tax auch mit Carnet). Keine Wartezeiten Keine überteuerten Preise für Reifen. Mir gab der Satz hintendrauf mehr Sicherheit und Ruhe, beim Fahren hab ich ihn "kaum" gemerkt.
Anmerkung von B.T.: In meinem Buch "Afrika- Motorrad Reisen" (out of print) hatte ich die Problematik "Reifen" ganz ausführlich besprochen. Zwar ist es richtig, die Entscheidung "Reifen als Ersatz mitnehmen" von der Route abhängig zu machen, aber die Nachteile sind nach meiner Auffasung durch das Gewicht + Volumen beim Mitschleppen wesentlich größer. Tesch-Tip: Einfach einem nächsten Tourist (z.B. nach Nairobi) zwei Reifen als bezahltes Gepäck mitgeben. Und vom Moto-Reisenden dort abholen. Und dem Zoll beweisen, dass die Reifen importiert und gleich wieder exportiert werden: Nächstes Visa zeigen. Hat B.T. alles selber gemacht.


04.09.2010 - 04.10.2010 no website
Alexander Kröner (German, born 13.12.1965)
- Morocco. Alexander plans to ride with two other "mate" (on a BMW 1150 Adventure and on a KTM 990 Adventure) to Morocco with Yamaha Tenere XT660Z.
Purpose of your travel: Travelling is the best school of the life.
Route : By motorcycle Europe 600kms ( Germany (Ingoldingen) - Austria - Switzerland - Italy). By ship from Italy (Genova) to Africa (Morocco (Tanger)). By motorcycle 5.000 kms in Morocco. Bike by ship from Africa (Morocco (Tanger)) back to Europe (Italy (Genova). By motorcycle 600 kms in Europe back to Germany (Ingoldingen).
Highlights: The wonderful scenery of Morocco.
The worst: I hope that I will do no bad experiences.
Book or publication: Balkantiger 2006, Türkei pur 2008.
My useful informations and TIPS for others: visit the Tesch- Travel- Treffen.
My earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: see Book or publication
28.03.2010 First summary.
28.03.2010 1st request for update.
29.03.2010 Last update.
26.10.2010 Last request for Update

Will be continued. Please send me your Mc-Travel-Information as the block above.

Bye Bernd Tesch in Germany




In this Blocks below informations are missing. Who can help?:


Charlie Money (England) http://www.charliescaper.co.uk
- Plan Transafrica.
With a Cagiva E900 Elefant
charliescaper@eudoramail.com
03.10.2001 1st. information by Grant Johnson: http://www.horizonsunlimited.com
03.10.2001 1st email to them.
??.10.2001 1st answer and contact


1998
First list with summaries in Internet about "Africa by Motorcycle". I would be grateful if you could help to keep this update ! So far you find many language and grammar mistakes inside because of lack of time. Pardon. Will be corrected and updated with more Travellers in future.

Documentation:
1968 Start of search of Transafrica-Travellers for my own tour with VW-Bus in 1970 / 71.
1970 -76 Finding more and more Africa-travellers and literature
1992-1994 More intensive search of motorcycle-travellers because of my book "Motorrad Abenteuer" in work by phone, fax and personal visits.
1995 - 1997 First tries to find and contact Africa-Motorcycle-Travellers by email.
1998 Start of my website. Not knowing what will come out of it in future.
02.1998: A part of this information you found already under > http://www.berndtesch.de > German or Engl. version > News
28.05.2000: Start of this collection first time in internet under > http://www.berndtesch.de
01.08.2001 Visitor 50.000 on my homepage Andreas Goetzenich.
31.10.2001 138 KB
13.01.2003 178 KB
22.03.2004 201 KB Visitor ca. 94.000
28.03.2005 217 KB. Ca. visitor 109.00
10.11.2005 227 KB Ca. Visitor 120.000
19.01.2006 622 KB
29.03.2008 717 KB Ca. Vistor 155.555
31.03.2009 983 KB 141 Sek, Visitor ca. 169.500.
07.05.2011 787 KB 113 s. But this is now a new site 2001-2010
01.07.2016 Overworked in old style


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