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Encircle Africa

CommunityJames Hipkiss


Encircle Africa was the first solo and unsupported overland circumnavigation of continental Africa using public transport.

It took place between September 2011 and October 2012. Travelling a minimum of 20,000 miles (30,000 km) the expedition began in Tangier, Morocco, moving West. Travelling by public transport enabled close contact with local populations, highlighting the condition of roads and transport.

A subsidiary aim of the expedition was to promote a wider, more positive, understanding of Africa. The continent is often seen as trapped in instability, corruption, and poverty. Encircle Africa found a diverse and productive future developing for much of the continent.

Lots more information and links to an animated map and photographs on the website!