Title: Encircle Africa: Around Africa by Public Transport
Author: Ian M. Packham
Publisher: Bawdy Zebra
Publish Date: November 14, 2013
Source: I received a copy from the author; however, this didn't affect my review.
What's the Story?:
From Goodreads.com: "Encircle Africa: Around
Africa by Public Transport is the account of Ian’s attempt to complete
the first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of Africa using public
transport. The decision to travel using transport only available to
local populations ensured immersion with populations across the
continent. It led Ian to cross Africa riding in battered minibuses and
bush taxis, on the backs of flatbed trucks, over rivers in dugout
canoes, and along the coast of South Africa in a van delivering
freshly-made meat pies.
Travelling 25,000 miles (40,000 km) –
equivalent to circumnavigating the Earth at the equator – with no
communications but an old mobile phone, and all his kit for more than a
year of travel hauled onto his back, Ian was as reliant on some of the
one billion people that call Africa home as he was on his own wits.
more than 13 months his journey took Ian along the coast of 31
countries, where he discovered for himself the daily struggle of living
in and travelling through Africa. Starting his journey in Gibraltar
before crossing to Tangier in Morocco, he travelled westward,
experiencing Africa at its most raw and real.
He is forced to
fight off thieves in Senegal, is mistaken for an undercover UN official
during Liberia’s presidential election, refused entry into the
Democratic Republic of Congo, and while in Sudan becomes perhaps the
only person teargassed trying to visit a museum. Travelling during an
electrifying year for Africa, he is one of the first tourists to visit
the Libyan capital after the revolution that wrenched Colonel Gaddafi
My Two Cents:
Africa" is a travel memoir of Ian Packham's travels through the
continent of Africa. Packham decides to travel throughout Africa using
only public transportation. He decides to stick to the shore of Africa
and visit all of the countries around Africa's edges. If you are in
armchair traveler like me, you will enjoy this book!
of the book takes on a couple different countries throughout Africa. I
really liked how Ian was able to give us a little bit of information
about the feeling of each place along with some of the history of each
area. There are many countries within Africa that I don't know much
about so it was interesting to get a first-hand point of view of what
those countries are like. I found myself wishing that some of the
chapters were longer because each of the places seem so interesting.
This book really only gives you a very brief taste of each place.
I found the writing of this book to be very good. The author definitely
knows how to bring the people of all of the different countries in
Africa he visits to life. There were a couple grammar and punctuation
issues with this book; however, I chalk this up to this book being a
debut book. With a little more fine-tuning, This author will make a very
good travel author!