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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.

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

1951-1980 in Africa

1981-1990 in Africa
1991-2000 in Africa
2001-2010 in Africa
2011-2020 in Africa

Political map of Africa 2008.

You are on the side:
Africa 1991-2000

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-:  
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
If you want to know what kind of Motorcycle-Travel-Books books have been written look at Bernd Tesch´s website 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 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

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 >Englisch or German version >continents >world

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Africa 1991-2000


Abi Jebli (Moroccan)
+ Transafrica. The engineer Abi (living in Netherlands) has crossed Africa already with HONDA 600 XR. See Marcus Bruns below!
Route: Algeria - West-Africa - Central Africa - South Africa.
27.05.2001 Asked for his block.
B.T.: For sure he is the first Moroccan Motorcycle Traveller crossing Africa in total. I am not sure if he is the first African. There are very few Africans TRAVELLING by motorcycle great distances through


1993 ca.
Hajlte Tin and Nina Rasmussen with children Emil and Ida (Danish)
+ Transafrica. Capetown - Cairo.
Die dänischen Motorrad-Reisenden und Motorcycle-Buch-Autoren von großen Reisen Hjalte Tin und Sohn Emil (16, ohne Führerschein von Capetown nach Cairo, 1992, jüngster Transafrika-Fahrer) und Tochter Ida (13, jüngste Transafrika-Travellerin)
11.-13.04.1997: Visitor and gave kindly a slides-show at "19. Moto-Fernreise-Treffen" about their Transafrica -tour with the family.
Buch: Tin, Hjalte og Nina Rasmussen. "Auf dem Motorrad durch Afrika".In den letzten ca. 25 Jahren war es wegen des Krieges zwischen Äthiopien und Eritrea unmöglich, etwas darüber zu erfahren, wie man von Kapstadt via Äthiopien und Eritrea auf dem Landweg nach Kairo gelangt. Hjalte, Nina und ihre Kinder Emil und Ida sind wieder mit drei Motorrädern zusammen gereist, wobei Emil mit 16 Jahren mit einem selbstgestrickten Führerschein alleine gefahren ist und damit der jüngste Transafrika-Fahrer ist. Ida ist die jüngste Transafrika-Fahrerin als Sozia (14). 308 S. Verlag: Frederking und Thaler GmbH. München. 1994. ISBN 3-89405-072-1.

Heather Ellis in 2010 in Australia. above in Africa (pocket camera). Ri: Heather Ellis in 2010 on her Guzzi in Australia.

11.03.1993 - 18.07.1994
Heather Ellis (Austalian, born 08.04.1964) 
+ Transafrica: Capetown - East Africa - West-  North-Africa - England. (Later: Central Asia).  The Australian Heather at 28 years old woke up one morning realising there was more to life than working for a multinational mining company. She wanted to fullfill her own dreams. Riding down the West Australian coast road, her and travelling companion, John travelled across the Indian Ocean by cargo ship to Durban. From South Africa they rode to East Africa. Heather on her Yamaha TT600 and John on a Honda XR600. However, once they arrived in Nairobi, her companion did not want to continue the trip through Africa and shipped his bike to Europe. Heather then managed to ride solo from East to West and then to North-Africa taking a cargo ship from Mauritania to Belgium. Total distance: 43,146 kms.
Heather's TT600 was rebuilt in Germany. In Hamelin, by Manfred Straubel - the European expert on Yamaha TT600. And why on a motorcycle? "Because for me it represents freedom, not just transport. On a bike you are 'in' what is around" Heather says. In London, Heather continued her travels as a motorcycle courier and over 12 months covered a distance of about 30,000km. After writing her African story in six months, Heather failed to attract a publisher and so began the homeward leg of her world motorcycle adventure (see Asia).
Mobil Oil is sponsor, giving Heather oil and petrol from their depots and on occasions accomodation.
Heather received her Bachelor of Journalism in 2001 and her Graduate Certificate in International and Community Development in 2011.
Purpose of travel: To explore the world and grow from the experience..
August 2011: Coming to her ‘out-of-the-blue’, 28-year-old Australian Heather Ellis could not ignore the innate calling to explore and to discover the world. She bought a Yamaha TT600, resigned from her job as a radiation safety technician at a uranium mine in Kakadu and headed to Perth to board a cargo ship to South Africa. Her motorcycle journey of discovery took her through Africa, London, Europe, Central Asia and to China and Vietnam. Covering more than 88,000kms over four years, Heather Ellis is one of the very few woman to embark on such a journey unassisted. She was befriended by armed bandits, escaped civil war, got lost in a desert, fell in love, survived as a motorcycle courier in London, risked being thrown in prison in Russia, risked being shot at in Tajikistan and survived sickness and nearly death. But giving up was never an option. Instead her sense of intuition and observation were awakened - senses that became highly tuned to ensure her survival. Her journey took her through some of the world’s most remote and dangerous places. Through the coincidences, chance meetings and unbelievable adventures that occurred with frequent (almost daily) regularity, her belief in spirit also awakens. Heather started her trip with a friend who rode a Honda XR600 to Nairobi where he left Africa by cargo ship to Europe. Heather then rode solo from East to West Africa, taking a cargo ship from Mauritania to Belgium. On her Yamaha TT600, Heather covered 43,146kms in Africa, 30,000km as a motorcycle courier in London and nearly 15,000 riding back to Australia via Central Asia, China (by train) to Hanoi in Vietnam. 
Route: Australia by ship to South Africa - Zimbabwe - Mozambique - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenya - Uganda - Zaire - Congo - Gabon - Cameroon - Nigeria - Benin - Togo - Ghana - Burkina Faso - Mali - Mauritania - motorcyclye broke down - by ship to England.
Much later: Across Europe to Turkey and Central Asia. By train through China to Vietnam. TT600 was shipped to Melbourne, Australia from Hanoi in 2003.
The best: Zaire River. Ruwenzori Mountains - Zaire (now DRC), All of Central Asia especially Kyrgystan. The freedom of travelling on a motorcycle.
The worst: 
Trying to get a visa in Urumqui, Northern China to ride through China to Vietnam. After 10 days, I gave up and put the TT600 and myself on a train to the Vietnamese boarder.
Book or publication: Now writing final draft of my book, which I aim to have published late 2012.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Pack your bike, put on your helmet, turn the key and ride down the driveway.......and then you will live a thousand life times everyday.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:... None.
05.11.01 Heather and Matt will have a baby in 2002 - I suppose. They want to visit me when they are on their "RTW" when they are 60. They forgot that B.T. will be possibly dead then.
01.08.2011 Fotos from Heather.
01.08.2011: My Life Today  
I am a single-mother of three boys aged 7 years and twins aged 4 years. As I write the final draft of my book, I am also redesigning . I am also involved in motorcycle road safety advocacy and am a member of The 59 Club and the Moto Guzzi Club based in Victoria, Australia. I still ride the TT600 on the mountain trails of the Yarra Ranges. When my boys turn 18 years, I will embark on the final leg of my world motorcycle journey,on the same Yamaha TT600 of course!
The above is written new.
B.T.: Out of my knowledge Ellis is the first who rode solo on a solo-bike Transafrica as far as Mauretania from Capetown to East - West- North-Africa without being together with a man the whole trip to London.

1982: Dirk Esser. KFZ-Meister begutachtet de Tesch-BMW R 80 G/S.- 1993, Zaire: Dirk bei seiner Transafrika-Durchquerung 1993-1994- Die Alukoffer Tesch-Travel-Taschen hielten über 234 Stürze aus...

01.08.1993 - 25.03.1994
Dirk Erker (German, 07.02.1967)
+ Europe > Trans-Africa. The mechanic-master Dirk rode solo with Erker-BMW R 100 GS PD. 30.000 kms.
Purpose of AfricaTravel: ??
Route: Germany (Duisburg) - France - Spain - Morocco - Mauretania - Senegal - Gambia - Senegal - Mali - Burkina Faso - Ghana - Togo - Benin - Nigeria - Cameroun - CFA - Zaire - Uganda - Kenia - Tanzania -  Malawi - Mozambique - South Africa (Capetown).
The best: Zaire - it makes or destroys men. Saw gorillas in Zaire without paying......
The Worst: Killing the rainforest.  Stopped counting his falls after 234...
Book: Planned
Tesch-Tip: Contact Dirks firm "Do it" ! The master of  two-wheels Dirk (Trans-Africa in 1993/94 and Trans-Asia in 1996/7 and in 1999 already 10 years visitor of the Mc-Tesch-Meeting for World-Travellers) has specialist for repairs of enduros and especially the preparation of  HONDA- and BMW-enduros for motorcycle-overland-tours: Huge petrol-tanks and e.g. shortining the 1st gear and making the 5th gear longer of BMWs. Tuning. Wider rims. Used motorcycles.... You, the rider, can stay besides the motorcycle when Dirk makes the total-check of your bike and you get personal explanations and become more fit for your travel. Very recommendable ! Dirk also takes care for the Tesch-BMW ! His one-man-garage is called "Do it !": Tel. /Fax in Duisburg/Germany: Tel / Fax: 0049 (0) 2065 701669. Mobil No. 0179 4155007. Email:
13.01.2004 Next request for update.
02.05.2006 Next request for update. Wann kommt das Buch raus ?
09.02.2021: After Dirk and Sonja travelled N- and S- America with an Unimog Elmo (Elmos Odyssee) "Selmo" they had to stop travelling because of Corona in . In total 125 countries. Dirk offered me the Foto of Zaire.

Martin Zuelch solo am Equator in 1993. (C) Foto Martin Zuelch.

18.09.1993 - 02.03.1994
Martin Zuelch (German, born 20.02.1970)
+ Transafrica: Cairo - Cape Town. Martin rode solo 22.000 km on a Kawasaki KLX 650
Purpose of tour: personal experience; realising a long kept dream.
Route: Europe (Germany - Italy) - Africa (Egypt -, Sudan - Eritrea - Ethiopia - Kenya - Uganda - Tanzania - Mozambique - Malawi - Zimbabwe - Botswana - South Africa) - back to Europe by plane.
The best: Friendly people all over the place, Sudanese desert, mountain landscape in Eritrea / Ethiopia, X-Mas at Victoria Falls, political situation in Eritrea just after independence and in South Africa just before the first democratic elections.
Worst times: Getting a bit too brave and trying to tackle a track which the Michelin map classified as "impassable during the rainy season" in Tanzania in the middle of the rainy season (mud holes that trucks disappeared in); falling and overturning at about 80 km/h on a desert track in the Kalahari (luckily no broken bones, but quite a concussion in spite of wearing a helmet)
Useful tips for others: Try to save every kg you can on your bike & equipment; always travel with an open & unbiased mind; come to the TTT for lots more useful tips!
Publication about the tour : Tourenfahrer 09/1995; Motorrad News 02/1998
Earlier experiences: Hitchhiking through Morocco, Algeria & Tunisia in 1989
Date of first contact with B.T.: Spring 1993 when I returned with my new KLX 650 from Aachen and a new rack (The only one Bernd Tesch ever made for a Kawasaki) and a lot of useful equipment and tips.
Visitor of the Tesch-Meeting for World-Travellers: Four times since 1997 - 2002
11.12.2012 REquest for update and best max 3 Fotos from the Transafrica-Tour..
Visitor of the Tesch-Meeting for World-Travellers: Four times since 1997 - 2002
11.12.2012 Request for update and best max 3 Fotos from the Transafrica-Tour.

17.10.1993 - 20.03.1995
Astrid Griep (born 1969) and Daniel Duwe (born 1971, both Germans). Astrids homepage:
+ Transafrica: Nort > West > East > South-Africa. Astrid and Daniel rode on one Honda Transalp 41.000 km through Africa.
Route: Europe (Germany - Spain) - by ferry to Africa (Morocco - the Sahara we crossed in company with Swiss car-salers - Mauretania - Mali - Cote d´Ivoire - Ghana. Because there has been a revolution in Togo at this time the border was closed. So we had to ride a "little round of 700 km" via Burkina Faso - Togo - Benin - Nigeria - Cameroon - Central Africa - Zaire - arriving in Rwanda in march 1994. Because of a visit of friends we left bike and equipment in Rwanda and hitchhiked to Kenia. From here we flew home to Germany to earn money in summer. A short time later after we left Rwanda the war started there. It is bad that we lost all of our our bike and equipment there. But comparing this with the war there this was not important. In october 1994 we flew with another used Honda Transalp to Kenia to continue. Tansania - Malawi - Mocambique - Zimbabwe (Rafting on the Zambesi-River!!!) - Namibia - South Africa (Capetown).
Purpose of travel: Adventure, visiting other cultures, see diffrent countries
The best: Crossing the Sahara, driving through Zaire, diving-course in Malawi, Rafting on the Zambesi-River, driving through the deserted Kaokoveld in Namibia, reaching Capetown after 41.000 km!
The Worst: Corruption in Westafrika, especially in Zaire
Earlier experiences: Backpacking through Brasil, Mexiko, Pakistan, India, Nepal, Thailand. See her next trip Alasca - Tierra del Fuego under Americas\NorthSouthAmerica
Useful tips to others:
Don´t ask too many questions before you leave the first time. Jjust do it ! It is easier then you imagine back home
05.1998 Personal visit of Astrid visited. I was astonished to hear how easy she managed Alasca - Tierra dle Fuego on her 350 ccm. She belongs to the few women who dare everything and is always positive thinking. It is wonderful to listen to Astrid.
planing again with her 350ccm SUZUKI. Who wants to travel next with her?
2001: Astrid has been more than three times at the Tesch-Travel-Treffen: 1995, 1996, 1997.
B.T.: Astrid is a very intelligent-humores and sweet-femine woman. She is a very experienced traveller and always waiting for the next tour...


??.??.1994 - 02.04.1995
Peter Lichey (German, born ??.??.19??) and Dirk Schneider (German, born ??.??.19??)
+ Transafrika: North > West > East > South-Africa. Peter and Dirk rode 30.300 kms through 20 African countries with two BMW R 80 G/S in 5 months.
Purpose of Tour: ??
Route: Europe (Germany - ??) - Marocko - Senegal - Cote D'Ivoire - Nigeria - Zaire - Uganda - Kenia - Namibia - SA (Capetown)
The best: Christmas evening in a mountain village Mali in Guinea.
The worst: ??
Earlier experiences: ??
Useful tips for others: ?
01.05.1994: Participants of the 18.Meeting for Mc-World-Travellers.
01.04.1995 Both tried to finish their tour at exactly on the 17th. Meeting for Mc-World-Travellers. They missed it one day, because the bikes were one day late by ship. I liked their idea very much.
30.-31.2003.1996 Participant of the 18. Meeting for Mc-World-Travellers. They gave a slides-show: "Transafrika".
10.04.2002 Peter wrote me that my Motorcycle-Meetings for World-Travellers caused him to travel. Since 1992 he will visit the Tesch-Meeting this year 8 times.
28.03.2008 Peter wrote: Seit 4 Jahren fahre ich sehr wenig Motorrad. Das Fahrrad hat dieses fast ersetzt. Ich werde mit unserem Radclub mal eine kleine Reise unternehmen. Diese Reisen sind von uns selbst geplant und gehen in alle Kontinente der Welt. Mit dem Fahrrad ist es momentan leichter für mich, da man dieses leicht in das Flugzeug bekommt. Mal sehen, was sich die nächsten Jahre tut.
Ursprung und ausschlagebend für meine Transafrika-Reise und die Lust auf Fernreisen war das 22. Tesch-Travel-Treffen 1992, wie auch das Buch "Motorrad Abentuer Touren" von B.T. Ich freue mich schon aufs Treffen.
28.03.2003 Asked for update
19.05.2012 Asked for update and the now scanned fotos.
03.04.2014 Asked for update and the now scanned fotos.

Dirk Meifort in 1994-1995 (C).

26.09.1994 - 22.04.1995
Dirk Meifort (German, born 1965)
+ Transafrica: N-W-E-South. On the road with a BMW R80 G/S (1985) equipped with Tesch-Aluminium-Boxes. 
Preparation: reading motorcycle travel books and speaking to experienced motorcycle travellers on the Tesch-Travel-Meeting in 1994.
Route: Europe (Germany - Switzerland - Italy) - Africa (Cap Bizerte = most northern african road point in Tunesia - Algeria - Niger - Burkina Faso - Togo - Benin - Nigeria - Cameron - Central African Republic - Zaire - Uganda - Kenia - Tansania - Malawi - Mocambique - Zimbabwe - Botswana - Namibia - Cape Aguelhas = most southern african road point in South Africa ) .
Highlights: Crossing Sahara desert and drinking tea with touareg. Visiting several small villages in Central Africa and meeting the villagers. Climbing Mt. Cameron and Mt. Kenia. East African Wildlife. Mountain Gorillas. Snorkelling and diving the Indian Ocean - and many more ...
The best: To just do it !!!!
The worst: The "highway" in Zaire
Book or publication: Regular Letters and diary.
Earlier / later mc-tours: 2000/2001 Australia, several European motorcycle holidays and trips before and still.
Useful tipps for others: loose weight to get to the remotest areas
27.04.2011 Last summary.
12.05.2011 Asked for a better foto

03.11.1994 - 16.04.1995
Peter Krämer (born 05.01.1961)
+ North and West-Africa. Peter (BMW R 100 GS) rode with Heinz Köstenberger (HONDA Africa Twin), Thomas Schmid (BMW R 100 GS) and Anita 17.200 kms through Westafrika.
Route: Germany - France - Spain - Morocco - Mauretania - Senegal - Guinea - Cote d´Ivoire - Ghana - Togo - Benin - Niger - Nigeria - Cameroon. By plane back to Paris. From here back by bike to Germany.
Purpose of travel: I like to travel.
The best: Many different, but nothing special.
The worst: Pushdown on the last day and one hour from home. Had to stay 8 days in hospital.
Book or publication : No.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: 1994 is a long time ago. My tips are not up to date. as


Anselm Gnoth auf seiner langen ersten Afrika-Reise solo unterwegs.

19.01.1995 - 25.08.1995
Anselm Gnoth (born 13.05.1965)
+ Trans-Africa two times: Capetown - Cairo and Tanger - Capetown. + Anselm rode Trans-Africa solo by Mc BMW R 80 G/S 30.100 kms.
Purpose: Erfüllung eines Jugendtraumes, entstanden im Erdkundeunterricht der 7. Klasse?
Route: Capetown - Kenia - Ethiopia - Eritrea - with a lot of luck he got the transitvisa for Saudi Arabia in Eritrea - Saudi Arabia - Jordan - Syria - Turkey - Germany.
The best: Der Traum wird wahr
The worst: Nothing
For this tour B.T. gave him the tip to put a picture in his passport as a "priest with his black robe". At one border he was told: "the holy man" even did not have to pay the fees!
Anselm gave a slides-show about this at a "Tesch-Globetrotter-Meeting" in 1996/97 ?.
22.02.2016 Digi-fotos for his blog from the original colour-slides.
24.02.2016 Last update

Marianne Haug and Anselm Gnoth in Zaire in 1998.

Marianne Haug and Anselm Gnoth "on - off the road" in Africa in 1997-1997.

Marianne Haug and Anselm Gnoth in East Africa in 1998.

Marianne Haug and Anselm Gnoth in South Africa /Capetown) in 1999.

Ca. 03.10.1997 - 17.03.1999
Marianne Haug (born 02.11.1962 in Hindelang, Germany) und Anselm Gnoth (born 13.05.1965 in Remscheid, Germany)
+ Transafrica second time. Marianne Haug (YAMAHA XT 600) and Anselm Gnoth (BMW R 80 GS) rode ca. 17 months and 52.000 kms.
Purpose: Wiederholung des Jugendtraumes. Einlösung eines gegenseitigen Versprechens der ersten Afrikareise mit Marianne: "Das machen wir nochmal!".
Route: Germany - Spain - Maroc - Mauritania - Senegal - Togo - Nigeria - Cameroon - Gabon - Congo Brazzaville - Congo Kinshasa (05.1998). After 4 weeks they made the decision to fly with the motorcycle from Kinshasa/Zaire to Lubumbashi/Zambia (2.600 kms to Zambia) because of the dangerous war-situation in Zaire. Friends of them who went by car without a special permission in Zaire where stopped by the police after 500 kms (which took them 2 weeks to travel). Police took their car (which was not given back) and they had to leave the country. From Lusaka Anselm and Marianne rode first north to Kenia (Lake Turkana) and then to Capetown.
The best: Die Frau des  Leben gefunden.
The worst: Kindersoldaten bedrohen uns mit Waffen in der Dem.Rep.Congo
Earlier experiences: 19.01.1995-08.1996 Anselm rode Trans-Africa solo by Mc BMW R 80 G/S 30.100 kms: Capetown - Kenia - Ethiopia - Eritrea - with a lot of luck he got the transitvisa for Saudi Arabia in Eritrea - Saudi Arabia - Jordan - Syria - Turkey - Germany.
He gave a slides-show about this at a "Tesch-Globetrotter-Meeting".  03.10.1997 bis 17.03.1999

05.1998 Letter from Congo Brazzaville to Heinz and Christa Jansen (Trans-Africa-Traveller with HANOMAG 4 wheel drive car, 2.5 years and 50.000 kms), of which I got a copy. The priest Anselm was so fullfilled, that he wanted to discover Africa via the westroute. With two motorcycles Anselm (BMW R 80 GS) and his girlfriend Marianne Haug (XT 600) are now on the way.
06.09.1998 Letter from Mombasa (Kenia). They have travelled now 11 months and make "holidays from travelling". They come back in march 1999: Now 31.000 kms. 23 countries, 19 African countries. Two times robbed. 1 time Malaria. Each two fronttires, 3 backtires. 4000 l petrol. 800 l beer. 200 pushdowns. 6 times motorcycles under water. 270 nights in tend. 22 nights just on hard grounds. 28 nights in beds. The most important: Uncountable meetings with kind Africans. Vist of 40 different churches.
- They met David Woodburn (see there) in Kampala.
20.02.1999 a postcard from Capetown: "We are sad to leave this fascinatic continent Africa after 17 months and 52.000 kms".
26.03.1999 As wonderful surprising guests Anselm and Marianne showed up on the "21th Meeting of Motorcycle-WORLD-Travellers" 26.03.99, just being home in Germany a few days after working back on a ship. Marianne and Anselm gave a slides-show at the "23rd Meeting for Mc-World-Travellers: 06-08.04.2001.
04.2000 Anselm was sacrified as a priest.
23.08.2015 Next request for update.
22.02.2016 Update by most fotos. These were in Original colur-slides and have been digitalised in 2015.
24.02.2016 Last update

14.05.1995 – 09.121996
Vanessa van Niekerk (1967, South African) for the first 9 months and Andreas Meyer (South African, 1968) for 18 months
+ Transafrica: South Africa - East Africa - West Africa - North Africa.
Vanessa (YAMAHA XT 500, 1981) and Andreas (YAMAHA XT 500, 1981) rode 8000 kms together in Africa as far as East ASfrica (Zanzibar). Then Vanessa returned to South Africa. Our relationship took strain so we decided to part ways. It is not always as romantic as it seems when you spend non stop 24/7 together. We do however remain good friends; we shared some amazing adventures together which no one can take from us. The next 9 months Andreas travelled mostly on his own on the bike in Africa but teamed up with other travellers on occasion along the way. Within 18 months Andreas rode 30000 kms.
: To have an adventure and to fulfill my dream of travelling through Africa.
Route: Africa (South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Mozambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Zanzibar, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Uganda, Zaire, Central African Republic, Cameroon, Nigeria, Niger, Burkina Faso, Mali, Gabon, Senegal, Mauritania, Spanish Sahara, Morocco) – Europe (Spain, France, Italy, Austria, Germany).
Highlights: Travelling on local foot paths in NE Zaire to avoid the corrupt cops. One section took 8 days to do 58km's through the bush, ....then we entered Central African Republic in the middlle of nowhere by just crossing the river illegaly insted of sticking to the roads and using a border.
Worst: Got sick 5 times with malaria during the 18 months trip in Africa. Also met a guy in Malawi one morning... that same day he died from malaria.
Useful tips for others: Lesson: Malaria kills fast, take malaria prophylaxis!
26.02.2011 Andreas asked me for the address of Heiko Held writing from Peru . He met him in 1996 in Bamako.
26.02.2011 First request for s summary of his trip.
26.02.2011 First summary.
03.03.2011 First request for update and fotos.
03.03.2011 Last update.
I have moved to Perth, Australia from South Africa. Most of my belongings still have to be shipped accross including all my photo's. Unfortunately that might still take a couple of weeks / months.

15.09.1995 - 03.02.1996
Dr. Alexander Dülks (
German, 27.10.68)
+ Southern Africa. Alexander rode solo through Southern Africa with Honda Transalp 15.000 km and combined the trip with a 4 months practical medical training at the University of Natal, Durban, South Africa.
Route: Düsseldorf-Durban (ZA) (Fly & Bike), Naude's Nek-Pass, Qeenstown, Port Elisabeth, Plettenberg Bay, Knysna, George, Oudtshoorn, Swartberg Pass, Prince Albert, Cape Town, Cape of Good Hope, Stellenbosch, Franschoek, Blouwbergstrand, Lambert’s Bay, Springbok, Fish River Canyon (NA), Keetmanshop, Mariental, Walvis Bay, Swakopmund, Windhoek, Etosha National Park, Grootfontein, Caprivi Strip, Victoria Falls (ZW), Hwange National Park, Bulawayo, Matobo National Park, Great Zimbabwe National Monument, Birchenough Bridge, Hot Springs, Chimanimani National Park, Buffalo Range, Beitbridge (ZA), Pietersburg, Middelburg,
Volksrust, Pietermaritzburg, Durban, Drakensberge, Lesotho, Sodwana Bay, Durban, 15.000 km; Durban-Düsseldorf (D) (Fly & Bike)
Purpose of travel: Landscape, Freedom, Biking, Training at the University Hospital of Durban, ZA .
The best: Numerous, among all Royal Natal NP, Cape Town, Sossousvlei in Namib, Etosha NP, Victoria Falls, Chimanimani NP, student life in Durban.
The worst: Hit a cow in Natal. Ignored a Highway Patrol in Natal (I was lucky and got off, but stupid thing to do)
Book or publication: -
Useful informations and TIPS for others: see
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Iberian peninsula
06.10.02 - 20.02.2003 SAmerika with Britta Duelks.

25.09.1995 - 12.05.1997
Daniela Drechsel and Gerd Offergeld
+ Transafrica somehow: Nort > West > South > East-Africa. The plummer Gerd (BMW R 80 G/S) and the civil-engineer Daniela (DR 350) rode 14.000 km with BMW and SUZUKI DR 350 28.000 kms.
Route: Germany (Aachen) - Luxembourg - France - Spain - Morocco - Mauretania - Senegal - Gambia - Senegal - Guinea (Conakry). In Guinea Gerd was hit by a truck and the mc was destroyed. They flew to South Africa. Here Gerd bought there a DR 350. South Africa - Namibia - Botswana - Zimbabwe - Mocambique - Malawi - Tanzania - Rwanda - Uganda - Kenia. Both sold  their DR 350 and flew back to Germany.
The best: Desert of  Mauretania. Capetown - Elisabeth most besides the official road. North of  Namibia. North of Mocambique to Malawi.
The Worst: Accident in Guinea.
1978 1st contact
1994 / 5 visitor of  Tesch-Mc-Meeting

Udo and Harald Lamers Transafrica. Here possibly Zaire. With "Tesch-Travel-Träger" and "Tesch-Travel-Taschen".

04.11.1995 - 01.03.1996
Harald und Udo Lamers (Dutch) Ride till it hurts...
+ Transafrica. The BikeBrothers Harald & Udo rode with two SUZUKI DR600 25.000 km through 18 African countries.
Purpose of Tour: learning cultures, discovering Africa.
Route: Europe (Netherlands - Belgium - Spain) - Africa (Morocco - Mauretania - Senegal - Mali - Burkina Faso - Niger - Nigeria - Cameroons - Central Africa - Zaire - Uganda - Kenia - Tanzania - Malawi - Sambia - Zimbabwe - Botswana - South Africa).
The best: Zaire, very adventurous riding.
The worst: Zaire, too much corruption, 2 times arrested.
Earlier / later experiences of motorcycle tours: All our motorcycle tours are made on Suzuki DR600's.
01.06.1991 - 01.09.1991: Canada - USA - Mexico. 24.000 km.
04.11.1993 - 03.02.1994: Australia. 23.000 km
01.11.1997 - 05.03.1998: South America: Venezuela- Brasil - Bolivia - Peru - Chile - Argentinia. 24.000 km
11.05.2001- 01.10.2002: Asia: Holland - Germany - Tsjechie - Slowakije - Hongaria - Rumania - Bulgaria - Turkey - Iran - Pakistan - India - Nepal - Thailand - Laos - Vietnam - Cambodia - Malaysia - New Zealand - Australia - Japan - Russia - Baltic States. 64.000 km.
2015: Madagascar with own Suzuki's (now DRZ400). We felt back home in Africa! Friendly people, great off road adventures om the really bad roads and no corruption! This is a place to explore more
Information: Our website is: Harald's book is available at the Verlag Gopher. Book: "Waar de weg opgoudt". Dwars door Africa. 2001. 8 chapters. 258 pp. 18 b&w pictures. In Dutch language.
B.T. in 12.2002: Both have been several times on the "Motorcycle-Meeting for World-Travellers". I am still grateful that they offered me a wonderful picture for my catalogue many years ago.

Bernd Tesch in Namibia mit YAMAHA XT 500. Der Tank war damals ein Stahlblechtank von Werner Rheinschüssel.

Bernd Tesch
+ Namibia. Bernd rode solo 6000 kms in southern Africa. From this solo 3000 kms (1.700 kms off-road without falling) in around Namibia with YAMAHA XT 500. He visited the nature people Ovahimbas in the north near border of Angola. Before he had to drive a Volkswagen bus within two days from Windhoek to Capetown for firm ASCO car hire and came back by bus.
The best: I found information about the historical Motorcycle Travellers Robert Suhr (rode in 1933 as the first with a BMW from Windhoek - Cairo - Germany) and Robert Schultheiss (1934 with a Tornax-sidecar  Germany (Trier) - Cairo - Windhoek). Arndt Asmus (owner of ASCO) was inspired at two Tesch-Treffen to cross Africa with Thomas Buse. After he came back he crossed Africa again with his 19 year girl friend Constanze in a Land Rover 109. Now they have a big firm with a garage for cars and motorcycles and hire cars. Arndt kindly offered his "Trans-Africa XT 500" to Bernd Tesch for the Namibia trip..
The worst: Ovahimbas showed me a "track" back from the mountains. It was a river bed with extremely big stones which I had to climb for about 5 kms. Worst route I ever had in Africa (111.111 kms).
30.-31.03.1996: BT was organisator and participant of the 18. Meeting for Mc-World-Travellers. B.T. gave a slides-show: "Namibia".


Ted Gut   
+ Kenya. Der deutsche frühzeitig pensionierte Lehrer Ted Gut (Tel / Fax 0049(0)8662-419990) vertritt in Deutschland die "Diani Marine Kenya" (P.O.Box 340. Ukunda Kenya. email: Ted ist aber einige Monate pro Jahr in Kenya. Ted hat seit 1996 seine Leidenschaft fürs Motorrad-Reisen entdeckt und somit einen neuen Anlaufpunkt für Motorrad - Traveller in Kenya erdacht. Sicher ein schöner Anlaufpunkt zum Relaxen am Indischen Ozean. Der Schweizer Rudi Schlatter betreibt in der Nähe eine Motorrad-Werkstatt. Der Belgier Christain Colette eine Auto-Werkstatt. Der Inhaber von "Diani Marine" ist seit 1979 der Deutsche Thomas Sollacher. Er hat ein kleines mit Schilf gedecktes Hotel mit ca. 10 Zimmern (22 Zimmer) in Ukunda, ca. 30 km südlich von Mombasa, ca. 100 m vom Strand mit Palmen und einigen eigenen Schiffen.  Er bietet Unterkunft, Garten mit Bar, Swimmingpool, Grillplatz, Tauchen, Tauchausbildung, See- und Landsafaris und Urlaubsorganisation. Obwohl die Preise Zimmer-Preise niedrig sind, kann man dort auch sein Zelt notfalls aufstellen.

10.02.1996 - 04.06.1996
Volker Büttner (German, born 24.08.1967) and Ralf Schiffers (German, born 08.11.1965)
+ Germany - Togo. Volker ( BMW R 100 GS) and Ralf Schiffers ( BMW R80 G/S) rode from Germany ( Colonia) to Togo ( Lome ) 14.000 kms.
Purpose of your travel: fullfill my dream
Route : Germany ( Colonia ) - ??? - Africa ( M orocco - Mauretania - Senegal ( Dakar ) - Mali - Ivory Coast - Ghana - Togo - and then ??
Highlights:   crossing the desert, reaching Dakar , people in Ghana
The worst: Malaria in Togo ,  Police in Bamako , lost the track in the desert
Book or publication : homepage.
My useful informations and TIPS for others: don't look back - there is always a light at the end of the tunnel (or desert)
Earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Egypt 1989 with streetbikes.
20.04.2008 1st summary.
20.04.2008 First request for update

01.06.1996 - 06.06.1997
Gregg J. Flower  (Danish)
+ Trans-Africa: Denmark >Egypt > Saudi Araby > Capetown.. 38 year old Gregg travelled on a new Cagiva W16, 600 ccm. 40.000 kms. The first 20.000 kms of the trip was done with Carsten Bistup also on a Cagiva W16.
Purpose: Visiting save the children projects. Writing articles and photography.
Route: Denmark - Germany - Poland - Chech Rep - Slovak Rep - Hungary - Romania - Bulgaria - Turkey - Syria - Lebanon - Syria - Jordan - Egypt - Saudi - Eritrea - Ethiopia - Kenya - Tanzania - Zanzibar - Kenya - Sudan - Uganda - Rwanda - Tanzania - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Zambia - Namibia - Botswana - South Africa, where the bike was shipped home from Cape Town.
Most interesting country: Sudan.
Hell on earth: Egypt.

18.09.1996 - 01.07.1997
Sabine Türk (born 15.12.1966) and Franz Löhle (21.12.1968, both Germans)
+ Transafrica: Germany - Morocco - Capetown. Sabine (YAMAHA XT 600) and Franz (BMW R 100 GS) rode ca. 25.000 kms.
Route: Germany (Kleve/Köln) - France - Spain - Morocco - Mauretania - Senegal (4 weeks stay) - Mali - Burkina-Faso - Togo (7 weeks of stay because Sabine had Malaria) - war in Zaire - borders to Nigeria closed because of rebellion in Nigeria - via freighter (with 50 refugees from Togo, Mali and Burkina-Faso we had to stay for 8 days on the ship) to Libreville in Gabon - by motorcycyle to Point Noire - Kongo - (5 weeks stay because of Malaria, borders closed to Zaire, could not get a ship) - with French surply-boat with a captain of Malaysia to Angola (Luanda) - by motorcycle through Angola to Namibia - Botswana - South Africa (Capetown).
Purpose of travel: It was the plan of Franz to visit his oncle in South Africa in Pretoria! He promised his uncle: If I come then by motorcycle ! This was 10 years ago since this time he collectes experiences in Europe, East Europe and North Africa. At first with his XT 500 and then with BMW R 100 GS. 6 weeks before he start to travel to Africa, we fall in love. At first Franz started alone as far as Agadir (Morocco). Then he didn't want to go on solo. So I (Sabine) took a flight to Agadir in Januar 1996 and we rode back to Germany on his bike. We decided to do this journey together at 18th of ocktober 1996. 3 months before we started the trip I (Sabine) made the driving licence for the motobike. Back in Germany: August 1997
The best: - All the little funnyest things with people and their friendship. Die fascinating landscape and our journey through Angola. Visit of Etosha-Parks in Namibia ! Krüger-National-Park ! All "Big Five" ! To reach Capetown by sunshine and a view to the table mountain. Visit of Straussenfarm in Cape Point.
The Worst: Eine Piste die mehr aus Bergen und riesigen Steinen bestand und unser Tagesdurchschnittskilometer 16 km/h betrug, haben die Mopeds mehr heben und schieben müssen in voller Montour und bei ca. 38 Grad!! Wurden aber durch Landschaftliche Highlights entschädigt!! - an accident with an einheimischen Frau in Mali. Hat mich (Sabine) 2 Tage ausgenockt ! Die Frau ist mir ins Mottorrad gelaufen. Ich war nicht sehr schnell (50 km/h) und die Strasse sehr breit. Völlig unerklärlich warum sie über mein Vorderrad springen wollte. Vielleicht wollte sie als Kühlerfigur mitfahren?? - Malaria in Togo, quälte mich 7 Wochen mit Malaria. Artzt behauptete ich hätte keine Malaria weil ich kein Fieber hatte!! Ein Trugschluss da es auch einheimische gibt die ohne Fieber reagieren!!!
Extrem schlechte Piste nach Piont Noire musten wegen Malaria aufgeben und den Zug nach Point Noire nehmen. Franz jetzt auch mit Malaria. Endlich durch einen Test Malaria bestätigt und erfolgreich behandelt, es folgten 2 Wochen mit starken Muskelschmerzen und ständigen Schwächezuständen. Habe uns erst in Nambia davon erholt! - In Pretoria bekommt Franz Windpocken mit hohem Fieber. Ca. 2 Wochen ausgenockt!! - 2. Unfall in Südafrika auf dem Weg nach Capetown. Bin (Sabine) Franz mit 120 km/h in die Koffer gefahren. Franz muste ein Ausweichmanöver wegen Schafen fahren!! Konnte, da leider völlig durchgefrohren und steif, nicht mehr mithalten. Hatte aber nur blaue Flecke am Arm und einen etwas steifen Nacken. Franz war o.k. Franz hatte in der Nacht darauf eine leichte Lebensmittelvergiftung!

02.11.(ab Garmisch) -  03.11.1996 an Tunis -  Tibesti -  15.12.97 (an Douala).
"Tina" Bettina A. Müller (born ??.??.19??) und Hans Ostler (Born ??.??.19??)
+ Tunisia - Libya - Chad - Cameroun. Die für viele Jahre durch die politischen, auch kriegerischen Auseinandersetzungen gesperrte Nord - Süd - Verbindung Tunesien -  Libyen - Cameroun haben Tina und Hans erstmalig gemeistert. Heinz Holzmann war 1975 - 1976 der erste mir bekannte Motorrad - Fahrer im Tchad.
Purpose: Die Idee kam Tina nachdem Klaus Därr das Tibesti mit einem Mercedes Geländewagen bereist hatte und die Reisen in Algerien durch die inneren politischen Auseinandersetzungen (Islamisierung) ohne militärische Sicherheitsbegleitung nicht mehr möglich sind. Tina und Hans sind die ersten, die Nord - Süd mit dem Motorrad gefahren sind, wobei Tina die gesamte Strecke auf dem Motorrad gefahren ist. Ein Begleitfahrzeug ist notwendig, weil es auf ca. 2.500 km keine gesicherte Versorgung gibt. Die Fahrt eines solo fahrenden Motorrad - Travellers auf dieser Verbindung steht noch aus.
Route: Einfach mit Deiner Route genauer bitte überschreiben:   ??????
Das hier ist ein Beispiel:   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: ??
The worst: ??..
Important useful informations for others:...???
Book or publication (about your tour):...??
Earlier motorcycle-travel-experiences: ??
Useful ttips for others: ??
Ca. 1997 Tina and Hans gave a slide-show at the Tesch-Travel-Treffen
31.12.2011 Ein ganz netter Neujahrsgruss von Tina Müller nach vielen Jahren, den Bernd Tesch in Chile reisend erhielt
29.02.2012 1st request for update
26.03.2021 Bettina kündigt ein Buch in facekook an. Habe ihr zurückgeschrieben.
B.T.: First person and woman who rode by motorcycle Libya - Chad - Cameroun at all.


14.02.1997 - 23.12.1998
Paul Noy  Trans-Africa (Dutch, born in Switzerland)

+ Transafrica 2 times. The The computer engineer Paul crossed Africa in 22 months N-S and S-N on a YAMAHA TT 600 with 54.000 km.
Route: Switzerland (14.2.1997) - Italy (Genova to Tunis with ferry boat) - Tunisia - Libya - Tchad (Tibesti) - Cameroon  - because of war in Congo and Zaire and a broken foot he flew to South Africa (Johannesburg) - Lesotho - South Africa (Capetown) - Namibia (3 weeks living with the Himbas) - back to South Africa (Capetown) - Swaziland - Zimbabwe - Mozambique ((the river Rio rovuma that builds the northern border got crossed on a small wooden-tree-boat) - Tansania - Kenia - Ethiopia - Sudan (By ferry boat from Wadi Halfa to Aswan) - Eygpt - Israel - Cyprus - Greece - Italy - Switzerland (23.12.1998).
05.08.1999: Paul told me today that he owns my book "Afrika Motorrad Reisen" but did not have contact before with me. Paul has finished his book about his in some parts incredible route but is still searching a publisher. He probably will come to the 22. Meeting of Motorcycle - WORLD - Traveller in 2000.
Purpose of travel: ........ fun and enjoy the experience. Since this trip I love tribes!
The best: -joining a stuntshow on own bike. Jumping through flames. -releasing a ship in front of the mozamican coast from a cable by a 27h divingjob where the water is 2000 m deep. -Made it!
The worst: rains in the borderregion from Ethiopia to Sudan got stuck for three days in the mud and after I made it to Sudan got in jail for suspected spy. Damned!
Book or publication: maybe coming. (watch my homepage)
Useful informations and TIPS for others: ....loose weight on your bike and don't expect to travel in luxury!
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours:... Motorbikes are the best way to travel! definatly!
05.08.1999: Paul told me today that he owns my book "Afrika Motorrad Reisen" but did not have contact before with me. Paul has finished his book about his in some parts incredible route but is still searching a publisher.
B.T.: Paul has a good stile of writing and hopefully will publish his book. He made this very rare route through Tchad / Tibesti.
01.02.2023: Asked Paul by email again if he has published his book finallyl

01.06.1997 - 21.6.1997
Anja Helmke (German, born 12.01.1970) and Gerd Middelmann (German, born 31.12.1962)
+ Germany > Tunisia. Gerd and Anja rode to Tunisia with Honda Africa Twin RD07 3,400 kms.
Purpose of your travel: Holidays and interest in culture.
Europe: 1,200 kms (Germany/Dortmund - France/Marseille), ferry (Marseille/Tunis). Africa: 1,000 km around Tunesia, ferry (Tunis/ Marseille). Europe: 1,200 kms (France/Marseille - Germany/Dortmund).
Highlights: the endless desert, so much sun :)
The worst: sunburn, stone throwing kids.
Book or publication (about your tour): -
My useful informations and TIPS for others: Need to talk French. Some words Arabian make friends. You find everywhere a cheap hotel.
My earlier experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: -
25.01.2008 1st and last summary

01.05.1997 - 16.06.1998

Lisa Schibisch and Christian Frei
+ Transafrica: Capetown - Cairo - Germany. The webmaster Christian and his girlfriend Lisa rode 39.000 kms in 13 months Capetown - Cairo - Germany with  two YAMAHA XT 600 E.
Route: Souht Africa (Capetown) - Swaziland - South Africa - Namibia - Botswana - Simbabwe - Mocambique - Malawi - Tansania - Kenia - Uganda - Kenia - Ethiopia - Eritrea (Asmara  - boat to Saudi Arabia (Jeddah) and by boat to Egypt (Suez) - Israel - Jordania - Israel - Greece - Turkey - Italy -Switzerland - Germany (Bottrop).
Earlier rides: Türkei, Tunesien, Europa, Alaska-Feuerland
Highlihts: Namibia. Mocambique. Ttanzania (Zanzibar). Eritrea. Especially to meet wild animals in nature.
The Worst: Too high prices in Nationalparks. Samburus, who attacked us with as speer and stones. Children in Ethiopia, who tried to jump in front of the motorcycle and threw stones. Dangerous minitaxis and goats and animals on the road. Traffic in big cities (Cairo, Kampala).


12.1998 + several months
Isabelle Jomini  (Swiss) and Kurt Dienger
Africa. This couple plan to start in 12.1998 with two KTM an African Tour for some months.
28.05.01 No email


Way down: 18.04.1999 - 10.11.2001
Way up: 06.09.2002 - 10.01.2004
Tanguy de le Vingne (Belgium, born 25.11.65)
Way down: + Transafrica: North- West- Central - East - South Africa.
Way back: + Transafrica: South- West- North- Africa..
Tanguy planned to ride solo around the world for 1.5 years with a Suzuki DR 600. He ended up riding around Africa for almost 5 years, 80.000km, most of it with Daniela Ruegsegger (Yamaha XT 600) who he met in Tanzania.
How many kms way down ????
How many kms way back ????
Route way down from Belgium (Brussels) - South Africa (Cape Town):
Belgium (Brussels) - France (04.1999) - Spain - Morocco (may) - Sahara Occidental (june) - Mauritanie (june) - Sénégal (june) - Mali (Tombouctou+Dogon july) - Burkina Faso (July) - Ghana (august) - Togo (septemer) - Bénin (september) - Nigeria (october) - Cameroun (october) - Rep. Centrafrique (november) - Rep Démocratic of Congo (décembre) - Uganda (décember) - Kenya (1 + 2 + 3 jan - july 2000) - Tanzania + Zanzibar + Tanzania (02 juily-nov) - Mozambique (décember) - Malawi + Cape Maclear (january 2001) - Zambia (march) - Zimbabwé (april . may) - Swaziland (august) - Lesotho (september) - Afrique du Sud 1 + 2 + 3 + 4 juin 2001- september 2002
Route way up South Africa (Cape Town) - Belgium (Brussels): Way back: South Africa : Departure from Cape Town on Septembre 6, 2002 via Citrusdal (Sept 7), Garies, Vioolsdrift on Orange River - Namibian border (Sept 8-9) Namibia (Sept 10) Ai-Ais + Fish River Canyon (Sept 10-13), Hobas, Luderitz (Sept 16), Maltahohe, Windhoek - Namibia capital (Sept 19, Oct 1), Speetshoogte pass, Solitaire (Oct 5), Sossus Vlei - Dead Vlei -Namib desert (Oct 6-7), Swakopmund(Oct 8-12), Cape Cross, Mile 108 (1), Uis(1), Sesfontein(2), Puros, Orupembe, Sanitatas, Opuwo, Oshakati (4 nights: oct 23-27). Angola (Oct 27) Ondjiva(1), Xangongo(2), village between Mucope & Quiteve(2), Mulondo(1), Matala(1), Lubango(6 nights: nov 3-9), Namibe(3), Caraculo, Munkengo(1), Bibala, Lola(2), Quilengues(2), Chongoroi(1), Benguita(3), Baia Forta(3), Sumbe(1night, nov 24), Luanda - capital of Angola (nov 24 - dec 16), Caxito, Quifuata(1), Uige, Bungo(dec 23), Muchinga, Nsosso(Christmas), Damba(dec 26), Maquela do Zombo(dec 27-29). Dem. Rep of Congo (January 3, 2003) - Kinshasa (January 6-19) - Congo Brazzaville (January) - Brazzaville (January 18) - Gabon (March) - Franceville (March 5), Libreville (marsh 18 - april 12), Ntoum, Mela, Assok, Mbc, Medouneu(april 20) Equatorial Guinea - Bata (May 6) - Cameroon - Yaounde (May 27) - Bafoussan - Nigeria Kano (August) - Niger (Zinder)
>>>>- Algeria - Spain - France - Switzerland - Belgium.
>>it would be great if we could leave the much more and interesting information above. AND you could add the same information from your site for the rest of the route.
Purpose of travel: Must have been several of them; I can't remember them all; definitely freedom.
The best: Few magic seconds here and there.
>>>Nobody will believe this in such a wonderful long travel ! It would be very nice if you could inform your reasders with a few more short details
The worst: approaching too much freedom.
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: none
Useful tips for others: ???
>>>Here I and the readers would be very grateful for a short information how you managed to cross Angola and Congo.
1999 First contact
27.10.2003 Took this information from his website
28,02.2004 Next request for update

Boyce Noel   NAMIB-KALAHARI SAFARI   Namibia - Botswana - South Africa
Noel, Chairman "Africa Touring Club" in Capetown, invited me to take part in a rallye like "Paris-Dakar" in the southern African hemisphere: 20 days from 2nd to 21st of september 1999 with maximum 200 motorcycles and 75 4WDs. The rallye gives the amateur on-offroad biker and 4WD enthusiast the opportunity to experience the thrills of an event without the inherent risks of  "Paris-Dakar" through three countries. I know SA and can promise you that you will like it very much! I will be in Australia but YOU can take part! Give me an email I will transport it to them. They offer Harley-Tours as well...

06.03.1999 - ca. 09.2001
Chris van de Goorberg (Dutch)
+ Transafrica.
25.02.1999: The plummer Chris worked for 12 years. Last year he has been in Australia by backpacking. There he got the idea that there is more to see in the world and he should look more for adventure. Therefore he stopped working and sold his house. So far he toured a lot in Europa by motorcycle. He will leave Holland with YAMAHA XT 600 with Tesch-Equipment trying to ride to South Africa via Mauretania. He does not have any timelimite. He hopes to make a lot of friends "on the road" and is searching for a job for some time in South Africa. He will inform me by email.
Route: Holland - North Africa - Marocco - Mauretania - Senegal - Mali (Bamako - Timbuktou). After he travelled in West-Africa he met up with Tanguy from Belgium in Mali. With him he travelled in Burkina Faso - Ghana - Togo - Benin - Nigeria - Cameroon. From Ekang to Mamfe it took us 3 days for 80 kms. - C.A.R - we had to wait 4 days at the Garoea Bolai border - then had to turn back to cross 500 km more south. Visited the Pygmees - then crossed to Congo in december 99 in a piroggue - 1500 km in Congo, heavy roads but fabules - Christmas day we crossed to Uganda - there we split and I rode to nord east: Uganda - Kenia - lake Turkana - Tanzania - Malawi - here I broke my colourbone when I crashed in Nkota-Nkota gamereserve - Mozambique - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe - Botswana - South Africa - here on the first day in SAfrica I had an accident and broke the moterbike and my other colourbone. The insurance from the one how caused the accident payed me a new XR 600 - with this I travelled in SAfrica - Swaziland - Lesotho and parked it some were when I flew to Madagascar. Last september he sold the bike in ??.
01.05.99 Chris informed me by email about the latest news about the route from Tanger - Layoune - Dakar. In "practise" there is no need to have a "Carnet de Passage" for motorcycles, although the official law changed 01.02.99 which means that you MUST have Carnet de Passage for Mauretania.
20.09.99 From Benin: He liked his mc-trip very much and rode 20.000 kms without big problems. In Guinee he broke my his back suspention and the frame, because "I was was so stupid to think I was in "Paris-Dakar-Rallye" speeding up too much and not seeing a very big hole.
29.10.2001 I am flying to Canada on the 8 of november for a new adventure. Many greetings to all travelers on this nice world.

03.03.1999 (SA, Capetown) - 18.06.2000 (Sweden, Stockholm)
Anette Bovin (Swedish)  no www. In 2006 married as Anette Kay
+ Trans-Africa: Capetown > Cairo > Europe. Anette (31) rode solo on her SUZUKI DR 350 about  40.000 kms. Her originally plan was to travel 6-8 months but she came back after 15 months. Very broke...   because she would have liked to continue. "It was great !!! and really just positive travelling alone as a  female". I got to see "both sides".
Route: South Africa (Capetown) - Namibia - Botswana - Zimbabwe - Zambia - Zimbabwe - South Africa - Malawi - Mocambique - Tanzania - (crossing the Rovuma river) - Zanzibar - Tanzania - Malawi - Tanzania - Kenya - Uganda - Kenya (Nairobi - Marsabit) - Ethiopia (Moyale - Addis - circel in Ethiopia - Galabit) - Sudan (Khartoum - Atbara - along the railway to Wadi Halfa in company with an English guy) - Egypt - by ferry from Egypt to Greece and Italy - through a freeeeezing cold Europe to Sweden  (Stockholm)... Anette did not ride back via Syria because of lack of money.
The best: Etiophia (for its culture, scenery and "GREAT" roads for the SUZUKI).  Sudan (lovely desert and  amazing people! They stuff you with brown beans...). Namibia and Mozambique!
The Worst: Beeing very tirsty and burning the tung on the boiling water I carried on the bike. Struggling with the bike in deep sand having to take lots of luggage off before I could manage to lift it. So...I guess I can not really complain!!!!!! Apei broke his leg.
B.T.: I thing Anette "is the first woman at all, at least the first Swedish woman who rode most of the parts of Transafrica Capetown-Cairo by her own without ONE friend". As far as I know "no women rode solo on a solo-bike that much in Africa". It is historical unknown (by missing dates so far) if  Theresa Wallach rode more kms on her historical ride England > Trans-Africa and back from Capetown > England in 1934/6 with her sidecar.
21.09.2006 Anette rode me from Malawi and added some deatils which I did NOT undertstand: Anette Bovin. So I thought that I should add that after that trip that¹s mentioned I drove down West Africa as well (on the same bike....And alone) Through Europe Marocko Mauretania Mali Burkina Faso and Ghana. That took me 4-5 months.
Havent 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...... Hope you are well. Anette Bovin (now married with new name: Kay)
21.09.2006 Request for update.

10.08.1999 - 13.09.1999
Carsten Möhle (German, born 13.09.1964)
+ Africa East-West. Carsten traveled on the wheelsteps of the first motorcar 11.000 km through Africa. Originally German Officer Paul Graetz did it in a Mercedes Benz build in Gaggenau 1907 within 630 days. Carsten used a Merceds Benz Unimog from Gaggenau build in 1967 and did it within a months.
Travel Companions: Wife Carmen, Daughter Jennifer, Mechanic Hermann, Camerateam Gerhard and Timo, Jounalist Anne.
Route: Africa 11.000 kms. Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania - Lake Tanganjika - Ujiji - MV. Liemba - Zambia: Mpulungu - Kasama - Serenje - Livingstone - Zimbabwe: Bulawayo -South Africa: Johannesburg, Botswana: Serowe - Maun -Ghanzi - Namibia: Gobabis -Windhoek - Swakopmund.
Purpose of travel: To compare the challenges from the original travel of the German "Indiana Jones" Paul Graetz in 1907 -09 with modern road conditions and "modern" vehicles.
The best: Welcome Back party >from Namibian Old Wheelers with digging for petrol and beer.
The worst: Malaria of three tour members while testing different anti-mosquito sprays.
Book or publication: Professionell VHS Video 100 minutes, 14 magazine Articles.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: on
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: Caprivi + Somalia UN Missions, Zaire 1995.
B.T.: Casten produced a 60 mintes video which is available via his homepage.

10.10.1999 - + 09.08.2000
Markus Bruns (German, born 12.08.1974) and Apie Jebli (Moroccan) and Wolfgang Staudenmeyer (= Staudy, German)
+ Europe - North - West -, East - Africa
. They started with 6 motorcycles. After 3 weeks in Morocco three of our friends Hanno Hardebol, Jörg Schildt and Oliver Röber went back. Apie and Markus and Staudy rode togehter until Cameroun. Apie and Markus continued until Kenia. Markus rode one month solo more in East Africa. After 303 days through 18 countries and 28.000 kms he came back. It cost him ca. 25.000 DM. The petrol cost were between 1 DM and 3 $ US in Zaire. Markus lost 13 kg. "It is not my last big journey !"
Route: Germany - Spain - Morocco - Mauretania (with train to Atar - Chinguetti - Nouakchott) - Senegal (Dakar) - Gambia (Banjul) - Guinee (Conakry -Fouta Djalon) - Cote d´Ivore (Yamoussoukro - Abidjan) - Ghana (we celebrated Chismas and the millenium in Accra) - Togo (visit to Alice) - Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou - we met the Rallye "Dakar - Cairo" - Bobo) - Mali (Djenne - Mopti - Dogon - piroge to Tombouctou - Gao) - Niger (Niamey - Agadez - Air mountains - Zinder - Tschad (circled lake Tchad) - Cameroun (because Apie broke his leg we had a 6 weeks stop in Douala. Staudy flew from Douala including his bike to South Africa. We continued to Yaounde) - Centra Africa (Bangui - Zemio) - Zaire (1100 kms very bad tracks. After 400 kms Apie broke the same leg again - we continued to Uganda (Murchinson Nat.Park - Kampala) - Kenia (Nairobi - Apie flew back. Markus stayed another month: Lake Nakuru - Masai Mara) -Tansania (Ngorongoro - Zansibar) - Kenia (Mombasa - viseted Diani: Ted Gut (Thomas Sollacher).
19.07.1999: Plan Europe - North - West -, East - Northeast - Africa. The German Markus visited me for recomendation for his intended tour through Africa. He (with SUZUKI DR 650 SE) and his Moroccan/Dutch Mc-friend  Apie Jebli (with HONDA XR 600) will start in october 1999 for about 6-8 months. They intend to travel from North- to West-Africa via Mauretania. In West-Africa they want to make a huge circle through West-Africa before trying to cross Central-Africa. I told Markus that I have not heard about anyone who succeeded to reach East-Africa via Zaire/Rep. Congo since 1998 after the war. From East-Africa they want to travel south or northeast via Ethiopia - Eritrea - Sudan - Egypt. If they really succeed to ride all this ways it would be one of the most difficult transcontinent rides at all. The industry mechanic Markus flew back 05.08.2000 to the Voodoo Meeting in Zürich 7 Switzerland.
Publications: No.
Markus´Earlier experiences: Abi has crossed Africa already with HONDA 600 XR in 1992: Algeria - West-Africa - Central Africa - South Africa.
Markus has been two times in Libya: 04.10.-31.10.1997 with BMW R 100 PD. On this tour the cardan chaft broke after 1 week, but he travelled then with a sidecar. 30.10.-02.12.1998 with SUZUKI DR 650 SE about 6.500 kms. About 2000 kms off-road and 300 kms dunes including Wau en Namus.

Afrika-West-Ost 1999-2000, eine Rarität:

Markus Bericht in

Unsere (Ralf und sein Freund Api) Reise begann am 10.10.99 und dauerte 10 Monate.Wir hatten am 11.5.2000 das Mulivisa für Centralafrika in Yaounde bekommen, sind dann über guter geschoberner Piste oder nagelneuer Teerstasse (damit das Tropenholz auch besser und schneller nach Douala kommen kam) über Bertoua, Bouar, Boali nach Bangui (20.5.00) gefahren. Ab Ostkamerun fings dann auch wieder mit den Schmiergeldzahlungen an, wobei wir am Pk12 und Pk5 in Bangui nicht genötigt wurden. In Bangui war extreme Benzinknappheit, da die Regenzeit etwas spät dran war (unser Glück), und kein Benzin von Brazzaville via Schiff nach Bangui transportiert werden konnte. Doch wir hatten Glück, dass drei Tage später Lastzüge von Kamerun ankamen und wir uns nicht auf dem Schwarzmarkt bedienen mussten. Wir sind auf dem Camgingplatz Dalango abgestiegen (etwas ausserhalb hinter pk 5) Osse Bonaventure, der Bersitzer ein sehr freundlicher Mann. Ein Schlüsselerlebnis hatten wir mal auf einer Fahrt in die City. Da das Taxi gut gefüllt war, stieg ich in den Kofferraum. Ein Mitfahrer musste etwas abseits der Strasse raus, wo natürlich auch eine Polizeistation war. Der Hilfspolizist lies sich nicht lang bitten: einmal ins Kabuff Pass und Impfausweis bitte. Den Impfausweis hatte ich ausnahmsweise mal nicht mit (ist auch nur, wenn überhaupt, bei der Einreise erforderlich), das war das gefundene Fressen. In der Zwischenzeit hatte sich der Taxifahrer aus dem Staub gemacht, kam aber später wieder. Nach langem hin und her, seinen Argumenten, dass mein Visa der Elfenbeinküste abgefaufen sei, hatten wir ihnen verklickert, dass wir auf den Weg waren, um bei der Mission Geld zu leihen, da wir auf Geld von Western Union warten würden (was zwar alles erlogen war), stellten sie wohl fest, das momentan nichts zu holen war.

Tags drauf trafen wir den Chef auf dem Markt wieder, der sich höflich erkundigte, ob wir das Geld schon bekommen hätten. Ein weiteres Mal kurz nach dem Grenzübertritt nach Centralafrika, durften wir mal wieder über den Wegezoll diskutieren, was in der Regel so von Statten ging: Api hatte eine leere Geldbörse, zeigte sie mit der Begrüngung: kein Geld, Hauptstadt, Western Union, was sogar sehr oft zog. Falls nicht, fragte er mich ,der natürlich kein Englisch oder Französisch in dem Moment verstand auf Deutsch, ob ich Geld hätte, zog Geldbörse Nummer zwei raus mit 1000 –3000 CFA und der Kittel war geflickt. Geldbörse Nr. 3 mit richtig Geld (~100$) kam nur bei der Einreise in den Zaire raus.) Ja, da saßen wir bei dem Meister in der Hütte (Schwarzenegger mit geschultertem Maschinengewehr-Poster an der Wand) und waren gerade bei dem Abschnitt Geldbörse Nr 1, als der Chef seine Pistole nahm und abdrückte (nicht geladen). Als wir verstanden hatten, dass er nicht lange diskutieren wollte und eh die besseren Argumente besaß, gaben wir ihm 2000 CFA und suchten das Weite. Und zum Dritten: Kontrolle, Versicherungspapiere, (die allerdings abgelaufen waren), was der Herr natürlich sah, und uns mitteilte. Api nahm das Stück Papier, schaute kurz drauf und sagte: „ Ist doch in Ordnung, schauen sie mal richtig hin", gesagt, getan und er erwiderte „stimmt, ist in Ordnung". Vollgetankt ging es mit Zairevisa (46.000CFA) von Bangui via Bambari, Bangasso, Rafai nach Zemio. Benzin haben wir teils auf der Strasse, teils bei den Missionen gekauft. Bis hierhin waren die Fähren alle autotauglich. Von Zemio sind wir dann (30.5.00) erstmals mit der Piropge übergesetzt. Ihr könnt wahrscheinlich ungefähr nachahnen, wie man sich fühlt, wenn das Bike in so einer Nussschale senkrecht stehend über einen Fluss von ~ 200m mit Wellengang übergesetzt wird.

als die Wege schlechter werden....

Laut Carneeabschnitt ist schon mal ein Mercedes G mit mehreren Pirogen an der Stelle übergesetzt. In Zaire angekommen durften wir dann 150 DM an "Gebühren" zahlen (u.a. fürs Visa der Rebellen, Kamera und was denen nicht sonst so alles einfällt. Wir wusten zwar, dass das eigentliche Visa nicht anerkannt werden würde, aber ohne hätten sie andersrum diskutiert und wir wohl noch schlechter dargestanden.) Weiter nach Gwane (50km in zwei Tagen). Die gesamte Strecke war bis 100km vor Arua (Uganda) in schlechten Zustand, tiefe Auswaschungen, Pfützen, wo man Gott sei dank nicht durchmußte, andere wo man durch mußte und das Motorrad ausging , weil der Auspuff unter Wasser kam. Brücken gab es nicht, oder allenfalls zwei nebeneinanderliegende Bäume. Die Rute, die wir gefahren sind, war ausschliesslich nur von Radfahrern benutzt, die Palmöl von Buta nach Uganda und Benzin retour transportiert haben, wo wir auch unseren Bedarf gedeckt haben. (Benzinpreise zwischen 1,5$ Isiro und 3$ auf der Piste, maximaler Verbrauch 17 Liter auf 100km, DR 650 SE ; XR 600). Weiter nach Ango (Mission), Dili, und 20 km vor Poko brach Api sich zum zweiten Mal das Wadenbein (alter Bruch), nachdem er in Kamerun sich zwischen Ngaoundere und 80 km vor Foumban eine Polizeischranke zu spät gesehen, sein Moto bei 80 Sachen auf die Seite geschmissen und unter die Schranke hindurchgeschlittert ist. Das Problem war nur, dass wärend des 20m Feindkontaktes sein Fuss zwischen Moto und Piste war. Als er aufstand zeigte sein Fuss in die andere Richtung. Nachdem er sich paar Minuten mit der Begründung „ist nicht so schlimm, der Fuss braucht nur etwas Zeit" hingelegt hatte, gings via Taxi nach Foumban.


alle Farben des Regenbogens>>>

Nachdem ein lokaler Arzt in Foumban (der in der DDR studiert hatte) seinen Fuss mit 4 weiteren Leuten eingerängt hatte (jeder durfte mal ziehen, inkl.der Praktikant) wurde der Fuss gegipst und wir sind weiter nach Douala gefahren, wo wir 4 Wochen Zwangspause machten. In Poko (6.6.00) pausierten wir 2 Tage (Röntgen anno 1950, nur anstatt Api den Bleigürtel bekam, zog es der Doc vor, sich das Ding umzuschnallen. Dachdem er das Ergebnis im Mondlicht begutachtet hatte, kam er zu dem Ergebnis, daß das Schienenbein gebrochen wäre, was wohl auch nicht ganz stimmte.

 gute Fähren....

Herzinfarkt Fähren....

Da es nicht viele Möglichkeiten gab, fuhren wir weiter, für die zwei Tage sollten wir für das Zimmer bei der Mission mit vielen Untermietern im Bett 105$ zahlen, wir gaben 5 $ und fuhren bitterböse weiter. In Isiro pausierten wir 5 Tage bei der belgischen Mission (15$ pro Tag und Person, Einzelzimmer ,3 vorzügliche Mahlzeiten pro Tag, inkl. Bier. Im Gegensatz zu den anderen Tagen auf der Piste = 1mal Essen am Abend :1 Packet Spagetti 2xTomatenmark, 1x Maggiwürfel, 1x Zwiebel, Festtage 1x Advocado, ansonsten nur Mangos, Papaja und Ananas, welche reichlich am Wegesrand standen, sowie bis zu 10 Litern Wasser.) - Nebenbei bemerkt, ich hab auf der Reise 13 kg abgenommen.- Am vorletzten Tag in Isiro kam der Vater von Poko zu Besuch, und hatte nichts besseres zu tun, am Abendtisch zu sagen ,daß wir die Rechnung nicht bezahlt hätten. Nachdem wir uns beim belgischen Vater ausgesprochen hatten, meinte er zu uns, das es nicht das erste Mal sei, das der Vater aus Poko so Klöpse reisst. Nachdem die örtl. Behörde von Isiro Wind bekommen hatte, dass Touristen in der Mission wären, mußten wir nochmal 20$ pro Person zahlen, was aber seine Richtigkeit wohl hatte (da in der bereiste Region Diamant und Gold abgebaut werden).Ansonsten haben wir nirgens in Zaire bezahlt, da wir eh das Schnellste waren ,was dort rumfuhr. Wenn die Dorfpolizisten noch schlaftrunkend die Hand hoben, haben wir schön (zurück)gegrüsst und Gas gegeben, es sei denn da waren mehr Waffen als Fluchtwege.

Zu der Zeit, wo wir in Isiro waren, waren 500 km weiter in Kisangani Gefechte. Die Lage im Rebellengebiet war ruhig und geordnet, wäre das Ugandische Militär nicht präsent gewesen, (Kindsoldaten von 12 Jahren mit Fluppe im Mund und Automatik auf dem Rücken.) wären wir der Wilkür der Polizei weit mehr ausgeliefert gewesen. Nachdem wir bei der Mission vollgetankt und die Reserven aufgefüllt haben (Sprit 1,5$/l , Büchse Sardinen 2,5$) ging es (13.6.00) nach Watsa. Ausser in Poko, Isiro und Watza haben wir nur auf dieser Strecke einen Truck getroffen, der für 200km 4 Wochen gebraucht hatte. (Mungbere-Gombari; Lkw +1 Fahrer +5 Leute die die Piste präperierten) Wir kamen nur zu den Entschluss, dass sie ausser Sperrgut noch schmuggeln mussten, ansonsten hätte sich der Benzinverbrauch nicht gerechnet. In Watsa kamen wir ebenfalls bei einer lokalen Mission unter (netter Pater). Weiter über Makoro, Adranga nach Aru(a) ( 22.6.00). Die Piste von Aba nach Arua soll zu der Zeit ein einem 1a Zustand gewesen sein (laut UN). In Uganda haben wir noch den Murchinson Nat. Park besucht weiter nach Kampala, Nairobi, wo Api bei einem amerik. Spezialisten fachmännisch geröngt wurde. Sein Urteil: "Operation, können wir nächsten Montag machen". Api lehnte Dankend ab, drei Tage später ist er ausgeflogen worden. Seine Operation war nicht ohne, die Knochen mußten abgefräst werden, im Gelenk hatte sich 1cm Narbengewebe angesammelt. Sein Komentar paar einige Zeit nach der OP: Mein Fuß/Bein sieht wie eine Roulade aus.

Matsch fun!

Ich bin noch einen Monat länger geblieben habe mir die Masai Mara, Ngorongoro, Zanzibar, Diani Beach angeschaut und mit der israelischen Fluggesellschaft El Al (1,5 Std. Fragestunde mit dreimaligen Check des Gepäcks um 1 Uhr früh) nach Zürich geflogen und einen Tag später zum Voodoo Treffen gefahren. Fakt: Zur derzeitigen Sicherheitslage kann ich nichts sagen. Das beste ist sich gut vor Ort bei Botschaften und wie wir es gemacht haben sich von Mission zu Mission durchzufragen. Hätten die Missionare das Weite gesucht, wären wir mit Sicherheit nicht in den Zaire reingefahren, da bekanntlich diese als letztes das sinkende Schiff verlassen bzw. ausgeflogen werden. Die Strecke ist zu machen, wir hatten Glück, das die Regenzeit noch nicht voll im Gange war. In der Regel sind wir morgens um 5 losgefahren und haben um 16 Uhr den Töff abgestellt, unser Zelt aufgebaut, gegessen und tot ins Bett gefallen.

Ab und an haben wir in Kirchen (nicht mehr als eine Rundhütte mit einem Tisch als Altar, welcher beinahe von uns mal zum Kochen entweiht wurde) übernachtet, die allerdings nur Sonntags benutzt wurden. Ansonsten haben wir in verlassenen oder bewohnten Dörfern von 5 Häusern geschlafen, dessen Bewohner zum Teil sehr nett und neugierig waren. Wir haben nur einmal richtige Pygmäen gesehen, was ich nie vergessen werde. Die zwei zierlichen, tätowierten Frauen hatten wohl noch nie Weisse gesehen und wir noch nie Pygmäen. Mit dem Auto müsste man sich auf das gleiche wie Ihr „erfahren" habt, gefasst machen.Uns wurde in Centralafrika gesagt, dass es auch möglich sei, über Obo in den Sudan und dann nach Uganda zu gelangen. Wäre eine interessante Alternative gewesen.

kein Weg für Autos

09.2016 Bernd met Markus Bruns on the 20. MRT in Gieboldehausen. He has been 5 times on the Tesch-Travel-Treffen 1997- 2009.
17.09.2016 Markus send me his report and this link above.

21.10.1999 - 21.02.2000
Anne-Katrin Walter (German, 22) and Martin Steiniger (German, 26)
+ North- and West-Africa. The student of landscapearchitecture Anne and the geometer Martin rode four months  on ONE  Yamaha TT 600 through North- and West-Africa. 17.000 kms from Cap Blanc (Tunisia) to Cape Coast (Ghana).
Route: Germany - Tunesia (Tunis - Leptis Magna - Ghadames - Sebha - Ghat) - Algeria (Djanet - Tamanrasset - HoggarRound - Niger (Assamaka - Agadez - AirRound - Niamey) - Mali (Gao - Mopt) - Burkina Faso (Ouagadougou - Bobo Dioulasso) - Ghana (Tamale - Kumasi - Accra).
The best: Invitation in a 40-people-family in Libya. Great desert in Libya/Algeria. Phantastical Hoggar. One-week-roundtrip in the Air mountains only for riding the dirt tracks. Spend some days in between the rallyecamp PARIS - DAKAR in Niamey. Meeting very friendly people in Burkina Faso.
The Worst: Problems with the back-rear of the bike. Money for everything in (black Africa) Niger/Mali. This meens the regions where no TOUAREGS live....
Book or publication: 11 articels in my local newspaper called "Freie Presse". 1 article in the April-Issue from "Syburger"-Verlag.
Useful information: Try to connect me via Bernd Tesch how to prepare the YAMAHA TT 600 for a long trip with two persons;.
15.04.1998 1st contact
07.05.2001 B.T. got this summary

Way down: 19.11.1999 - 30.06.2001 Cairo - Capetown
Way up: 16.09.2002 - 24.12.2003 Capetown - West- Nord-Africa -Tunis - CH
Daniela Ruegsegger  (Swiss, 25.02.1974)
+ Cairo - Capetown - Algier.The Swiss office-worker (still searching for the best "job") Daniela (25) rode solo Switzerland - Cairo - Capetown with a YAMAHA XT 600 E. 33,000 kms.
Route: Switzerland - Italy - France - Tunisia - Libya - Egypt - Sudan (1,5 months) - Ethiopia (2 months,  Gonder - Axum - Adigrat - Woldia - Lalibela - Bahir Dar - Addis Ababa - Arba Minch - Jinka - Lake Turkana) - Kenia (Nairobi) - Uganda - Rwanda - Tanzania - Mozambique - Malawi - Zambia - Zimbabwe - South African.
The best: The whole trip was a "genial experience"! I love "Sudan and Ethiopia"
The worst: Nichts an das ich mich erinnern kann. Bin immer noch bei bester Gesundheit, der Rest ist nebensächlich.
Informationen und Tips: Fahr los....und nimm dir alle Zeit der Welt!!!!
20.07.1999 First contact with Daniela.
24.07.1999 Recommendation in Zweifall.
30.06.01 Cape Agulhas (suedlichster Punkt Afrikas)
01.07.01 Cape of Good Hope.
11.2000 Report about Sudan Ethiopia in German mc-magazine "Tourenfahrer" and in Swiss Motorradzeitschrift "TOEFF (CH)"
06.09.2002 Daniela started to ride back trough Africa and plans to be in Switzerland in summer 2003. She is accompined by her Belgian friend Tanguy now.
Back-Plan: 15.09.02 until summer 2003 Zweiter Reise: Kapstadt – Schweiz im Duo.
Geplante Rückreise zusammen mit Tanguy de le Vingne: Südafrika – Namibia – Angola – Kongo – Kamerun – Nigeria - Niger – Algerien – Marokko (Reiseroute hängt von Sicherheitslage der jeweiligen Länder ab).
23.10.2003 Next request for update
26.10.2003 Hallo Bernd: Ja, sind immer noch on the road. Sind wie geplant gefahren:
Route: Suedafrika - Namibia - Angola - DRC - Congo - Gabon - Aequatorialguinea - Kamerun - Nigeria - Niger - Algerien. Sind inzwischen in Tamanrasset, Algerien. Keines der Laender stellte ein Problem dar.
Adam Shani hatten wir damals in Mozambique getroffen, lass ihn ganz lieb von uns gruessen. Die Route ist kein Problem und falls, dann wird er die Problemst- ???- Departure from Cape Town on Septembre 6, 2002 via Citrusdal (Sept 7), Garies, Vioolsdrift on Orange River - Namibian border (Sept 8-9) - Namibia (Sept 10) - Ai-Ais + Fish River Canyon (Sept 10-13), Hobas, Luderitz (Sept 16), Maltahohe, Windhoek - Namibia capital (Sept 19, Oct 1), Speetshoogte pass, Solitaire (Oct 5), Sossus Vlei - Dead Vlei - Namib desert (Oct 6-7), Swakopmund (Oct 8-12), Cape Cross, Mile 108 (1), Uis(1), Sesfontein (2), Puros, Orupembe, Sanitatas, Opuwo, Oshakati (4 nights: oct 23-27). Angola (Oct 27) - Ondjiva (1), Xangongo (2), village between Mucope & Quiteve (2), Mulondo (1), Matala (1), Lubango (6 nights: nov 3-9), Namibe (3), Caraculo, Munkengo (1), Bibala, Lola (2), Quilengues (2), Chongoroi (1), Benguita (3), Baia Forta (3), Sumbe (1night, nov 24), Luanda - capital of Angola (nov 24 - dec 16), Caxito, Quifuata (1), Uige, Bungo (dec 23), Muchinga, Nsosso (Christmas), Damba (dec 26), Maquela do Zombo (dec 27-29). Dem. Rep of Congo (January 3, 2003) - Kinshasa (January 6-19) - Congo Brazzaville (January) - Brazzaville (January 18) - Gabon (March) - Franceville (March 5), Libreville - Equatorial Guinea - Bata (May 6) - Cameroon
Yaounde (May 27), Bafoussan - Nigeria - Kano (August) - Niger - Zinder - Algeria (now in Tamanrasset) - Spain - France - Switzerland (23.12.2003)
24.06.2000 B.T.: There have been several woman riding Cairo-Capetown but as far as Bernd Tesc.h knows Daniela is the first woman who rode solo the whole distance without flying a part of the route. AND the woman who rode 18 months.
27.02.2004 Next request for update to Daniela.
23.03.2009 Next request for update to Daniela.
23.03.2009 Last summary of Daniela. Thinks of coming o the 51th. Tesch-Travel-Treffen or later years. ASked for the best picture.


??.??.2000 -27.05.2001
Jim Sowers (British)
Transafrica: Capetown > Cairo.
27.05.01 1st email form Cairo with a picture
27.05.01 Send email back and asked for his block

27.01.2000 - 02.04.2000
Adrian Messmer (Swiss, born 1996) and Carlo Casentieri (Swiss, born 1968). No home-page.
+ Transafrica. Adrian and Carlo rode with 2 Honda XRV750 Africa Twin 23.500 km through 15 African countries in 66 days. Because of their route-form they called their trip sometimes the big "S".
Route: South Africa - Mozambique - Malawi - Tansania - Kenia - Aethiopia - Sudan - Tchad - Kamerun - Nigeria - Benin - Burkina Faso - Mali - Mauretania - Morocco - Spain - France - Schweiz.
Earlier experiences: Several journeys: 1993: Portugal - Spain.02.04.1995 - 24.05.1996: Around The World. 1997: Ireland / England. 1998: Morocco. 1998: Denmark - Sweden - Norway (North Cape)
Cape). .
Purpose of Travel: Fullfill a dream that did not become true on the trip around the world Adrian did in 1995/1996
The best: We crossed the continent entirely overland once from South to North and East to West in only 66 days! Riding 150 km along the beaches of Mauretania north of Nouakchott.
The worst: We did not have more time. 650 kms riding on sand covered rail road tracks in eastern Sudan.
Useful tips for others: Although this sounds like a Transafrica-Speed-Record, I want to mention that Africa did not deserve at all to be rushed through that quick. This continent is wonderful and if I should do once again the same trip, not in 66 days, but in 66 months Book: Transafrica still in work in 2002.
B.T. 21.01.2002: This is the first Transafrica-Tour I know from south to north via Sudan - Tchad. I even do not know any motorcycle-tour total Transafrica north - south via Tchad - Sudan.

Bernd Thiel. Trying to be better than deep sand.

Bernd in Libya.+ Tunisia - Libya - Algeria.

01.03.2000 - 03.05.2000
Bernd Thiel (German, born 24.03.1979)
Bernd with BMW R 1100 GS and TTTräger and TTTaschen 4 before he left. Bernd rode solo 16.500 kms through North-Africa on a BMW 1100 GS.
Route: Europe: (Germany - France - Italy) - by ferry to Africa (Tunisia (Tunis) - Libya - (Ras Ajdir - Leptis Magna - Sabne - Mandara Lakes - Ghat - Sirte - Tobruk - Bengazi - Tripoli - Ras Ajdir) - Algeria (Nefta - El Qued - El Menia - In Salah - El Menia - El Qued) - Tunisia (Douz - Kairouan - Tunis) - Italy - Austria - Germany.
Purpose of travel: To find the really important things of life
The best: The nights alone in the desert
The worst: Three days very ill in a hotel
Useful informations and TIPS for others: If you have a problem with the route or you are not sure if you can the do hole trip (because everybody you told about your plans said "no chance" or "you are crazy") so you can ask Bernd Tesch. He builts you up.
B.T.: When I met 21 years young student Bernd for recommendation he was very high motivated to travel along way in Africa : Tunisia - Libya - Algeria (Djanet- Tam - In Guezzam) - Niger - and back up the east coast via Mauretania - Morocco. I told him how difficult this route is with a heavy BMW 1100 GS and alone.

SAHARA Plan ca. 09.2000 - 12.2000 about 3 months
Flower, Gregg. J. (Danish)
Libya - Niger - Ghana. The journalist Gregg (YAMAHA XT 600 Z) and a travel partner (his bike is still not sure) want to ride through central sahara, most likely from Libya crossing to Niger and ending in Ghana from where he will ship back to Europe.
Planned Route: Denmark - Hamburg - train as far south as possible - Italy - by ferry to Tunisia  - Lybia (route: as yet unknown)  - Niger via Bilma desert part Tenere and Agadez - Ghana - by ship / plane back to Denmark.
Purpose: To gather information and material for articles for scandanavian magazine "BIKE" and for slide/dias show. Also the trip will be filmed for television.
Experience: Total 3 years travel experience including Africa overland 1 year/40.000 km, Asia overland 1 year 35.000 kms, Australia NZ overland 20.000 kms. 1 year and shorter trips in South America.
Seeking: Any information concerning Sahara route, shipping, formalities, visas, contacts. Things of cultural interest, or whatever in English (Can read German). AND an eventual travel partner that is an experienced camearman. (DVD) and
who can handle a bike in sand.

30.08.2000 - 07.11.2000
Martin Gädeke (German, born 18.09.1974) and Mio Beck (German).
+ Germany > Egypt > Germany. We rode from Germany to Egypt and back with 2 Yamaha XT600, 11.500 kms.
Route: Germany - Austria - Slowenia - Italy - Greek - Cyprus - Israel - Jordan - Egypt = 8.000 kms. Back: Egypt - Israel - Cyprus - Greece - Italy - Austria - Germany 3.500 kms.
Purpose of travel: culture, sports, fun, riding experience (1st tour ever).
The best: Dead Sea, Petra (Jordan), diving the RedSea (Israel, Egypt), Egyptian culture (Luxor-Assuan, Egypt), Libyan desert (Egypt), Cairo (Egypt), Jerusalem (Israel), snow in the alps (Austria).
The worst: Bording the ferry back with 2 broken motorcycles. Accidents. Returning.
Book or publication:
Useful informations and TIPS for others: Big wheels keep on rollin'...
Earlier Experiences of big Motorcycle-Tours: None, we have made our licences for this journey.
10.012.01 Found Martins report via

16.10.2000 - ? April 2001
Werner Ph.D. Bausenhart(Canadian, German born)
+ Around Africa. Werner (63) plans solo to circle Africa somehow with BMW F 650. Ca. 30.000 km.
Route: From Canada (Ottawa) to England (London) by air with bike - France - Spain - Morocco - Mauritania - Nigeria - Gabon - Congo - Angola (12.2000 already) - Namibia - South Africa (Capetown 30.12.2000) - Kenya - Egypt - Lybia - Morocco - Spain - England (London) to Canada by air with bike.
Book: planned.
26.09.2000 B.T. So far nobody has circeled Africa in TOTAL by bike. Werner has circeld North - and South-America already and published a book. See Bausenhart N-America.

??.12.2000 - ??.?? ca. Nov.2001
Kerstin Käppel and Benno Grell (Germans)
+ Transafrica: Germany > Cairo > Capetown. Kerstin and Benno intended to travel one year. Finnaly they travelled two years with two BMW R 100 GS. Ca 53.000 km in the Americas (see there) and ca. 35.000 km in Africa. After they came home from the Americas they flew home for 4 weeks to prepare the bikes again, to get new passports and visas and started for Transafrica again.
Purpose of travel: A lot. It is fascinating to be "on the road".
Route: Tunesia - Libya- Egypt - Sudan - Ethiopia - Kenia - Uganda - Tansania - Malawi - Sambia - Botswana - SA - Botswana - Namibia - SAfrica - Germany.
The best: ?
The worst: ?.
Useful informations and TIPS for others: ??.
Earlier Experiences: ??.
31.10.01 1st summary from SAfrica. Kerstin and Benno have been 8 times since 1999 at the "Tesch-Travel-Treffen".
While they have been in Sudan / Ethiopia some friends emailed to be that they are afraid that they are lost. So B.T. emailed them as well but never got an answer until today from SAfrica. They are looking forward to take part in the next TTTreffen 12.-14.04.2002
16.03.2004 Next request for update
16.042004 Coming the 11th time to the Tesch-Meeting

19.12.2000 - 05.02.2001
Glynn Roberts (British) and Jo-Anne (Canadian)
+ GB - Morocco - Spain - GB. Jo-Anne and Glynn made a winter holiday for sunshine on a BMW R1100 GS with Tesch-Boxes and Tesch-Rack.
Route: Ferry from GB (Porstmouth) to Spain (Bilbao). Over to the east coast and so down to Gibraltar for Xmas. Ferry to Ceuta and straight over to Meknes and Fes. Marrakesh, and we finally leave the rain behind. Happy New Year. Taroudannt and Tafroute then to Guelmime- where the Paris Dakar Rallye had a camp. We camped beside them. Unfortunately our friend Andy, who came on the Bilbao > ferry with us, crashed his bike on the road to Guelmime. He broke his wrist and took 10 stiches on his arm (taken care of by the P-D medical team) So we stayed in Guelmime getting both Andy and his Armstrong 500 back on the road. We took a side trip out to Fort Bou Jerif, following tracks to the beach and up the coast to Sidi Ifni. And a day trip to Tan Tan Plage. When Andy was up and running (with both the brake and the clutch on the right side) we head east to Tata in the Anti Atlas, most beautiful. On to Forum Zquid where we leave Andy to the paved road and we head out on the piste to Zagora. Half way across and we are suddenly thrown to the ground. Tesch pannier is ripped off (only hanging on with one bolt!) Zagora is very noisey after the desert so we move to M'Hid and stay for some days at a peaceful site in the palmeries. Piste north from Zagora toward Tingher and then up through Todra Gorge to Rich and Midelt. Off the bike again this time on ICE just south of Azrou. Back to Meknes and Chefchouen, then to Spain (Bilbao via Cadiz and Madrid). Look in on the Gueggenheim before the crossing and home....Repack and head to Daytona Bike Week on a borrowed BMW.....
03.2001 Glynn is a Round-The-World-Traveller. See there.

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

Go to Africa-Traveller 2001-2010

Bye Bernd Tesch in Germany

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

Money, Charlie (England)
- Plan Transafrica.
With a Cagiva E900 Elefant
03.10.2001 1st. information by Grant Johnson:
03.10.2001 1st email to them.
??.10.2001 1st answer and contact

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.

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 > > German or Engl. version > News
28.05.2000: Start of this collection first time in internet under >
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. Das war die gesamte Seite über Afrika.
2009 Ich habe die Afrikaseite wegen ihrer Größe aufgeteilt in mehrere Seiten
31.01.2008 Afrika1991-2000 hat 367 K



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