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Important to read at first:

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

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

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

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

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Africa-Motorcycle-Travels = Afrika-Motorrad-Reisen

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

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
2021-2030 in Africa

Political map of Africa 2008.

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Africa 2021-2030

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 (noch erhältlich) und TTTräger (seit 2014 nicht mehr erhältlich).

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:
01.10.2020 - 27.10.2021
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

In this beginnin g years were very, very little long distance motorcycle-travels because of worldwide Covid (Corona)-infections. Many countries have closed theier borders for people to come in at all or go out. Th whole continent Australia has been closed for a long tiem. Even inside.

German Thomas Kintzinger circled the world between 2015 and 2016. Bernd Tesch found out that he is the youngest Around-The-World-Traveller in the world since 1883.
26.04.2015 (left at age 21 years, 4 months + 6 days) - 21.09.2016 (arrived at age 23 and 18 days)
Thomas Kintzinger (German, birthday 03.09.1993) (nicht aktuell in 2022)

- But Thomas missed Africa.So he started solo again with a selfmade SUZUKI somehow to ride Trans-Africa North > West > South (with the dream to die up the other side aof Africa). Because of political reasons between Spain and Morocco there was no ferry between the countries for several months. Finally Thomas could leave Europe and start his Trans-Africa-Ride.

You can read about his ride Around-The-World and his Afrlca-Tour on my site summaries: > There under 2015 !

His route is very spectecular concernig his countries and and routes sometimes inside off-road: Spectecular as well is his tiny lugagge.

​01.11.2021 - ??? 2022 ??

Thomas Kintzinger (German, *03.09.1993)
Plan: Solo Transafrica and..
Route so far in Africa: Morocco > Mauretania > Senegal > Gambia > Senegal > Guninea Bissau > Guinea Conakry > Sierra Leone > Liberia (auf meine Empfehlung hin. Erstmalig von einem Motorrad-Transafrica-Traveller durchfahren)> Cote d´Ivoire > Ghana- Benin > Togo> 22.08.28 Nigeria. Olum (25 Grad). Bin noch in Nigeria. Zwar warnen die Menschen immer davor dass die Region, in der ich mich befinde, nicht sicher ist. Bisher mache ich aber nur positive Erfahrungen. Leider zerlegt sich meine Hinterrad nabe gerade Stück für Stück. Lagersitze sind auf beiden Seiten ausgeschlagen. Ich hoffe ich komme damit noch bis Kamerun (Jaunde) und finde dort Ersatz. Hier in den Dörfern kann ich lediglich die Lager mit Flachstahl unterfüttern, was nie lange hält. > 23.08.2022. Nigeria (Agbor). 28Grad wechselhaft > 2022.09.06: Kamerun (Jaunde) > 2022.09.06 Kamerun (Jaunde): Die Straße über die Grenze zwischen Gembu (Nigeria) und Banyo (Kamerun) war sehr schlecht. Viel klebriger Lehm. Das hat mich ein paar Tage in Beschlag genommen. Bin jetzt aber in der Hauptstatt und besorge mir hier wieder ein paar Visa und Motorradteile bevor es weiter geht > Gembu Nigeria und Banyo Kamerun. Wie beschrieben war das die beste Möglichkeit, weil die Grenze in Ekok direkt ins Konflikt gebiet führt. Weiter im Landesinneren ist die Lage auf der Nigerianischen Seite dann nicht mehr so stabil. An der Grenze zur Zentral Afrikanischen Republik. Der Grenzposten in Gurin geht auch, ist aber vergleichbar schwierig. Eine weitere möglichkeit ist es, ein Boot von Nigeria (Calabar) nach Kamerun (Douala) zu nehmen. Allerdings ist das sehr teuer. Es gibt viele korrupte Beamte und der Seeweg ist aufgrund von Piraten auch nicht sicher. Banyo ist momentan die beste Option.
Kongo Brazzaville- 18.10.2022: In Congo Kinshasa - Der Grenzbeamte an der Grenze zu Angola akzeptierte das Angola-Visum nicht. So musste Thomas 1.500 km zurück zur Angola-Botschaft in KInshasa - Angola (Luanda)-
2022.11.09: Plan > Botswana > Namibia> South Africa....

15.11.2021: Thomas "on tour" . Abfahrt in der EIFEL > Solo Richtung Transafrika. Foto: Patricia Govers-Tesch

26.07.2022: Africa. Guinea Conakry > to Labe. Difficult 280 km off-road.


01.09.2022 - ??
Eric Peters und Alain ?? +
- Plan Transafrica. Mit zwei Yamaha Ténéré 700 World Raid plus Anbauteilen: Motto:
Wilde Tiere, fremde Kulturen, endlose Weite: Africa (is) Calling!

Route: 19.08.2022. Noch nicht angegeben.
08.10.2022: Germany > Türkei > Iran > Dubai >

07.2022. BT erfährt von einer geplanten Transafrika-Tour von Eric Peters durch das "Wüsten-Telefon"!.
18.08.2022: BT erfährt erstmalig von einer Transafrika-Tour noch ohne Route per Newsleter durch Eric Peters.
18.08.2022: Antwort von BT an Eric über die möglichen Routen.
19.08.2022: Eine erste kurze Übersicht hier.  


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

Charlie Money (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 contacts

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.
01.07.2016 Overworked




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