The Original Adventure

  • The Southern Tip of Africa, Route 62, the famous Garden Route and Wild Coast … South Africa at her very best, through the Berg and the Battlefields, on to the Bushveld and the Botswana border
  • The flatlands of Botswana, up along the Makgadikgadi Pans, east of the Delta along the Hunter’s Road to the Chobe River
  • Across the Zambian border to Livingstone, the capital Lusaka and the Great East Road
  • Malawi and the majestic lake … north along it’s paradise shore
  • East toward Tanzania’s largest ocean port at Dar Es Salaam and finally north through the baobab forests to the foot of the mighty Kilimanjaro

CROSS AFRICA ORIGINS


Cross Africa began in 2019, with an epic cycle across 5 African countries, from the continent’s southern tip to the base of her highest mountain. We cycled from Agulhas in South Africa to Moshi, below Mt. Kilimanjaro, in Tanzania. This 4 month journey was not only a personal adventure, but also raised funds to support the charitable works of the African Bible Societies.

 

Adventure with a purpose!

 

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A 52 day journey

  • West Coast desert, Namaqualand flowers, Swartland wheatfields and the winelands of the Boland
  • The Whale Route of the Overberg to the Southern Tip of Africa, Agulhas
  • Garden Route, Tsitsikamma deep forest and the 1820 Settler Country
  • Wild Coast rivers and grasslands and the majestic beauty of the Southern Drakensberg
  • Subtropical Coast of KZN to the lakes of Isimangaliso and Kosi Bay

ALEX to KOSI


2020 saw us cycle and run, relay style, along the entire South African coastline. Starting at the mouth of the Orange River, on the border with Namibia, we’d journey from Alexander Bay all the way to the Mozambique border at Kosi Bay. 

 

Experience the world in one coastline …

 

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Machame Route

  • Camp 1 – Machame Camp (2835m)
  • Camp 2 – Shira Camp (3750m)
  • Camp 3 – Baranco Camp (3900m)
  • Camp 4 – Barafo Camp (4673m), Base Camp
  • Stella Point (5756m) and Uhuru Peak (5895m)

KILIMANJARO


We would end 2019 on a literal high … high above the clouds, on the Top of Kilimanjaro. It took us 5 days on the famous Machame Route to reach the summit of the Highest Mountain in Africa (… and the highest free-standing peak in the world, by the way!)

 

Standing on the Roof of Africa!

 

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The Northern Parks

  • Traveling via the beautiful Golden Gate National Park with it’s rock formations and hiking trails
  • To the flagship of the South African National Parks, Kruger ….
  • And even further north to the National Park and World Heritage Site at Mapungubwe
  • On to the Waterberg and the amazing views of Marakele National Park
  • And second to last, Mokala National Park where a cloud burst would get us literally ‘stuck in the mud’
  • Finally, the vast open plains of the Karoo National Park

Season 1 – Sanparks, Kruger and more …


The first season of ‘Camping with Cross Africa’ saw us visiting six National Parks in South Africa. We traveled north to the border with Botswana and Zimbabwe and returned via the vast plains of the Great Karoo.

 

 

A National Adventure!

 

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Storms River

The Garden Route

  • Starting in Storms River in the Tsitsikamma, home of the Otter Trail
  • Going on to just chicken out at the Highest Bridge Bungee in the World at Bloukrans
  • But paddling out strongly up the Keurbooms River on the Whiskey Creek Canoe Trail
  • And getting active walking on the beach to Arch Rock in Keurboomstrand
  • Yet getting to chill out as well on the shores of the Groot River Lagoon in Natures Valley
  • Before taking on the Robberg Nature Reserve hike in Plettenberg Bay
  • Then it’s on to the Kynsna Forest at Diepwalle Camping Decks
  • And the lagoon itself … and Heads
  • We visit the Motorcycle Room on Thesen Island before taking on the Seven Passes to Wilderness
  • Where we visit the Map of Africa
  • Drive the Lakes Road

Season 2 – Garden Route


The second season of ‘Camping with Cross Africa’ saw us visiting the garden Route in South Africa. We traveled from Storms River in the East to Wilderness in the West.

 

 

The Garden of Adventure

 

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Kalahari

  • A Long Way Up to the Kalahari Desert and
  • The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park
  • A wildlife experience at Twee Rivieren
  • A leopard kill on the way to Mata Mata
  • Storms chase us all the way to Augrabies Falls National Park
  • We follow the Orange River into the Richtersveld
  • Where we camp alone at Potjiespram and Kokerboomkloof
  • But De Hoop has neighbours
  • We drive some 4×4 over the Akkedis Pass
  • And exit via another off-road challenge in the Helskloof Pass

Season 3 – Overland Through the Kalahari


In Season 3 we travel through the Kalahari, visiting the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park and ending in the vast ‘nothingness’ of the Richtersveld.

 

 

Adventure in the Desert

 

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