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From Cairo to Cape Town

The Cape, Finally

After four months on the road, I finally arrived in Cape Town last week.

The final kilometers to Table Mountain

What was it like to cross Africa? It’s hard to give a short answer to that. My colleague Asumpta Lattus from DW’s AfricaLink asked me to do just that. Listen to the interview!

Asumpta asks about the trip

What will I remember? Certainly meeting many great people along the way. Such as Marc Anthony whom I met just out of Bethanie in Namibia. He claimed to be a better salsa singer than the US-American Grammy winner who goes by the same name. Which wasn’t true. And he was carrying a floor pump on his bike, freely sharing it with other cyclists. Which was very nice. And he also didn’t mind me forcing a sticker upon him advertising DW’s show that brings you news and background reports on Africa in English. Which I did to many people along the way.

Nothing beats a floor pump!

What stunned me the most? The beautiful landscapes I saw, for sure. But also the wide mobile network coverage that I hadn’t expected. I must’ve passed hundreds of phone masts along the way. This enabled me to stay connected to my colleagues at DW and to family and friends.

It's easier to stay connected than I thought

As long as you get the SIM cards right

I’ve now put my German SIM card back into the phone, being back home in Bonn. But I am currently editing a little video about the trip – so please come back for more!


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