I thoroughly enjoyed this book. To motor from the UK through the Sahara desert and Zaire to Cape Town In a Landrover called Stan is a fantastic achievement and the descriptions of incidences along the route were mind blowing.
I took this journey with the author from my armchair and what a trip it was! I was glad to relinquish the driving and the expense, knowing that I would never have been able to do it and instead enjoyed seeing the wildlife (I Googled them) and experience the food (the Americanized versions of recipes found online). It was interesting to learn what people there were thinking as Bush invaded Iraq, a bit of the history of the countries traveled, and how you kept in touch with home without email (how soon we forget). I followed the map, absolutely certain that I would never make this trip but fascinated by how the border crossings went before the wars and social interactions with the local people. The trip up and over the mountain in Lesotho was heart stopping. I wanted to turn around. Don't do it! And, then in the end to relive the memories . . . .oh, I can relate! It was one of those books that, when you finish, you close the cover and sit with it in your lap, just thinking.
5つ星のうち5.0Well Done. A travelog most interesting. Crossing Africa in a land rover.
Get a feel for this mighty continent through the eyes of Patricia and Tony an English couple retired and venturing forth on a long and well planned trip from the north of Africa to the southern most tip. Harrowing at times, luxurious sometimes, a well written account of all the experiences one must have crossing deserts and mountains often on un charted tracks. I could identify with a lot of it as I had done a cross African Safari in 2007-2008 in one of those large trucks mentioned in the book. If you have ever had a hankering to see Africa, read this book, then do it.
Very much enjoyed this memoir. Having been to many parts of Africa, it drew vivid picture of part I know, and parts I've yet to visit. The experiences encountered and enjoyed by this couple are so admirable. Thanks for adventures.
5つ星のうち5.0I love everything about Africa so learning through her was fantastic.
To learn with humour is the best way. They're sometimes scarey and fascinating experiences were so alive you could imagine yourself there. The differences between all the cultures and geography was eye opening to say the least.