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article imageExplorer to walk solo across Africa from coast to coast Special

By Lynn Morris     Mar 17, 2011 in Travel
An explorer is attempting to walk 4,000 miles solo across Africa from the Indian Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean. If successful he will be the first American to walk alone from coast to coast across Africa.
Julian Monroe Fisher, 56, will start his expedition in Pemba, Mozambique and finish in Lobito in Angola. The journey will take him through Malawi, Zambia and The Democratic Republic of the Congo. It will be the first solo expedition by any explorer along this route. It will take between four and five months.
Fisher listed some of the challenges he is likely to face along the way: “Road bandits, dog bites, reptiles, malaria, tetanus, cholera, corrupt government officials, lack of water, lack of food, lightening storms, lack of self confidence, and exhaustion.”
He added: “I anticipate from start to finish that the expedition will be the most
challenging endeavour of my entire life.”
Some of the highlights of the trip will include attending the annual coronation ceremony of an African king in the Congo and climbing the highest peak in Angola.
Explorer Julian Monroe Fisher
Explorer Julian Monroe Fisher
Photo courtesy of Julian Monroe Fisher
Fisher, who is an anthropologist as well as an explorer, said: “I am looking forward to what I will learn about myself as well as about the lives of countless people that I will no doubt encounter the trail.”
Through this journey he wants to highlight the work of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG International), which works in former conflict zones. Fisher will be walking across areas that are land-mined.
He said: “I do not like violence or warfare but until our species evolves a lot further I think we will continue to have conflicts that result in loss of innocent lives not just during the battle but long after the treaties have been signed due to remnants like leftover land mines.”
Fisher who is married with two children is also raising money for the Bunkeya Cultural Village in the Katanga Province of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
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