An explorer who set out to walk across Africa was forced to take a motorbike for some sections for safety reasons. Julian Monroe Fisher aimed to walk 4,000miles from Mozambique to Angola but was advised to take a motorbike due to danger from elephants.
He has now left Mozambique and arrived in Malawi.
Fisher, 56, said in an email: “The crossing of Mozambique was much more challenging than I had ever anticipated. There were vast areas for several hundred kilometers along what appeared on my maps to be a road which in actuality was a single trail along which there were no recognisable villages.”
He said that so far on his 4,000 mile journey from coast to coast he had been surviving off cassava root, maize, boiled noodles and bananas.
Before leaving Fisher told me of some of the challenges he thought he might face along the way: “Road bandits, dog bites, reptiles, malaria, tetanus, cholera, corrupt government officials, lack of water, lack of food, lightning storms, lack of self confidence, and exhaustion.”
But it was actually the unpredictable movement of elephants that caused the government of Mozambique to advise Fisher to travel by motorbike in some areas.
Photo courtesy of Julian Monroe Fisher
Explorer Julian Monroe Fisher
Fisher said in an email: “At times the trail was submerged in water and I had to hire locals to help me carry the motorcycle above the waterline. It was quite unnerving in areas known for landmines, especially since landmines tend to shift location during the rain season that had just ended.”
Fisher is using this journey to raise awareness of the work of the Mines Advisory Group (MAG International), which works in former conflict zones.
He has now sold his motorbike and is walking west towards the city of Lilongwe.
To find out more about the expedition, which is called Equatoria, visit walkacrossafrica.org or julianmonroefisher.com.