My first ever trip was to India. It was for work and lasted nearly 9 months. To be honest I did not enjoy it. I was overwhelmed by the culture, the people and the busyness of it all. More than a decade later I’m planning to travel 10 years non-stop to visit every country in Africa.
The idea came to me whilst being stuck offshore as the Covid pandemic arrived in Namibia. I was frustrated by the fact that Ill be missing out on travelling during my time off and in the greater scheme that I had so little control over my own life. I realised that change is needed and naturally I gravitated towards travel.
What is 5410Africa?
I am the guy, Nick from Namibia, that will be travelling to all 54 African countries over a period of 10 years. I’ll be doing this using my Toyota Hilux bakkie (bakkie is our local lingo for a truck/pick up/Ute, pronounced buck-ee) to drive from one country to another, spending about 2-3 months in each.
Currently the plan is to depart end of June. From now until then I’ll be travelling locally and updating my social media with content from Namibia. I will remain with my current job until then. Fortunately I work offshore on a 5 week on/off rotation which allows a lot of time to travel. If borders are open and travel allowed by the beginning of 2021. I’ll be doing two maybe three 4 week trips to Botswana before going full time end of June 2021.
As a tourist destination Africa is the last truly unexplored frontier. Yes, there are many popular destinations frequented by millions of tourists annually, but in between those are a plethora of other unique destinations with their own story and people to tell it. I want to visit these and share those stories with the world and you.
I want to become the foremost expert on African travel, the go to guy, a global household brand. I want to connect, motivate and inspire both those that live in Africa and those that want to visit Africa. It is not for money, likes or shares but the satisfaction that comes from creating opportunities and making a difference.
How will you travel?
My Hilux will become my home for 10 years as I travel from one African country to the next. Mostly, I will camp and do sleepovers wherever I can find friendly hosts. I will become as self-sufficient as possible and at all times attempt to experience the local way of life.
For the few African island states I will either fly or attempt to reach them by boat. Once there I’ll make use of local travel.
When will you leave?
My intention was to leave very early in 2021, potentially in January already. However, with the Covid pandemic currently in Africa it is more likely that I will depart mid 2021. As you can imagine a large amount of planning and preparation goes into a trip such as this so the delay is not the worst thing that could happen.
In the meantime I’ll focus on Namibia. There is still a lot to see and do and more importantly share with the world. I’ll update my social medias with content from Namibia until I’m ready to get going on the road into Africa.
Where will you go?
Once the Covid pandemic has settled down and borders are reopened I will continue onwards from Namibia to our neighbours Botswana. Thereafter I’ll visit Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mocambique, Malawi, Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya. The exact order to be confirmed at a later date.
From there I’ll head up the east coast of Africa, west once I reach Egypt and south down the west coast from Morocco. It’s going to be a long and tough trip, but at the same time its going to be the making of an adventure of a lifetime and i’ll be sharing every moment with all of you.
Enjoy your travels and be safe 🙂
Nick from Namibia @5410africa