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10k(m) to Mali – Travelogue of a Solo Journey Through West Africa

This is the diary I kept on my solo expedition from Zimbabwe to Mali (2011) through West Africa with an overland truck that had to be relocated. You’ll read about my happy days but also the frustrations and some fears I encountered on my journey of two months and eventually 12,800km.

The journey took me through a very wet and washed out Cameroon, the war-torn region of northern Nigeria (home of the Boko Haram extremists and now with closed borders) and through the south of Niger two days behind a convoy of Gaddafi’s forces fleeing Libya.

Included in the book are various appendices that detail the names of places I visited chronologically (detailing distances and time frames) as well as some other points of reference other travellers on this route might find useful. All points of interest are accompanied by GPS references.

The book is in PDF format so even people without an e-reader can enjoy it.



Marcell Claassen



01 July 2014









Digital Copy






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I have worked my way through 30 countries in Africa as a Freelance guide, photographer and helping developing tourism and hospitality skills. After 18 years of this and also qualifying as a divemaster, I've now jumped across to South America and currently in Peru. In addition to these travels, I have also travelled some of Europe, the Caribbean and Thailand. Living on the road the last 16 years is my life and what fuels my passion for sharing my experiences with clients and readers alike.

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