Patrick Tillard

20,000 miles through Africa

Patrick Tillard
20,000 miles through Africa

It was the first time that I’d really noticed stars. By which I mean that I truly had my gaze taken hostage, my neck snapped skywards and my mouth left unwittingly agape. As I sat clasping an icy lager around a campfire in Sossusvlei, a blizzard of stars littered the heavens like glitter; piercing the inky darkness with a savagery that I never knew possible. It was like nothing that I’d ever experienced before. Nothing I’d ever felt before. And it was to be just one of many highlights on this epic journey through Southern and Eastern Africa.

We had harboured the idea for some time: 5 friends, 4 months, 20,000 miles in a rustic Land Rover Defender; exploring societies, dodging the helter-skelter of everyday life and immersing ourselves in the vivid beauty of this eclectic continent. This, after all, is the ecstasy of travel: the element of the unknown.

After four months of experiencing an intoxicating kaleidoscope of cultures, scenery and characters, we were left with a hotchpotch of memories that will stay with us for years to come.

This article was published by Africa Geographic.