I have constantly itchy feet. No its not a medical condition – it’s wanderlust! As a spotty teenager the likes of David Attenborough, and later Ray Mears, gave me the inspiration to want to travel and see the world.
I spent an amazing year of my life in South Africa in 2003 when I volunteered and worked in two national parks: Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Ever since then, I have wanted to see more of Africa. After a brief holiday in Kenya, I knew wanted – no, I needed – to see more of Africa!
In 2009, I bought a Landrover Defender called Maggie and drove her from London, through West Africa, destination: South Africa. I did not know anything about vehicle maintenance. I do not speak French. But I was hooked! It was the most amazing adventure of my life, and at the end I met my wife in Botswana. Luckily for me she shares the same passion to see the world and keep on looking for adventure.
Now Lulu and I getting ready to set off – from Botswana to Ethiopia and beyond!
Marilu (aka Lulu)
I got my first taste of Africa when I came to Botswana in the summer of 2008 for a human rights internship. When first I stepped off the plane and into the small, dusty Gaborone airport, little did I know I was to have an experience that would change the course of my life forever! It didn’t take long for me to catch the ‘bug’, and I knew very early on that Botswana was a place that would become part of me.
In August 2010, I returned to Botswana as a full-grown lawyer. After only one week of being back, I bumped into a handsome lad called Noel, who had just finished a journey from London to South Africa in a Land Rover called Maggie, and was settling in Botswana for some time.
My jaw hit the floor and I was powerless to stop drooling – not only because of Noel’s captivating good looks, but because of the amazing stories he told of his journey across Africa. As he retold one story after another, I was filled with inspiration and an inescapable sense of adventure.
I decided two things that day: (1) I was going to make this man mine, and (2) one day we would journey together in Maggie across Africa!