Tour of Africa

2-up nomadic experiment

In January 2010 we decide to leave for Africa by motorbike. A series of accidents gives us the necessary kick in the arse, while delaying the departure by 9 months. We start in June 2011 in Bucharest and end in the same place in August 2012.
 Some of the expedition setbacks were: being stranded with minimal supplies in a remote Cameroonian community, towing the broken bike, malaria, attacks by a hippo, a scorpion and many Tsetse flies, riding 3000 km off-road in the Congo through torrential rain and mudslides, tackling bureaucrats and military men, and buying a cup of tea in Egypt.




The Maghreb

We spend the first month of the expedition in medieval medinas, in the High Atlas and in the pink dunes of Morocco, and we go fishing in Mauritania‘s Sahara.


West Africa

We visit the Dogon people in Mali and discover an artsy tribe in Burkina Faso. Later we fall in love with Togo and flee voodoo in Benin. In Nigeria we meet Fela Kuti’s son and the president, and volunteer for a primate conservation project.


Central Africa

We climb a mountain in Cameroon and cross the Equator in Gabon, then we go off the grid in the two Congo, only to find a home away from home in Zambia, at Victoria Falls.


Southern Africa

In Namibia we meet the Himba people, cross world’s oldest desert and second largest canyon, reaching the southernmost point of the journey at Cape Agulhas in South Africa.


Cape To Cairo

We ride on the roof of Africa in Lesotho, witness the Okavango Delta in flood in Botswana, revisit Zambia, ride on rails in Mozambique and sail by dhow from mainland Tanzania to Zanzibar. In Kenya and Ethiopia we face inclement weather and discover an African Holy City. After riding in 54°C across Sudan‘s Nubian desert, we end the tour with the Egyptian Pyramids and Turkey’s Cappadocia.


We chose the legendary Yamaha XT660Z Ténéré and it proved excellent both on-road and off-road. Get the scoop of how the bike was prepared to meet the requirements of a 55,000km journey across Africa:

– Foot pegs – cheap eBay, larger than OEM, nice quality for the buck
– KTM plastic Handguards
– Puig light smoke Windshield
– NGK CR7EIX Iridium Spark plug
– Stage 3 Kev Fuel Mod
– Cush drive mod
– Custom Leo Vince SBK exhaust
– UNIFILTER foam sport filter
– Stage 3 DNA side filter
– Scottoiler
– Supersprox Stealth Sprocket
– Hyperpro Combi Kit
– 14T JT Front Sprocket
– SW Motech – 30mm Handlebar Riser
– Alutech Cases (2X41L and 1X29L)
– Custom made Alu cases rack
– Custom made aluminium engine guard
– LED auxiliary headlight
– Alu short brake & clutch levers

– front + rear steel braided brake hose
– high Givi windshield
– GPS mount + direct battery charger with backup system
– custom-made radiator protection
– G-IT aluminum engine shield + crashbar combo (from AdventureSpec)
– MK3 pivot pegs
– Unifilter foam air filter
– Kev mod (from
– Renthal Dakar fatbar with KTM plastic handguards, alu short brake and clutch lever and rallyride foam grips
– Hein Greike tankbag
– custom made dual Leo Vince SBK exhausts (with custom dB killer)
– 14 tooth JT front sprocket
– touring Scottoiler
– custom rack for aluTech 41l cases
– Hepko & Becker Gobi topcase
– 150W inverter for gizmo charging
– Hyperpro suspension upgrades (front progressive springs with 15W oil and rear progressive spring)

Hyperpro for a free combi-kit (progressive springs + thicker oil for the front suspension and progressive spring for the rear shock) which hugely improved the performance of the fully loaded Yamaha, especially off-road.

Linex Yamaha from Johannesburg, South Africa for service and parts (clutch kit, brake pads, front brake discs, hub rubbers)

Arai Johannesburg, South Africa for service and a visor for the Tour X3 helmet
Bike Gear Porth Elizabeth, South Africa for their gift of ROK straps + Air Hawk

Off The Road, Germany & Adventure Spec, U.K. for discount for various parts.

Moto-PAMRomiMoto for discount for ContiEscape + TKC80 tires, tubes, sprockets, brake pads, clutch cable, oil filter. And Atelierul de print produced cool stickers with our logo.

After Africa
We speak about our journey around Africa at TEDx & similar events, exhibit expedition photos, write for several travel publications and start working on a manuscript about Africa 420 trip. We release the draft of the first chapter as multimedia book, then we sell the old Yamaha XT660Z that clocked 55.000km in Africa, and head East on adventurised KTM 690 Enduro R and Suzuki DRZ 400.

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