What does it take to follow your dream? Quite a bit, if it means crossing Africa. That?s what a honeymooning couple discovers when they quit their jobs, sell their home and cars, and leave everything behind to achieve a dream: to cross Africa on a seven-month, 10,000-mile overland journey from London to Cape Town, South Africa.
Against their better judgment, they join a do-it-yourself safari with a bizarre band of companions. After their ...
What does it take to follow your dream? Quite a bit, if it means crossing Africa. That’s what a honeymooning couple discovers when they quit their jobs, sell their home and cars, and leave everything behind to achieve a dream: to cross Africa on a seven-month, 10,000-mile overland journey from London to Cape Town, South Africa.
Against their better judgment, they join a do-it-yourself safari with a bizarre band of companions. After their dream quickly turns into a nightmare, they set off across the continent alone—and that makes all the difference.
Wilson, in a style one reviewer described as “a hybrid of Paul Theroux and Tom Robbins,” takes you onto the crazed roads of Africa and into the hearts and lives of its people.
Meet mountain gorillas face-to-face. Melt down during a Saharan breakdown. Hunt dik-dik with Pygmies. Climb Africa’s highest mountain. Hop the “gun-run” through a civil war. Rush down thundering Zambezi rapids and dive into South Africa’s cauldron of turmoil.
Join us for a raw and bitter-sweet look at the real Africa—one far removed from the usual postcard perfection.
"Poignant with ironic humor and human drama… The author writes with honesty and a sharp eye for detail, making this an invaluable amalgam of information for readers of adventure travel or anybody who is considering "do-it-yourself" safaris or simply visiting Africa. Interlaced with this honesty and detail are Wilson's beautiful prose, obvious passion for adventure and a deep inquisitiveness about other cultures, making this book a pleasure to read…Highly recommended."
“Honest, gritty and insightful. Best of all, it makes the world’s most exciting continent read just like that.”
The Rebecca Review
"Brandon Wilson is an expert storyteller who masterfully weaves a story of a seven-month odyssey across Africa. His exciting writing style keeps you on the edge of your seat as you journey to the heart of Africa… Through vibrant prose and the eye of an artist, Brandon Wilson paints his recollections with startling clarity. His writing unleashes an immense longing… The best travel writing I've ever read and his adventurous spirit is inspiring."
“A monument to those who would take on the challenges of land travel across one of the most dangerous, unhealthy continents in the world.”
"That rare event: a travel book that transcends its genre to become a transformative journey of the soul into a disparate and gorgeously challenging culture, as seen through the eyes of a man determined to experience life as it is, rather than as it's presented to us…This is travel writing at its most sublime, a paean to Africa in all her contradictory beauty, and a tribute to the resiliancy of those who travel beyond boundaries not only in search of meaning, but also of understanding."
BRANDON WILSON is an author and photographer, explorer and adventure travel writer. His books in this series include: "Along the Templar Trail," a Lowell Thomas Gold Award-winner for Best Travel Book, "Yak Butter Blues," an IPPY Award-winner, "Over the Top & Back Again: Hiking X the Alps," a ForeWord Book of the Year Bronze Award-winner, and "Dead Men Don’t Leave Tips: Adventures X Africa." His story about a year spent living in the Arctic, Life When Hell Freezes Over, appeared in "They Lived to Tell the Tale: True Stories of Adventure from the Legendary Explorers Club."
His photos have won awards from National Geographic Traveler and Islands magazines. His pictorial essay was featured in "Naive and Abroad: Spain: Limping 600 Miles Through History" by Marcus Wilder.
A voracious explorer of nearly one hundred countries, over decades he has trekked many long-distance trails, including: the Camino de Santiago across Spain, the Via de la Plata, and St. Olav’s Way across Norway. In 1992, Brandon and his wife Cheryl were the first Western couple to complete the 1100-kilometer trail from Lhasa, Tibet to Kathmandu, and he was the first American to traverse the 1850-kilometer Via Francigena from England to Rome. In 2006, he and his French friend re-blazed the 4500-kilometer Templar Trail from France to Jerusalem to establish it as a path of peace.
Wilson is a member of the prestigious Explorers Club and a graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
For more information, visit: http://www.pilgrimstales.com/ or his Face Book page.