Mark Sampson and his family departed Cape Town on the 1st of July 2013, to embark on an epic journey (dubbed Africa Clockwise) around the African continent in a big green truck powered by recycled cooking oil.
To date they have travelled through 12 countries, clocking up 16000km, and been spreading the message about the need to care for our environment.
Mark and his family have entertained locals in schools, bars and South African embassies along the way – and have not paid a single bribe during their travels!
They’ve survived a flying solar panel in Namibia, a wheel coming off in Angola, an AK47-wielding bandit in the DRC, getting stuck on the ferry across the Congo, being bitten by scores of jungle bugs in Gabon, driving through thigh-high mud in Cameroon, a tourist-infested Voodoun festival in Benin, a scorpion bite in Togo, a thumping madman in Ghana and malaria plus typhoid in Cote d’Ivoire.
They are also hoping to break the Guinness World Record for the longest journey on alternative fuel.
But their journey has been suspended due to the borders being closed as a result of the outbreak of Ebola, and they are taking a break for the moment and Mark is back in Cape Town for a week to host a sustainability conference.