World Tour

A short bike tour in Swaziland 1024 683 Gürkan Genç
A short bike tour in Swaziland

A short bike tour in Swaziland   It was easy to enter Swaziland. Anyway, till now at any border in Africa nobody said: “Hey! Stop! Let me see what you have in your bags”.  After the border cross, there was a man selling prepaid GSM cards near the gate. The…

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Continuing towards Swaziland from Pretoria, South Africa on bike 1024 576 Gürkan Genç
Continuing towards Swaziland from Pretoria, South Africa on bike

  While listening to Hans Zimmer I was about to close my eyes but then immediately reopened them.  Formerly, closing my eyes I used to make a long journey throughout my memories back to the beginning for long minutes. Yet, I started getting lost among my memories. Now, it comes…

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Africa South Africa South Africa ……. South Africa on bike 900 600 Gürkan Genç
Africa South Africa South Africa ……. South Africa on bike

Hello, welcome to Algeria Hello, welcome to Morocco Hello, welcome to my country Oman Welcome to Ukraine Have a nice riding in Bulgaria. Welcome to Japan (By the way Japan is still number one among the countries I have traveled in on my bike so far.) …………… ………. …. The…

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Chile the country where the Turkish TV series have born 1024 576 Gürkan Genç
Chile the country where the Turkish TV series have born

  I passed the Chilean border easily. The customs officer neither put my panniers in to X-ray nor opened them to take look. They only let the dog sniff my bicycle. Nobody was curious about what I was carrying in my bags. I knew that normally it wasn’t so easy,…

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Continuing my tour around the World on bike from Argentina in South America 1024 576 Gürkan Genç
Continuing my tour around the World on bike from Argentina in South America

I turned around and waved goodbye to Ismail for the last time at the airport checkpoint in South Africa. Wow, how fast the time had passed. Days passed by leaps and bounds. I have been traveling for so many years but still get astonished. This is one of the beauties…

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Traveling on bicycle in Botswana the country of elephants, leopards and lions 300 169 Gürkan Genç
Traveling on bicycle in Botswana the country of elephants, leopards and lions

I crossed from Zambia to Botswana on ferry which took about 10 minutes. Three countries meet at this point: Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana. The ferry service is provided free of charge. There is an incredible long vehicle line since the ferry is able to transfer only one truck at a…

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Scream of the earth 300 169 Gürkan Genç
Scream of the earth

I have told before that I stayed with Evren, Metin and Erman in Zambia. Thanks to them, they hosted me for a long time. The reason I stayed so long was the damaged upper frame of my bicycle. Kron Bicycle company in Istanbul was gathering a new frame and related…

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Similar Stories in Malawi 300 169 Gürkan Genç
Similar Stories in Malawi

  For years I’m not complaining about climbing with loaded bicycle. Especially after Dubai the load on my bicycle increased significantly. But still I’ve tried to climb every slope or steep land I came upon, no matter what. But ascending 100 m and then descending 200 m, afterwards again ascending…

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Up and down, up and down. Zambian roads are weary but the landscape awesome 300 169 Gürkan Genç
Up and down, up and down. Zambian roads are weary but the landscape awesome

You can apply for visa at Zambian border which costs 50 USD. Border crossing is very easy. Only one officer at foreigners’ desk said: “Welcome”, checked my visa, gave permission for one month and showed the direction I have to go. All these didn’t take 4 minutes.  There were classical…

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I was heading down from Zambia. Let’s get Malawi done since it is on the way. 300 169 Gürkan Genç
I was heading down from Zambia. Let’s get Malawi done since it is on the way.

  The police on the Tanzania border made month calculation while checking my passport. My Tanzania visa was 90 days. I had entered the country at November 7th, 2015. If I would roughly calculate 3 months and leave on 7th February 2016, I knew I would end up in jail.…

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Tough roads in Tanzania 300 169 Gürkan Genç
Tough roads in Tanzania

Tough roads in Tanzania Thursday, February 4th, 2016   I spent one and a half month in Darussalam. I must say that it is the most impressive capital I have seen in East Africa. While I was in Darussalam I held a speech in one of the local schools together…

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What I saw in Tanzania from my bike 300 169 Gürkan Genç
What I saw in Tanzania from my bike

  We received our visas at Tanzania entrance paying 50 USD for each. Since we came from Ethiopia we were checked for the presence of Ebola virus. Since we were not infected we were allowed to enter the country. Our bags were not inspected in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania. Shootings…

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Obligatory return from Kenya to Oman : ) 300 169 Gürkan Genç
Obligatory return from Kenya to Oman : )

  I said that I’ll arrive in Nairobi on October 20th and I did.  I hadn’t had exerted all my strength since a long time. My legs hurt incredibly. I really don’t like to pedal to make it to a place. The Europe leg of my world tour was like…

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Traversing North Kenya like a wind 300 169 Gürkan Genç
Traversing North Kenya like a wind

I gave the last Birrs (Ethiopian currency) still I had to a man who I thought needed at the Ethiopian border. The border town Moyale is split between Ethiopia and Kenya. At the border gate I was called inside the building for the border procedures as my turn came.  I…

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It is pleasant to ride on bike in Ethiopia but hard to deal with its people 300 169 Gürkan Genç
It is pleasant to ride on bike in Ethiopia but hard to deal with its people

I wouldn’t know that Yemen would be in war as I was planning my route a couple of years ago. Normally my plan was to cross Yemen and Djibouti and arrive in Ethiopia after Oman. In 2015 a civil war broke up in Yemen so I had to change my…

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