#BreakingBorders


Katchie is always looking for her next adventure and with every adventure, comes great responsibility. 

MY BACKGROUND

I am a South African travel content creator also known as @TheSoloWandera on social media. My travels have focused on intra-African travel, decolonising African travel culture with an aim to inspiring more Africans to travel and explore our African continent.

I have background in events and marketing. A lover of all things digital, a qualified digital strategist. I document all my travels on social media platforms under the hashtag #thesolowanderer and the blog www.travelwithkatchie.com.


I am known for my solo travels across the African continent. In November 2014 I embarked on a great trek across the African continent from Cape Town (South Africa) to Cairo (Egypt), over a period of 6 months and traveling through 10 African countries. I used public transport to get through the continent with assistance from various Africans who hosted me in their homes and low cost accommodation establishments that sponsored my stay.

In 2016 I was listed by the Mail & Guardian as one of the Top 200 Young South Africans in the film and media category.

#BreakingBorders is a project that will see myself traveling from the most Northern point of Africa, Ras ben Sakka (Tunisia) to the most Southern point of Africa, Cape Point, South Africa. The purpose of the project is:

·   To educate Africans about the African continent.
·   Document African travel, cultures and heritage from an African perspective
·   Create content and travel information for what is regarded as a challenging part of Africa to travel.
·   Visit World Heritage sites.
·   Document struggles of an African wanting to travel Africa.

WHY BREAKING BORDERS


The African continent is made up of 54 countries of which 7 are independent islands. There are over a Billion people living in Africa, an estimated 2000 languages spoken, and diverse religious systems. 

It’s time we Africans share the African continent and our people and document our experiences.
The people of Africa are thought to be ignorant about Africa. For people to not be ignorant, information about Africa needs to be readily available for them to consume – it is currenly not.

Researching travel across North and West Africa has been the biggest challenge. From visa applications to available transport, the information is not readily available on the internet and what is available is outdated. Unlike east Africa, one can research information and prices and work out a budget. Whereas, in West Africa, one is left with no choice but to work on estimates.



In North Africa, Intra-country travel is not possible as the borders are contested. To get from one country to the next, one would need to fly. These are flights that would take approximately 45minutes on a direct flight. However, there are no direct flights in most cases, and one would have to fly via Spain or France.

I needs to apply for 12 visas for this journey, the visa application processes are not clear and sometimes complicated. One cannot research the information only online. The most one can get, is a physical address of the embassy to visit to apply for the visa, and in some instances, you only get forms to be filled in. The visa application fee is also not always available. Contact details provided for some of the embassies do not exist.


Beyond educating Africans about Africa, #BreakingBorders is a project that will document the African joys of travelling Africa. This project will develop a route and find ways to make travel to West and Central Africa as attractive and convenient as travel to East and Southern Africa.

#BreakingBorders is about educating Africans on Africa. Sharing our similarities and celebrating our differences while squashing any misconceptions that people have about Africans and our beautiful continent. This campaign aims to unite Africans.

HOW I WILL TRAVEL

I will travel from North Africa, through West Africa to South Africa using public transport. This means any local transport in each country – trains, ferries, motorbikes, buses, taxis etc. In some cases I may hire an unconventional mode of transport like a tuk-tuk to get around.

My travel focus on the local culture and heritage and living as a local. Accommodation will showcase all types of accommodation from backpackers, camping to 5 star hotels.


The travel route will go through the following countries:
Tunisia – Algeria – Mauritania – Senegal - The Gambia - Guinea Bissau – Guinea - Sierra Leone – Liberia - Ivory Coast – Ghana – Togo – Benin - Nigeria - Cameroon - Sao Tome & Principe – Equatorial Guinea – Gabon - The Republic of the Congo - Angola - Namibia - South Africa.
  
With a week in each country, I will visit at least 2 different locations in each African country. Travel is not restricted to a week in each country as public transport schedules and availability may not be absolutely certain. Travel to the next country will be on Sundays. 


** Please not that dates are used as guidelines, travel will depend on the availability of transport.
TRAVEL DATES

Tunisia
:
03/06–11/06
Morocco
:
11/06–18/06
Mauritania
:
18/06–25/06
Senegal 
:
26/06–02/07
Cape Verde
:
02/07-09/07
The Gambia
:
09/07-15/07
Guinea Bissau
:
16/07–22/07
Guinea 
:
23/07–29/07
Sierra Leone
:
30/07–05/08
Liberia
:
06/08–12/08
Ivory Coast
:
13/08–19/08
Ghana
:
20/09–26/08
Togo
:
27/08–02/09
Benin
:
03/09–09/09
Nigeria
:
10/09–16/09
Cameroon
:
17/09–23/09
SaoTome & Principe
:
24/09–30/09
Equitorial Guinea
:
01/10–07/10
Gabon
:
08/10–14/10
Congo Republic
:
15/10–21/10
Angola
:
29/10–03/11
Namibia
:
05/11-11/11
South Africa
:
12/11–18/11

CONTENT TO BE CREATED

·         Daily Facebook updates
·         Tweets and Instagram posts
·         Live video streaming
·         Weekly travel diary blog posts


After these travels, I am planning on compiling content and memories in a variety of ways including:

·         Travel guide of countries
·         A travel memoir to be self-published
·         Travel Postcards


#BreakingBorders is proudly sponsored by: Simeka Capital Holdings

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