Africa 2013

Newcastle, UK to Cape Town, South Africa - medical mission in Africa

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In early 2013, I heard through the grapevine that a British Obstetric Surgeon was intending to fly through Africa in a light aircraft, and offer medical training and supplies in countries along the route. Having always been fascinated with the idea of a long flight through Africa, I got in touch to find out more, and see if there was any way I could help with my experience of flying in Africa to date. Dr Sophia Webster and I ended up getting on well, and discussing the trip in more and more detail - before long, I was asked if I would come along as an experienced pilot to deal with the aviation side of things. While Dr Webster held a Private Pilot's Licence, she had relatively few hours of experience and more importantly would need to be devoting most of her time to the medical mission rather than flight planning. On a trip like this, two pilots to share the load just makes sense.

Given the long (3+ months) nature of this trip, the diary is broken down into smaller sections. These can be accessed through the menu at the top of the page, or by using the links below.

Links to the trip report

Preparation - The reason behind the trip, and the preparation for the journey
Phase One - Europe - Pre-trip preparation, and the journey south towards Africa
Phase Two - North Africa - Morocco, Western Sahara, and Senegal
Phase Three - West Africa (Part 1) - The Gambia, Guinea Bissau, Sierra Leone, Cote D'Ivore
Phase Four - West Africa (Part 2) - Cote D'Ivore, Burkina Faso, Ghana and Benin
Phase Five - Central Africa - Nigeria and Cameroon
Phase Six - The Deserts - Chad and Sudan
Phase Seven - The Plateau - Ethiopia and Kenya
Phase Eight - South Central - Tanzania, Malawi, and Zambia
Phase Nine - Southern Africa - Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa
Phase Ten - South Africa - South Africa, Swazliland, and Lesotho

Latest updates

Burkina Faso and beyond - added on September 14th 2013
Port Harcourt, Nigeria - added on September 26th 2013
Douala, Cameroon - added on September 27th 2013
Bamenda, Cameroon - added on September 28th 2013
Chad - added on October 05th 2013
Sudan - added on October 07th 2013
Ethiopia - added on November 1st 2013
Kenya - added on November 6th 2013
Tanzania and Malawi - added on November 15th 2013
Zambia - added on November 16th 2013
Zimbabwe and Botswana - added on January 12th 2014
Swaziland - added on January 12th 2014

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