Cape to Cairo...and Beyond

A Motorcycle Diary

Where are we now?

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  1. Janet

    July 6, 2010 at 7:05 am

    What an epic adventure. May the wind be at your back!

  2. James Wardhaugh

    July 12, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Excellent pictures, whats the next town?

  3. James Wardhaugh

    July 13, 2010 at 6:31 am

    Keep the flag flying in spite of the back aces

  4. max kretzmer

    July 13, 2010 at 7:52 am


    youre losing weight…..eat some zadza!!!!

  5. Dr Mark Blumberg

    July 13, 2010 at 12:56 pm

    Hi Rui, I just picked up your e mail now and I’m delighted to note your progress….well done and lots of luck with the route ahead. I’m delighted to read the anecdotes along the way and look forward to hearing more tales from Africa soon!!

  6. Eton Price

    July 13, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Awesome progress. Well done!

  7. Aston Woodward

    July 13, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Ok who has the best bike???

    Nobre are the guys having to wait for you??

    Stay safe and good progress chaps.

  8. Vivienne

    July 15, 2010 at 7:45 am

    Hi Rui, Paul Roper told me of your adventures. and seeing the website confirms it all. Fred and I wish you lots more fun …keep your eyes open for good ‘stones’ along the way…….best wishes

  9. Neil

    July 15, 2010 at 8:05 pm

    Hi, bumped into you at Kisolanza and overheard you talking about this so thought I’d have a look for your site. Good luck for the rest of your journey. P.s. I was one of the guys in the Land Rover parked outside the stables!

  10. erez shaked

    July 19, 2010 at 7:57 am

    Hey Rui
    Amaaaaizing, keep the info and the photos flowing. Want to see more pics with you in them. Best, erez

  11. Paul

    July 19, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Congratulations on passing the halfway mark. Hope it’s all easy riding from hereon in.

  12. Pete Mann

    July 19, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Hi Dale & Rui, looks like you guys are having an awesome time, and I am totally envious. Enjoy Africa and all it delivers, and have a safe journey.

  13. erez shaked

    July 20, 2010 at 8:39 am

    hi Rui
    gr8 to hear that all well and progress is good. we have links with Super Sport and may get a few moments on T.V.
    Are you able to mail any video clips if neccesary?

  14. Amanda

    July 20, 2010 at 4:43 pm

    We are behind you all the way at MaAfrika Tikkun – our kids in the townships are watching your progress with much enthusiasm…we are so overwhelmed with the amazing support you are getting and the generous donations people are making to MaAfrika Tikkun because of this adventure…keep up the great work!

  15. Pete

    July 22, 2010 at 11:12 am

    Hi Rui

    Hope is all going well with you and the rest of the team. What a fantastic adventure it must be. I see you are now in the Nairobi-mind the potholes; they can swallow a bus!!

    Take care and ride safely.

    Kind regards


  16. Iain B

    July 24, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    We are loving following your journey. Half way there already!!! Soon you will be able to smell the Med. Can’t wait to see you guys in Italy. Keep travelling safely and sending those fab pics. Best.Iain,Kim,Matt and Spuggy.

  17. Dave Robertson

    July 26, 2010 at 6:45 am

    Congratulations on reaching the halfway mark and crossing the equator. I have no doubt that you are holding your own at pushing taxis and trucks alike off the road ahead! The truck in the ditch no doubt made way for you!
    Congratulations too to Tamalin on her graduation. A proud moment for all.
    Travel safely and good luck with the bad road ahead.

  18. James Wardhaugh

    July 26, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    Go boy……….As we struggle in the corporate world on another Monday

  19. Amanda

    July 26, 2010 at 2:11 pm

    Well done Rui – on your Be A Sport page you have raised R139 322.50 already!!! The kids in the townships thank you and are behind you all the way!

  20. Marcia de Beer

    July 30, 2010 at 2:36 pm

    So you want to know what happened to the Lambourgini? Typical! being so low it went under the panthechnicon and out the other side. My veils got caught up in the under carriage, hence my predicament. I’m hoping he will realise I’m not in the car some time soon and come back for me. Cross your fingers…

  21. erez shaked

    August 2, 2010 at 9:14 am


  22. facundo

    August 2, 2010 at 11:27 am

    Congratulations GUYS! you just reached the best people and rider to show you Afrika! Flavio is an incredible friend!! Enjoy .Facundo from Argentina.

  23. Zanelle

    August 2, 2010 at 12:22 pm

    Wow Rui, you guys surely are an inspiration to us all. The trip seems wonderful and the info on all the places you have been makes us all jealous.
    Enjoy the rest of it! We are all cheering for you!

  24. Marcia de Beer

    August 2, 2010 at 2:59 pm

    Waved at two skinny guys on motorbikes from the camel train. One bike was rather beat up and only had one pannier. Guess you didn’t recognize me or your goggles were dirty…

  25. Marcia de Beer

    August 3, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Still waiting for my mogul Sohi did Mideel. You don’t happen to have his phone number do you?

  26. James Wardhaugh

    August 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    Bud you guys are flying. It seems the trip is actually drawing to an end. Great stuff

  27. facundo

    August 4, 2010 at 12:03 am

    Incredible pictures!!! I follow your trip every night and search for news from you! Good luck!!

  28. Amanda

    August 5, 2010 at 8:02 am

    We are watching your progress – keep going – you’re doing great!

  29. SA

    August 5, 2010 at 8:18 am

    What an adventure! Seriously in awe of your achievements – keep it up. Keep losing weight though and they are going to mistake you for a local up there in Ethiopia…

  30. Eton and Kate

    August 7, 2010 at 5:59 pm

    i am sitting in my study in JHB, sipping a fine red, and am wondering what you are doing tonight? Reading the last few days reports suggest that you are two beers into the wind and fast asleep by now? What an awesome experience, and again, an example of what can be done once we apply our minds to attaining our goals. Looking forward to the untold stories!

  31. Sandy & Ian (Cape Town)

    August 8, 2010 at 7:12 am

    Hi There, Miss your daily story when u have no connection. Always check with Ferne that there have been no mishaps. Enjoy what is left of your ride.

  32. Paul

    August 8, 2010 at 4:52 pm

    You wouldn’t believe that road if you hadn’t seen the photo – unbelievable! Travel safely in country 8 of 9.

  33. erez shaked

    August 11, 2010 at 7:19 am

    Hey Rui
    My morning check-in, wonderful to hear of great progress.
    i have an investor ready to invest in Oil [cans] in the Sudan. How many do u recon we can move per month?
    Enjoy your time, we cheer the daily photo updates on our big map in the Ma Afrika Tikkun office reception.
    Best support and care.

  34. Paul

    August 12, 2010 at 7:44 am

    We are watching your progress daily. The blog is really brilliant – well done both!

  35. Gareth

    August 12, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    Rui, your new office chair is on order, the old one is now way too big! Keep the excellent photos comming – well done to you both and ride safely for the rest of the trip.


  36. Jackal's wife

    August 13, 2010 at 10:47 am

    It’s been a few days without an update…my days are empty all of a sudden. Do we need to get worried??


    August 14, 2010 at 12:06 pm

    Hi Dale and Rui
    Met Dale one night with Alister and was so interested in your trip. Have finally read all your entries and am so envious= not that I would do it on a bike. The countryside is totally awesome. Think you might have passed the best part cos now its sand, sand and more sand. Good luck and enjoy the rest. Denise

  38. Rui Nobre Snr.

    August 15, 2010 at 7:26 am

    Hi son. No news for a few days now. Hope all is well and you will update us soon.

  39. Tamalin Le Roux

    August 15, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    The pics of the camel and the kids are sooooooo cool!
    one for the wall!
    And its so hot-very envious its freezing in Brighton
    Cant wait to see you-travel safe!

  40. Rui Nobre Snr.

    August 17, 2010 at 5:06 am

    LIke the latest pictures. specially the one of dinner by the Nile. Can see it on your face how eager you were to dig in.

  41. Rui Nobre Snr.

    August 20, 2010 at 5:35 am

    Three days of sitting around doing nothing and no time for a shave. Tsk tsk tsk.

  42. Martin Banner

    August 20, 2010 at 10:28 am

    Hi Rui, wonderful to follow your epic journey and it looks like you are getting close. Cant believe how much weight you have lost since I last saw you – you look great! Good luck for the last couple of legs! All the best, Martin

  43. max nobre

    August 21, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Hello Dad

    I hope you’ve been having lots of fun!
    Only 4 more sleeps……
    I have missed you like crazy Dada.

    Lots of loves and hugs and smooches


  44. Rui Nobre Snr.

    August 26, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Congratulations. You guys have done it. Enjoy the rest of your stay in Egypt…and give my regards to Ram and Tuts.

  45. Luc

    September 18, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    I live in Belgium and plan to ride exactly the same route south in November on a Honda Transalp. Since your report is the most recent one I’ve found on the net, it’s been very helpful in preparing the trip. If you don’t mind me asking you a couple of questions in this regard, could you please send me a word?
    Best regards,

  46. Imran Ahmed

    October 9, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    Hi Chaps, awesome site…kept me busy for a couple of hours…well done on an epic journey. i am planning a trip from Durban to (Hopefully) London on a Yamaha 660Z Tenere, any chance that you may have some record of costs along the way. I am in Cape Town on a regular basis, would love to buy u a beer and pick your brains a bit….let me know.

    PS# Has the next journey been decided upon yet?

  47. Paul

    November 19, 2010 at 1:56 pm

    Hey guys – we are planning our trip now for next year – we are going to ride from Cairo back to Jhb, and would love to get in touch with you guys for advice!!

  48. Angus VW

    April 14, 2011 at 3:47 am

    I have read a few other comments like this, I do hope you answer! My name is Angus, and I am a canadian university student. I am planning a C2C trip this coming year and would love to pick your brain on costs, visas, really everything! I would really appreciate an email.


    Thank you guys for doing such a huge trip for a great cause. I hope I will be able to follow some of your footsteps!

  49. Francois Steyn

    May 28, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Hi guys, we live close to Paarl and would love to get in touch for some tips, especially on how to get a charity involved. My wife and I are leaving for Cairo is September on two 200cc chinese bikes….

  50. Hilton Carty

    January 6, 2013 at 6:34 am

    Hey Rui,

    Enjoy the adventure and be safe pal!

    I will be following your moves and planning mine…

    BTW Gangnam style on a bike will also get you a billion hits but not the kind you want…

    Chat soon,