An encounter with hungry hyenas, rats and bats for dinner and the endless natural beauty.
These are some of the adventures that adventurer and motivational speaker, Riaan Manser, experienced during his two-year-long bicycle tour through Africa.
Manser managed to cover 35,500km and travelled through 34 countries.
Some of the countries were more hospitable than others, while some were even dangerous.
He arrived in Cape Town on 25 November 2005 after which the journey was documented in a book named “Around Africa on my Bicycle.”
According to Manser’s marketing team the bike tour is one the reasons why he was awarded the title of Adventure of the year in 2006.
The adventure was then captured in a children’s book, My First African Adventure.
The book is now also available in Afrikaans, all thanks to Stigting vir Bemagtiging deur Afrikaans (SBA) that funded the translation.
Sandra Prinsloo, the chairperson of SBA, heard Manser talking about his book on radio and asked SBA to translate it into Afrikaans.
Chief executive of the SBA, Niel le Roux, says: “We are very proud that we could translate the book into Afrikaans because the home language speakers can now also experience and enjoy what the versatile Africa has to offer .
“Our next step is now to record the narration, which is currently only available in English, into Afrikaans. “
Manser visited SBA House in Bellville on 21 September and thanked the foundation for making it possible to have the book translated into Afrikaans.
“Initially, I was excited about the fact that the book was going to be translated into Afrikaans but then something else happened to me. We are now all standing together, discussing the future of Afrikaans and how it can be saved. But now…now I can be part of the people that can be the solution.”