Expectations

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We offer two guarantees:

 

1) something will go wrong -  a car will break down, we may have a puncture, an official might get silly, but you will always be safe, we wouldn't take you anywhere that is risky beyond the random and unforseeable.
2) weʼll get out of the problem. You will be surrounded throughout by people who only want the best for you. You are our guest, wherever we are, and in Africa that makes you the most valued of guests.

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But our trips are not for everyone. You need to have a flexible outlook, be happy mixing in with others' ways,  and be OK with the basics and simplicities of life. If you require material luxuries and comforts Africa is probably not for you. If your require the luxuries of sleeping under the stars in the desert and being with inspiring and totally different cultures, then you may have found gold.

Above all you should be travelling for fun. We like fun.

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Is From Here 2 Timbuktu right for you?

The fact that you are reading this page of all the trillion and one other travel pages you could be looking at, suggests that you are 99% likely to be my kind of traveller. I donʼt want ordinary people, because ordinary people want an ordinary trip.

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My clients range from 20 year old gap students, a 90 year old retired doctor, second world war vets and accountants! They are intelligent, responsible, interested and interesting and engaged people.

Enjoying a trip in Africa in our view requires trust and openness.

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The something will go wrong bit of the guarantee I give you is because Africa operates on a very human level - insurance and guarantees and certainties donʼt really exist here.

In islamic Africa any statement referring to the future is coupled with "Inshʼallah" "God be willing". The future cannot be prescribed as it can in the west.

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A journey may arrive at the destination this afternoon, but perhaps there has been rain and our path is more difficult, or someone is stuck and we need to help them. So we are delayed. Night falls so we stay near a village. That night there is a wedding and we all join in the celebrations. God willed that we arrived the next day, and our compensation is an experience that money canʼt buy and that may well be one of your best memories of the trip.

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To best assure a positive outcome to the future Africa has a very solid insurance policy - its community. 

It is the community that gets you out of any problem and protects you from harm because you are to be highly respected: you are a guest.

To deal with the community you need flexibility, patience, respect and an open mind.

Africa is a very different place. Sometimes comparing it with your world lets the beauty of this extraordinary continent slip through your fingers. Look for the African logic it can inspire. After all, they have been doing things their way for a lot longer than we have been doing things our way.

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On my trips you need to be able to cope with some of the following:

  • camping
  • the occasional basic facilities - i.e the bush.
  • an unconventional shower

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  • long journeys where you will arrive hot and tired and dusty
  • you may not make your destination one day, but you will always be safe and have back up
  • if you are able you may be asked to push a vehicle, or help dig it out of sand on occasion

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  • if you are on an overland journey the accommodation available may at times be basic

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  • other people

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  • me being an idiot!

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If you have any questions or worries about your suitability for a trip, let's talk:

guy@fromhere2timbuktu.com

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