Africa Turkish woman traveling across Africa on motorbike

Turkish woman traveling across Africa on motorbike

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Gulcin Sogut

She faces the most difficult terrain to beat. She has encountered thieves. Worst of all, she was about to be hit by a machete but narrowly escaped.

A Turkish adventurer is close to fulfilling her dream of traveling across Africa on a motorbike.

“We have covered almost 50,000 km traveling across the African continent,” Gulcin Sogut, a Turkish woman in her mid-thirties, told Anadolu Agency after crossing the Kenyan Border into Ethiopia.

Already famous in social media among Turkish people, and inspiring thousands, Sogut said, “It was my dream to tour Africa.”

With her European partner Ferry Schouten, the two set out on the tour with a daily budget of $50.

“He had zero experience with motorbikes when I first met him,” she said about Schouten, who she had met in Indonesia, while he gave a nod and chuckled.

“Our African tour has been both pleasant and chilling,” Sogut said, recalling traversing very challenging terrains, such as deserts, sand dunes, and valleys.

“Riding on sand dunes and gravel is the most difficult to me,” she said matter-of-factly.

She added that the only thing she would not do is travel in the rain. “I hate to be drenched.”

– Dangerous encounters

While the two have had a chance to stop at stunning places like Ngorongoro in Tanzania, where they marveled at the beautiful falls, and South Omo in Ethiopia, where they witnessed most exotic tribes, they have also had chilling experiences.

“The scariest of all so far was when a man was about to strike me with a machete, coming out of nowhere as we were riding,” Sogut said.

She said she was saved by another guy who told the attacker he should not harm a woman.

“Sometimes I would call out to him for help,” she said, pointing at her partner.

He chipped in, saying: “I would tell her, whenever danger looms, that it is her dream and not mine.”

– Motives

Sogut lost her mother in 2013, after which she thought life was just too short. “So I gave up everything, including my job. I packed my bag and set off to Latin America. I stayed there three years,” she said.

That was when she decided to travel far and wide, which she has been doing since.

As of now, she has already covered 32 African countries, and with Sudan and Egypt left ahead of her, Sogut’s Africa tour will end in the next few weeks.

“We now have a different view of Africa from the image we had about the continent, which was mostly negative,” she said.

According to Sogut, people in Africa have been very nice and kind.

“There were people who approached us and gave us money,” she said.

She said, in Guinea Bissau, locals slaughtered a chicken and went fishing to feed them.

   That gave her a strong conviction that humanity is basically good wherever you may happen to be.

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