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Around Africa on my Bicycle Paperback – September 30, 2009

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About the Author

RIAAN MANSER was born in 1973 in Pretoria. He grew up in Zululand and attended John Ross College. After studying HR Management, he worked in the medical industry. He has been a lifesaver, a surfer and a rugby player.

Product Details

  • Paperback: 716 pages
  • Publisher: Jonathan Ball Publishing (September 30, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1868423514
  • ISBN-13: 978-1868423514
  • Product Dimensions: 1.5 x 5.5 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.5 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,856,319 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kyriaw on July 8, 2011
Format: Paperback
The back flap reads:

"In a world first, almost incredibly, Riaan Manser rode a bicycle right around the continent of Africa. It took him two years, two months and fifteen days. He rode 36,500 km (22,500 miles) through 34 different countries.

In [this book] Manser tells the story of this epic journey. It is a story of blood sweat, toil and tears. It is a story of triumph and occasional disaster. Of nights out under the stars, of searing heat and rain, of endless miles of Africa and of pressing on and never surrendering whatever the odds.

Mostly however it is the story of one man's courage and determination to escape the mundane and see the continent he loves and feels so much of a part of. It is the story of the human warmth he encounters, and occasionally human wrath and hostility as he crosses troubled countries and borders."

The man that wrote the forward for this book (John Robbie) really said it well. He said, "There's always reason to put off the dream, isn't there? Too busy, too poor, too lazy. For most people, me included, it's really a case of being too scared. That's why for the majority, these fantasies remain daydreams rather than fulfilled ambitions or even attempted ones. Then we get old and regret the fact that we never went for it".

I read that and knew I would like this book. He is right. We all put off things that we want to do because we make excuses. Because of this, we tend to admire, and envy, people who do what we think is an exciting or adventurous thing. I knew I would admire and be a little bit jealous of Riaan and his round Africa journey. So, the premise was a go.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Bonnie Neely on October 23, 2009
Format: Paperback
Around Africa On My Bicycle by Riaan Manser is undoubtedly an amazing read. This South African young man decided to journey all over Africa on his bicycle and he spent over two years pedaling through 34 different countries! His stories are of courage and endurance against some inhuman odds, illness, all kinds of weather, and events that would frighten most people away from unsettled countries. You'll be astounded at how he handles everything from flu on the road, to falling into open sewers, to sleeping under the stars all alone, to winging his way through getting visas rapidly in places that normally take days. His experiences in embassies, hospitals, homes, rural places and cities will thrill and apall you. I couldn't help thinking he must be crazy to put himself through such an ordeal, day after day, week after week, and yet I envied him the opportunities and experiences he shares with his readers. This is a wonderful book and Manser made a world first in doing this marvelous feat. You won't be able to put the book down!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Marc Belnick on May 12, 2009
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Experience a sensational and exciting journey around Africa in 3-D.
A fantastic insight into real-life in Africa. Well written by Riaan himself who is a gentleman and great role model for young and old. (Well done Riaan, you have made a great contribution to society.)
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Riann Manser is an intrepid S African adventurer who successfully cycled his way around every coastal country (33)of the Africa continent, save for Somalia, cycling some 21 500 miles. The man is certainly unique and consequently I am in total awe of his perpetual optimism - his personality is one that always sees his glass as half full, every obstacles (financial limitations, visa problems, border control harassment, intricate bike repairs, hostage threats, shocking roads, jungle terrain, getting lost, extreme weather conditions, very poor sleeping conditions, insect infestation, bats and monkey cuisine, drunken or drug hostility and blatant racism that could very easily have got him gutted and dumped in the bush)is viewed as part of the adventure and a hiccup just to be overcome, and he does this, on his bicycle and in his determined, focus way. Riann was fostered as a youth so he has risen above the insecurities of his formative years so one can only stand in total awe of his tenacity and courage. Whilst he encounters many kind strangers on his journey, life has enough drama and problems without having to contend with the countless obstacles he overcomes especially aggressive Africans exercising their little power games in this heroic but mad pursuit of "adventure." So I am positive about passing on this one. Let adventures of this kind remain the subject of my nightmares as I really get to appreciate, much more than I usually have done, the roof over my head, the decent meal,a whiskey in the hand and the comfortable bed to put my head.
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By Mark Carrington on October 14, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
I grew up in the Africa that Riaan Manser grew up in - quite a few years before he did. I rode the byways of South Africa on a bicycle long before cyclists were ten a penny on the roads. I thought my first bike tour was a story of the intrepid traveler with over 1,000 kms covered in a space of 10 days. I thought my first bike ride across Australia in 2002 was an intrepid adventure when I departed Perth and arrived in Melbourne some 5 weeks later - so intrepid was it that I have ridden 5 more such trips in differing directions. As intrepid as riding a bicycle on sealed roads for thousands of miles over several weeks can be, Riaan Manser chose to go into the unknown - where no man has gone; where there are few sealed roads; across a multitude of cultures and languages and through pestilence and storm and heat and war and wet and cold and officialdom and bribery.

His story is told without bravado. His story is told with humour. His story is told with a strong love for Africa. And what is fantastic is his story is told with awe. We should all read his story with awe for it captures the essence of adventure against the backdrop of an African canvas - for me still a compelling canvas. Read and enjoy and dream about your own journeys into the unknown - I know my first attempt at riding 1,000 kms in 10 days was the unknown for me - now it is old hat.

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