My third journey, Empire Road, headed around Lake Victoria in East Africa. I travelled through Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Kenya. Overland magazine said: “Written with warmth and humanity, Empire Road is Alan Whelan’s most insightful and thought-provoking book yet.”
Back cover blurb
On his third solo African motorcycle journey, Alan Whelan turns to one of the defining features of the continent: Lake Victoria. Using the lake as a hub, Empire Road reveals the beauty and the tragedy, the inspiration and the ingenuity of a region that still resonates from the days of empire. After acquiring a boda-boda motorcycle taxi in Nairobi, he undertakes a thrilling ride around Africa’s greatest lake, travelling through Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania, on roads and tracks that once brought the great Victorian explorers to the interior. Alan continues his uncanny knack of meeting the most fascinating people who will live long in the memory, from Kenya’s superstar long-distance runners to survivors of the Rwandan genocide. He even finds time for an impromptu audience with Barack Obama’s elusive Kenyan grandmother.
Read more about my journeys here.