43,000km – Ron Rutland: "I could have just done Cape to Cairo, but I'd never been to West or North Africa. I thought, you know what, I'm going to try and do every country... I sat with a map of Africa and plotted for hours and hours."
"Cape Town to the border of Mozambique was a honeymoon period. I had a telephone that worked, water and shops everywhere. I only camped once in two months -- when one farmer knew what I was doing he would pass me on to his mate." Pictured, South Africa's plains.
"In Angola, I got to a little village and had no water left. I showed a lady my bottle and she walked around behind two or three mud huts where she had three jerry cans with very gray water that she shared with me. I still don't know to this day where she's got that from -- I didn't see any pumps or wells nearby."
"Communication was sometimes difficult. I don't speak any language other than English, so often I just gestured 'tent' or 'water'."
"I knew more of Asia and Europe than I did of Africa, so part of the motivation was to explore my own continent. Africa is the iconic continent of adventure." Pictured, sunset on Lake Tanganyika, Burundi.