The man who walked from Cape Town to Cairo

Posted by Ondela Mlandu on 12 December 2018

For many of us, traversing Africa is only a dream, but explorer Mario Rigby made it a reality. His solo journey called ‘Crossing through Africa’ took two years to complete and he covered over 12,000km from Cape Town to Cairo on foot, with a bit of kayaking in between.

In this short video Mario speaks a little about his journey and the incredible hospitality he experienced across the continent.


Mario covered a total of eight countries, including South Africa, Egypt, Malawi, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, Ethiopia and Sudan. Kind strangers supplied him with food, water and shelter.

We chatted to Mario about his travels and he said “I decided to travel in an unconventional way to find challenges that keep me motivated to continue discovering the rawness of humanity and world. It is all too common to sit back and take the easy route but I wanted to explore in a unique way that forces me to sit and have conversations with tribal people, from this I’ve learnt a great deal.”

Mario will embark on his next expedition early next year of driving through Africa with an electric car equipped with foldable solar panels, to promote the use of renewable and sustainable energy throughout the continent. The project is called EVA (Electric Vehicle Africa) He will be the first person ever to drive an electric vehicle around the African continent.

Find out more of Mario’s travel adventures here

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