COPSE – that’s Croydon Outdoor Pursuits and Social Events – has a special guest speaker at its club night next Tuesday, November 1: the locally based author and adventurer Ian Packham.
Packham spent just over a year travelling 25,000 miles around 31 countries of Africa, entirely by public transport, with no back-up team to help him out of sticky situations. Packham’s journey is believed to be the first solo and unassisted circumnavigation of the continent by public transport.
“You only see a negative portrayal of Africa,” Packman has said. “I wanted to experience what life on the continent was like beyond the media portrayal we tend to get here.”
Packham, who raised £15,000 to cover the cost of the trip, began his odyssey in Gibraltar before crossing over to Tangier in Morocco and travelling westward following the coast all the way around the world’s second-largest continent.
You can hear more about his travels and adventures at COPSE next week, which meets at South Croydon United Church Hall, Heathfield Road, Croydon CR0 1EQ at 8.15pm on Tuesday – the regular weekly meeting night for a varied and stimulating programme of talks, knowledge sharing, quizzes, food and even folk dancing.
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