Julia from Jakkalsfontein


Julia from Jakkalsfontein

Feisty octogenarian has driven the length of Africa – and documented her adventures in My African Conquest: Cape to Cairo at 80.

If you look down from an aeroplane flying over Africa, you can see this road that looks like a silver ribbon and you think to yourself, I wonder what it’s like? Well, let me tell you: you get on it and you don’t ever want to get off it – even with all the trucks, road blockages and stops. You could just drive forever and ever.”

Sitting in her living room, Julia Albu, 81, roared with laughter as she related how, after deciding to drive from Cape Town to Cairo in her trusted old Toyota, she was advised by experienced overland travellers in Africa, to “follow the Great North Road”.

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