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4,000km in 5 days: Why Alex Chamwada traveled to Botswana by road

October 6, 2018
Collins Ogutu
for Chams Media Digital
Updated on Thursday, October 11th

Chams Media CEO and Daring Abroad presenter Alex Chamwada and cameraman Humphrey Odhiambo arrived in Gaborone Botswana on Wednesday, bringing to an end, a five-day-road trip that left tongues wagging.

The adventurous journey began from Nairobi on Saturday morning and will take five days including stop-overs in a number of African cities including Dodoma in Tanzania, Lusaka Zambia before reaching Gaborone.

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An illustration of a the distance between Nairobi and Botswana. COURTESY OF Google.

So why did he travel to Botswana by road and not by air?

In the quest to tell a typical Daring Abroad story, the trip enabled Alex to closely follow the journey of a daring Kenyan entrepreneur, Joel Wachira, who has been plying the Nairobi to Gaborone route transporting goods not on the skies but by van. 

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Alex Chamwada joins Joel Wachira for a meal after completing a five-day road trip to Botswana. PHOTO| COURTESY

It gave them a first hand experience of the time, resources, and challenges in such a trip and in  this type of business. 

This was not Alex's only road trip. He has been involved in similar trips to Kigali, Arusha, Dar es Salaam, Kampala and Entebbe. But it is his second trip to Botswana, the first one being in 2015 when he traveled there to tell the story of Willy Kathurima, a Kenyan entrepreneur involved in livestock farming and real estate business in Botswana.

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The journey from Nairobi to Gaborone began on Saturday last week. PHOTO| CHAMS MEDIA

Willy Kathurima's story has since then become the most watched and read Daring Abroad feature at Chams Media.

Click here to read Willy Kathurima's story

Speaking to Chams Media Digital while on the road, Alex Chamwada said the touristic experience will also include another visit to Willy Kathurima's ranch, to find out if there are more ventures he is currently involved in.

From this trip readers and viewers of Daring Abroad should get the first hand experience of what it takes to transport goods on the road to two countries that are far apart.

Also on the show, you will hear from other Kenyans daring in various sectors in Botswana, including teachers, nurses and economists like Willy Kathurima.

Alex says there is quite a good number of Kenyans working in Botswana and have in a way contributed to building the economy of that country.

Botswana's currency is Pula and one Pula is equivalent to about 9.50 shillings according to the current rates.

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