Gülçin Söğüt, a Turkish woman in her mid-thirties, is close to fulfilling her dream of traveling across Africa on a motorbike. She has faced the most difficult terrain and has encountered thieves. Worst of all, she has narrowly escaped being attacked by a machete.
“It was my dream to tour Africa,” said Söğüt, who is already famous on social media among Turkish people. She has inspired thousands with her adventures. With a daily budget of $50, Söğüt set out on the tour with her European partner Ferry Schouten.
“We have covered almost 50,000 kilometers while traveling across the African continent. Our African tour has been both pleasant and chilling,” Söğüt said, recalling traversing very challenging terrains, such as deserts, sand dunes, and valleys.
“Riding on sand dunes and gravel is the most difficult to me,” she said. The only thing Söğüt has said she will not do is travel in the rain. “I hate to be drenched,” she told an Agency after crossing the Kenyan Border into Ethiopia.
Gülçin Söğüt’s Dangerous Encounters
She had a chance to stop at stunning places, like Ngorongoro in Tanzania, where she marveled at the beautiful falls, and South Omo in Ethiopia, where they have witnessed the most exotic tribes, she also had experiences.
“The scariest of all so far was when a man was about to strike me with a machete, coming out of nowhere as we were riding,” Söğüt said.
She said she was saved by another guy who told the attacker he should not harm a woman. “Sometimes I would call out to him for help,” Söğüt said, pointing at her partner. “I would tell her, whenever danger looms that it is her dream and not mine,” Schouten said.
Söğüt lost her mother in 2013, after which she thought life was just too short. “So I gave up everything, including my job. I packed my bag and set off to Latin America. I stayed there three years,” she said.
Ever since then, she decided to travel far and wide, which she has been doing.
As of now, she has already covered 32 African countries, and with Sudan and Egypt left ahead of her, Söğüt’s Africa tour will end in the next few weeks.