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Ubuntu: One Woman's Motorcycle Odyssey Across Africa by [Ellis, Heather]
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Ubuntu is an inspiring memoir about an extraordinary journey taken by an exceptional woman. Heather Ellis writes about her most daring adventures and deepest struggles with humour, heart, guts and grace. I was enthralled by every page.’ —Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild

As you travel Africa, you will find the way of ubuntu – the universal bond that connects all of humanity as one.
At the age of twenty-eight, while sitting in a friend’s backyard in the remote mining township of Jabiru, Heather Ellis has a light-bulb moment: she is going to ride a motorcycle across Africa. The idea just feels right – no matter that she’s never done any long-distance motorcycle travelling before, and has never even set foot on the African continent. Twelve months later, Heather unloads her Yamaha TT600 at the docks in Durban, South Africa, and her adventure begins.
Her travels take her to the dizzying heights of Mt Kilimanjaro and the Rwenzori Mountains, to the deserts of northern Kenya where she is befriended by armed bandits and rescued by Turkana fishermen, to a stand-off with four Ugandan men intent on harm, and to a voyage on a ‘floating village’ on the mighty Zaire River. Everywhere she goes Heather is aided by locals and travellers alike, who take her into their homes and hearts, helping her to truly understand the spirit of ubuntu – a Bantu word meaning ‘I am because you are’. Ubuntu is the extraordinary story of a young woman who, alone and against all odds, rode a motorcycle to some of the world’s most remote, beautiful and dangerous places.

‘Most of us wouldn’t take a motorcycle solo through Africa. Or remember much about what we were saying, smelling, believing or hoping twenty years ago. Heather Ellis did that, and has written a remarkable book about it too. She tells her story vividly and honestly, taking us through fields, national parks, into towns and down red-mud tracks, meeting other travellers and working with locals, eating rice and fish, honing her self-belief and increasing our respect for her with every day on the road. This is a really fascinating and compelling tale, told well. For anyone who has ever doubted themselves, Ubuntu has a message: there is a way through, down a road you haven’t travelled yet.’ —Kate Holden, author of In Her Skin

‘No two big journeys are alike, and Heather Ellis’ could not have been more different to mine, but certain fundamental similarities seem to unite us all, from the prosaic –‘My bike was dangerously overloaded’ – to the sublime awakenings that such journeys engender. Hers was a great adventure into the soul of Africa, a thrilling story of endurance and self-discovery, told with care, intelligence and deep humanity. It is beautifully written and a pleasure to read. So read it.’ —Ted Simon, author of Jupiter’s Travels

‘In the 1990s Heather had an impulsive idea to ride a motorcycle through Africa and, through perseverance, made this come true. Her story is not just a very detailed, descriptive account of the countries she rode through but also of the problems she faced and overcame. It reveals her ability to communicate with people of all nationalities and walks of life, learn from them and find that if you have faith in the Universe, it will provide. Very well written and immensely readable.’ —Linda Bootherstone-Bick, author of Into Africa with a Smile

Heather Ellis has worked as a radiation safety technician, a motorcycle courier, a journalist for News Ltd and in communications for an NGO.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 8454 KB
  • Print Length: 392 pages
  • Publisher: Nero (18 April 2016)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B017CPTMCC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #19,331 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)

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Heather's book is much more than a travel yarn about an Africa which most tourists don't see, and indeed usually avoid. It is a story of a personal journey of self discovery, a spiritual pilgrimage of one courageous woman who is convinced that humans are intrinsically good, and that there is a Universal Energy working to ensure that all will be well. Despite encountering difficulties, illness, and sometimes evil, Heather was embraced by the people of Africa who showed her unlimited generosity and taught her the importance of Ubuntu, the connectness between us all. You won't read this book without being inspired to nurture the Spirit of Ubuntu in your own small corner of the world.
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I was so very impressed with this book, that I find it hard to describe the profound effect, that it had on my acknologement and acceptance of various happenings in my life.
Well done Heather for championing women's abilities, youhave proved that they can also do it,
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This is a "must read" book at so many levels. From a travel and adventure perspective, the writing is vivid and brings to life the beauty of nature, towns, cities and people. I could clearly see the images as I read the beautifully written passages. From a life-perspective, this has been one of the most inspiring books I've ever read. The lessons I've learnt from this remarkable woman, are powerful and they are making me think deeply. A wonderful book from an inspiring and extraordinary woman. I will read this book again...many times.
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Wonderfully written and an amazing story. I felt like I was travelling with Heather as she describes her experiences so well. I highly recommend Ubuntu, once I started reading I couldn't put it down
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I thoroughly enjoyed this book.
Heather has a beautiful way describing her journey.
The people she met, the emphasis she has for all.
I have been to some African places she visited but not as comprehensive as she has.
I could not put the book down. Thank you Heather!
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What a lucky girl to have done this trip. I've grown up on bikes and also lived in mining places like Telfer, Leonora, and Croydon FNQ so I can really relate to Heather. I'm just so envious of her. Now I just want to grab the nearest Honda Africa Twin, load it up and keep going.
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