Donate Here

Country Donor

With many thanks to Peninsula Beverage for their South Africa 'country' donation



Current Amount: £23205

Target: £23205

Solar Powered Web Site! Hosting by

> Independence day

Sunday, 18 April 2010 - 17:33

Day 199 - Sat 17th April, 16718km, Namib wilds 

Almost a month after Namibia celebrated 20 years of inderpendence it just so happened that the party arrived in Eenhana today, and returning from a decent run this morning I couldn't believe my luck at finding the youth centre's kitchen being used to cook the free feast! Promising that the Namibian flag would take pride of place at the top of my flag stick, I was soon weighed down with enough cow, rice and ketchup to last for the day. I then got to enjoy some of the celebratory performances in town before finally hitting the long, lonely road across northern Namibia. Cycling on the left (when passing motorists reminded me!), chatting away in English and munching on brown bread I was feeling very at home until the road changed to sandy dirt of variable speed, thankfully conditions aren't a patch on some I've faced in Central Africa. Upsettingly time, cost and vehicle access have ruled out a route via Etosha National Park or Re-cycle's project in Windhoek, so I've opted for the most direct route which means much tougher road conditions and little civilisation.

Comment Count: 3 Comments



Bertha technology

Once you've arrived at your final destination Bertha deserves to be retired to a museum of technology, where spectators can gaze in awe at her sustainable durability!  Great to know you're almost there - well done on a fantastic achievement.  I know your whanau will be delighted to welcome you into South Africa.   


And now Chelsea!!!! To probably give MU the league! Getting just as exciting as your trip! Well done Rob, you are really cooking at the moment! Glad to hear you are keeping your running legs ticking over.


Hey Rob - you're a neighbour finally, just one country away from RSA!!!

You are positively flying now, we're all especially impressed by your swift progress.  I hope Bertha manages the "final" stretches of off-road and that you and your best all round yeti impersonation protect her safely through the wilderness in Botswana.

Go man go!!!

Have your say:

The content of this field is kept private and will not be shown publicly.


Where Am I?


Triathlon Completion: Day 255 - Sat 12 June
-20,293km Rustenburg, SA

Click here for blog, videos, photos & GPS location

Latest Press:
JustGiving "Fundraiser of the Month"

Latest Press Coverage

JustGiving [29/06/2010]
"Fundraiser of the Month"

Times LIVE [17/06/2010]
"The World Cup's most extreme fan"

ITV4 [12/06/2010]
"World Cup Countdown"
(FF to 16min 45sec in)

BBC Breakfast [05/06/2010]
"The incredible Rob Forbes"
(facebook account required)

Inside the Travel Lab [05/06/2010]
"Swimming to South Africa"

The Sun Newspaper [27/05/2010]
"Fan swims to World Cup"

Rob on BBC Radio 5 Live:

Follow Rob on:


Recent comments