Muscat Daily caught up with Barwani who was in Oman to celebrate Eid.
Speaking about the trip, he stated, “Soon I will leave for Zambia and then ride to Zimbabwe, Botswana and South Africa. I had not seen my family for almost two years and so I decided to visit them. I have covered 50 per cent of the continent and hope to cover the rest by 2020.” He added till now he has visited a quantity of nations such as the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and Zambia.
He stated, “I started my journey in the middle of 2017 and am confident to finish it by 2020. I got a lot of support during the journey in different countries where people have been kind enough to assist me with food and accommodation and often their references have helped me in different countries and cities.”
He stated he faced distinct challenges and obstacles throughout the journey such as thefts, snakes and insects.
“There had been several challenges. One large challenge was getting stuck at the borders for clearance and paperwork. Sometimes the wait even stretched for a number of days. There had been no simple amenities like water and meals in higher temperatures which worsened the circumstance.
“During my journey I spoke in English and Arabic as well as Swahili. My family has been very encouraging during all these years.”
Barwani’s journey is getting supported by PDO and the ministries of Sports Affairs and Foreign Affairs.
Information Source: Muscat Daily