Ever hear a personal story that’s so dazzling that you want to share it with others? At Agorapulse, we’ve heard some extraordinary floors from people who live life at a deeper, inspirational rank. And we want to share them with you.

In this new series, we share the experiences of such parties, documentarians Martin Blanchard and Felix Dubois, one narrative at a time. We’ll dig deep into what inspires us about their documentary-making journey that propels January 15, check out the highlights from six months of razzing bicycles through eight countries, and discover what they’ve learned along the way.

The Purpose of the Six-Month Project

True traveling involves more than a case and a destination ticket. It’s more than exactly proving up somewhere, taking depicts, and shuffling off to the next location.

That’s only sightseeing. And true-blue moving is so much more than that.

Sightexperiencing is more of what French friends Martin and Felix wanted.

” We have already traveled several times together, and we have the same vision of traveling and the same desire to discover the unknown ,” Martin said.” But we were missing an important element on our outing: to give meaning to it .”

After a few months of thoughtfulnes, these friends decided to make a documentary about the coexistence between humans and endangered animals.

They chose the name” Wanyama“( which conveys “animals” in Swahili) for this endeavor.

And they focused solely on eight different countries in South Africa: Kenya for the lions, leopards, buffaloes, elephants, and rhinoceros; Uganda for the mountain gorillas in the impenetrable late timber of Bwindi; Rwanda for its mounds of veiled jewels of uncommon wildlife; Tanzania for its fantastic Serengeti ecosystem, its plateaux, wildebeests, zebras, and more; Zimbabwe for its dedicated funds and natural parks; Mozambique for the marine wildlife, Zambia for its savannahs, plateaux, and forests; and South africans for its diverse landscapes as the perfect goal to the journey.


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The inspiration for making their journey on bicycles came from Felix’s own family.

” My parent was a usher in the African deserts and precipitated my resentment for Africa from a young age through our many junkets ,” Felix said.” He and my mother swept Egypt, Sudan, and Uganda by bicycle for seven months when they were younger .”

How Felix and Martin Planned for This Documentary-Making Journey

A six-month trip necessary proposing carefully, doing the suitable experiment, knowing the details, and more likewise being open to new ordeals that may emerge.

So, how did they move from the daydream stage to the action-planning one?

Martin:” First of all, we tried to get as much information as possible about all the countries we will cross: the history of the country, the zoology and vegetation, the landscapes not to be missed, the geopolitical statu, possible risks of cankers, etc.

” That message was the basis of our itinerary for our six months of adventure. It likewise allowed us to organize ourselves to get our vaccines, look at visas, and, above all, to understand the conditions in which we will live.

” Then we became interested in the equipment to deliver( bicycle, bivouac, and medical rig ). We had no knowledge about the bicycle gear to make with us on such a expedition. We[ talked a good deal] with[ experts] and depleted hours on the Internet to see what was there and understand what would be the best for us.

” Which rig to take? How do we want to film? What do we want to film? Who do we want to meet? In which shape do we want to present our report? So many questions that pushed us to project ourselves into our travel .”

Felix:” We have been working on getting ready for this journey for months …

” We didn’t time want to cross these countries but to submerge ourselves in the hearts of the population of the islands and understand the current challenges between the local populations and the different people of animal species ,” said Felix.

” Then we presented in accordance with the superhighways we were just trying to make, according to the natural parks and the time we had.

” The bicycle is at the very heart of our campaign, so we asked about similar assignments, from local companies, in order to get bikes adapted to African directions .”

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Equipment: Whittling Down to the Essentials

Felix: We can segment our material into five responsibilities …

Bike equipment. We decided to leave with two gravel bicycles, mounting with five crates( two front, two rear, and a handlebar bag ). In all, we are unable to leant around 90 liters( around 23 gallons) per motorcycle. For the tires, we use tubeless engineering. It’s a tire technology that doesn’t need an internal tube and which punctures around 10 times less than basic tires. We also have replacement inner tubes, spokes, a spare tire, and other elements that will allow us to be 100% autonomous in case of a problem. State material. This includes the basic elements of a first assistant gear( aspi venom, dress, etc .) but likewise anti-malaria treatment because we will be disclosed during 100% of our trip to malaria. In addition to being able to that, we bought filter straws and Micropur( water-purifier tablets) to represent the sea drinkable. Video rig. We’re bringing a hybrid camera( Panasonic GH5 ), which allows you to take very good photos and videos, with two lenses, one for all kinds of photos and videos, and a 100 -3 00 mm to allow us to zoom and photograph the swine. We also take an on-board camera with a very good stabilizer for all act situations. To film video of sceneries, we’ve parcelled a monotone. It will be a challenge to collect all our videos and have a battery on our many material. So we’ve bought a lot of memory placards, external batteries, and a solar panel to be able to be 100% autonomous. Bivouac and cooking rig. This includes a large tent to keep our bicycles at the enter, kitchen equipment( containers, utensils, etc .), but too a gas stove can be allowed to do our own cooking to avoid maladies. Clothing. We’ll start out with what is strictly necessary. We don’t want to burden ourselves. This is why we have chosen to buy quality equipment in small quantities. For example, we only have a large fleece, two technical T-shirts, two pairs of shoes, K-way heaves, and two short pants for the whole trip.

Expected Challenges on the Journey

Inevitably, a journeying will turn off course, even if for time a little while, due to something unexpected.

You can plan for countless, many things–but not everything.

For many beings, that conception is feasible to both fearing and exhilarating all at once. Stepping beyond a ease region, far from the familiar and routine, can be an enormous challenge for numerous people.

To Felix and Martin, it’s something they welcome whole-heartedly. They know the truth about what impediments may be on the horizon.

Martin:” We are going to a neighbourhood in the world that very few people know about and where we have difficulties to measure certain jeopardies before “were leaving” …

” We will certainly encounter the stand of parties, privation, or disease. But I think we will remember the appeal of mood, the greatness of the animals, and the delight of the African people.

” Another major challenge is necessary to reconnect with nature.

” During our journey, we want to take time to contemplate and live in the present moment. For me, this is completely in opposition to what our society is today ,” said Martin.

” We must live without our screens and take time to contemplate what environments us. Take the time to reach out to others, to be endured and to find yourself in front of yourself. For me, this is one of the major challenges of our journey .”

Felix:” The great challenge for me is cycling. We are not immense cyclists, and we will have to be very careful with traffic and will face the vagaries of the bicycle jaunt, stabs, and other mechanical troubles in hot weather and in quarantined targets. I was no question that African harmony will help us get out of the most difficult situations.

” Besides that, we will have to be very careful with mad swine, which are unpredictable.

” Finally, Africa is well-known for its environmental possibilities, particularly associated with water and mosquitoes. We have already taken prudences and bought technical rig to protect ourselves, but we will have to be vigilant all the time. And of course, we must face our daily enemy, the sunlight .”

Support From Family and Friends

Martin:” Their own families understands and foundations me 100% in my project, even though it is some suspicions may draw them ask me questions over day. My friends are also behind me and are generally curious and concerned about the smooth running of our expedition. The main thing is that they are all happy for me and want to follow the undertaking .”

Felix:” My parents have supported me from the start and help me in my make-up, thanks to their experiences. It’s a big project for them, but they rely me and know we’ll be careful. Regarding my friends, everyone is fervent and interested in our safarus. They’re all very curious and can’t wait to get our reports.

” We are going on an adventure of a lifetime, and we have agreed to give them news but not too much.

” We want to live our outing at 100% ,” said Felix.

” For that, trust is essential. We is likely to be equipped with a GPS, which will allow us to report any problem. We will remain as vigilant as possible, and will live 100% .”

What the Documentarians Look Forward to Most

Martin:” I have always wanted to discover what was unknown to me in a remote part of the world. The curiosity to discover new cultures, brand-new terrains, new swine, and brand-new expressions. Coming out of your comfort area and to be prone in front of nature is something I find very exciting .”

Felix:” The start, we know that the first 15 eras will be the most difficult, we will have to get used to the heat, airplane slow, paraphernalium, and our torso will have to get used to the kilometers traveled. We will finally be able to put into practice all the hours that we have carried out during these last-place 6 months.

” It will label the start of one of the most beautiful adventures of “peoples lives”, with ups and downs, but which I will have etched in my storage all my life.

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What They Are Really Not Looking Forward to

Martin:” What stimulates me the least is very clearly the diseases. The very high possibility of catching malaria in the areas where we are going to cool down a little bit at times. No doctor has given us the same advice. But we understand that we must protect ourselves as much as possible, and that the risk is highly present .”

Felix:” It’s a difficult question. I admit that everything agitates me about this adventure. Even though I know that during these six months, we will go through many difficult times, it is 100% part of the tour. It’s often the most difficult days which remaining in thoughts a long time .”

Read More About Their Adventure

Travel along with Felix and Martin as they cause the documentary of their bike trip throughout the different locations on the African continent.( You can also follow them on Instagram .)

We’ll be publishing more articles on this blog as well as sharing poles via our social paths in the next six months.

At Agorapulse, we celebrate the spirit of getting out of one’s comfort zone, altering dreams into action plans, and accompanying greater definition into one’s life. If you’d like to learn more about another of Agorapulse’s enliven parties, read our streak on Ingrid Ulrich and her own dazzling expedition of survival.

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