Woman (80) sets off through Africa in a Toyota Conquest

Julia Albu (80) from Jakkalsfontein, Western Cape, has set off to prove that age is nothing but a number with her quest to travel through the African continent with her 1997 Toyota Conquest.

The grandmother to nine grandchildren, whose husband passed away in 2015, began her journey on 13 June. She will make her way through the continent to her final destination, London, via the East African coast.

“People look at me in horror when I tell them I’m venturing forth across Africa in a 1997 Toyota Conquest 1600, with close to 400 000km on the clock. But who else would I choose as my partner in crime? For a quarter of my life, ‘Tracy’ has been my trusty steed. Windows wound down, music playing, seatbelt clipped in, I could always roar off into the sunset when I needed to. So here we go again. Come and join me on the journey.”

According to TimesLive, she has already made her way through Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Albu describes the epic journey as “something more than just a item on the bucket list” on her blog inspired by all things travel, My African Conquest. “This trip is not on the bucket list. It is the bucket list.”

In fact, the cause is much bigger, as she explains. “I urge you all to donate something – it doesn’t matter how much – to Shine Literacy. They prevent vulnerable children from falling through the gaps in our education system by doing one-on-one reading and more importantly, teaching the skills of comprehension.  With a staff of volunteers, they are relying on my trip to spread their footprint.”

Albu’s supporters include Malmesbury Toyota and Specsavers. She encourages organisations looking to support her effort with goods, services or financial donations to contact her via her website.

She will continue to document her journey and experiences along the way on Facebook.

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