• Guy Lankester
    July 11, 2017
    My life on the road from Africa to England began when I was 10 months old. From Here 2 Timbuktu's life began 35 years later, in the summer of 2004, when life took an unexpected turn.

    I was an actor married to an actress, working away from our home in Dorset at the Theatre Royal, Bath. I'm sitting in a cafe with my agent and a casting director an hour before the press opening of a season of plays. It's a big day. Why haven’t I had a “break a leg” call from my wife? I excuse myself from the table and go out into a glorious June park life scene to call home.

    Something strange in her tone. I ask what is wrong. “Nothing”, but there clearly is so I urge her to speak “OK. I’m questioning our marriage”. As they say in the acting profession, it's all in the timing!

    I was on a new journey. I was a nomad again, time to find my new Timbuktu, and so the story of From Here 2 Timbuktu began.

    Since that day I have driven to Timbuktu 14 times. I have travelled 100,000’s of miles, on my own and with groups, led family and friends, tourists and expeditions, journalists and refugees back to the city of Salt Gold and Learning, the city in the dunes across the Sahara where the river Niger marks the edge of the desert, founded around Madame Buktu’s well for nomads and their camels that had just crossed the Sahara from the foot of the Atlas Mountains 52 days to the north, like we had in our 4x4s.

    Whether "we" were friends, family, travellers, tourists, nomads or even refugees, "we" have all always been the same, a group of travellers and guides, a nomadic community. Whether we were travelling through good times or bad, whether the road was rough or smooth, whether we were staying in city or country or refugee camp, the community we have been passing through has also always been the same - welcoming.

    The same principle of the road has always applied: trust the local community. The changing community always welcomes always protects and always follows you wherever you go. You will be safe trusting it, and if you are not safe you will feel it, if the community has not already warned you, and you will move on.

    Your instinct is your guide, and what threat is out there is impossible to predict, it is random, and so also the same all the time. You could fly to Kabul tomorrow and have a perfectly safe visit, or you could stay home and walk down your street and be killed by a car. The risk of the road, the threat of the idiot, the chance of fate - it is out of our hands. Someone else is often driving!

    The journey of From Here 2 Timbuktu has taught that a nomad is always responsible for him/herself but they are never homeless. A nomad is always at home in the community of the road.

    That is why we say Trust Locally Travel Safely.
  • Guy Lankester
    June 20, 2017

    October 2017
    From Here 2 Timbuktu is launching Campfire with a nomadic feast in Jordan in October 2017, the perfect time in the Arabian desert.
    Join us with our Guiding Star for Jordan, Zidane of Bedouin Nomads for a week in and around Wadi Rum
    followed by a week with Zeniab taking us through her community in and around Petra.

    Members: €1950
    Subscribers: €1650

  • Guy Lankester
    May 11, 2017
    GLankester-2012-03-18-0038.jpg16 Nov to 1 Dec 2017
    Join Chu and Ivo in Limbe on the southwest coast of Cameroon at the foot of Mount Cameroon for a journey to their ancestral home, Esu The Kingdom At The End Of The Road, where From Here 2 Timbuktu all began. Witness the heart of African culture - the village - in the region of Africa where human kind left the forest to begin its nomadic journey across the world.

    This trip includes much fun on beautiful beaches, Limbe Wildlife Centre, an option to climb Mount Cameroon and a journey to the north west province to visit the unique and colourful "fungoms" or kingdoms of the Bamenda region.

    Non Members: €2650 per person
    Campfire Members: €2400 per person
    Campfire Subscribers: €2260 per person

    This trip is organised by From Here 2 Timbuktu
    More information on this trip.

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