A motorcyclist on a rare trail-blazing mission to visit more than 40 countries in Africa, Europe and Asia has vowed to aggressively market Malawi as a must-see tourist destination.
Maher Albarwani, a citizen of the Sultanate of Oman, said this yesterday as he was about to depart Malawi and resume his ambitious tour after he returned to Oman for a Christmas breather that became elongated by rainy season challenges.
“When I was back home in Oman, I made a big presentation and several pitches on the beautiful Malawi and its friendly people. It is something I intend to continue doing because my love for Malawi is growing bigger and tourists and other fun seekers just need to be told what they are missing by not coming here,” he enthused.
Albarwani used the weekend to travel from Lilongwe, where he had left his 800cc bike that can zoom to a heady speed of 270 kilometres per hour, to Blantyre to service his machine.
All things being equal, from tomorrow, the biker’s route will be through Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, Congo, Cameroon, Mauritania, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Jordan, Soudi Arabia (again), Kuwait, Qatar, Bahrain and the UAE (again) before returning to Oman.
Since beginning his tour on July 22 in 2017, he has clocked just over 28 000 kilometres across the United Arab Emirates (UAE), Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania, entering Malawi thereafter.
Alberwani, who hopes to end his tour around June next year, salutes the Omani company PDO and other firms and individuals for giving him financial and technical support on his mission.
“I will come back to Malawi because what I have shared widely on social media, concerning this country and its people, is generating much interest from across the world. I want people to know more about both Malawi and Oman and I want to break the record of being the first Omani to have visited Africa so extensively on a motorcycle,” he declares. n