Donovan Vincent, Toronto Star:

He contracted malaria, dodged bullets with government soldiers in a war zone and was jailed for several days near a small village because police didnโ€™t believe him when he explained who he was.

Adventure traveller Mario Rigby also tested the limits of his physical and emotional stamina when he trekked 12,000 kilometres northward across eight African countries for two years, by foot and kayak. He started in late 2015 and finished in February, taking an eastern route from South Africa to Egypt.

Africa, he says is a place that has been depicted by the West only as dangerous, violent and beset by poverty.

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