Michael throws himself headlong into Africa. He scales Cape Town's spectacular Table Mountain, flexing his rock-climbing skills. Later he consults a witch-doctor about the journey ahead. The omens are not auspicious. He then sets off for Johannesburg, South Africa's largest city, where he meets Geraldine, a homeless prostitute. His eyes are opened as he rides shotgun with two young Afrikanas officers from the notorious South African Police Services' Murder and Robbery squad. After two weeks, with his nerves shot to pieces and in desperate need of a break Michael hitch-hikes towards Botswana's Okavango Delta. The truck runs out of petrol and he's left in the middle of nowhere.
Michael finally reaches the great Okavango Delta and kicks back in a dugout canoe to enjoy a slice of the gentler Africa we're all familiar with. He hitches north-west to his hometown in Zimbabwe hoping to relive the rapture he felt as a child in Africa but is confronted almost immediately by a gang of homeless street kids.
While investigating their harrowing tales of sexual abuse he is arrested and interrogated by local police. He is eventually released and given his marching orders. He heads for the mountains and hikes through an isolated border pass into Mozambique. He meets Isabelle, a five year old landmine victim. Over the next two weeks he watches her learn to walk again. She is an inspiration, a symbol of her country's tenacious spirit.
Michael hooks up with a pair of raucous South African accountants and their clapped out landrover. They explore Lake Malawi and surge on to Dar es Salaam. On Zanzibar Island Michael interviews a young Muslim woman who reveals a tangles web of government sanctioned oppression and torture. He narrowly avoids gaol after investigating official complicity in the heroin trade.
Back in Tanzania he heads fro the Serengeti to avoid the heat. A week later he's scrambling up Mount Kilimanjaro dodging a rampant bush fire which wipes out a party of French climbers behind him and claims the life of an American just ahead.
Michael crosses the border into Kenya in search of the Masai. He befriends a young Masai woman who reveals her modern Masai life and attitudes to relationships, while working at a five-star hotel and studying to be a lawyer.
In Nairobi, the financial hub of East Africa and the playground of the super-rich, Michael parties with Kenya's teenage millionaires before moving on to Ethiopia and Eritrea. He then hops a rusty sardine can up the Nile for the final leg of his journey