Kayak The Kwanza

In August 2015, Oscar Scafidi and Alfy Weston set out to kayak and hike 1,300km along Angola’s longest river, the Kwanza.

This is the story of their 33-day expedition in a 1960s Klepper collapsible kayak as they journey through some of the last remaining wilderness areas in Africa. Enroute they avoid hippo attacks, waterfalls and security forces but are arrested at gunpoint, almost drown, take part in a diamond mine rescue and display incredible courage.

The journey was in support of The HALO Trust, the oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organisation in the world.

The authors will be donating 25% of the book profits to support The HALO Trust's continued work in Angola.

About the author

Oscar Scafidi is a travel writer, history teacher and political risk consultant. His work has taken him to over thirty countries in Africa, and ranged from writing a travel guide to Equatorial Guinea to interviewing pirates in Somalia's Puntland. Oscar is currently based in Antananarivo, Madagascar. 

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Why We Like It

  • A thrilling tale of a journey down the Kwanza river
  • Opens up the country of Angola
  • Showcases important charity work

Oscar Scafidi 

Oscar Scafidi is a travel writer, history teacher and political risk consultant. His work has taken him to over thirty countries in Africa, and ranged from writing a travel guide to Equatorial Guinea to interviewing pirates in Somalia's Puntland. He lived and worked in Angola between 2009 and 2014, which is where he met Alfy. Oscar is currently based in Antananarivo, Madagascar. 

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The book will be delivered in 10 instalments (or staves), one every day. The instalments are delivered to your Pigeonhole bookshelf on your IOS or Android app, plus you can read on our web reader. You will receive an email letting you know when each stave is available.

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