Click on a chapter below to begin reading or pick up where you left off!
The long, arduous, and perhaps hastily calculated journey across Africa - nearly two years in the making - finally begins in Cape Town. Almost immediately, the Caravan is confronted with the realities of their adventure - visa challenges, logistical nightmares, and the unfamiliar political landscapes they must handle with care.
Soon after their first hand experience with violence in South Africa, the group begins preparations for their first artistic ventures and showcase at the Khayelitsha Township. Meanwhile, as the cars arrive and the road trip begins, the announcement of India’s criminalisation of homosexuality being lifted causes an unexpected reaction. How will the Caravan confront their own internal political differences?
Now finally on the road in earnest, the Caravan arrives in Harare, Zimbabwe only to find news of a cholera outbreak and intense government restrictions. As exhaustion and burnout make an unwelcome early entrance, will the Caravan manage to find collaborators and create something before their time in Zimbabwe is up?
The Caravan’s time in Zimbabwe continues to prove difficult, as the overwhelming, sometimes claustrophobic nature of their journey creates ripples in their morale. With ill team members, more visa issues, and the odd sensation of being constantly busy but not accomplishing enough, the Caravan trudges on towards Zambia.
The group arrives in Lusaka for their next artistic collaboration - with a Circus! In the aftermath of the exit of one member and the arrival of another, the group grapples with the outcomes of their political art. With things seemingly constantly going wrong, what will become of their upcoming showcase?
Despite the wonderful success of the showcase with the Circus, tensions and self-doubt continue to creep up. The group embarks on what is likely their most gruelling journey yet, with 6 days of camping at the mercy of the African Plains on their way to Dar es Salam. Suddenly, amidst ever-growing money issues, the Caravan finds themselves stranded at the Tanzanian border.
After racing past Baobab trees, a fierce discussion on the way maps are drawn, and a serene lake-side camping spot, the Caravan arrives in Dar es Salam. As their Indian-origin hosts plough them with warm food, questions about the African-Indian cultural exchange and the existence of such a strong Indian identity in Africa arise.
The group explores Bagamoyo, a richly artistic city that still bears the scars of its slave trade history. Just as the group finally gets a hard-earned rest before setting off for Rwanda, a disagreement leads to a second member contemplating a return home. Will the Caravan lose another artist, and what does that mean for the rest of the group?