Seán McSweeney is Solo Afrika

Solo Overlander and African Nomad

Overlanding is exhilarating, exciting, rewarding and sometimes exasperating and frustrating, whether done individually or with a group of fellow explorers. However, solo Overlanding is what I do and enjoy. Independence and solitude is my haven of comfort within the natural beauty of Africa. I am a supreme introvert. It may seem supremely egocentric and arrogant – but I am very comfortable within my own skin and enjoy my own company.

Until recently, and after a lengthy career in the corporate sector, I have been a professional commercial photographer, photographing both models, and just ordinary folk on a commercial basis. I have had the privilege of photographing models in the USA, UK, and Southern Africa, a challenging aspect of photography that I have enjoyed enormously.

I have been an amateur wildlife photographer since a child.  Over the past 40 years, wildlife photography has become a passion. More recently, over the past 15 years, bird photography has become my focus.

Solo Overlanding is challenging.  From a punctured tyre, to a broken leaf spring, to getting hopelessly lost on a bush track, to a border official requiring a bribe. You are often not entirely in control of your immediate destiny.  Adapt and improvise becomes the norm. However, that’s what makes the challenge worthwhile and the adventure so enjoyable.

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