The 23-Year Road Trip


“The more you have travelled, the more you realize how little you have seen,” says Gunter Holtorf, a German who has been on the road for the past 23 years. Back in 1989, as the Berlin Wall fell, Holtorf and his wife Christine set out on what was meant to be an 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G Wagen. Now, with more than 800,000km (500,000 miles) on the clock, Gunther is still going.

The former airline executive has travelled the equivalent of 20 times around the planet in the vehicle – which he calls Otto. He says he has never had a serious breakdown. Recently in Vietnam, Canadian-born photographer David Lemke joined Gunther on one section of his epic journey, and put together a little slideshow.

Because of the overland miles he’s logged, Holtorf has come to be recongized as one of the greatest modern travellers of all time.
“We have been to quite remote countreis…and survived,” he says. “I’ve never had a breakdown, the car has always started. And if there ever was a problem, I fixed it immediately and we were on our way.”

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