Journey of a Lifetime

Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine left Germany in 1989 on what was supposed to be a 18-month tour of Africa in their Mercedes Benz G-Wagon. That 18-month trip was quickly extended and has now been ongoing for 23 years. In the accompanying audio documentary and slideshow my favorite quote and undeniable truth is that Gunther Holtorf “is a man who has to be one of human histories greatest individual travelers”. His Mercedes jeep congenially named Otto has been there every step of the way clearing a remarkable 800,000km(+500,000 miles) on the odometer, comparable to 20 trips around the equator.

During a recent stint in Vietnam photographer David Lemke caught up with Gunther to document part of this great adventure. Another remarkable part about the entire story is that it was all done without the aid of a corporate sponsor, or any sponsorship for that matter. Gunther said “sponsorship was offered, but sponsorship is never free of charge”. Christine, Gunther’s wife recently passed away, and one of her final requests was for him to continue the journey for her.

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