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Ewan McGregor cruises into Cape Town

Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman07/08/2007

Television adventurers Ewan McGregor and Charley Boorman were greeted by champagne, media and roaring motorbikes as they cruised into Cape Town on Saturday to complete the final leg of their journey from the north of Scotland to the tip of Africa.

It was the end of their Long Way Down tour - a three-month journey from John O'Groats in Scotland to Cape Agulhas and then Cape Town, covering 24 000km on BMW R1200GS motorbikes.

It followed their televised journey through Asia, Long Way Round, which is being aired on DStv.

Their travels drew to a close on Milnerton beach on Saturday, where the pair, looking tired but happy, were met by fans, journalists and photographers.

McGregor is the star of blockbusters such as Star Wars and Moulin Rouge, while Boorman has been in several films, including Deliverance and The Serpent's Kiss.

McGregor said they had done the tour, to raise money for disadvantaged children, to experience Africa rather than just hear about its poverty and conflict through the media.

"It was a time for reflection one of the wonders of Africa is that it is a very complex continent," he said.

According to McGregor, the journey had awoken him to the plight of Africa's children. He had met a number of Ethiopian children who had lost limbs after stepping on landmines.

Proceeds of the tour will go to Unicef's "Unite for children, unite against Aids" campaign, which focuses on helping children affected by poverty, conflict and HIV and Aids.

Boorman and McGregor will be in Cape Town for a few days before a holiday reunion with their families "somewhere in Africa".

Article from IOL

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