Courtesy of CNN, Hermanus, South Africa.

Arafat Gatabazi from the Democratic Republic of Congo
walked over 3,400 km (2,112 miles) through five countries to reach Cape Town, South Africa.

When he arrived he was homeless and unable to swim. He ultimately learned how to swim and attempted a crossing from Robben Island. He failed on his first attempt, but he later received the 2016 Open Water Swimmer of the Year from the Cape Long Distance Swimming Association.

Gatabazi continues to expand his career in the open water and recently competed in the 2.5 km Walkerbay Open Water Xtreme coastal ocean swim in South Africa.

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Read CNN International article on the Walkerbay Open Water Xtreme event here.

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