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Africa Overland - Best vehicle for the job????

Posted by Peter Douet on August 28, 2011 at 5:00 AM Comments comments (0)

So you are thinking of driving across Africa? Can't decide on a vehicle? Here is the lowdown on three cars that did it.

 

As you can well imagine there is much opinion and biased photography from our own experiences as well as plenty, if not a little too much, top gearesque banter from the owner-drivers on our own overland trip. Here are the hard facts of each vehicle. As transparent as possible, and a breakdown meaning - not getting to de...

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RIP The Mighty Smurf

Posted by Peter Douet on August 28, 2011 at 3:45 AM Comments comments (0)

It is D-Day for the mighy Smurf- our faithfull friend is off to the big car scrap yard in the sky!With a handmade chassis lovingly grafted from a Massey Ferguson tractor cab and other chassis components that could best be described as - a little loose in fit; getting an MOT back in blighty was hopeful at best. More importantly in simple economic terms spending £1500 shipping a car back worth tuppence was hardly worth it.

 

The mighty smurf had a fitting end to her life ...

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Durban...The end of the Road - We made it!

Posted by Jenni on August 28, 2011 at 2:30 AM Comments comments (0)

So here we are in Durban - yes we finally made it! A long road from Cape Town where we said goodbye to the others.

Since then we're travelled through what can only be described as 'the real South Africa'. Not a single white person in sight, township after township and locals giving us advice of 'don't stop there'! But despite that, it's been so lovely - and let's face it, after everything we've seen, stopping really wasn't a problem - no guns in our faces, no people peering in the car ...

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The Kingdom in the Sky

Posted by Jenni on August 28, 2011 at 2:00 AM Comments comments (0)

The Drakenberg mountains are absolutely stunning and well worth a visit if you should ever be in South Africa. With very little time left we had to decide between the Northern, Central or Southern regions and with the Kingdom lying in the Southern (and actually the closest) how could we not go there!

 

For our last Smurf advernture we travelled to yet another country, where no 2wd car can go...quite literally - the authorities just wouldn't allow it (although i think th...

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For some the journey continues....Cape Town and beyond...

Posted by Jenni on August 19, 2011 at 6:20 AM Comments comments (2)

With a sombre start to the following day, feeling like the trip is over, then remembering we've got another 1000 miles to go, Pete and I skipped it across to Hermaus for some Southern Right whale watching. No need to pay a hefty fee to some skipper who'd just make you sea sick; these beauties were playing in the bay not more than 50m out! However without James' amazing camera the images i've captured are nothing more than a few splashs and perhaps a fin or too in the waves....


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Day 137 Monday 15th August (RS): Cape Town

Posted by Peter Douet on August 15, 2011 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (1)

The plan for the day is to sort out the final shipping details, sort belongings into what is being shipped/thrown/carried etc and really, to say goodbye. It is definitely a strange feeling now that the trip is over. We have spent the best part of 5 months living, sleeping, eating, driving etc together: and now it is over!

The Captain and Lady Jennifer plan to drive on to Durban in a scaled down Surf which is being scrapped at the end: a shame really but the chassis is totally knackere...

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Day 136 Sunday 14th August (RS): Cape Town

Posted by Peter Douet on August 15, 2011 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Comms is a bit of a challenge with the others and, having no idea where they are staying, we plan to climb Table Mountain and trust that we will be in touch soon.

After a somewhat wet and overcast day yesterday, today was stunning sunshine although it was blowing a gale for our mountain climb and at times it was difficult keeping out footing as we were being thoroughly blown about. There is an incredible view from the top though which was truly rewarding (as we shivered with cold from ...

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Day 135 Saturday 13th August (RS): Stellenbosch ? Cape Town

Posted by Peter Douet on August 15, 2011 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Finally, after a short drive today and a circa 18000 mile total trip, we arrive in Cape Town. Well, the Surf arrives in Cape Town but we get a text from Pete saying that the other 2 cars are on their way and still plan to arrive today: fingers crossed they succeed. We still have no idea whether they have managed to fix the cracked head in the Rangie or if she is on tow!

We stay at a B&B belonging to Farni and Erena who we met in Malawi: a beautiful spot called Be My Guest, situate...

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Day 134 Friday 12th August (RS): Vanrhynsdorp ? Stellenbosch

Posted by Peter Douet on August 15, 2011 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

After a night at a great caravan park (yes, there is such a thing) where we were welcomed, fed, charged a relative pittance and given free coffee in the morning, we headed off to Stellenbosch. The Cloggies were heading straight to Cape Town as they planned to do a wine tour with other friends so it was just us 3 and what a time we had!

After settling in at Stumble Inn (highly appropriately named) we headed off for a tour of several vineyards. Being drinkers of pretty much any wine we ...

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Day 133 Thursday 11th August (RS): Fish River Canyon (ish) to Vanrhynsdorp South Aftica!!!!

Posted by Peter Douet on August 15, 2011 at 5:05 PM Comments comments (0)

After a quick run it is time to sort the vehicle and bikes out ready for the off to our final border crossing. Luck is not quite on our side as the Surf has woken up with a very, very flat tyre and we also discover that the rear LH shock absorber is bent out of shape. The Captain wastes no time in changing the wheel and removing the shock: the Surf has experience of being without rear shocks and we will be on tar: long live the Surf (well, for another 2 weeks anyway!) The fuel leak seems t...

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