One of the main participants of the trip recently announced that a compass was useless, as it only points North, “and what if you want to go South?” Well that’s exactly our plan, to go South (she won’t be map-reading).
Again, we’re really not being very inventive, we’ve gone for all the classics:
We’re doing it in a battered old Defender that we’ve found on the internet, we’re adding a few gadgets to it for some home comforts (cooking equipment etc) and some to just look badass (a snorkel).
At this stage, our only option is to ship the vehicle directly to Egypt, and fly to Cairo to start the journey directly there, heading down the Nile to Lake Nasser. The ferry will take us to Wadi Halfa in Sudan, where we will stay clear of the border with South Sudan for obvious reasons and aim for friendlier Ethiopia. Following through into Kenya where we have many projects to visit, we will take a little detour around Lake Victoria into Uganda and Rwanda before reaching the remote Western part of Tanzania. Then it’s (hopefully) plain sailing down Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana to finally arrive in South Africa.