HELLO + WELCOME to a special post where we wrap up our Africa overland statistics.
It’s a bit of fun for us to look back over the stats and think about the journey.
AFRICA OVERLAND ROUTE
:: From South Africa to the top of Egypt. We then shipped out on a trucking route to Turkey.
:: A closer look at our route with labels. Mapped with Tracks4Africa.
Days: 279. That’s 9 months from 22 November 2013 – 28 August 2014.
Diesel Litres: 4294
Most days spent in a country: 63 days in South Africa followed by 48 Days in Malawi
Most expensive diesel: $2.25/L in Malawi
Cheapest diesel: $0.25/L in Egypt
Hottest Temp: 50’C+ in Sudan
Lowest Temp: -10’C in Lesotho
Most Rain: No idea how much, but the rain was so torrential in Botswana one night that little rivers formed an flowed past the wheels of the Troopy.
Roadkill: 0. There was 1 very lucky donkey we nudged and a hornbill who got momentarily tangled in the bull bar.
Beers + Sundowners: Countless!
In our 1989 Land Cruiser Troop Carrier…
Litres per 100Km: 13.8
Flat tyres: 0! How? BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain + lots of tyre pressure switch ups.
Pairs Of Shocks: Just the 1. Bilstein is the only brand we will ever use!
Air filter replaced: 3. Precautionary.
Brakes replaced: 1. In South Africa as labour was far cheaper than Aus.
Major services: 1. Before setting off we gave the Troopy a real going over in South Africa as labour was far cheaper than Aus.
Checkovers, diff oil top ups, bolts tightened etc: Regularly!
Major Mechanical Issues: The Troopy started overheating and then after a bit of DIY it led to the fan bolts shearing off which left the fan dangling in the engine bay… in the middle of Etosha NP when we were on the lookout for lions and elephants! Luckily for us an exact replica of the water pump with the stud bolts we needed miraculously sat in the campground we were towed to. What are the chances!? Read more here.
Minor Mechanical Issues: Diff oil leak from axle seal. We replaced the seal a few times and eventually Toyota in Malawi was able to fix it for good.
KILOMETRES + DAYS IN EACH COUNTRY
South Africa: 7514 Km + 59 Days
Lesotho: 231 Km + 3 Days
Namibia: 5195 Km + 34 Days
Botswana: 1523 Km + 7 Days (Rainy season)
Zimbabwe: 2466 Km + 13 Days
Zambia: 801 Km + 3 Days (Rainy season)
Malawi: 2481 Km + 46 Days
Tanzania: 2912 Km + 16 Days
Rwanda: 435 Km + 10 Days
Uganda: 744 Km + 25 Days
Kenya: 2779 Km + 26 Days
Ethiopia: 2510 Km + 12 Days
Sudan: 1936 Km + 9 Days
Egypt: 1235 Km + 16 Days
Countless wildlife sightings, including: Lion, Cheetah, Leopard, Elephant, Giraffe, Hippo, Zebra, Buffalo, Hyena, Crocs, Wildebeest, Mongoose, Meerkat, Baboon, Warthog, Bat Eared Fox, Jackal, Tortoise, Dung Beetles, Ostrich, Somali Ostrich, Penguin, Honey Badger, Bushbaby.
Antelopes: Oryx, Roan, Sable, Impala, Gerenuk (Giraffe Antelope), Kudu, Klipspringer, Nyala, Sable, Topi, Steenbok, Waterbuck & lots more!
Highly endangered animals: Rhino (27!), Desert Rhino, Gorilla, Grévy’s Zebra, Ethiopian Wolf and African Wild Dog.
National Parks Visited:
Fav Beers: St.George Pale Ale in Ethiopia. + 80cent Heinekens in Malawi
Fav Camp: The Haven, Uganda perched on the Nile, amazing showers and fed endless good food. Lake Malawi camps. The ‘special’ bush camps in the Serengeti – sleeping to the sounds of the great migration happening all around us!
Fav Wild Camp: Camping in the middle of the deserts of Sudan.
Fav National Park: Ruaha, Tanzania. Read more here.
Fav Supermarket: Mzuzu, Malawi
Fav Bread: Flat bread in Wadi Halfa, Sudan
Fav Animal Sighting: This is a tough one… ++ The huge tusked elephant who wandered into our remote camp into Savuti NP in Botswana while we were cooking dinner. ++ Kariega’s huge heard of elephants that sniffed us as they waltzed past within arms reach. ++ The pack of African Wild Dogs we saw playing by the side of the road for an hour ++ The Rhinos… rolling in mud, drinking at waterholes, standing in defensive poses, sniffing us out, charging us. And especially the baby rhinos. ++ The lions and cubs who jumped across the river in the Serengeti. ++The elephants wading across the river at sunrise in Ruaha (and Chobe) and the lion who couldn’t be bothered to move off the road.
Fav currency: Malawi… because it afforded so much!
Worst head on collisions avoided: 2. For one we had to drive off the road and for the second the other car flipped down an embankment.
Worst Animal Experience: That time a snake slithered into the shower. Honourable mention to mosquitos biting through the tent netting and to the tetse flies of the world.
Worst toilet: On entering Ethiopia. Plus an honourable mention to the ladies loo on the Aswan ferry. Just don’t breath, look down or wonder why! Because everything you are thinking… the answer is yes!
Shootings Witnessed: 1.
5 Best Days:
*** The moment we opened the shipping container in Durban, South Africa and rolled Troopy out onto African soil! We were feeling absolutely daunted by the journey ahead but so excited and pumped.
*** Being right in the middle of the great migration in the Serengeti. Seeing the migration cross the river while being stalked by water jumping lions and avoiding crocs who were waiting with their mouths open.
*** The day we drove in northern Kenya on the Marsabit to Moyale Road experiencing the isolation and out of this world tribal cultures.
*** Kirst’s 30th Birthday on Lake Malawi; waking up on the shores of Africa’s Great Lakes, reading the best book, hiring a private yacht, snorkelling, the blazing sunset and settling in for a dinner Gareth had organised with freshly caught fish and a home baked cake. Wow! Seriously, wow.
*** A private game drive in Shaba National Reserve in Northern Kenya – a sighting of 5+ desert lions on a kopje, sun setting, gin & tonic in hand with the wind in our hair.
And… because we apparently cant count to 5
*** Wild camping by the lake in Wadi Halfa, Sudan where we were greeted by a local fisherman and gifted desert cucumbers.
*** The day we crossed Africa and realised our dream of crossing the continent by car!
5 Tough Days:
*** The night Gareth fell ill. He sweated and shook all night. The following weeks we had multiple trips to the hospital. It was quite a moment when he and a Masai Warrior sat in the same room to have their blood taken at the same time.
*** The day the Australian embassy was in tense lock down in Kenya because terrorists had just murdered 70 people on the coast. The security told us their greatest fear was terrorists opening fire in a traffic jam. A very unsettling thought as we spent the next week driving around the area to organise visas.
*** The day we saw someone shot in Egypt and slept just a few doors down from a police checkpoint that got fire bombed. A few days prior we arrived and I sat back in a cab with Anne’ and through a few tears felt it – ‘It doesn’t feel like we’re in Africa anymore…’ That sucked.
*** The day we drove for 15+ hours and into the night through Ethiopia. Something we said we would never do.
*** The day we were told by the Ethiopian embassy to ‘cancel your plans’ as they would no longer issue border visas.
Visas required prior to reaching the border: 2. Ethiopia and Sudan.
Boats required: 3. Onto the continent. Off the continent. Ferry between Sudan & Egypt as the road was inaccessible.
Most serious navigating challenge: Kampala, Uganda and Nairobi, Kenya without getting stuck in any traffic! Whoo!
Best meal invention: Gareth using the blow torch to melt cheese on nachos!
Gear that rocked: SnowPeak Fire Pit. Bilstein Shocks. Drifta fit-out. RedArc Flexible/Foldable Solar Panel. CGear Mat. TrueBlue Outdoors canvas bags and organisers. Everything we did with the Expedition Centre. BFGoodrich Mud-Terrain tyres. The Long Ranger water tank. LifeSaver Jerry Can.
Washed clothes by hand: All 9 months. The last time we saw a machine was in South Africa.
When we first hatched a plan to drive across Africa it was our goal to share the journey with as many people as possible. In the hope that we might encourage people to travel there themselves.
We could never have imagined that we would end up sharing it with thousands of people and be cheered along so generously.
Here’s a snapshot of the messages people sent our way when we posted “We made it across Africa!”
Thanks guys… you are amazing.
Thank-you so much guys. We’ve loved having you along for the ride.
We’d love to hear from you in the comments below! Are there any other stats you are curious to know? Tell us and we will try to answer.
Note: At the time of travel the AUD was = to the US. All $ are in AUD.
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