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In 2012 we will be undertaking an expedition from Argentina to Alaska to raise awareness and funds in support of Malaria eradication in Mother Africa . The family will be traveling in our Land Rover Defender 130 which has been modified for overland travel. The Land Rover, affectionately known as Mafuta (“big one” in the isiZulu language) will be shipped to Argentina while the family will be flying in to clear the vehicle from customs and begin the journey. This is where the fun begins! That’s Part 1!

Trip Start: 2012-01-01 Trip End: .

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Landy in the mist

A great day with the Land Rover Club Peru.

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Land Rovers and Land Rover drivers are a breed apart. I know of no other marque where complete strangers will wave at each other when passing in traffic, or will stop to talk or help a driver of the same…
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Machu Picchu

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If you put enough people in one room intelligence of the individual gives way to the dynamics of the group. The loudest idiot is the correct idiot. “Do I look stupid!? We are four here, first in the queue! Yes…

Music To Move To

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There are songs which can transform motion into movement. In 2010 we travelled from South Africa to Kenya overland. I had purchased an 80 GB IPod before the trip and spent months ripping all my CD’s to the device. I…
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Rooinekke (Rednecks) on a trek.

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Back in the late 90′s Luisa and I had owned a powerful little Mazda bakkie. We lived on a farm at the end of seven km’s of dirt road and had a great time playing rally driver. Luisa was fearless…
Two Blocks of wood

Gear Review: Two Blocks of Wood.

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Gear review. Two blocks of wood. I clearly remember the weeks and months leading up to our A2A Expedition. Luisa and I would sit together after a days slog, have a glass of red, and discuss what needed to be…
Black block levelling the Landy

Gear Review: Two Blocks of Wood.

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Gear review. Two blocks of wood. I clearly remember the weeks and months leading up to our A2A Expedition. Luisa and I would sit together after a days slog, have a glass of red, and discuss what needed to be…
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10 Tips for Overlanding Southern South America.

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Patagonia was tough on us. As were the mountains and deserts of Northern Chile and Argentina. It has been even tougher for others, we have had American friends roll their Toyota on the Caraterra Austral and English friends in a…

10 Tips for Overlanding Southern South America.

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Patagonia was tough on us. As were the mountains and deserts of Northern Chile and Argentina. It has been even tougher for others, we have had American friends roll their Toyota on the Caraterra Austral and English friends in a…
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The great Patagonian ( rubber and rim) fail.

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Our new friend and hostel owner Eduardo had kindly taken us to six stores and the local Gomeria (tyre repair) in the hope of finding replacement rims for our Landy. The business was being run out of a little old…
<p><a href="http://www.a2aexpedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1532-1024x575.jpg"><img title="IMG_1532 (1024x575)" src="http://www.a2aexpedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1532-1024x575.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="575"></a><a href="http://www.a2aexpedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1516-1024x575.jpg"><img title="IMG_1516 (1024x575)" src="http://www.a2aexpedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1516-1024x575.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="575"></a><a href="http://www.a2aexpedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1526-1024x575.jpg"><img title="IMG_1526 (1024x575)" src="http://www.a2aexpedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1526-1024x575.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="575"></a><a href="http://www.a2aexpedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1539-1024x575.jpg"><img title="IMG_1539 (1024x575)" src="http://www.a2aexpedition.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/IMG_1539-1024x575.jpg" alt="" width="1024" height="575"></a>Recently we were invited to a little get together in Bariloche, Argentina. We were on the road south to Ushuaia and we had intended to take to eastern route down and the western route back up. We received the invitation while sitting in our gloomy hostel room in Montevideo, Uruguay and made the decision to cut across Argentina to meet fellow overlanders and make some new friends. By now, if you have been following our little adventure, you will know that we tend to make decisions and change those decisions almost on a whim. The idea is to get as much as we can out of this journey and if that means that we are a little bit spontaneous then so be it. We gave up on strict structured routes a long time ago and have been a lot happier without the rigidity of a schedule and definite route. So, let me introduce you to the merry bunch of travellers we had the great honour spending a few days with, drinking, eating and being generally merry.</p>
<p>Life Remotely.</p>
<p>Kobus is an African American. One of very, very few which you will meet on the Pan Am. He is also as white and slightly tanned snow but that does not detract from his (South) African Americaness in any way. Jessica is Kobus’s wife, a renowned whistle blower and the worlds greatest organiser and Jared, her brother, should be a world renowned BBQ master. Between Jared and Kobus they managed to source the local meat wholesaler and arranged a piglet, a lamb, a huge rack of ribs and then crucified these fine beasts over a bonfire for at least 8 hours. Magic (but they drive a Toyota).  LifeRemotely on Facebook and http://liferemotely.com on the webs.</p>
<p>Lost World Expedition.</p>
<p>Luis is an ex Marine and Lacey is his lovely co-pilot. Great people. They left the USA in July 2009 and even though many, many people advised against it and begged them to reconsider, they left in a Land Cruiser. The shame. Regardless, I consider Luis to be the kind of guy you would want around if you were in a (sticky spot?, tight situation? these somehow don’t sound right) quandary. Bloody good chefs as well and their Cruiser (the shame) has some great gear floating in and around it.  Lost World Expedition on Facebook and http://lostworldexpedition.com.</p>
<p>Home on the Highway.</p>
<p>James is The South. He has a drawl, an easy smile, has been described as thirsty and I don’t think there is much which will spook him. Lauren is his gal (pure sunshine) and they are travelling the PanAm in another bloody Toyota.  James is the kind of guy who you want to drink a beer with, cut down a tree or two and shoot the breeze. Great travellers with great stories to tell. http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/homeonthehighway?fref=ts on Facebook and http://www.homeonthehighway.com.</p>
<p>Adventure Americas.</p>
<p>Guess what? Another Toyota. Jed and Meghan climb stupidly large pieces of rock, go running (for FUN!) are ridiculously tall, fit and pretty much made for each other. Super laid back and cool. They had a really bad time lately, most would have packed their bags and run screaming back home, but they have the courage and good grace to keep going and exploring. Jed is like James without the drawl. Or the vertical challenge. Or the thirst. http://www.facebook.com/MegaJed?ref=stream on Facebook and http://adventureamericas.wordpress.com.</p>
<p>Capitol South Bound.</p>
<p>Cesar and Danni are from Washington. Would you believe that they also drive a Toyota?! From what I understand Danni is responsible for both Bush and Obama being elected and Cesar is an Admiral (or should be). Calm, cool and as sweet as sugar they have, by far, the most impressive packing system I have ever seen. If you are looking for plastic bags and a machete and socks, a gold purse and a clothes peg they are there, right there, under the stuff you aren’t looking for. That’s pretty much all I know about them. And they can cook better than your Mama. CapitolSouthbound on Facebook. They are so secretive that I couldn’t even copy and paste a link to their page.</p>
<p>Anywhere Thats Wild</p>
<p>… are Zack and Jill. They went up the hill and over it and have tackled the PanAm. All of this without a Facebook account. Are you mad man! What if your mom’s need their daily fix? Incomprehensible. Their van is ready for the zombie apocalypse and is blue. And is not a Land Rover. We will forgive them their insanity because Zack’s dad has a keg system in his garage back home and I need to meet a lot more people who are that intelligent. http://www.anywherethatswild.org.</p>
<p>Stefan and Swantje (aka Emma)</p>
<p>Ze Germans. They drive a gorgeous black Defender 110. Good, good people. Great taste, impeccable even. Stefan and Emma have been touring South America for a while in a very relaxed, almost un- German fashion. They will be returning home soon and need jobs which pay huge piles of Euros and do not require a haircut or any else which might be similarly tedious. Stef, I found your dongle thingy… it was under the Engel fridge flap. Duh. (No site or Facebook unfortunately, you will just have to get on the road and hope you bump into them someday).</p>
<p>We will meet all these fine people again one day whether they like it or not. We had a great time with like minded people and I really feel that, if anything, I have met more my tribe. A tribe which travels independently and mostly alone, but a tribe nonetheless.</p>

Overlander hang out in Bariloche

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Recently we were invited to a little get together in Bariloche, Argentina. We were on the road south to Ushuaia and we had intended to take to eastern route down and the western route back up. We received the invitation…
Recently we were invited to a little get together in Bariloche, Argentina. We were on the road south to Ushuaia [...]

Overlander hang out in Bariloche

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Recently we were invited to a little get together in Bariloche, Argentina. We were on the road south to Ushuaia and we had intended to take to eastern route down and the western route back up. We received the invitation…

One Gigantic Circle

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We are back in Montevideo after almost 5 months and 20 000kms. We are staying at the same hostel, Impecable, and I remember the last time I sat in the seat. We were waiting for the Land Rover to arrive…

One Gigantic Circle

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We are back in Montevideo after almost 5 months and 20 000kms. We are staying at the same hostel, Impecable, and I remember the last time I sat in the seat. We were waiting for the Land Rover to arrive…

Overland from Pipa to Natal, Brazil.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41b1UGuZop8 From 22/12/12 until 23/12/12 we drove the beach route to Pipa Beach and from there to Natal for Christmas. The BR 101 freeway would have been quicker but driving that road is like Purgatory! From Natal we will be…

Overland from Pipa to Natal, Brazil.

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=41b1UGuZop8 From 22/12/12 until 23/12/12 we drove the beach route to Pipa Beach and from there to Natal for Christmas. The BR 101 freeway would have been quicker but driving that road is like Purgatory! From Natal we will be…

A Beautiful Life

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Beautiful vistas, monuments, waterfalls, beaches, luxury and brochure perfection are the qualities that we look for in travel. We don’t want to be hot, dirty or inconvenienced. Travel is sold to us as heaven on earth and we expect perfection…
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We survived Sao Paulo.

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We survived Sao Paulo. It’s too dangerous! Don’t go there! Bad people! We have been told that too many times. And we are so glad that we are bad listeners. In 2009 before our maiden overland voyage North of South…

A Werewolf in Rio!

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I swear we saw a Werewolf the other night! We had camped for two nights in a military area under the Sugar Loaf in Rio city and then camped two nights in a parking lot on the beautiful Grumari beach…
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My Land Rovers story

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I was an avid Magnum PI fan as a lad. I couldn’t wait for Saturday to roll around so that I watch my all time favourite TV show. After each episode I would go to sleep dreaming of that red…
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My Landy has a Penthouse suite!!

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For the last few years we have been using a Howling Moon 1.6m Roof Top Tent (RTT) and annex for our camping with the Landy. Well, the family is getting older and bigger (except for Luisa of course, she constantly…

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