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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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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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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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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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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…

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…

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…

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…

Installing the Frontrunner accessories!

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Last week Friday we received the Frontrunner Accessories for the Landy and I was like a kid in a toy store. I got to spend the weekend measuring and drilling and bolting stuff on to other stuff. Man heaven.  The…

We hate Malaria – and so should you.

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My understanding of history and the evolution of the human species is, at best, rudimentary. But my basic understanding is that over millions of years we have adapted to our various environments and have learnt to survive and many eventually…

Welcome our new sponsors – Howling Moon.

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We are excited to anounce Howling Moon as material sponsors for our expedition. We have used Howling Moon gear for years and we have been impressed by the quality of the locally designed and assembled Howling Moon products. The Howling…

Overlanders in the Baviaanskloof

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On a recent trip to the Baviaanskloof with two Norwegian overlanders (www.unurban.no) we learnt a few things about ourselves. Naturally there was the mine is bigger, quicker and smarter than yours camping/ vehicle competition, but in true overlander style less…

Overlanders in the Baviaanskloof

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On a recent trip to the Baviaanskloof with two Norwegian overlanders (www.unurban.no) we learnt a few things about ourselves. Naturally there was the mine is bigger, quicker and smarter than yours camping/ vehicle competition, but in true overlander style less…