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We met each other in Mozambique when Tomas joined his friend Craig on the last stretch of his overland trip. Now, five years later we decided do it ourselves and test our relationship properly by driving down from our hometown Amsterdam to Cape Town along the west coast of Africa! I guess I don’t keep my own promises because I vowed to never go on any of Tomas’ crazy travels (does anyone remember Kyrgystan..), but here we are; The Landrover is kitted, we saved up some money, left our jobs, packed up all our belongings and away we went!

Trip Start: 2012-02-14 Trip End: 2011-11-09 .

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Day 142-146: (Driving to) Brazzaville
Exactly at the border the tar was replaced by loose, deep sand and who do we see there digging and walking around with sand ladders..Regula and Jon! We let some air out of the tires and decide it’s better to drive with two cars in case we get stuck again. The sand is deep, but…

African Cup of Nations

Day 134,135,136: (going to) LibrevilleWe get the entry stamp easily at Bitam and follow the road to the Oyo where there must be a hotel where we can sleep. We find a strange little motel where each room has its own parking place closed of by a big shower curtain. There is no running water and so it’s back to…

Miniature Africa

Day 120-122: West-Africa’s worst roadCameroon has it all; desert, savanna, rainforests, beaches and volcano’s. It’s like a miniature Africa and we have been looking forward to it all trip, especially after Nigeria! The road from the border of Nigeria to the first big town in Cameroon is infamous. It’s a scenic road through dense rainforest but has a red clay…

You’re welcome!

Day 108: Police dominationWe are standing in front of the green and white beam separating us from entering NIgeria when a car comes speeding past. "Follow that vehicle!" screams the guy operating the beam. Uhhh, ok. We drive through a village and out again into the forrest on a dusty trail: Is this actually the road to the immigration office…

Merry Christmas from Lome!

Day 98-101: Enjoying the Lome expat life
Luckily Vivian was in town and happy to invite us to stay at her place. We still had to get there though and it was already 2.30 PM. Tomas read in the LP that they would stop issuing visas at the border at 5 so we were cutting it close. As Tomas has…

Ghana’s forts and beaches

Day 90,91: animal kingdom
We have been complaining quite much about the West African roads, but Ghana appears to be in a league of their own. Ghana has been an example to most African countries; it’s democratic, they have a solid education and health system and they are well catered for all kind of tourism. Infrastructure however does not seem…

Burkina on the go

Day 87-89: A short stay in BurkinaWhen we left Ibrahim he asked us if we had space for a hitchhiker. His friend, James Brown (not kidding) was also a guide in Dogon and needed a ride to his hometown Ouahigouya in Burkina. We left him in Bankass where he would take is motorcycle to the border and there he would…

Mali

Day 81: Back to schoolWe cross this brand new sparkling bridge into Mali where we went to the police office to get passports stamped. The bridge and road were recently finished and so the police hadn’t settle in yet. We are registered in the big book (no computer system in Africa) but they don’t have the entry stamp yet! They…

Car troubles in Senegal

Day 66-70: St. Louis to DakarAfter the good reports Tomas’ friend Craig gave us about this place we simply had to stay at the Zebrabar. An amazing campsite run by Ursula, Martin and their two kids on the beach south of St. Louis. After a slow start in the morning we went to tackle the 48 hour problem. Ursula said…

Car VS Desert: Mauritania

Day 55: Border BureaucraticsLeaving Morocco wasn’t as easy as getting in. We had to report ourselves at 3 different post: police, customs and military and they all asked the same things. As I am the owner of the car and the only one who speaks french I am in charge of getting us through without too much trouble. After dealing…

Maroc

Day 30-34: North eastern MoroccoEven though the cross over the Channel of Gibraltar was very short, the difference compared to the other side is significant. Ceuta is officially still Spain so the border is just outside of town. As soon as we get there we’re crowded by guys from different ages offering their help and even if you don’t want…