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Land Rover Upgrades 2.0 – Part B

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Hi Folks
Been very quite for 1 year – sorry about that.  Got the Blog mojo back and thought we would post some pics of some of the things we have done to Dassie the Land Rover.  We are going to add some more pics to this post shortly, but the key items are shown in the images below.  The…

Land Rover Upgrades – Dassie 2.0

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Well – after 48,361km and now having proper tools, a garage and some spare time, Nick set about doing modifications to Dassie to make her into the 4×4 we wished we had when we started but why make the changes and what did we do……??

Our interior build was rushed and basically shook itself to bits – now used proper…

African Hills – The ups and downs of 4×4 overland travel

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Hi Folks,

One of the main questions that came back from our London to Cape Town in 10 minutes film was "Its a bit flat", "that's easy" and "where's all the hard roads we thought existed in Africa".  

Our Route – click to enlarge

Well, to help develop that thread and answer those questions, we pulled nearly half a million…

London to Cape Town in 10 Minutes

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Happy New Year folks!

As part of a look back at our Africa Overland trip, we compiled a 10 minute film that offers an insight into the road conditions you are going to face if you travel the West Coast / Central African route towards South Africa.  From the deserts of North Africa and the lush greens of West Africa…

Africa Overland – Top 10 Planning Hints & Tips

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Hi Folks,

Now our trip is over, we have taken some time to update our website and Blog with data you might find useful for planning purposes (applicable to any country for an extended trip).  You can see our full FAQs list at our website

In the meantime, check out our summary Top 10 lists you might want to consider…

Importing 4×4 into South Africa Duty Free (Returning South African)

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Hi folks, if you are reading this, you are either about to embark on an overland trip, taking part in one or just about to complete one. Either way, if you are a returning South African (like my wife) we want to share our experience of importing our Land Rover duty free into SA after our London to Cape Town…

Our medical kit & health on the road

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Introduction
We (Nick & Vicki) have just spent 1 year travelling overland in a Land Rover in Africa and wanted to share with you our medical / health care tips.
Hygiene & Basics
Two overriding issues you have to think about are clean drinking water and basic body hygiene.  Bugs love Africa!!!  We used a charcoal / ceramic water filter…

Our budget – 1 Year in Africa, 2x people + 1x4x4

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Introduction

The budget is probably the biggest question you ask after you have solved the “where are we going” and “what vehicle are we taking”.  It’s perhaps the one we spent several months researching.  We found there was a real lack of detail when it came to showing where and how you spend your money on a trip like this…

366 Days – All good things come to an end :-(((

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Summary

Countries visited – Mozambique, Lesotho & South Africa

Miles travelled –  3248 miles
Sunny days – 25 days
Coldest night –  -2’C at Sani Top, Lesotho
Warmest day – 32’C in Vilanculos, Mozambique
Cheapest fuel – £0.68, Mozambique 
Best food tasted – The most delicious smoked bacon from a farm in Baardskeerdersbos…this was the real thing!
Easiest Mountain Pass…

330 Days – Things get a little too wild!

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Summary

Countries visited – Botswana, Zimbabwe & Mozambique

Miles travelled –  3118 miles
Sunny days – 27 days
Coldest night – 9’C near Bulawayo in Zimbabwe 
Warmest day – 39’C we had two days of this temp, one in Maun and one near Nxai Pan
Cheapest fuel – £0.65, Botswana
Best food tasted – Camp dinners in Okavango Delta &…

300 days – Dassie’s heart attack (aka dead alternator) & More spectacular scenery

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Countries visited – Namibia & Botswana
Miles travelled –  2739 miles
Sunny days – 27 days
Coldest night – 14’C Shark Island, Luderitz
Warmest day – 37’C Abu Huab River, Namibia
Cheapest fuel – £0.63, Namibia
Best food tasted – The scrumptious farm lunch with Oryx that Ina made for us at Steinfeld’s Land Rover Garage.
Worst meal – Wimpy…

270 Days – Congo to Namibia – Tough on suspension but easy on the eye

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Countries visited – Congo, DRC, Angola & Namibia
Miles travelled –  2667 miles
Sunny days – 27 days
Coldest night – 18’C Kamanjab, Namibia
Warmest day – 38’C Purros, Namibia
Highest mountain pass travelled – 4879ft, Van Zyl’s Pass
Cheapest fuel – £0.27, Angola
Best food tasted – Meat (of known origin) & Wine!!! We treated ourselves to the best…

Day 278, "There are lions there sir"

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Hi Folks,
Just a quick one as we have found WiFi in Swakopmund, Namibia.  We have been exploring the Skeleton Coast, North West deserts of Namibia and visited Etosha National Park.  Had a great time and saw lots of animals.

Now doing some work on the Land Rover and just fitted new rear shocks and springs – Dassie is getting…

Overland Photography

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Quite a few people have emailed us about our approach to photography on the road, the kit we use and hints / tips on taking photographs.  Instead of sending separate emails we thought we would share with you our own experiences and thoughts on this subject.

Non-camera specific points (and probably most important):
1) If you don’t have your camera…