Home Top

About Tincaninafrica

Can’t get Africa out of the blood!We’re 2 recently retired Australian travelers living near Melbourne (but born in South Africa a long time ago) with the (some say) crazy plan of driving a Land Rover Defender called “Tin Can” from Cape Town to London (hopefully), in around 9 months. As they say “born in Africa, always in your blood”!People say that that all sounds too hard? We will either get:eaten by wild animals catch some horrible disease get kidnapped by Somali pirates but if you think everything in life is too hard, there’s not much you will do? We felt that some more needs doing in the time left allotted. Besides if you don’t take some risks…….

Trip Start: 2012-02-01 Trip End: 2012-11-30 .

Author Archive | Tincaninafrica

THE END OF THE ROAD

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


THE END OF THE ROAD
Well! Eventually it all had to come to an end didn’t it? Our long road trip starting in January 2012 in Cape Town South Africa has, with some breaks in between, come to a finale some 60,000kms (over some pretty bad roads at times) and 21 months later in London England. According to our diary…

The Final Leg – Lithuania to the English Channel

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


The Semi Final Leg – Lithuania to the English Channel

A Schloss with evil eyes near Dresden in Saxony east Germany

Several thousand kilometres later after leaving Lithuania since the previous blog, we have finally again arrived on the English Channel in France at Dunkirk! Due both to rather poor Internet connections over the past few weeks and general laziness…

Lithuania

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


Vilnius Lithuania

 
We were blessed with perfect weather of 28*C throughout our all too brief sojourne through Lithuania- but we have to keep moving unfortunately.

Sunset over the lake at Ignalina Lithuania

Lithuania strikes as somewhat wealthier and more advanced than its neighbour Latvia (more like Estonia) – and the lake area near Aukstaitija National Park was exceptionally beautiful.…

Latvia

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


Latvian flag

Latvia is obviously a lot poorer and still has much further to move from it’s Communist era days than its neighbours Estonia and Lithuania, but for all that was fascinating! Marianne was sure she liked all the old hideous Socialist concrete apartment blocks, but the countryside was as lovely as the rest of the Baltic states.

Soviet era…

Estonia

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


Estonia
July 2013
A fairly short ferry trip (21/2 hours) brought us from Helsinki to Talinn Estonia and our first glimpse of the Baltic countries. Talinn “Old Town” on a fine afternoon was a delight to walk around for a few hours. Fairly quiet with just a few tourists and some majorly interesting old buildings dating back hundreds of years.…

Finland

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


Finland
July 2013

There are a few things to be said about the Finns:

They speak and write a language which might as well be Ethiopian as far as we are concerned? (Fortunately the younger ones speak reasonable English in general). Signs are very difficult to read and remember. “Emily” in our Garmin GPS has great trouble pronouncing street names!…

Sweden

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


Sweden
11th July 2013

Sweden !

We were a little sorry to leave Denmark behind as (in the rain again),we trundled over yet another mighty bridge (the Oresund Bridge between Denmark & Sweden – Europe’s longest at 7.85km). Paying about AUD$70 toll for the privilege of crossing and to be greeted by a Macdonalds as the first sight in Sweden…

Denmark

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


Denmark
25th – 30th June 2013
 

Well Denmark is a lovely country! The first thing that struck us was how friendly the Danes were and how most of them can speak English – which makes life easier. Many came up to talk to us once they saw our Land Rover- which is a very unusual vehicle here.

Typical old…

Belgium, Holland & Germany

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


Belgium, Holland & Germany
19th June – 25th June

Huge German campground near Emden

Well, regretfully it has been rather a flying visit through these countries mainly because the weather deteriorated near Boulogne sur Mer in France and it has hardly stopped raining for the past week – so we kept on driving. Besides, we have visited Holland several times…

France- Brittany & Normandy

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


France
Brittany & Normandy
25 June 2013
Vive la France! Hard to say why, but we love France? Even worth getting slightly “crook” on the overnight Irish Ferry from Rosslare to Roscoff in France.

Marianne starting to feel a bit “off” on the Irisk Ferry from Rosslare to Roscoff in Brittany

Mainly we love:
• The food. Never mind the…

Northern Ireland and Eire

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


Ireland
14/6/2013

Fishing boat returning at Dingle Co Galway.

Tin Can’s on the water again! After a bit of interest from the coppers and Customs at the Scottish port (more about our trip than anything  as a quick glance in the back of the Land Rover satisfied them that we weren’t shipping any arms to the IRA), we crossed in…

Scotland

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


SCOTLAND
2/6/2013 Ayr

A Scottish Loch

Who can complain about Scottish weather? Everything else about the place is stunning! Besides we are getting used to the cold and occasional wet –and during the odd sunny breaks the scenery was magnifiscent.
After great hospitality extended by Ed and Edna, we headed for Edinburgh. Which was well, Edinburgh? A lovely old city…

Norfolk, Yorkshire and the Lake District

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


22nd May 2013 Lake District Cumbria
There is a reason England is green. It rains a little from time to time. Particularly in the coldest, wettest Spring since 1979- just to welcome us. Even floods encountered across the roads in Cumbria a few days ago which even Tin Can was not eager to cross as the

Floods in Cumbria

water…

Start of a new trip! UK and Europe May- September 2013

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


Norfolk England 10th May 2013  Windspeed 35mph Temp: 6*C
Hello all our loyal followers! We are back again in sunny England after 6 months back in OZ whilst Tin Can froze through the English winter in a hay shed somewhere in Bedfordshire.

Tin Can’s wintering place- a hay shed!

The plan is to do some touring around the UK and…

Europe – the final leg

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


19th October Bedfordshire UK
Kms Travelled : 36,503
Well, due to popular demand from many readers who have contacted us to enquire what happened after we left Turkey and where we are, here is a final brief summary of the 5,745kms and 5 weeks spent travelling through the Balkans, Germany, Switzerland and France to our final destination here in Bedfordshire…

TURKEY

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


Gallipoli 13/9/2012
Kilometres travelled: 30,639
Well the good ship Nikolay Konarev finally loaded our vehicles amongst 65 huge Turkish trucks and set sail for Mersin Turkey at 3.00am in the morning of Friday 1st September- 5 days after we first arrived in Port Said and 3 days past scheduled departure. Probably not too bad a delay for Egypt all things…

EGYPT

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


13/8/12
Aswan Egypt
Temperature in shade: 48*C
Total KMS travelled so far: 26,328 (No change from the last post as Tin Can remains stuck on a barge in Wadi Halfa Sudan the last 5 days).
Allah u Akbar! We have arrived in the land of the Pharoes! Allah is indeed merciful! (We think, but time will tell)?
There was more…

SUDAN

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


8/8/12
Wadi Halfa Sudan
Temperature in shade: 49*C
Total KMS travelled so far: 26,328
Wherethefukawe?
Well, at last we were about to test all the views from just about anybody with an opinion and who has listened to the Media, that travelling to Sudan was “on the edge”! Also the fact that the Australian Govt. DFAT has a “do not…

Ethiopia # 2

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


27/7/12
Gondar Ethiopia
KMS travelled 23,156
With Marianne recovering in bed at Paradise Lodge, with little to do the second day I teamed up with a retired Swedish diplomat, Carl Jungen, who was in Arba Minch in an unofficial capacity trying to achieve the release of two Swedish journalists who have been in an Ethiopian jail there for a year…

ETHIOPIA

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


16/7/12
Arba Minch
Total KMS travelled so far: 22,520
ETHIOPIA

“You! You! You!” Who knows what silly Westerner first taught Ethiopian kids the word “you”, but that has become the catch cry at high pitch whenever they see a “farange” or foreign vehicle! We know that in the schools they try and teach something better like: “Hello! What’s your name?”…

KENYA

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


5/7/12
Nairobi Kenya
Total KMS travelled so far: 20,675
KENYA

After dodging more than a few trucks on the road to Eldoret and passing through countryside gradually changing from Uganda type tropical to subtropical as we climbed higher and higher to 2400M, the first night in Kenya was spent at a very good campsite 18kms outside Eldoret called Naiberi River…

UGANDA

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


29/6/12
Jinja Uganda
Total KMS travelled so far: 20,076
UGANDA

A Ugandan Kob antelope

First stop after crossing the Rwanda/Uganda western border at Cyanika was a fairly new and pleasant campsite at a place called Muko Campsite at the northern end of the lovely Lake Bunyoni. (Co ordinates lost but the campsite is in Tracks for Africa). We were the…

RWANDA

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


21/6/12
Kigali
Total KMS travelled so far: 19,318
RWANDA

Rwanda. Land of 1,000 hills!

The first thing that struck us about Rwanda (other than how mountainous the “country of 1,000 hills” is with greenery all around) was how neat and orderly most things seemed to be compared with other countries in Africa? The government of Paul Kigame has certainly kept…

Tanzania

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


15/6/12
Mwanza Tanzania
Total KMS travelled so far: 18,417
TANZANIA

Crossing the Malawi/Tanzanian border at Songwe was relatively painless, but once again we had trouble with acceptance of our European AXA 3rd party insurance cover. After some argument (and Marianne spitting her dummy) we were forced to take out East Africa Comesa yellow card cover for USD$120 – which should…

ZAMBIA

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


17/5/12
Total KMS travelled so far: 14,225
ZAMBIA
A taste of “big smoke” civilization! Lusaka is nothing much to write home about (and the traffic in Cairo Road is horrendous), but Manda Hill shopping mall with the chance to have some Illy coffee and scones and hit a large supermarket made a welcome change after nearly two months “outback” Namibia,…

MALAWI

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


26/5/12
Total KMS travelled so far: 15,895
MALAWI

Lake Malawi – sunset at Cape Mac Clear

Malawi may be one of the poorest countries in Africa and therefore the world, but what a green and pleasant place to visit after the dry bushveld of the past 3 months! One starts seeing tropical greenery with banana and sugar cane plantations again…

USELESS INFORMATION AND IRREVERENT OBSERVATIONS AND OPINIONS

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


17/5/12
Having now travelled 14,000+ kilometres in 13 weeks through 6 countries of southern Africa, we thought we might dot point in no particular order a few titbits of information and general observations for other travellers to take/leave, disagree with or accept whatever they choose when planning their trip:
(We will add to this page as time goes on).
Rolling…

SADBABWE

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


11/5/12
Total KMS travelled so far: 13,008
SADBABWE (Zimbabwe)

What better place to write a blog than on the banks of the Zambezi River in Mana Pools National Park whilst watching the sun go down highlighting elephants drinking on the banks and hippos snorting in the river? There is no doubt that the wildlife areas and views across Lake Kariba…

BOTSWANA AND THE OKAVANGO DELTA

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


30/4/12
Total KMS travelled so far: 11,975
BOTSWANA AND THE OKAVANGO DELTA
Crossing into Botswana from Namibia at the Mahembo border post on the Okavango panhandle was easy enough (the border official girl even sang us a welcoming song!), but from there on things got slightly more difficult. After staying first night at Drotskies Camp near Shakawe (which was quite…

Caprivi and the wild places

Read the original post and follow Tincaninafrica's overland adventures on their website: Tincaninafrica.


17/4/12
Total KMS travelled so far: 10,325
THE WILD & SOLITARY PLACES- CAPRIVI

There really are not too many of them left in the world regretfully, but one or two exist – at least in the Caprivi and Kavango regions of northeast Namibia. And we found some! Caprivi -a land of endless bush and myriad channels and swamps where the…