Cape Town to Kenya: Our 4×4 Self-Drive Route

October 12, 2017

Welcome to part 2 of my Cape Town to Kenya blog post. In case you missed Part 1, let me fill you in real quick: my boyfriend and I have recently just returned home to Cape Town from a 3 month 4×4 self-drive expedition in our Land Rover Defender TDi named Pumba. Our journey took us 24000km from Cape Town to Kenya and back however whilst on the road, we both noticed how hard it was to get up to date and relevant information about potential routes, border crossings, fee’s, national parks and general 4×4 self-drive information.

I have therefore broken this topic down into two blog posts each containing information pertaining to:

Part 1: Everything Border Related: Vehicle Fees, Vehicle Requirements, Visas & Last Minute Thoughts.

Part 2: Our Route

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Cape Town to Kenya: All You Need To Know About Border Crossings

September 22, 2017

If you’re here, you may be in the same predicament as we were in a few months ago; trying to plan a trip around Southern & East Africa however significantly lacking up to date information about potential routes, border crossings, fee’s, national parks and general self-drive information. After making it to Kenya and back in our Land Rover Defender TDi named Pumba, I thought that I would break this topic down into two blog posts each containing information pertaining to:

Part 1: Everything Border Related: Vehicle Fees, Vehicle Requirements, Visas & Last Minute Thoughts.

Part 2: Our route & stop-overs

Please Note: I will only be able to give information pertaining to a vehicle which is South African registered, and visa requirements/costs etc., for myself who is on a SA passport, and my boyfriend, who is on a UK passport. Read More

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A Bump In The Road – Stuck In Namibia

June 18, 2017

We sat in absolute silence, our heads bowed down with embarrassment at all the Toyota cars heading past us in the opposite direction, the direction that we were meant to be headed. The only noise that could be heard from our vehicle was the loud crunching of gravel underneath the car’s tyres and occasionally a loud thud against the windscreen as stones got spat up onto our windscreen out from the car in front of us. Tow ropes were attached firmly to the back of their car and the front of ours, two heads just visible above their front seats, laughing and dancing to the music coming from their radio. The atmosphere in our car however couldn’t have been more different, the gloom and misery hanging heavy in the air.

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Life: The Good, The Bad and The Beautiful

May 31, 2017

It’s Life. You Don’t Figure It Out. You Just Climb Up On The Beast And Ride’. – Rebecca Wells 

I remember when I was 13 and I had just entered high school. We were the little fish in the big pond and it seemed that our decisions within our social lives were the be all and end all of making it through high school alive. I remember looking up at the matrics (ages 17-18)  and thinking, ‘Damn! These girls are so grown up. Their school work must be so tough, they must all be in proper relationships and they most likely have life all figured out. They were the grown-ups of our school, they could hold a proper conversation about politics, science and economics and the teachers seemed to talk to them like a proper adult as opposed to how they dealt with little 14 year olds with braces and a school dress two sizes too big. Above all, being an adult meant that they certainly had their lives mapped out in front of them, finishing school and proceeding onto their business degrees at university followed by pursuing their high-powered careers. And then I turned 18.

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