It’s difficult to say where the idea for the trip first came about. I believe that the general concept was initially inspired by a blog called www.junglerunner.com that was written by a a guy who found 3 other travelers on an online forum, decided to purchase a Land Rover and complete an 80,000km journey across the world. Although it was a bit too ambitious for this trip, it was certainly the first seed of interest in self-sufficient overland travel.
A few years later, Boris did a short stint at Tour d’Afrique, an organization that puts together trans-contintental cycling expeditions around the world. Their flagship one is a 4-month tour from Cairo to Cape Town. That really drove the idea home, as it made it seem more attainable than ever.
When we decided to make the plunge and travel around Africa, we considered a number of ideas during brainstorming: Paris-Dakar, Cairo to Cape Town, just explore a specific area. Each had its share of allure and challenges.
At the end, we decided to do the Cape Town to London. It’s certainly an ambitious plan because it fully crosses the continent from the the southernmost point of South Africa to the north equivalent in Egypt then proceeding onward through Europe.
Additionally, this was the most realistic option when it came down to buying and selling the vehicle at the end (more on that on the Vehicle page).
It would, however, be inaccurate to think of this expedition as simply getting from point A to point B. The origin and destination are just that. Immensely more important is what lies between those two points. Africa has so much to offer that 4 months will barely scratch the surface. However, with that in mind, we will be zig-zagging across the Southern and the Eastern side of the continent to get explore as much as we possibly can. While that increases the distance significantly and adds to the already great ambition, such approach underscores the old but true adage – journey is more important than the destination.
In total, we expect that the route will take us approximately 22,000km from start to finish. We’ll continue to post updates on each country as we learn about them through our journey.