Anyone who travels overland through the African continent has to be a little crazy. To do it several times – totally mad. Then again I am from Adelaide, Australia …. Maybe that says something. But to anyone who has ever traveled Africa will understand the old saying “you can take a (wo)man out of Africa, but you can never take Africa out of the (wo)man”. With all its bad press, reputation for danger, death and poverty there is a side to Africa most never see nor experience – the wild diversity of terrains from unforgiving deserts to tropical rainforest to intimidating mountain ranges. The people, languages, dress and customs is a melting pot making this continent one of the most unique places on earth to travel overland. woking taxi service
With 5 expedition Land Rovers, 3 Aussies, 5 Kiwis and 1 German we set out on a 4 month expedition from top to bottom of the Africa continent. We were on our way.
We started in Jordan due to its so-called ease in shipping vehicles. Ones definition of ease totally depends on ones threshold; the ship was 10 days late, the paperwork rivaled Mt Kilimanjaro in height; port opening and closing times appeared random – possibly dependent on the weather!
While in Jordan we took the opportunity to explore the Lost City of Petra, the desert of Wadi Rum (Lawrence of Arabia’s hideout) and soak in the salty waters of the Dead Sea. But it was the African continent we were itching to reach.
The adventure started in trying to board the ferry from Aqaba to the port town Nuewiba, Egypt just over the Red Sea. The best way to describe the ferry port is chaotic. There are no signs (not even in Arabic) and no indication of process. The only rule is not to board the ferry until vehicle papers and passports are stamped. A random desk indicating immigration simply by the amount of people pushing and elbowing trying to squeeze passports through a small circular hole in the window manned by a gentleman in official uniform.
The ferry, an old Danish channel ferry, transported us to Egypt but not without a 3 hour delay left sitting on the docks while semi-trailers with turn table trailers expertly reversed onto the ramp and through the seemingly narrow cargo hole. 4 hours later we set foot on the African continent.