Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Transafrica: Ideas made in Africa

Transafrica Ideas made in Africa
A refreshingly different facet of Africa illuminate the three travelers of "Ideas Made in Africa". The three students are traveling with a Mitsubishi L300 4x4 on Africa's west route. Currently they reach Cameroon on their Trans Africa journey.

On their way to get in contact with company founders and local start-ups. Contact with young Africans who make self-employed with their idea.

Where most travelers rather seeking privacy, or rather search in small villages in contact with the local people, immerse yourself these three travelers, in the bustling cities, conduct interviews with young entrepreneurs, illuminate their everyday life, corporate structure and business idea.

over landing journey through west africaAfrican startups and self employment projects
4x4 over landing trip through africaStarting an business in africa, startups and economic situation

The three along the way are well equipped to document their research trip in image sound and video. The three students will use the experiences and research result for they university degree. This fact opens many doors for them and creates contacts and points that they can visit.

We readers can look at a different perspective to africa, while reading here, really a new facet. Photos from the cities , from a bird perspective grant date from Africa rather unusual insights .

The trip reports are written thrilling, let a dip - and at least for me a little admiration comes to how fearlessly they move through the African business world.

To raise additional funds for their journey , the three also go for a Overlander still quite unfamiliar way : through a crowdfunding platform they are on to be generated 3000 Euro .

As a supporter of the project, you can get different things depending by the amount of contributions: from a postcard to a photo book , a dinner or a lecture.

Die Website / Travel-Blog:

The Crowdfunding Projekt at startnext

Currently their crowd funding project just started - they got 340 Euro of the 3000 who are required. I hope they will get everything together.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Howto reach the eastern route of africa

This article shows how you can reach the eastroute of africa as self driver. How you can reach or avoid egypt. You can read an many places that it is not possible today, therefore I try to show here what options are known and give you links to travelblogs where the travellers had choosen that option.

east route border crossings with 4x4. Howto reach or avoid egypt on the east route

There are actually severall options

- Arrival across Tunesia and Libya
- Arrival across the ferry from Turkey to Egypt (Iskenderun, Damietta)
- Arrival across the Taba border at Israel / Egypt (not by 4x4)
- Arrival across the Nuweiba border, ferry Jordan - Egypt (not by 4x4)
- Avoiding Egypt (bypassing via Jordan via Jordan/Sudan and Saudi-Arabia/Sudan
- Shipping the car from Jordan (Container) to Egypt (Sokhna)
  (Shipping will give you many more options anyway)

The problem of 4x4 vehicles are just at the sinai, from Israel and Jordan borders. From Lybia, Turkey, Saudi Arabia or Sudan you can enter Egypt too by 4x4.

Here is a List of travelers who did that borders recently, where you can optain fresh experiences about border crossings, bureaucracy, Visas and Paperwork generally.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Panamericana Roadtrip - tips and tricks for overlanders

About the Panamerica overland journey, from paperwork, border crossing, shipping till many traveloguesThe Panamericana is a Road Network who cross two continents and 12 countrys. Just a small part between isnt connected, the darian gap.
 It is one of these famous routes like the Silkroad or a Transafrica over east or west who let travellers dream about, to drive there sometimes in their live.

Each year severall travellers start a trip on one of these parts of the world The Swiss television did in its format DOK a documentation about the "Panamericana" in 7 pieces at the year 2011, which is still available online. Absolutely worth seeing, is very well suited as an appetizer in the preparation of such a journey.

Therefore we plan on our next journey we read many blogs of other travellers. So i search for informations about south america, and found the website

Many helpful blogs of travellers are linked there in details. Blogs who are helpful for Paperwork, Visa, Border crossings. Blogs who had collected GPS Waypoints of Wildcamp-Spots ore places who the travellers meet each other, so called "overlander hotspots". Blogs who had written in details about shipping costs and handling.

In short, a very comprehensive compendium of such a journey. From crossing the darian gap till many border crossings, very helpful informations.

There are also special themes linked deeply. Like travelling with dogs, travelling with kids, garages and mechanics in south america. This website is a little time machine for us overlanders, save us hours of searching at the internet.

Such projects live from us travellers. If you start your journey, I hope you remember about where you get so much informations, and you can help us others with updated informations.

Also the africa overland Network has a category "Panamerica / the Americas" who is worth to visit, because some travelers are listened just on this website.

Also if you find there many blogs of travellers, here you may find some futher ones:


Friday, April 4, 2014

Offroad training and school

These Videos are made at the famous 80s. They show us, how we have to use our cars on different terrains. In the beautiful australian landscape we can see how these beautiful old cars do their job! The Video teach us the basics of Offroad driving in a good way.

I guess also skilled drives find some reasons to watch these Videos besides of the cars and the funny hairstyle.

I think many of us travelers drive off road because they have to do it, to reach their targets. Not because they love to drive offroad. So they have to learn to drive off road during their trip.

Because of this we have these myths about these hardcore off road tracks in Cameroon and the Congo`s. Because they are heavy if you are not trained for these terrain.
If you had some experiences, you like to drive off road these tracks are fun and not really dangerous.

Offroad driving scool.  4x4 on mud, sand, snow - how to do off road wheeling

Inexperienced Drivers will choose there a wrong driving style, the wrong speed and take there to much risk. Therefore: try your car before you start your big trip. The local Offroad Clubs they will be happy to train you and help you to be prepared.