Africa is for ad­ven­ture

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - FEATURE -

With all its prob­lems, its bu­reau­cracy, cor­rupt of­fi­cials, dis­eases, lack of ser­vice and po­lit­i­cal is­sues, some naysay­ers have asked me why I would ever want to visit Africa. De­spite all the short­com­ings, my an­swer was al­ways the same: “For the ad­ven­ture.” Africa is one of the few con­ti­nents that isn’t chang­ing as fast as the rest of the world in to­day’s high- speed tech­nol­ogy boom. I want ad­ven­ture. I want to feel the hu­mid­ity of equa­to­rial rain forests; taste the del­i­ca­cies of Morocco, see a gi­raffe or lion up close in East Africa and ex­pe­ri­ence all the things I read about in travel books. I want to get out and meet the people who make Africa what it is to­day. I want to ex­pe­ri­ence the dif­fer­ent cul­tures, reli­gions, habits, smells and the di­ver­sity from north to south. I wanted to squeeze in as much as pos­si­ble in my three- month trip, but soon re­alised that it wasn’t enough. The plan was to re­turn later that year and spend an­other three months trav­el­ling the lower parts of sub- Sa­ha­ran Africa, like Botswana, Zim­babwe, Mozam­bique and South Africa, where I would re­turn home via the East coast of Africa through Kenya, Tan­za­nia, Sudan and the north African coun­tries. But for this jour­ney, it was straight to Nigeria, one of Africa’s fastest grow­ing na­tions.

the full Monty

It’s been two years since I re­ally ex­pe­ri­enced a Bri­tish win­ter. Reluc­tantly, I man­aged to drag my­self out of bed and headed down to my near­est Land Rover specialist ( Roy­don and Fo­ley’s) to col­lect my trusted steed, Monty, a De­fender 110 Tdi. Any­one who has ever owned a Landy will tell you that it’s not the most air­tight of ve­hi­cles. Imag­ine find­ing yourself in four de­grees Cel­sius weather af­ter be­ing ac­cli­ma­tised to 27 – 30 º C African heat. Af­ter col­lect­ing Monty, I needed to pick up a few items that were vi­tal to my African over­land ex­pe­di­tion. A quick stop at my near­est out­door re­tailer and I left with the fol­low­ing new items added to the in­ven­tory: a rapid tyre in­fla­tor; punc­ture re­pair kit; spare light cov­ers; spare Our first stop was this richly di­verse North African coun­try. We woke up to a misty, wet morn­ing; ev­ery­thing was drip­ping from what seemed to be a very low cloud­burst. Driv­ing on these straight roads proved bor­ing; in­stead we made a de­tour to the coast­line and stopped to check out a per­fect surf spot with

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