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The sec­ond edi­tion of the pop­u­lar Over­lan­ders’ Hand­book was re­cently re­leased. Chris Scott and his band of glo­be­trot­ting con­trib­u­tors and spe­cial­ists have put to­gether the de­fin­i­tive man­ual for plan­ning and un­der­tak­ing a ve­hi­cle-de­pen­dent over­land­ing ad­ven­ture across the wilds of Asia, Africa and Latin Amer­ica. The Over­lan­ders’ Hand­book is writ­ten in the same en­ter­tain­ing yet clear jar­gon-free English for which Chris’ other books are known: it doesn’t as­sume you know your plug gap from a ra­di­a­tor cap. This sec­ond edi­tion has been re-re­searched and up­dated into a more com­pact book, pub­lished as a pa­per­back rather than a hard­back as be­fore. SEC­TIONS IN­CLUDE: 1. Plan­ning – When to go, costs, doc­u­men­ta­tion, spon­sor­ship.

2. Ve­hi­cle choice and prepa­ra­tion – The Over­lan­ders’ Hand­book is the most com­pre­hen­sive ac­count in print, cov­er­ing ev­ery­thing from adapt­ing a cheap car to equip­ping a camper­van or 4x4 for months on the road, or even build­ing and out­fit­ting your own ac­com­mo­da­tion mod­ule to mount on an all-ter­rain truck chas­sis.

3. Life on the road – How to han­dle tricky bor­der of­fi­cials, hag­gle over a pur­chase, treat a dodgy stom­ach and cope with crazy driv­ing con­di­tions. Guid­ance on wild camp­ing, nav­i­ga­tion and map­ping strate­gies, on­ward ship­ping, ad­vice for solo women over­lan­ders, trav­el­ling with chil­dren or with pets, ve­hi­cle re­pairs and trou­bleshoot­ing, and off-road driv­ing tech­niques.

4. Con­ti­nen­tal route out­lines – Guide­lines on both pop­u­lar and ob­scure over­land routes through Asia, Africa and Latin Amer­ica. In­cludes fuel prices, eas­i­est bor­ders and best sea­sons, visa strate­gies, dan­ger zones and regional high­lights.

5. Over­lan­ders’ tales – Half a dozen ac­counts of global ad­ven­tures last­ing months or even years in vans, 4x4s and all-ter­rain trucks. The pa­per­back is sup­ported by the on­line re­source: www.over­lan­ders-hand­book.com.

Lo­cally, the book is dis­trib­uted by Faradawn and can be found at book­stores like Ex­clu­sive Books. Ex­pect to pay around R400.

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