Across Africa

A a life- chang­ing jour­ney In the pre­vi­ous is­sue, we fol­lowed christie and his crew from Stel­len­bosch to Egypt via So­ma­lia. Reunited with their 1998 Land Rover de­fender 300 Tdi ( drover) and 1965 Land Rover Se­ries II ( Green Ma­chine), they con­tinue their

Land Rover AFRICA Magazine - - FEATURE - Christie Burger

Drover and Green Ma­chine had taken the slow ferry up Lake Nasser to Su­dan. As soon as they ar­rived, we hit the road. The po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the coun­try made a cross­ing from east to west im­pos­si­ble, so we de­cided to head south to­wards Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

An aban­doned rail­way track head­ing south to­wards the desert and Abu Ha­mad marked our route. Lo­cals warned that the stretch be­tween rail­way sta­tion four and six would con­sist of thick sand. With that in mind, we ar­rived at sta­tion four as the sun was set­ting and de­cided to camp rather than push ahead. As the desert sky be­came dark and strewn with stars, ab­so­lute si­lence fell over the empty land­scape.

We set off again at the break of dawn, un­aware of what lay ahead for us. The rapidly thick­en­ing sand soon forced us to drive on the rail­way track. Po­si­tion­ing the ve­hi­cles on the nar­row track was dif­fi­cult but we didn’t dare de­vi­ate, main­tain­ing this bal­anc­ing act for about 20 km.

The BF Goodrich All Ter­rain Tyres be­haved well on the track, even with a cou­ple of screws and nails lodged in them.

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