The Planned Route
We never really have a fixed route, but for this trip, we at least had some overall plan:
On the 10th July 2015 we took the ferry to the German mainland. From Neuharlingersiel, the next mainland harbour next to our home island Spiekeroog, we drove south-east to a family get-together in Dresden and Saxon Switzerland in eastern Germany. We left Germany and went on to Austria, Slovenia and Croatia to chill out a bit at the beach. Then we continued our southward journey along the Balkan Adriatic coast through Montenegro, Albania and Macedonia. After having traveled intensively through Greece and Albania for the last few weeks, we shipped the Land Rover to Egypt.
Originally, we had two plans on how to continue from Europe if Greece - Egypt would not have worked:
Either to ship the Landy RoRo from Turkey to Saudi Arabia and from there go on to Sudan, cross Sudan and go to Ethiopia to go via Gonder and Aksum to the northern Ethiopian city of Adigrat, to visit all our Ethiopian friends again.
Or to go from Turkey to Iran, take the ferry to Oman, travel further to the United Arab Emirates, try to get a transit visa through The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (as Silvia and Christoph from Mankei Travel did it), take the ferry from Jeddah to Port Sudan and go down to Ethiopia. Without a transit visa for Saudi Arabia there is still the possibility to ship the Landy from Dubai to Djibouti (very expensive though!).
After Egypt and Sudan, we first of all wanted to visit our Ethiopian friends again.
From Ethiopia, we went down south to Kenia, Tanzania and Zambia. After two months in Namibia we proceeded to Botswana and then South Africa and Swaziland. Our Transafrican adventure will end after around 388 days in South Africa when we ship our Land Rover from Port Elizabeth to Bremerhaven in Germany.
If access to East Africa had been impossible completely, we would then have had to drive all the way back to Europe, go around the northern coast of the Mediterranean down to Spain and go to Africa via Morocco. After discovering parts of West-Africa, we could then have shipped the Land Rover e.g. from Senegal or Ghana down to Namibia and then have gönne up the African East coast after exploring the southern tip of Africa.
Whatever the final Route will be like, our Transafrican Trip is and will be a real adventure! ... And subject to change due to many reasons, so we have to be ultra-flexible.