The Route

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.

The “Real” Route

    12 thoughts on “The Route

      1. Juliane und Mischa Post author

        Hi Melanie, we are also very excited and hope that everything will work out fine … let’s hope for a Meeting somewhere on the road in Africa with a cold beer at the campfire! Adventurous greetings, Mischa

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      2. Mike Woodier

        I am in the UK, I have contact with the owner of Britpart and other companies, if you ever are stuck for a new part because of damage, send me a mail and I will try to help if you need it.

        Safe driving,

        Mike Woodier.

        P.s. My friend Boris live in Bremen, he has ‘Big Blue 109″

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    1. Mike

      I’m glad I’ve caught this blog at an early stage! I look forward to following your journey! Good luck!

      I am in the UK, I have contact with the owner of Britpart and other companies, if you ever are stuck for a new part because of damage, send me a mail and I will try to help if you need it.

      Safe driving,

      Mike Woodier.
      lrfsuk@aol.com

      P.s. My friend Boris live in Bremen, he has ‘Big Blue 109″

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    2. Torsten

      Hallo, solltet Ihr Euren Plan wahrmachen und durch Saudi Arabien fahren wollen, kann ich empfehlen das Ihr Eure (Transit)Visa schon in Musqat/Oman besorgt. Die zuständigen Beamten dort sind für dortige Verhältnisse sehr schnell und auch sehr hilfsbereit. Das weiß ich aus eigener Erfahrung. Ich weiß nicht ob es unterschiedliche Transit Visa gibt, meins war aber nur 3 Tage gültig (schon ein bißchen knapp um Saudi einmal der Länge nach zu durchqueren) und da sollte Euch nichts dazwischenkommen. Bei Überschreitung des Visums sollen saudische Beamte relativ humorlos sein ……
      Bon voyage & viel Spaß auf Eurem Trip

      Sheeda & T.

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      1. Juliane und Mischa Post author

        Ihr aber auch! … Denkt an unser Gästezimmer! Liebe Grüße aus Albanien … Juliane, Mischa, Anouk und Sóley

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    3. Fam. Esders-Draxl

      Hallo ihr Lieben,

      was man von euch so sieht und liest, hört sich wirklich einmalig an. Wir lesen mit großem Interesse euren Blog. Macht weiter so und bleibt gesund!!!

      LG aus dem Emsland

      Dieter, Bettina, Miriam, Daniel, Delia und Mathis

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    4. Janette

      Hallo Ihr Lieben,

      wie sind Eure Pläne bis Dezember… habt Ihr welche? Elkes Tochter Cara überlegt gerade von Mitte November bis Mitte Dezember vielleicht in Adigrat zu sein. Wäre zu schön, wenn sich das mit Euren Äthiopien Plänen überschneidet.

      Umarmung aus München
      Janette und Nikolai

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    5. Davis Kiprono

      Hallo, i sported your Defender on Langata road here in Kenya and i must say she is a beauty! Wish you a safe trip and thanks for visiting this amazing country, hope you’ll be back soon. Safe trip guys.

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      1. Juliane und Mischa Post author

        Hi Davis … thanks a lot! Kenya simply is gorgeous and we really enjoy our time here … we enjoy every minute of our trip! All the best from Jungle Junction, Nairobi, Juliane, Mischa, Anouk and Sóley

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