Across Africa. In a Porsche...

Across Africa. In a Porsche...

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plymouthben

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531 posts

130 months

Sunday 21st February 2010
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Hi there.

Rather than hijacking the "african roadtrip" thread in general gassing, I'm starting a thread here with a few details of a trip I made recently - from england to South Africa, in a '944.



I'd owned the car for six years before the trip, and with over 200,000 miles on the clock it was nearly time for a change. However rather than sell it, I decided to drive it across Africa. Like you do.



We had a few problems, including a complete engine failure two weeks before we left - fortunately, we'd brought a cheap donor car for spare parts, so we were able to take the completely unknown, untried scrap engine out of it and replace the broken engine. The new engine fitted one friday evening, and we nervously left for africa on the saturday morning.
Other issues on route included lots of read tape, breakdowns in tribal warzones, lots of overheating, and a suspension collapse in the middle of the Namib desert, a hundred miles from anywhere.



Anyhow, enough waffle. For those that have expressed an interest, there's some photos and a blog from the trip here: http://we-cant-climb.spaces.live.com/

Ben.

edo

16,699 posts

225 months

Sunday 21st February 2010
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top effort!

maximu5

253 posts

185 months

Sunday 21st February 2010
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I had been thinking of doing some of the same. So was Egypt the most difficult country ofd all in terms of red tape ?

Edited by maximu5 on Sunday 21st February 18:49

JW911

791 posts

155 months

Sunday 21st February 2010
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Good effort. A bit of a history of it in fact, although the engine was at the other end.;)

http://www.seriouswheels.com/pics-pqr/Porsche-959-...

plymouthben

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531 posts

130 months

Sunday 21st February 2010
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Hehe, unfortunately I couldn't quite afford the 959. Cool photo though. :-)

Yeah, Egypt was the worst country for us, paperwork-wise. They take their beurerocracy seriously there, going so far as taking chalk rubbings of the chassis number, insisting you rent egyptian plates, get a temporary egyptian driving license, and have an 800% loading for your 'Carnet du Passage'.

Our visit was made worse as there was one more digit on the chassis number of the V5 than on the actual car (for some reason, the last number on the V5 seemed to be replaced by an asterisk on the car). This led to us being denied entry into Egypt until we could get a fax sent from the RAC to the border post confirming everything was in order. Sorting all that out was a fun 15 hours...

I'm guessing they were worried that we'd be mistaken for one of the many other overlanding 944s in Egypt! :-)

Pesty

42,302 posts

216 months

Sunday 21st February 2010
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Impresive

NJH

3,021 posts

169 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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Ben we definitely are not worthy. That is an awesome effort and thanks for posting.

fbrs

18,314 posts

223 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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fantastic. i'm seriously jealous

Al W

591 posts

187 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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What a fantastic adventure. Very, very impressed.
Top marks and you make folks bickering over which engine is best for a Land Rover overland trip look a tad silly.
I hope to follow in your footsteps one day, but in my LR110 (with the 'wrong' engine)

Dinoboy

1,973 posts

177 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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Well done ,that looks great!

Hammerhead

2,506 posts

214 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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What an awesome adventure! Well done smile

Not Ideal

2,627 posts

148 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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wow wow wow. What a trip.

Did you all get on ok etc..??

HereBeMonsters

14,180 posts

142 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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Looks great, tbh the main reason I wouldn't do one of these trips is the annoying border crossings. I've done a few in my time and I really can't be bothered with them any more.

What was the Tanzania/Zambia border like?

plymouthben

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531 posts

130 months

Monday 22nd February 2010
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HereBeMonsters said:
Looks great, tbh the main reason I wouldn't do one of these trips is the annoying border crossings. I've done a few in my time and I really can't be bothered with them any more.

What was the Tanzania/Zambia border like?
Hi folks, thanks for all the positive comments.

The border crossings can indeed be a pain - but they are also often when you experience modern Africa at it's most real, warts and all. The key is to try to relax and try to roll with them, rather than getting stressed and trying to force things through quickly. This is easier said than done however!
We went from Tanzania into Malawi, then from Malawi to Zambia, so didn't experience the delights of the Tanzania/Zambia border. You shouldn't have any problems though, we found both countries borders to be reasonably efficient and understandable by African standards. You can buy visas, insurance, carbon tax, etc, on both sides of the border, and English will be spoken. Just don't get robbed by a shifty money changer going into Tanzania like I did!

As for having the 'wrong engine' in your land rover - Do the trip anyway and take pleasure in proving the doubters wrong! Good luck, you'll have a great time...

Did we all get on fine? Well I've been dating my co-driver from the trip for a nearly a year now, so we can't have got on too bad! :-)
There were occasional disagreements in the group of course, Spend a few stressful, uncertain months in close proximity and there always will be. The main falling-out was probably in Botswana, when a friend (accidently) crashed the Shogun into the back of the Porsche at about 30mph...

Edited by plymouthben on Monday 22 February 16:51

Bill

43,227 posts

215 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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Top effort! It makes me look like a poof for taking a Landyhehe

HereBeMonsters said:
What was the Tanzania/Zambia border like?
We did do this border and it's one of the easy ones (ETA: Scratch that we went through Malawi too.) The Libya-Egypt cross was a right PITA but still only 3 hours or so. The key is to keep smiling no matter how hacked off you are.

Edited by Bill on Monday 8th March 13:11

Henry-F

4,791 posts

205 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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"Waiting for the ferry to the Sudan. With the no.38 bus from Weymouth."

Fantastic - had me in stitches.

You're all top people.

Keep smiling

Henry smile

billywhiz

33 posts

136 months

Monday 8th March 2010
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top man !

pictures are brilliant

plymouthben

Original Poster:

531 posts

130 months

Friday 26th March 2010
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Hi folks.

If anyone out there still cares, I've finally got around to tackling some of the video from the Porsche's trip across Africa. You can laugh at our incompetent progress across the muddy, bandit ridden tracks of Northern Kenya here:

http://www.vimeo.com/10445844

Not the easiest days driving I've ever done, but certainly one of the most fun! That is, until the fuel filter mounting broke, causing it to drop down onto one of the halfshafts and wear through, leaving us dead in the mud with a high pressure fuel leak...

RDMcG

15,896 posts

167 months

Friday 26th March 2010
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Spectacular!....thanks for posting.

RSGulp

1,470 posts

199 months

Monday 29th March 2010
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Very, very inspiring. Well done!