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    A few years ago as some will know, we were fortunate enough to spend 10 months travelling to and from East Africa as far as the Sudan. I have always loved reading about vehicle-based travels through Africa and in researching our trip, and since, have come across many inspiring travel reports on the internet.

    Unfortunately many of these are lost and I am wondering if it is worthwhile having a thread on this forum where all can access these type of reports. I am hoping that members will feel free to add references or links to such reports and that over time this will build up into a worthy collection. I would suppose that these need not be only of a historical nature and current reports would also be of interest. I hope this succeeds and will happily allow the forum to dictate the form this thread takes. In time this might even become a sticky at the discretion of the forum moderators.

    I would like to begin with 2 reports I have enjoyed. The first is on Youtube and the second on the Expedition Portal website:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PtG6...j53JIUjYYqEARk

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    https://www.expeditionportal.com/for...inshasa.50799/
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    To expand on my first post here are 3 trip blogs that I have followed, of people we actually met on the road at some stage. The second is on motor bikes. The third is not easy reading but is a fascinating account from a Swiss couple that have been traveling non-stop since 1983.

    https://earthloversontour.blogspot.c...e-blog_12.html

    http://earths-ends.com/about-us/


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    Hi Stan,

    great idea. Videos have become an extremely useful tool for trip planning as well as providing inspiration.

    I had stumbled upon the Fleming video series last year when I saw some reports on boat voyages that he had done in North America. Then found the one you linked to on the trip through Africa. Remarkable.

    The one thing I did note was that he used existing still photos from some time ago to make an extremely interesting video. His narration style is really effective too.

    We we have travelled most of his route through Algeria some 26 years ago now and only have still photos and our memories to show for it so maybe using the Fleming technique we could bring them back to life

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    awesome idea thanks! I'll be reading them thoroughly as i prepare for travel that way soon!
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    An example of a lost trip report is that of Freeflyd and his wife Cath.
    The detailed trip report web page no longer exists although there are some links in the following thread. Unfortunately we heard very little from him once he got to the U.K.

    https://www.4x4community.co.za/forum...ll-Trip-Thread

    Edit. On reading further I found that the trip report was moved to

    https://africapicture.blogspot.com/2009/10/

    Lots of reading there
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    Thanks Woolf. This blog at https://africapicture.blogspot.com/2009/10/ from then forum members “Dawie and Catt” was the main inspiration for our own trip and although now 9 years old, is still pertinent and entertaining. It is one of the few comprehensive reports from a South African perspective and should be compulsory reading for all South Africans (and others) planning an extensive East African overland trip.

    It was also what inspired me to do a detailed blog on our trip, best found at http://www.4x4community.co.za/forum/...e16?highlight= from post 315. I have been having unending trouble from our blogsite service provider.
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    Thank you for this, Stan. I hadn’t come across the Earths-end blog before and it is one of the best, most thoughtful, and well-written blogs I have ever read. They are to be congratulated on their intrepid journeys - particularly through the DRC. I see you met them in Nairobi: I am sure Mick and Tanya are as nice as they look and write.

    I also thoroughly enjoyed the educational bits about geology - in particular about the Danakil Depression - written by Tanya the geologist.

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    I think this is a great idea Stan, I will do my bit and make it a sticky
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    I see this thread is slowly gathering a little pace. I sincerely hope other enthusiasts can find some links to add.

    For those considering an African expedition with kids try this link http://4-wheel-nomads.de/?page_id=10

    This German couple and their two children we first met in Ethiopia and they later stayed with us in South Africa at the end of their journey from Germany to the Cape.
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    The Africa Overland Network is a collection of overland blogs. There are not so many blogs posted on this network nowadays, but there are still some current blogs, and some of the old blogs are interesting and informative (although one should always bear in mind that bureaucracy, procedures and country information can change).

    http://www.africa-overland.net/Africa

    In particular, this blog of a Dutch couple who we met in Cape Town in 2014. They are still on the road, but on a different continent now. http://www.deeindervoorbij.nl/

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    Thanks "Wazungu". Blogs and trip reports seem less prevalent in recent years. Social media such as Facebook and Instagram are being utilized instead, but it seems that the info posted is less detailed and more sporadic, so it is good to be tipped off on blogs worth following.
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    Soon, hopefully, there will be many reports. One problem I foresee is that it will be difficult to identify the “topic” of the report from the links. Meaning time will be issue for a member trying to search for a specific topic/region.

    Perhaps a short reference library/format will help.

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    Thanks Stan, great idea for a thread. This article I wrote on Ethiopia in 1994, and published in 1995 - republished on Safarious recently - may be of use to contemporary travellers:

    https://www.safarious.com/article/18...-a-world-apart
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    Thanks Tony, evocative writing. Much has since changed in Ethiopia, but I suspect even more remains the same.
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    For mainly loco-regional travel reports one cannot find much that surpasses forum member Paul Fischer's collection of trip reports dating from 2012 to the present.
    http://www.lostshepard.co.za/

    Another collection of travel reports and advice covering many intrepid destinations, from fellow East Londoners, traveling on motor bikes.
    http://www.pikipiki.co.za

    A trip report that I really enjoyed, because they did not shy away from the roads less traveled at that time (2008 - 2011) and helped me considerably in my trip planning - Lisa H. from the UK.
    http://off2africa.synthasite.com/diary.php
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    A blogsite from an overseas forum member that I regard highly is that from Ortelius. It is strong on East Africa with some Southern African trip reports as well.

    https://safaribug.wordpress.com/
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    Quote Originally Posted by TRON View Post
    Soon, hopefully, there will be many reports. One problem I foresee is that it will be difficult to identify the “topic” of the report from the links. Meaning time will be issue for a member trying to search for a specific topic/region.

    Perhaps a short reference library/format will help.
    This is an excellent idea, can it be done?
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    A trip I don't think many would be brave enough to undertake

    http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/hub...kinshasa-53285

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    Thanks Woolf, but in fact same trip report as the second one in my first post, just a different forum. Phenomenal trip though!
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    Great idea, Stan! I've only come across this thread now, as we've been in Uganda when this thread was active.

    And at the same time, I mus say I was very surprised and honoured to found mention of our humble blog among such prominent traveling references....
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