Planned Route
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Our plan is to travel for approximately two years covering over 150,000km and traversing more than 60 countries.  We are keen to visit some of the less explored areas and to deviate from the regular tourist tracks if possible. 

We have an itinerary 'wishlist', but our actual route is obviously dependent on a variety of factors including current political environment, level of safety, weather conditions, financial implications and of course, time.  Prior to departure, it was extremely difficult to plan our destinations beyond Africa, but here is our 'wishlist' as it stood in April 2003 (see further updates while we were en route below table): 

Morocco
Western Sahara
Mauritania
Mali
Burkina Faso
Niger
Chad
Central African Republic
Democratic Republic of Congo
Uganda
Kenya
Ethiopia
Kenya
Tanzania
Rwanda
Democratic Republic of Congo
Angola
Namibia
South Africa
Botswana
Zimbabwe
Malawi
Mozambique
South Africa
Argentina
Chile
Paraguay
Bolivia
Peru
Brazil
Venezuela
Columbia
 

Ecuador
Panama
Costa Rica
Nicaragua
Honduras
Guatemala
Belize
Mexico
USA
Canada
Alaska
Russia
Mongolia
China
Vietnam
Cambodia
Thailand
Malaysia
Australia*
New Zealand*
Malaysia
Myanmar
India
Nepal
India
Pakistan
Iran
Turkey
Greece
Europe (East & West)

 

* Time, budget permitting.

Note:  Due to continuing unrest in the east of DR Congo and an opportunity to travel with some friends down the West coast of Africa, our route changed slightly and we are considering doing the East and Central of Africa after Asia, on our way back to Europe - watch this space...

As of 1st July 2004
Due to the challenges of driving your own vehicle in China (among other issues), we have decided to change our route.  We are now planning to travel north through Canada and up to Alaska, then back across Canada and down to the East coast of the USA.  From there we will ship to South Africa to attend our friends' wedding in Cape Town.  Then drive north through Central and Eastern Africa and ship across to Australia.  Ship up to SE Asia, and then probably around China to Vladivostok, Russia, where we will drive across Siberia, through Mongolia and continuing westwards to Europe and the UK.  This will mean our trip will be extended to about October 2005 (30 months in total).

As of 5th January 2005
For a number of reasons (including cost, time and the fact that we have already visited the majority of countries on a previous expedition in 1995) we decided not to ship to South Africa and travel up the east coast of Africa (as shown above 1st July 2004).  We have now shipped our vehicle from New York, via the Panama Canal to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.  We are now in Thailand and intend to travel through Laos, Myanmar, Vietnam and Cambodia.  Our route beyond that is dependent upon a number of things:

1) Whether we can drive or truck-transport Nyathi across Myanmar to India and then Nepal.  Currently we understand foreigners are NOT allowed to take vehicles into Myanmar from Thailand and India is NOT allowing vehicles in from the Myanmar borders.

2) If we did manage to get to India and Nepal overland, we would then have to consider our next steps as Pakistan/Afghanistan are not looking particularly good at the moment from a political perspective.

3) Shipping is very expensive, so we need to minimise it.  Currently our options are to ship to India, but we may then have to ship past Pakistan/Iran.

4) Another option we are considering is shipping to Turkey and then we can go one of a number of routes:

(a) through Iran, the Stans, Russia and across Europe

(b) from Turkey into Russia and across Europe

(c) from Turkey into Greece and across Europe

5) Yet another option is to ship to Dubai and travel up through Saudi Arabia, Jordan, Syria and into Turkey.

For the moment we are keeping our options open and will see what looks best closer to the time.

As of May 2005

Our house tenants in Nottingham have not paid us rent since January.  The estate agents we are dealing with have proved to be ineffective in proceeding with action in our absence, as a result we are going to have to travel swiftly through Europe to return home and sort out the problem ourselves.  The tenant was issued a notice to quit the property by 30th April and he and his family are still there!