We’re All Set!

 Posted by Elizabeth at 4:51 pm
Apr 022011
 

As I write this we are 17 hours away from departing Australia for the wilds of Africa. We are packed (fingers crossed we haven’t forgotten something), alarm is set and we’re ready to go. As exciting as it is, it still does not feel real. I know we are returning to Africa, but it has not yet sunk in that we won’t be back for 6 months and we are going to be doing it all on our own this time. I can’t wait though until we are there, have our 4wd packed and sorted and we’re on the road.

The next time we update the site we will be in South Africa, probably on our way to Lesotho. I think we are going to be in for a serious adventure over the next 6 months!

1 Week To Go!

 Posted by Elizabeth at 4:45 pm
Mar 272011
 

We’re just a week away from starting our adventure and I am feeling nervously excited. I know we are returning to Africa, but it hasn’t quite sunk in yet that we will be there for 6 months, and on our own! Everything on our list of things to do has been checked off – the car has been paid for, vaccinations finished, documents all sorted, route planned (although no doubt that will change), electrical gear charged and organised, packing 3/4 done etc. We just need to finish packing next Saturday and we’re sorted.

Bushlore have confirmed our car is ready and fitted out with everything we requested. They recommended we change from the Land Rover to the Landcruiser a few weeks ago as they have been having reliability issues with the new Defenders.  This will give us a bit more comfort and hopefully better reliability, although our fuel costs will be higher. I only hope it doesn’t give us too much trouble even though I am quite sure it will have some issues along the way! It seems everyone who does a trip such as this has vehicle trouble at some stage, even if it is minor.

I’m hoping we might run into some of the overlanders whose blogs we have been reading with great interest to see where they are going, how they are managing, what the conditions are like etc. It will be great to share experiences with others who are doing the same thing.

Roll on next Sunday – I think it is going to be a long week!

Vaccinations Complete

 Posted by Elizabeth at 5:48 pm
Mar 052011
 

Our vaccinations are complete, our arms are full of needle pricks and our wallets are several hundred dollars lighter! Thank goodness our health insurance covers some of the cost. So we now have had the following vaccinations, some we already had, some needed a booster and some are new. I think this covers us now for just about anything!

  • Hep A
  • Hep B
  • Tetanus
  • Polio 
  • Measles, mumps, rubella
  • Meningitis
  • Cholera
  • Rabies
  • Typhoid
  • Yellow Fever
  • Diphtheria

Vaccinations

 Posted by Elizabeth at 8:20 am
Feb 122011
 

We have started our vaccinations for our trip. Luckily we have most of them already from previous trips to Africa, China and Asia, such as Hep A, Hep B, yellow fever, tetanus, and polio. We needed a booster for typhoid as it was more than 5 years since we were vaccinated and this time it was recommended we get the rabies vaccination as we are travelling for so long and to remote locations. This is a series of 3 shots over 4 weeks. Our doctor is using an intradermal injection as you only need 0.1ml and this reduces the cost and seems to be just as effective. We will also need a meningitis vaccination and of course malaria tablets. We will take Lariam again as we have not had any side effects from it in the past.

Weekend Practice Trip

 Posted by Elizabeth at 8:38 pm
Feb 062011
 

Back to Willowglen 1This weekend we joined a trip with our 4wd club to practice our new skills. To say we got to practice a bit is an understatement! Some Back to Willowglen 2of the tracks we tackled were pretty full on for our stock standard Prado! We spent Saturday wandering the tracks on the club property at Willowglen. There are numerous tracks on the property with varying degrees of difficulty and plenty to put our skills to the test. For those that know the property, most of us decided to go UP the opposing wheels and the road building tracks for a challenge. The Prado made it up both, which is pretty impressive. There were a few tracks we didn’t try considering the guys with lift kits and lockers were having difficulty! (See the photos).

Back to Willowglen 3Sunday we took the long way back to Nowra through Monkey Gum Road. What a great experience! It was pretty challenging for both the driver and our Prado (a lift kit would have Back to Willowglen 4been useful!). If we can get through that road we should be able to tackle anything Africa can throw at us, well at least where we are intending to go. Not so sure we’d make it through the Congo! A few minor casualties to a couple of vehicles but all in all a great day and excellent practice for us. Not so sure though we’ll be tackling anything so full on again with our stock standard Prado, but we’ve done it, we survived and it was excellent practice. The photos just never do it justice, it was about 100 times harder than it looks!  

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