2005 - Earlier travels
Tunisia - Morocco - Algeria - Libya – Egypt - Mexico - Mozambique - Namibia - Botswana - South Africa - Zimbabwe - Austria
The first Action Mobil Robusto test journey
Over six years ago, we travelled on our old expedition truck (Action Mobil MAN 9.150) trough South Africa for 6 month. It was a wonderful time: wild animals, secluded campsites, rough tracks and many adventures.
In Cariba (Zimbabwe), during lunch, beneath palms, while enjoying a glass of South African white wine, the idea arose, to start the third part of our lives a little earlier by going on an unlimited trip around the world.
Mozambique - an African dream
In a rented bushcamper we travelled from Johannesburg via Swaziland and Kosi Bay to Punta de Ouro, where we crossed the border to Mozambique.
Land and population: The current largely peaceful stability, which has been in place for the past ten years, had followed upon a twenty-year civil war. Much of the African joy of life and some of the original Portuguese charm has resisted the ravages of war. The formerly flourishing economy of the country has broken down. According to the UN statistics, Mozambique is one of the poorest countries of the world.
Algeria August / September
For five weeks we travelled through this fascinating country.
On our MAN - 10 tons, 4x4, some 1500 km autonomy in extreme terrain, suitable for sandy tracks -
we mastered the whole route without problems.
An Algerian Sahara adventure
2200 km of tar roads and 3000 km of the beaten tracks and sand.
Two tyres were torn into pieces because of driving for too long on very hot and rough asphalt.
South Africa - Namibia - Botswana - Zimbabwe
For 6 months I travelled across Africa together with Brigitte and Edy:
hilly and rough in Lesotho, plain and barren in the Kalahari and in the Makgadikgadi Pans, Mediterranean and mild at the Cape, at times hot, at times freezing cold in the Namib Desert, humid in the Okavango Delta, tropical and sultry by the Indian Ocean and on the Zambezi.
Together we made the acquaintance of fascinating people from different cultures and of various animals.
A sign of life from Southern Africa
Monday, 8th March 1999 / S-17°15'003" / E-12°26'237"
7.45 am: wake up call; 26°C in the vehicle - the river Kunene flows smoothly - the sun is still hiding behind the mountains - a donkey shrieks - birds are singing. ID & PD, then a pleasant breakfast under the shade of the 200 to 300 year old acacias - a marvellous view, looking north towards Angola, over the bordering river.
9.30 am: after a days rest, we begin today's route. Moving south through the valley "Marienfluss" - driving on narrow sandy tracks, along grassy red dunes (end of the rain season) - we come across familiar herds of springboks. Several ostriches trot away, with their heads raised, herds of zebras cross our path. The impressive experience of encountering elephants, which we had in the Huanib valley, unfortunately does not repeat itself - driving through of several river beds with low water-level.
Only 3 days ago, 100 km further south, we barely escaped being wrecked in the sandy and muddy river bed of the Hoarusib, thanks to the reverse differential gear. To avoid big muddy holes, we had to change our itinerary - TCS and ACS, the Swiss Breakdown services, unfortunately, weren't at our disposal in the Kaokoveld.