Cape Town – March 2011
We have finally reached Cape Town and were successful in crossing Africa. Now when we have reached our destination a certain emptiness were in our mind. What now? Shipping home? Flying back? Working again? No. We decided to continue and try to make a journey around the world. But for this adventure we were not equipped properly.
First of all there was our income situation where we had to find new business, ideally from our travels, so we started to make new things. Alexandra loves photography and applied with some stock agencies. But you can only live from that if you have thousands of images on their servers, which meant she had to prepare all her photos for stock. I continued making travel documentaries and additionally prepared my footage for stock as well. We started to create websites as well but everything takes a while to live from it.
The other things was our camper van. It was a perfect vehicle for roads but not for gravel or mud. So we had to get another travel vehicle which was more suited to the conditions we planned to drive. The problem was, that we could not sell the van in South Africa, because first it was too old and second it was left hand driven. South Africa does not allow to import such vehicles. On the other hand vehicles in South Africa are reasonable to buy, so we searched the ads to find a suitable car. Our original idea was to buy and old Land Rover Forward Control which was very rare and we had no luck to find one. The alternative was a station wagon and build a box on it. That was the solution we wanted to go for. After some weeks we found our Land Rover in gumtree, a local ads website. Prizes ranged from 20.000.- to 40.000.- for such models (10.000 Rand = about 1400 US$). We had a look at several but they were all in bad condition and finally we found one which suited our needs for 23.000 Rand.
Our friends in Cape Town Joachim and Tina allowed us to register the car on their address, that’s why we now have a Cape Town Number Plate. We could not modify the car in Cape Town, because it was winter coming and it was cold to work on the vehicle although we would have gotten the materials we need. But first the Land Rover had to be overhauled a little bit, so we drove it to Joachim’s friend Martin Holland who owns the Land Rover Garage “Roverland” in Cape Town.
We exchanged fuel pump, free wheel hubs, overhauled the twin carburettors, fitted a new distributor and ignition coil, new sparks, so by then the car was quite ready to go. We phoned Vital and Marianne in Namibia if we could convert it at their place and they were happy to see us again. So we had to cars in Cape Town. The Camper van and the Land Rover. To Kamanjab it was about 2500 km to go with two cars. So we left on 28.08.2011 Cape Town. We originally had applied for a Visa extension but immigration had not answered so far, so we went to the office got some stamps and the insurance that we do not have to pay a fine when leaving the country. So Alexandra drove the Land Rover and I drove the van.
See our Crossing Africa Site about how we got to Cape Town