plus a return route through Asia - 4x4· Motorbike· Bicycle· Truckby Sian Pritchard-Jones and Bob Gibbons
Africa Overland Travel Guide – expert travel information and advice including overland routes, vehicle selection, organised tours, guides to over 50 countries, wildlife hotspots, safety and visas. Also featuring comprehensive maps, national parks and game reserves, accommodation, eating and drinking and public transport.
About this book
Bradt’s Africa Overland is the result of over 40 years’ experience on the roads of Africa, Asia and South America, combining everything you need to know about the Africa with all the practical advice needed for tackling long-distance journeys under often challenging conditions, be it by 4X4 or public transport. A massive amount of background detail is included, from suggested routes for reaching Africa – including via Asia or Saudi Arabia – to selecting and shipping your vehicle, budgeting, equipment and spares, organised tours, public transport, red tape and heaps of information about issues likely to arise on the road: driving and recovery techniques, maintenance, motorbike driving, bureaucracy, borders and police checks.
This new, fully updated edition covers over 50 countries, as well as offering a focus on aspects such as geography, vegetation and climate, natural history and conservation, cultural interaction, religion and festivals. There’s lots of guidance about where to find all the latest information both before you depart and while you’re on the road, plus a guide to countries on the return route through Asia and Europe: India, Nepal, China, Kazakhstan, Russia, Ukraine and Poland. African highlights include the Atlas Mountains and Sahara fringes in Morocco, desert expeditions in Chad, River Nile culture in Egypt and Sudan, the equatorial rain forests of central Africa, East African game parks, and Victoria Falls on the Zambia-Zimbabwe border. In southern Africa, there’s Angola, the Namibian desert, and the Cape and diverse coastline of South Africa.
As the authors say: ‘Africa is addictive. It is also changing fast, but a trip now will still be a revelation.’
About the Author
Both born in Britain, Sia^n and Bob met in Kashmir in 1983. Bob’s overland adventures began in an ancient (1949) Land Rover, which he drove from England to Kathmandu in 1974. Working as an overland driver, he travelled around Asia, Africa and South America, driving trucks as well as decrepit old buses in India and Nepal. Sia^n worked in computer programming and systems analysis for far too long, until overland travel and the Himalayas captivated her on a trip to Nepal in 1982. Since then, they have led/organised treks in the Alps, Nepal and the Sahara, driven their overland bus with ageing clients to Nepal, and crossed Africa six times in their own 1983-vintage Land Rover.
More recently, when Saudi Arabia opened its doors to tourism with easily obtained e-visas, they flew in, hired a small car and set off overland around this vast desert country. It is their hope to return there one day after the Coronavirus crisis with the same old Land Rover!
‘Africa Overland is not only a travel guide: it is also a key that would-be Africa hands can use to unlock their dreams’
South Africa Sunday Times
Additional InformationTable of Contents
PART 1 BEFORE YOU LEAVE
Chapter 1 The Basics
Chapter 2 Overland Routes
Chapter 3 Vehicle Selection and Preparation
Chapter 4 Organised Tours and Public Transport
Chapter 5 Practicalities
PART 2 ON THE ROAD
Chapter 6 Your Vehicle
Chapter 7 Day-to-Day Issues
PART 3 THE GUIDE
Chapter 8 Background
Chapter 9 A-Z Africa Country Guide
Chapter 10 Guide to Countries on the Return Route via Asia
Visa Requirements at a Glance