Monday, 28 September 2015

It's the final countdown...!

As the title of the blog suggests we have a second final date... fingers crossed for 24th October - all things well with Charles and Mandy's passports coming through in time!

The cars were finished last weekend until our Land Rover - Ditzy - sprung an oil leak... better now than half way through I suppose so hopefully it will be just another week!

Last weekend we made an appearance at the Stratford Overlanding Show which was good fun - the weather was also beautiful which helped! I was not there for much of it due to other commitments however we spoke to some great people including Ruby Landy and Lizzy Bus about their previous and upcoming adventures! We also caught up with some other lovely people to watch SA in the rugby! Nothing bought, but the solar panels did their job!

With a final date looming we have last minute bits to buy,.. mainly little things like clothes and decent shoes (shoe shopping what a shame!), and kitchen bits - couple more metal bottles and a pressure cooker to add.

Keep following us at Where To Next Africa and Mandy is also writing a blog as well as showing her video making skills so keep up at

Monday, 7 September 2015

A little bit of positivity (and crossed fingers!)

We it has been over a month since I last posted - mainly because there has not been a huge amount to post...! Our leaving date has been pushed back to October due to paperwork issues (which are slowly being posted and worked through!), so we are a little bit in limbo .. back to work, still in the house (minus furniture and our lives in boxes), winter clothes in the loft (hopefully it won't get much colder!), however we are still positive!

The solar panels have now been fitted to both the cars - photos of Rob's car are below - so we have now spent most of the bulk of the money and done all the work (only one more seal to replace I think!). We still need to weigh the car and fill out the Carnet however we want to do this as close as we can to the leaving date, and also look into and pay for travel insurance... if anyone has any ideas or good providers please let me know!! Minor things to get done now.. nearly there!

At the end of the month I am informed we will be at the Stratford Overlanding show 25-27th September, and I think on a stand!! It will be great to see people there and hopefully catch up with Miles who we have been in contact with who is doing the same trip as us leaving in January (details to follow once I get some!).

In the mean time please keep liking our facebook page Where To Next Africa for up-to-date details and photos!

On a side note (real different subject) I have been keeping up with a family friend who is writing a blog as she under goes treatment for MDS - her blog is very well written (unlike this one!) and very inspiring - definitely worth a read!