Archives for category: Africa

Here’s an informative video on 4×4-based desert survival, including tips and tricks for sand driving. It also tells the tales of others that have been trapped in the desert and made it out alive, and others that weren’t so lucky.

Thanks for the tip, Greg!

Read the whole post here.

I have no idea what this Dutch journalist is saying about the 2013 Range Range but, of all of the coverage I’ve seen of the vehicle’s Moroccan press junket, his video has managed to capture the nicest footage, in my opinion.

If you want to hear more about this top-end 4×4 (in English), I’ve included Car & Driver’s very nice video after the jump. Read the rest of this entry »

Couldn’t make to Africa for the big safari this year? You could still send out an awesome photo in your Christmas cards with some simple Africanization. Read the rest of this entry »

There’s a company in the UK called Rugged Guide. As far as I can tell, they’re jack-of-all-trades overlanders. They sell ex-military Land Rovers, the have some some instructional DVDs and they recommend and sell gear. I found them through YouTube — they also make videos.

Here’s a video they posted this summer about a trip to Tunisia. There’s some good sand driving footage and it’s always nice to see people getting out for an adventure.

Here a team from a Kenyan group called Amboseli Trust for Elephants put their Land Rover Defenders to use pulling an eight-month-old elephant out of a well.

I don’t know if it’s the same baby elephant as in this video but if so, be careful little guy!

Just a Pinzgauer 718K heading over the horizon in Tunisia.

Sometimes you see really cute stuff on the trail, like a baby elephant running to catch up with its herd.

Link trail: Dump > YouTube

A mash-up is a familiar concept: combine two disparate elements to create something new. But what if you start with one thing throw away half of it? Case in point: I came across this amazing story recently about a man from France who, after wrecking his Citroen 2CV in the Moroccan desert, decided his best hope for survival was to build a motorcycle out of the remains of his fatally damaged car.

The original story is in French but the link will take you to a Google-translated version. That said, the translation is a bit shaky. Take the term “camel face steel wheels” for instance. Do they sell those at the African Tire Rack? Still, it’s an ingenious piece of MacGyvering.

Scott Brady, founder Expedition Portal and publisher of the Overland Journal, headed out last month on a two-year trip he and his team are calling Expeditions 7, in which they’ll cover some of the most historically significant overland routes on each of the seven continents, including Antarctica. They recently arrived at the Arctic Ocean, on the first leg of their trip. Read the rest of this entry »

Sometimes nature can be so devious. Check out how fiendishly catfish in Africa’s Lake Tanganyika prey on the neighboring cichlids. Unbelievable!