Top Drives: Africa
Last Updated: 30 March 2005
Africa is the spiritual home of the Land Rover. There is no combination
of challenging roads, weather, and bureaucracy that will test you more.
You can start easy, a tour of South Africa with paved roads and all the
amenities of home. Then extend into the north to Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe,
Zambia, and Mozambique. More spectacular sights with slightly more challenge.
And finally tackle one of the most epic and illustrious drives possible
- Cape Town to Cairo.
I cannot emphasize how spectacular the sights are, how diverse, and how
memorable. As you can see below, there are plenty of drives to pick from.
I've broken down the drives into Southern, East, and North
Africa - in order from least to most technically challenging.
Unfortunately I have not yet had the chance to drive West Africa and I
know there are some good sights there. And on the scale of sheer, spectacularly,
epic challenge - there is nothing that can touch the challenge of the roads
of the Congo. But civil war has left this country closed off and I cannot
||*** Cape Town & Garden Route - Incredibly
picturesque. Cape Town, Cape Point, Stellenbosh, Cango Caves, Garden
Route, and back to Cape Town.
||***** Cape Town to Victoria Falls - Cape
Town north is a long dusty drive, but the world's largest sand dunes
in Sossussvlei are stunning. Across the desert to Swakopmund on the
ocean shore for sandboarding and seafood. Up the Skeleton Coast and
across into Etosha with it's great public camp grounds with lit watering
holes - scotch and a cigar at dusk while watching elephants drink
is an out of body experience. Into Botswana to the great Okavango
Delta. Rough camp. Into Chobe game park. And finally pop out in the
north at Victoria Falls for whitewater rafting, sunset cruises, and
a little taste of luxury with some fine dining beside the falls.
||***** Masai Mara and Serengeti - This is
the granddady of them all. The circuit through the worlds finest
game parks, and the largest concentration of wildlife in the world.
||**** Nairobi to Uganda
||*** Burundi, Rwanda, East Tanzania
||***** Ethiopia -
||**** Sudan and Egypt -