Around Africa in our shorty

Cruisn

Adventurer
Good evening,

As some of you know I started building a 07 NS shorty wagon for a weekend warrior, and as usual I have a blow out. anyways, why not actually use it as it was intended, like going around Africa.

In January I put the little beast in a container and headed to work in the DRC, end of march it finally arrived in Maputo.

Ill try to keep the writing to a minimum and let the pictures tell the story.

The ship leaving port while I enjoyed the process of getting it out. I shipped to maputo to avoid a carnet, basically you mention carnet in OZ and people try to charge bulk coin for any paper work.

IMG_5679 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

And finally on the streets in Maputo!!
IMG_5694 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr


We quickly made a run for ponto for a night to get sorted:

IMG_5699 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

Where I found a giant snail:
IMG_5698 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

Heading out:
IMG_5711 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

The we headed onto the Maputo special reserve, no cats here though:
IMG_4156 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

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Dinner and camp:

IMG_5735 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

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We had a short deadline this time so we only headed north of Maputo about 60kms to a place called Lugar De Cel, stunning place. and had it to ourselves. the managers were great.

IMG_5780 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

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Found this guy:
IMG_5783 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

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Cruisn

Adventurer
20kms of sandy track south lead us to El Paso where we had lunch
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Leaving the area:
IMG_5819 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

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We aired up jsut to air down again with a short cut straight across the country.

IMG_5826 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

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Those photos are the nice exit and entry roads.. it went to sand track and tight bush
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but then we headed into town for a feed, found a great spot in the market.
IMG_4318 by Matthew Allen, on Flickr

And into South Africa!!!
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And thats all for now:
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Cruisn

Adventurer
Small update I guess, we have changed our plans and instead of small jaunts and locking it up, we have commited to at least 4 months of straight travel starting july 4th. How Exciting! Just need to finish a bit of packing in oz, finish work and gone.

In the mean time though I have had the wagon sent to Mitsi Tech in Joburg for some routine maintenance as now we are doing a larger trip with more time away form the cities and after my stint in Moz I found that getting parts would be a little trickier than i figured. Just having a few basics done, wheel bearings as a precaution, sway bar links, and a few small touch ups.

The girl gets collected:


And into it:
 

lumpskie

Independent Thinker
I really like your style of letting the pictures tell the story. I'm also enjoying seeing a Pajero involved, as you don't see as many of them on the boards. Keep up the good work!
 
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