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Four guys live the overland dream when they rebuild a 1969 Land Rover Forward Control and head north through Africa, taking the slow road to Rwanda. This is the first part of their amazing journey, related by Mitchell Sohn. The idea of an Africa trip was born between four friends from Knysna sometime after high school. All four worked abroad for several years, saving enough funds before coming together to make the trip happen. Jon-Jon Abelheim worked as an English teacher in Vietnam, Harry Maarsingh as an engineer in Saudi-Arabia, Mitchell Sohn on the superyachts in the USA and Mediterranean,

Toyota lays on an action-packed few days in south-western Angola with a trio of Land Cruisers Story Angus Boswell Pictures Cornel van Heerden & Angus Boswell It’s taken Angola a long time to emerge from the civil war which ended in 2002. Its effects have dragged on for more than two decades. When war broke out in 1974, tourism effectively stopped. That’s changing. The old ruling elite are being sidelined, minefields have largely been cleared, and officialdom is letting go its cranky and slow Soviet practices when it comes to getting things done. One great aspect of the new spirit

Few people are aware that the mighty Namib Desert extends into southern Angola. This seldom-visited region lies in the very remote south-western corner of Angola, straddling the border with Namibia. My paper maps and GPS show virtually no roads, and not a single town for many hundreds of kilometres.  I intend to take a route through some of the most remote, and least inhabited, terrain on the entire African continent. To increase my maximum petrol capacity, I strap a 20-litre container to the spare wheel. Together with the stock tank and my Titan Transfer Tank, I now carry a touch

Adventurer Peter Van Kets and photo-journalist Jacques Marais decided to ride their mountain bikes from Angola to Swakopmund. But before they could crank off on this incredible adventure, they first had to get to the Cunene River … This is one of those journeys that started quite some time ago. I’ve always been keen to get on board one of Peter Van Kets’ amazing adventures, but when we started chatting about a possible adventure collaboration earlier this year, I never expected that we’d launch the first in a series of ‘Beyond Expeditions’ less than six months later. Somehow it all came together

Words & Images Andrew Middleton Last month, SA4x4 travelled through Angola for two weeks– and wow, what a trip! The terrain, people and history were enthralling. However, we often fail to realise that you can rustle up a similarly epic adventure just a few clicks from where you live in SA. This one, which (in the planning) involved five days of exploring the Karoo and Garden Route, and which ended off at the Jaguar Simola Hill Climb in Knysna, promised to be an absolute riot.Imagine five pimped out 4x4s and five adventure bikes, including me on a largely outpaced old

Don’t get blown up by a land mine, Andrew,” was my farewell from a friend as I heaved my laden bags from the boot of his car. What great mates I’ve got, eh? But, in all honesty, I had no idea what to expect. Angola would be my longest trip to date for SA4x4, and the first ‘real African’ country I’d be visiting. You’ll see what I mean by that later. Tedious red tape snarled things earlier because I first lost, then found, the passports; got my visas at the last-minute, and then a dodgy contact in Namibia attempted to

Words and images by Paul Morris At first it is the red-tipped stakes I see rising about a metre from the white Angolan sand. A double row of them marks a narrow corridor of death snaking through the bush. Then I see the partially uncovered anti-tank mines that lie between the stakes. Twenty-eight years ago, I was a soldier on the frontline of battle. Now the frontline is still here and the mines fight on like a lost regiment, not knowing that the war is long over. It is the mine-clearing NGO, the HALO Trust, which forms today’s opposing army;