Stewball in Africa

March 23, 2013
   World Race 2011 700In 2011 we drove Stewball around the world, in 2012 from N.Y. to Alaska, and in 2014, if I am reading the route correctly, we will drive through nine countries in the south of Africa, including, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Angola, Namibia and Botswana.  Classic safari  

See for yourself at, Classic Safari Challenge.  I know this seems a long way off, and yes, you will have to wait to read about our actual experiences, but I will keep you up-to-date about our plans and preparations. Classic safari 002

Like just how do we get ourselves and our car to Cape Town? What visas and vaccinations do we need? What special (if any) preparations will Stewball need?

We are both anxious and excited. Both Stewball and the two of us will be still another year older. I hope we are all up to the challenge.

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Right now, we are eager to hear from anyone who has recently traveled this part of the world by car. What were your experiences with road conditions? fuel availability, particularly octane  levels? border crossings? phone and internet? language barriers? currency? weather conditions (we will be there in May). Food and water? Any other words of advice-other than “you must be crazy at your ages (I will be 68 and Ed, 79) to take this on.” We’ve already paid our money, so forget that!

Hoping to hear from fellow adventurers out there.beetle car wash

Jan, Ed and Stewball

About ejhowle23

Authors and adventurers, participated in the World Race 2011, an automobile rally from New York to Paris, crossing three continents and 14,000 land miles. Following much the same route as the setting for our debut novel, The Long Road to Paris. This blog describes our own adventures and challenges. And now you can follow our Bahamas sailing adventure that provides the setting for our second novel, Night Watch. Our rally, the African Safari Challenge, crossed five countries in South Africa in May 2014 and in 2015 we participated in the second Trans-American rally this time from Nova Scotia to San Francisco. Spring of 2016 we travelled 28 days around Australia with friends from previous rallies and in the fall participated in our most exhausting rally through Argentina, Chili and Peru- the Rally of the Incas. We were awarded the Against All Odds award. We're still not sure if this was for us or our car. Stewball never broke down and we hardly did. We will soon take on Iceland as a self-drive tour and in the fall of 2017 we will participate in the Odyssey Italia and then back to Africa for a do-over (almost) of the Africa Safari Challenge.
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1 Response to Stewball in Africa

  1. ronaldsieber says:

    I admire your “go fer it” attitude and look forward to the posts. Best wishes for a safe journey!

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