You Are Both Very Lucky........................
Frederik and Josephine:
Man, you are lucky to be alive. It's amazing that you weren't beaten, robbed, tortured, raped, killed or eaten. I enjoyed reading the thread but admit I wondered if you both needed to have your heads examined for undertaking such a dangerous expedition.
Reading this thread reminded me of the famous 1959 Airstream Capetown-to-Cairo rally organized by Airstream company owner Wally Byam. Here's a link to the Web site that has the full story through the eyes of the gentleman who was the advance man for the adventure.
1959-1960 was a different time. The countries they passed through were mostly British colonies. Roads were poor and the journey was not without its challenges but they made it. No one was injured, killed or eaten. It was a fascinating journey and I have enjoyed reading about it and watching the videos (available on YOUTUBE). It is a testament to the incredible quality of the Airstream trailer of the late 1950s and the vehicles that towed them.
The only thing that made it possible was the presence of British/White law and order.
In 2008 the Vintage Airstream folks thought it would be cool to have a 50th anniversary caravan following the same route. However once the organizers looked into it the original plans were quickly scrapped. Can you just picture a procession of rich white Americans in expensive vehicles towing shiny aluminum trailers the entire length of Africa in 2009? My only question at the time was not would they make it but how far would they go until something terrible happened to them. The world had changed too much in 50 years for anyone with a bit of common sense to undertake such a foolish venture that had been possible and indeed, do-able in the past.
The rally was still held to commemorate the 1959 rally on September 11th - 13th 2009 but the route was changed somewhat - the rally was from Cape (Girardeau MO) to Cairo (IL), a distance of about 34 miles. It was a whole lot safer.