We have overcome the first hurdle in getting Ambi’s passport sorted – the all important ‘Carnet de Passage’ – Essential documentation for getting a vehicle into certain countries. Harry found Jessica and Paul at the RAC, whose headquarters happen to be in Bristol, very helpful and supportive throughout the process.
Next we will be sorting out necessary visas (some of which we can get en route), International driving licenses, insurance, ferry bookings (although some advise ‘just turning up’ in Mersin, Turkey), getting all the important maps and guide books, buying a decent camera… and lots of other boring paperwork.
Harry is uber prepared for the bulk of the driving and has garnished his not-extensive motor expertise with a City of Bristol College Mechanics 1 course, dizzying heights of proficiency!.. I am prepared to drive the huge heavy beast on open flat land where there is little possibility of me getting it stuck!
As Harry will be main man in terms of all things motor… I have been put in charge of the long list of smaller things, such as… mosquito nets, storage containers, water purification, medical supplies, music playlists, and designing a logo for small trip cards that we can hand out.
Top of my list at the moment is vaccinations – Hurrah, we will be pin cushions! The Bradt ‘Overland Africa’ guidebook suggests jabs for 14 different diseases… I’m visiting the Doc this week so I’ll let you know how that goes! I’m also considering doing a ‘Wilderness Medical Training’ short course, which should prepare us for (almost) any unpleasant eventuality when we’re out in the sticks, and supply us with some hardcore antibiotics to take with us.
I have to give some credit to, by far the most useful website and forum, http://www.horizonsunlimited.com/ with current info from other travellers out there preparing the way for us! The National Geographic ‘African Adventure Atlas’ has also been great for brewing excitement.