The journey home will take me along the West coast of Africa and down and across to Zimbabwe. This journey is anticipated to be about 20,000- kms (12,000 milies) and should take me through about 20 countries. Note the map below states 16,000kms, however, this is a rough map and I am certain that some touring, diversions, etc., are likely to make it up to the figure above.
The countries, in order of direction are listed below - I may not be grated access to all these countries or there may be other reasons at the time (such as disruption, roads, etc.) that may prevent me from passing through them.
- Western Sahara
- The Gambia
- Guniea Bissau
- Sierra Leone
- Cote d'Ivoire
- Equitorial Guinea
- Democratic Republic of Congo
- Botswana/South Africa (route dependent)
The map shows the route.
BlueBelle is a diesel van, most practical as fuel quality varies vastly in Africa and this old diesel engine has been known to even accept bio-fuel such as cooking oil. I am also taking spare fuel filters as these will very likely need to be changed regularly. The estimated cost of the fuel for the journey is hard to come by because the prices vary so greatly from country to country. However, my best guess estimate is that it will be somewhere between €5000 to €8000.
There are also likely to be tyre changes and services at unknown times and costs. I will carry some spares and I have observed all the filters being changed so I know what they are and where they are and in a pinch can even change them myself.
So I think I'm as prepared as I can be.