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Currently, there are 33 African countries on our Rounds 1-2 (Dec 2019-June 2022) – and more will come during the Round 3!

⭑ LATEST UPDATE: We went through eSwatini (Swaziland), Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania!

We returned to South Africa in November 2020 to continue the expedition. First, we did some maintenance and visited smaller reserves of Gauteng and North West Province, then we traveled through Kruger National Park, from south to north and then back to the south again.

We were supposed to cross the border to Mozambique for New Year's Eve, but South African borders were suddenly closed again on December 29th. Again, we made the most of it by doing more game drives in Kruger. You can read a recap here.

After the borders reopened in mid-February, we were able to continue with our original route and crossed into eSwatini. Then we went onwards to Mozambique, Zambia, and drove speedily through Tanzania. Now in July, we are briefly visiting our family and friends in Finland. We return to Tanzania in late Aug/early Sep 2021 to continue the expedition! 

ROUND 1: Namibia-Botswana-South Africa-Lesotho-South Africa 2019-2020

Namibia (Sep-Dec 2019)-Botswana-South Africa-Lesotho-South Africa. We were evacuated from South Africa back to Finland on the 4th of April 2020 because of Covid-19.

Due to the border closures, our mandatory break in Finland lasted 7,5 months. To make the most of it, we spent the whole time getting to know Finnish brown bears and photographing them from a hide at the Russian border.

ROUND 2: From South Africa to the Arctic Circle

South Africa (Dec 2020-Feb 2021)-Eswatini (Feb 2021)-Mozambique (March/April 2021)-Zambia (May-June 2021)-Tanzania (July 2021) ––– Tanzania (September 2021) -Kenya-Uganda-Rwanda-DRC-Burundi-Tanzania-Zambia-Angola-DR Congo-Congo-Gabon-Cameroon-Nigeria-Benin-Togo-Ghana-Ivory Coast-Liberia-Sierra Leone-Guinea-Guinea-Bissau-Senegal-Gambia-Mauritania-West Sahara-Morocco-Spain-France-Belgium-Netherlands-Germany-Poland-Lithuania-Latvia-Estonia-Finland

Alternate routes are taken always when the borders are closed and/or something else forces us to do so. I.e. Zimbabwe and Malawi are visited when their respective land borders will open for leisure travel again.

ROUND 3: Finland-Southern Africa

This time, we’ll drive through the beautiful fells and fjords of Northern Scandinavia towards the Mediterranean and take another route through the African continent. Feel free to recommend us new destinations on Instagram and Facebook!

Here is Honey Badger the Defender under the vast skies of Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana.

RECAP: WHERE HAVE WE BEEN BY FAR?

During December 2019, we hit the road for good to explore the national parks and wildlife conservation projects of Namibia and then continued onwards.

We took off Finland and landed in Namibia on the 30th of August, 2019. Our 2009 Land Rover Defender 2.4l TDCi Puma, called Honey Badger, already waited for us in Namibia.

During our first months in Namibia, we gathered all the equipment needed on our overlanding expedition, learned to drive our car also in off-road conditions, and fixed some minor issues we still noticed with HB.

We fell in love with Namibia and toured Etosha National Park on five trips, visiting all camps and waterholes in the park (check Instagram for wildlife pics). We learned a lot about community-based conservation and also volunteered in REST (Rare and Endangered Species Trust), walking in the bush with Amos the pangolin, and taking care of other rescued animals at the site.

We drove through Namibia, Botswana, and Lesotho. We visited Chobe, Moremi/Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari, Kgalagadi, and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. 

At the beginning of April 2020, we were in South Africa and prepared to go to Kruger National Park, where we were planning to sit out the outbreak of Covid-19. We hoped that we could be in the bush while this uncertainty clears out.

But then things turned out the other way. South Africa declared a total lockdown, and also all national parks closed. Our embassy wanted to evacuate us on a rapid schedule, and so we left our dearest Honey Badger, the Defender, to wait for our return to a safe place in South Africa. We headed to Finland with an evacuation flight on Friday the 3rd of April via Germany, and we arrived back in Finland on Monday, the 6th. We were devastated to leave but decided then that it was safer to sit this out in our home country for the time being and took consolidation, knowing that this is only temporary.

And temporary it was, even though it took painstakingly 7,5 months before we could return to South Africa and continue our adventure expedition for wildlife conservation.

WHERE ARE WE RIGHT NOW?

We returned to South Africa in late November 2020 to continue the expedition. We explored Kruger National Park, smaller South African reserves, and conservation projects during December 2020 and January 2021. In February 2021 we crossed into eSwatini and then continued driving through Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania.

We were hoping to cross the border to Zimbabwe in late January 2021. But as Zimbabwe closed its land borders already in December 2020, we had to change plans again. This time we planned to cross into Mozambique instead.

But then South Africa closed all borders again and declared “adjusted level 3 lockdown” until February 15th. However, all national parks stayed open and we were able to explore Kruger for 2 months! So this time “being stuck” wasn’t bad at all. Even our tourist visas were automatically extended due to the lockdown. And we had the Wild Card, so we could go to Kruger anytime we wanted to – for free!

But immediately when it was possible, we crossed into eSwatini and then continued onwards to Mozambique, Zambia, and Tanzania. We will update you on these adventures on the blog as soon as possible. We have so many stories to tell you!

At this moment in July 2021, Honey Badger the Defender is having her well-earned rest for 2 months time in a safe place in Tanzania and during that, we are visiting our family and friends in Finland. We return to Tanzania in late August/early September 2021 and continue our Expedition!

We still hope that the majority of borders would remain open and we can again continue on our mission through Africa for wildlife conservation. We wish all our friends will still stay safe during this trying time. This, too, will pass.

Wildlife needs us more than ever now. We will win this – together!

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It’s good to have a mission that is bigger than you. It gives you so much additional power and strength to go through even the hardest of times. Stay safe and take care! 

WHAT’S NEXT?

We reached our waypoint goal to be in Tanzania in July 2021 when the great migration passes through the endless plains of Masai Mara and Serengeti in one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. We regrettably didn’t have time to go see it now. However, we will go to Serengeti to photograph this magnificent wildlife migration when we return to Tanzania in late August/early September.

And after spending some time in Tanzania starting from September, we’ll then continue onwards. Will it be north to Kenya and beyond, or will it be backtracking down and towards the west coast? Even we don’t know that yet! A lot depends on what borders are open and how we can arrange our travels. These are also exciting times and we will have to be flexible and possibly change our plans on the fly. But that’s what adventure is all about, right?!

We’ll keep you posted about all the upcoming schedules and destinations – and hope to meet you on the road. Keep an eye on our social media and get in touch! And most of all: subscribe to our newsletter and get inside updates!