Follow Our Route Through Africa


Leg 1: Namibia to South Africa via Botswana and Lesotho (August 2019-April 2020)

 

Break: Evacuated from South Africa to Finland due to Covid-19: photographing brown bears in the Finnish-Russian border zone (April-November 2020)

 

Leg 2: South Africa to Tanzania via Eswatini, Mozambique and Zambia (November 2020-June 2021)

 

Break: Brown bear guiding in Finland (July-August 2021)

 

Leg 3: Tanzania to Namibia via Uganda, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Botswana (September 2021-May 2022)



Break: Brown bear guiding in Finland (June-August 2022)

 

⭑ Exclusive, small group photography safaris in Tanzania and Kenya in September-October 2022: join us, ask for more info! 

 

Leg 4: Namibia to Finland - finally?

RECAP: WHERE HAVE WE BEEN BY FAR?

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

The first overland adventure took us through Namibia, Botswana, and Lesotho. We drove through some epic wilderness areas: Chobe, Moremi and Okavango Delta, Central Kalahari, Kgalagadi, and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. 

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.

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.

But then things turned out the other way. South Africa declared a total lockdown: all national parks, lodges and campsites 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. We were devastated to leave but 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.

To make the most of the mandatory break, we spent the whole time getting to know Finnish brown bears and photographing them from a hide at the Russian border.

LEG 2: South Africa-Eswatini-Mozambique-Zambia-Tanzania (Nov 2020-June 2021

We returned to South Africa in 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 and later to Malawi but both borders remained sealed and we had to change plans. So, we decided to drive through 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!

Immediately when it was possible, we crossed into eSwatini and then continued onwards through Mozambique and Zambia. Some of our highlights in Mozambique were visiting Gorongosa National Park and marine conservation NGO called Love the Oceans. You can read articles of both visits soon!

In Zambia, we spent some weeks in South Luangwa National Park, and did shorter trips to Lower Zambezi National Park and North Luangwa. Read more about Lower Zambezi National Park here and how NGO called Conservation Lower Zambezi (CSL) is controlling poaching during the pandemic.

In July 2021, Honey Badger the Defender was having her well-earned rest for 2 months time in a safe place in Tanzania and during that, we were visiting our family and friends in Finland and were also working as bear photography guides in northern Finland.

LEG 3: Tanzania-Uganda-Tanzania-Kenya-Tanzania-Zambia-Zimbabwe-Botswana-Namibia (Sept 2021-May 2022)

We returned to Tanzania to explore the country profoundly: from the iconic national parks to hidden gems. At the same time, we were also scouting partners for exclusive photography safaris, which we’re planning for the great migration season 2022.

We drove through Lake Natron and Northern Serengeti with Honey Badger the Defender and were lucky to witness the famous Mara River crossings. Millions of wildebeests and zebras rush through the Mara River every year when they migrate from Kenya to Tanzania (or vice versa) in search of greener pastures. This is life-changing show for animal lovers and photographers – and something we wish to share with you in September 2022!

We then explored Uganda, one of our favourite African countries, for two months. We visited the parks and sectors we hadn’t visited before: remote Kidepo National Park in the north and Ishasha in the south, the latter for great sightings of famous tree-climbing lions. We’re also planning to organize a photography safari in Uganda in February 2023!

Then we returned to Tanzania for a huge road trip: driving by Lake Tanganyika from north to south, visiting Katavi and Ruaha national parks, driving back north by the Indian Ocean and popping in the Usambara Mountains.

We’re still planning to experience wildebeest calving season (another aspect of the great migration) in Ndutu, and then drive through Zambia to Victoria Falls. Hopefully, we could squeeze a couple of weeks in Zimbabwe before returning to Namibia for June.

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

WHAT’S NEXT?

LEG 4: Namibia to Finland – Finally in 2022-2023?

We’re flexible and will take either the Western or the Eastern route through Africa, when the remaining borders finally open.

Planned Western route:
Namibia-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

Planned Eastern route:
Namibia-Zambia-Malawi-Tanzania-Uganda-Kenya-Ethiopia-Sudan-Egypt-Turkey-Greece-Albania-Montenegro-Bosnia and Herzegovina-Croatia-Slovenia-Austria-Czech Republic-Poland-Lithuania-Latvia-Estonia-Finland

Alternate routes are taken always when the borders are closed and/or something else forces us to do so.

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LEG 5: 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.

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!