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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 returned to South Africa at the end of November 2020 to continue our mission and this expedition!!! ⭑

Because of the Covid-19 outbreak, we were forced to return back to our home country, Finland, for a mandatory break from the expedition for 7,5 months. We spent the whole time getting to know Finnish brown bears and photographing them from a hide at the Russian border.

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. This mandatory break lasted 7,5 months.

ROUND 2: From South Africa to the Arctic Circle

South Africa (Dec 2020)-Zimbabwe-Mozambique-Malawi-Tanzania-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

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 Land Rover Defender 2.4l 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 situations, 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 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 have now been through Namibia, Botswana, and Lesotho. We went through 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 this current virus 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 in 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 that it’s safer to sit this out in our home country for the time being and took consolidation, knowing that this is only temporary.

WHERE ARE WE RIGHT NOW?

We returned to South Africa in late November 2020 to continue the expedition. The plan is to explore Kruger National Park and nearby conservation projects during December 2020 and January 2021.

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

But now – South Africa has also closed its borders according to new regulations of the “adjusted level 3 lockdown” until February 15th and it’s still unclear could we as foreigners still cross the borders to a neighboring country with open borders (with a negative PCR test). The “official” story says no, but through some of our contacts, we got the information that it may be possible after all.

At the time of writing this (Jan 16th, 2021) we are still in the process of figuring this out. If we can go to Mozambique, that will probably be our number one plan. But if not, it may be that we could shortly return to Namibia and then continue onwards through Zambia. It’s all “go with the flow” at the moment and we’ll update you as soon as we know more!

One thing is for sure, it has made our way forward much more difficult at the moment, but then again – nothing is ever easy! And we are not going back to Finland anymore. Instead, we are determined to make this work – no matter what!

In general, we hope that the majority of borders would remain open and we can continue on our mission through Africa for wildlife conservation. We wish all our friends around Africa will stay safe during this trying time. Everything 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?

Our initial goal was to reach Tanzania before the great migration passes through the endless plains of Masai Mara and Serengeti in July/August 2020.

Because of the pandemic, our schedule had to be adjusted so that we now hope to reach Tanzania by June/July 2021. And we will get there via any route that will be possible, taking into consideration all the possible border closures on the way.

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 please get in touch!

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