To read all about our trip from our articles which appeared in the
4x4 Australia magazine - click on this link.
With our vehicle in the UK
after a great trip through Africa in 2007 (see our web pages : africaoverland)
and our plans in place for our trip across Russia, Kazakhstan and Mongolia
for 2008, we headed off once again.
First up though in April we headed back to South Africa for a month
to help lead an LOE trip through Botswana, Zambia and Namibia, which ended in beautiful
nearly all of May we spent our time in England, first picking up the
Patrol, getting it serviced and then spending some time touring the
country. We also spent some time organising visas for Russia, Kazakhstan
then headed up to Scotland before arriving back in Newcastle to catch
the ferry on the 10 th June for our overnight trip across to Norway.
the middle to the end of June we drove north through spectacular Norway
to North Cape, the northernmost point of the European mainland - even
though it is an island! From there we drove south through Finland.
crossed the border to entered western Russia on the 8 th July and headed
for St Petersburgh. Then it was off to Moscow and south to the border
explored Kazakhstan from the 21 st July to 5 th August enjoying the
snow-capped mountains of the SE of the country as well as the towns
that were built along the Old Silk Road. If anything we would have liked
longer but we had only asked for … and got … a 20 day visa – how crazy
southern Kazakhstan and its border with China and Krygyzstan we went
back into Russia for a few days in early August to get us around the
China border and into Mongolia (China closed its border to all independent
travellers because of the Olympics).
crossed the Russian/Mongolia border in the western corner of Mongolia
on the 9 th August and spent a month exploring this wonderful country
- enjoying the Gobi Desert and the history of the Mongols and Genghis
exited Mongolia north of Ulaan Baatar and were back once more into Russia
near Lake Baikal and Eastern Trans-Siberian Russia. We drove east across
to the Russian Far East and our final destination, Vladivostok.
successfully completed our journey here on the Pacific coast the vehicles
have been loaded into their respective containers and will be shipped
back home, while we fly home on the 4 th October.
and Helen Cocks, our travelling companions through Africa joined us
for the trip while Neil's brother, Rod and his wife Kate, shipped their
vehicle over to the UK and joined us as well. Ron & Viv's neighbour,
Gay Ellis, joined them in St Petersburg for 2 months through western
Russia, Kazakhstan & Mongolia.
to the Trip Diary pages to read all about the trip.
Neil & Helen, Gay, Viv & Ron, Kate & Rod in front of
the Blood Church in St Petersburg.