August 14, 2012 at 9:42 pm

Hi, just came across your blog – very nice!

Could you please tell me the name of the guesthouse you stayed in in Wadi Halfa? Would you recommend it? It looks a lot nicer than most other accommodation in town. Thanks a lot and safe travels!

Greetings from Amman / Jordan


December 15, 2011 at 11:00 pm

my name is Geert from Belgium.
I am doing your route to Cape Town in august2012. I would like to have contact with
the bikers’team for some info,as i am alone.
What about security between Marsabit and Moyale? Have You been attacked? thanks very much

August 27, 2011 at 11:35 am

Hello Mark,

can you please get in contact with me regarding the shipping from east London to bremer hafen. We are the austrian couple with the syncro bus you met in nairobi. We are in namibia already and have to look how we get our vehicle back home. Would be very great if there is a chance to use the same ship then you use.
Please give me feedback as soon as posible.
Thanks Thomas

August 15, 2011 at 11:34 am

Well done guys, hope you all had a great trip
Craig and Leonie from Nairobi

August 13, 2011 at 3:43 pm

Hi, my name’s Tonny. Am from Kenya. I have just read about your return from your adventurous trip that took you through my country of origin. I envy you guys and I hope to do a similar trip some day. All the best.

August 13, 2011 at 2:18 pm

GRRREAT effort! Well done. Enjoyed looking at your pics.


July 31, 2011 at 2:49 pm

greetings to the cardinals, now w’re knowing how it works to be a cardinal :-), gratulation also to the youngest german cardinal johannes. Ingrid und Michael

July 30, 2011 at 8:05 am

welcome to europe !! Ich habe Eure Tour mit größter Begeisterung verfolgt -was für eine tolle Sache – ich freue mich darauf irgendwann noch mehr zu erfahren liebe grüße und noch gute Fahrt für den Rest der Strecke Mirjam

July 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

Great to know you guys survived the African experience, now for the German encounters in Freudenstadt and Nino,s on the Marktplatz and oma Anna from where Willy derives his jeans. Geniese das sonnige Deutschland? 🙂 Boschie and Bruno. Ciao

July 28, 2011 at 1:36 pm

Hello again,

Please can you send me the contact of your shipping agent as we talked at Jungle Junction?
Thank’s Tom

July 27, 2011 at 5:42 pm

Mmmmmm what I wouldn’t do for some deeeliiisheeishh Italian ice-cream right now!!! And not to mention the smooooth Red Vino to wash down the crispy Pizza….Oh-la-la!! BUON APPETITO to all of you after your long,hard journey up Africa and especially to my Pauly Boyxxxxxxx CIAO Michele

July 26, 2011 at 10:56 pm

Hi Rene, glad to see you through Africa, enjoy Europe.
Cheers to Africa

July 26, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Welcome the great ELAO-Team in Europe… what an adventure !!
Now on your way up north with every mile you will see much more cleaner streets, blacker forrests but also more regulations :-)….. and – not to forget – some friends and family members who will be waiting longing for you in Willy´s home town Freudenstadt.
Have fun… see you soon.
P.S. the weather is just such bad as it ever is, when Willy is arriving in germany :-))
Michael + Ingrid

July 26, 2011 at 1:24 pm

Thank you to all of you for a fantastic blog. I relived your 50 days across or up Africa, and loved it all. I will never be able to do it, but travel is in my blood and may the rest be a wonderful holiday in Europe. God bless and glad you are all safe. Sue

July 26, 2011 at 11:39 am

Good to see those ‘EC’ number plates making their way through Africa !

Fantastic trip chaps

Greg van Heerden

July 26, 2011 at 10:51 am

Keeping some cold windhoeks on ice for you Rene. Looking forward to some lekker stories.
Hope the rest of the rest of the trip is as enjoyable and as the first part.

July 24, 2011 at 11:40 am

Team Lipstick, Bulldog and Icevan

Was great to meet up with you guy’s in Egypt…..including the lessons on how to rough it “dessert camping” team ELAO style.

Wish you all the best for the last leg of your journey through Europe, and hope she can throw as much excitement and fun as you have had travelling through deepest darkest Africa.

For those of you in the team who gave up smoking today………is it true you guy’s created a mini travel delay over Cairo Airport this morning when you created a mini “smoke and ash cloud” whilst trying to finish off the last few cartons?



July 23, 2011 at 12:20 pm

Hallo Willy,

verfolge ab und zu Euren trip.Wann seid Ihr voraus. in Freudenstadt?
Gruss Bernd

July 23, 2011 at 11:01 am

Hi Rene – seems like you guys are still having fun – bonuses are huge!! Everybody well in PE

Gary & Brenda

July 21, 2011 at 10:00 am

Hi Willy and friends,
what a great trip and excitung reports. Thank you for all the interesting informations. Best wishes for the rest of your trip and greetings to FDS.
Heidi und Gerhard

July 20, 2011 at 4:01 pm

Hello ELAO Teams,
we meet us in Jungle Junction in Nairobi, we are the austrian couple with the green/white VW Syncro (Gearbox is working again). You told me about the way you ship your cars back from bremen and you wanted to give me the contact, maybe its possible to ship my car on the same way from south to bremen.

July 20, 2011 at 1:07 pm

Hi Travellers

I trust that you all well.

“Think about the message below”

A passport, as I’m sure you know, is a document that one shows to government officials whenever one reaches a border between countries, so the officials can learn who you are, where you were born, and how you look when photographed unflatteringly.

All the best

Kind regards
Herwyne Bantom obo OHS Chartered Accountants (S.A.)

July 20, 2011 at 12:36 pm

Hi everybody, read your stories with great interest, what a wonderful trip! As you have been in the region (Kenia-Moyale-Forolo) and Sudan recently we didn’t of any exceptional problems (besides the usual hassel at borders) We are planning to leave The Netherlands end of September to take the ferry from Italy to Alexandria and then do your trip the other way around (we have a 4×4 campervan).
As we are reading all devastating news of refugees from Somalia to kenia and ethiopia we are wondering if it will be still a good idea to take that side of Africa ?

We would really appreciate if you can tell us something on this?

thanks very much and have a very good onwards journey !

best regards,
Annelies & Wim
The Netherlands

e-mail :

July 19, 2011 at 6:50 pm

Hallo Willi,

wir wünschen Euch allen weiterhin viel Spaß, Freude und tolle Erlebnisse auf Eurer weiteren Reise in den Schwarzwald.

Siglinde, Regina und Jürgen

July 19, 2011 at 1:30 pm

Paul, Denlyn and Willy. Great to read your adventures from time to time. Can imagine the heat and what goes with it. Hope that malaria bug leaves you alone. Keep up the updates, Paul’s fingers must be sore from all the typing……? BB and i had drinks with the girls the other night. We were very impressed with the fire Michele had made, you guys got some practicing to do to keep up with your ladies. Thinking of you all and make the most of your ride. Craig and BB

July 18, 2011 at 2:14 pm

Hi Denys
I have so enjoyed your blog and the others, you have had a good trip and I am sure enjoyed some of it. Do enjoy the snorkelling and diving. Hope the last trip is successful.Yvonne persuaded me to send a message. Good luck and enjoy, enjoy. Bleign and Sue

July 17, 2011 at 9:26 am

hi Willy and the whole team, we are sure you have had much better time in hurghada than in Wadi Halfa, we are waiting with interest for the red sea blog. hoping ther are nice diving pictures. Now its only a cat jump to europe 🙂 we are waiting for you in FDS Ingrid + Michael

July 16, 2011 at 11:46 pm

Hey Willy ,
safe trip, safari njema, gute Fahrt. Wir sehen uns im Schwarzwald, gleich lang, gleich hoch, gleich breit!
Grüße aus Wien/Tübingen, Hannes&Mareike

July 15, 2011 at 10:44 am

Hi Denny,Gerald says hi boet,will sms you, did transfer yesterday,get well.
Hi Den, Sorry to hear not feling well,freezing cold in Jhb, Birdbath all frozen over while you are roasting. Good luck to you all crossing the desert. Love you stacks your sister.

July 13, 2011 at 12:31 pm

Hi Dad! In 1993 you took me with to meet Mandela…pity i couldn’t be there to meet Mbeki 🙂 Thinking of you and all the ELAO Team. I’ve had to work on my cooking skills to invite Mu, but thank goodness Alex is a good distraction, either that or some Rot Wein 🙂 Wishing you all ongoing good times, laughter and a fantastic, safe journey. With lots of love San, Grey and Alex xx

July 12, 2011 at 10:56 pm

hi all nice to see you can link with politicians like the days in the TK regards the Goldbergs

July 12, 2011 at 10:55 pm

hi all nice to see you can link with politicians like the days in the TK regards the Goldbergs

July 11, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Team Lipstick,
Saying a big hello from us in Hogsback. Wishing you a successfull trip, sending lots of love, Elaine, Jenny and Elloise

July 10, 2011 at 7:30 pm

Hi Paul and Denis and the whole team. I am following your adventure since the start. It is interesting to read the good and the bad you experienced up until now. Cant belive you are that far already. I love the pictures – so you have to get to Sudan to meet Thabo Mbeki. I think it would have been chaper to see him in SA. Wish you all the best and look forward to read the next episode of the trip. Regards Nico and Reante

July 10, 2011 at 7:06 pm

Hi Rene = not even going to tell you the news for the office – all the rugga tickets are confirmed – Ryan fetched your lot.Looks like you guys are having lots of fun – can’t believe you guys are so far already -memory of a life time!!
Speak soon Gary & Brenda – PE.

July 9, 2011 at 10:37 pm

Hello friends,
we arte waiting for you all here in the black forrest.
Beer ist waiting, a great brail also …
And my father has alredy looked for a place he can wait for you at the street to freudenstadt
greetings Waltraud

July 9, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Hi Denys & Paul. It sounds as if you are having an amazing adventure,green with envy, do take care for the rest of the trip, can’t wait for the shakedown when you get back. Best of luck, love Pete & Flick

July 9, 2011 at 3:23 pm

To Denys and Paul Team Icevan
Hi dad hope you are feeling better, and yes malaria is a bitch, will expect a humble apology when you get back for all the crap you gave me when I had it. With Bobby and Jane at the moment at the GT festival.
Paul good luck looking after dad, grouchy at the best of times he is.
From Sarah:
hey pa hope u get better soon 🙂 sarah
From Shannon:
hey pa 🙂 missin you lots! i hope you get better soon! lotsa love 🙂
Cheers Dad

Lyall and Kerry

July 9, 2011 at 12:04 pm

Hi Mark & other pioneers. It appears as though Africa is not for sissies. We are following your perogress with great interest. You guys have an excellent website, and the reports are very informative & well written.Keep progressing forward.Swanee & Lindsey

July 8, 2011 at 7:02 pm

What an amazing adventure…Safe driving for the rest of the journey.Graham and Lynne (lindhorst)

July 8, 2011 at 10:36 am

what a great trip i send you my best wishes for the next days mirjam from stuttgart

July 8, 2011 at 6:43 am

Team Bulldog rules – great following your adventures,wish we were there, ah well next time maybe. All good here Kirsty engaged at last to Branden which is great need someone to fix things around the house. Lobola wasnt to bad, council not happy with me grazing cattle in park though.Gareth still somewhere in Atlantic expecting him in Fortaleza next week. With me, same old, same old but enjoying life. Mark got your sms’s appreciated. Owen

July 7, 2011 at 10:31 pm

Hi Guys & Doll,
Best wishes from
Cyril van Seumeren

July 7, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Molo Mhlegas, Hope fresh supplies arrive shortly! Thanks for text messages and call. All fine home front! Weaher wild at home. Roofs still on! Rivers cleaned out nicely.
Regards to mark.

July 7, 2011 at 4:47 pm

I’ll keep my fingers crossed,for finding any beer in the hotness off sudan 🙂 Ingrid

July 7, 2011 at 9:58 am

Enjoy your luxurious rehabiliation in Khartoun!! Lots of love, El xx PS. Dad don’t touch any plumbing wires

July 6, 2011 at 4:51 pm

Judging by what you guys are experiencing temperature wise, then East London rain and cold spells are nothing to compare. Looks like a journey travelled back in time with some true African experiences and excellent comraderie. Willy’s convincing negotiating skills have once again proved a winner, I read. Enjoy the ride from Boschie and the Ikhwezi Team.

July 6, 2011 at 2:38 pm

Hi San, welcome to the fan-page 🙂 Ingrid

July 6, 2011 at 1:54 pm

Hi Dad!!! IT guy came in today and updated my internet browser so i can finally share in your exciting adventure!!! Wishing Team Lipstick and all other ELAO Teams an awesome time, safe travels and many many happy and exciting memories!!! Sending a big hug, and all our love San, Grey and Alex xxxx

July 5, 2011 at 11:15 pm

Hi Paul

How are you doing? I hope you are well and taking care. I am sorry for not writing any sooner but that is due to our computer not having a program where as Bogusia’s work computer does. I don’t know if you know but I have got a new job as a Renewables Surveyor and I start on the 1 Aug. Where are you guys now? I am sure you are having a great time. Mom is missing you alot and really looks foward to speaking to you when you call. Andre has been helping her alot and she is really proud of all he has done and so am I! Where are you now? We wish that we could be with you all as i must be an amaizing. Take acre paul and send my love to Dennis. Bousia sends her love. Thinking of you .
Love Mark

July 5, 2011 at 1:52 pm

Hello Willy, greetings from Klosterreichenbach and FDS.The “stadtfest” is over. Alpisbacher flowed in streams. Ingrid told us at sunday your website. It´s very nice to follow your way. Godd luck for the whole team. Greetings from Bäsle Renate, Klaus,Simone und Volker.

July 5, 2011 at 8:35 am

Sounds challenging but a really amazing experience. Miss you all here! Lyall, Kerry and girls x

July 4, 2011 at 10:02 pm

Looks like you guys are having an awesome time. I’m so very jealous and wish we were there too!! Crack a few cold ones for us. Keep posting. Loving the updates. Rozz

July 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

Hello Willy, i send greetings form your uncle Kurt, he is in hospital and i told him ysterday rom your trip. He is wishing fun for all tema memebers and is lokking forward to welcome you in Klosterreichenbach 🙂 If you need a stone, he has one 🙂 lg Ingrid

July 4, 2011 at 12:53 pm

Hi Rene & Andre
Looks like you are having a ball from the photos. You cant be eating too much fresh fish if you relying on Andre & from the size of that Nile Perch, well shame. Hope you released that baby fish.
Tammy & Ivan van Eek

July 4, 2011 at 11:18 am

Hi Paps & Andre! I took the twins to grahamstown festival & just wanted to report back that they were well behaved (i think the freezing temperature had something to do with it). We had a great time though! Looking forward to some more updates, keep safe we miss you! luv Tan

July 4, 2011 at 7:56 am

Hello Uncle Paul!! Looks like crazy great fun! Olaf and Leaan xxx

July 3, 2011 at 7:53 pm

Hi Den & Paul.. some very nice [4] German ladies at the Grahamstown fest gave me this address. hope all is well and enjoying your-selves.. jealous as all hell!!
Bobby & Jane

July 3, 2011 at 1:14 pm

Hey Denis! Hope all is going well. Had supper with Yvonne last night and we traced your trip in my atlas. Yvonne fine – she has a slight cold. Maybe it’s just wedding fever! Looks like you are having an amazing adventure. Safe and happy driving. Barbara

July 3, 2011 at 12:17 pm

By the way, the previous message is from Ed, Deon, Lance, Sheryl, Amelia and Giovanna. What happened to Mike Meyer- is he with you or did he do a “halfway” and if so with whom?

July 3, 2011 at 12:12 pm

Hi Willy and Mark and the other intrepid travellers. It has been very enjoyable to read the postings and see the photos, as we update visitors to the FGS offices with regard to your progress. Although we do not past often I can assure you that progress on the website is monitored and looked forward to. I have been given the job of telling you guys that on Friday (the first of July) your progress, and your crossing the equater in particular, was belatedly toasted in the proper manner with Schnapps in the Boardroom. GO WELL and shame Stormers!!!

July 1, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Grandpa Toolbox!! Your best friend misses you!!! The kids all send lots of hugs and kisses! They want to know when you are going to take them camping? They are all well, always busy and getting into mischief! Dave got the job, so its all systems go for Jan, much to complete here! We are all checking daily for updates on what you and the gang are up to! Sounds like you are having a very bumpy time, must be an amazing and very tiring adventure! The kids now have the mummy roo coming to the door for food, the Magpies come inside to clean up under the table and the roo’s joey finally poked its head out for the first time today! A belated Happy Namenstag! We love you and hope you are having a lots of fun! Love Gissy, Dave, Paul, Nathan, Eowyn and Matthew

July 1, 2011 at 12:50 pm

Bliksem maar dit klink mooi and exciting. Nice to read all stories and see photos. Good to know all are well and that tents are not too often pitched as predicted. From a cold and windy East London. May Stormers win this weekend. No chance you are watching in deep Africa? Cheers Boschie and the crew.

July 1, 2011 at 9:05 am

TO ALL YOU ADVENTUROUS FELLOWS : You truly appear to be having a wonderful time. Enjoy every minute of it – its an opportunity of a lifetime. I’m very envious of you all. Take care – GEORGE MOOLMAN

June 30, 2011 at 10:25 am

The nile perch caught at Lake Turkana was awesome reminds me of fishing on Lake Kariba – stay safe and enjoy the road, Marion Uk

June 29, 2011 at 9:08 pm

Willy happy anniversary all the best to you and the whole team.Regards Johnny and linda and your boys

June 29, 2011 at 4:03 pm

Hello team BULLDOG:

I’m pretty sure u guys r having a fantastic time! Rene next trip is Malaysia. Stay safe and have fun!!!!

Hayley, Iv and Cruz

June 29, 2011 at 2:24 pm

i think the last few days were nothing for longsleepers 🙂

June 29, 2011 at 11:47 am

Hi Rene and the rest of the teams…
Envy is not the word, but rather “is it too late to catch up on a bike?” Looks like you guys are having a blast! Rene, you’ll be very proud, Adam is riding a motorbike on his own! I picked up a little PW50 and stuck some training wheels on it…the little oke has got talent. 10 days before his 2nd birthday and doing his first wheel spins and throttle bending. Look forward to hearing all the stories over a cold beer. Look after yourselves,travel safely and most of all enjoy.

June 29, 2011 at 6:00 am

I wish you all a safety Trip to Freudenstadt…. always “HATI HATI”

June 28, 2011 at 2:55 pm

Hi Pops and the amazing team.
To sort out Mike’s sleeping problems please get him bitten by a few Tsetse flies.
Also, Lesley asks if you could lose him in one of the more isolated places so she can claim on the insurance policy… she is running out of shopping money.
very cold snap here, with temps below zero overnight, so don’t rush back.Regards, Lee Irvine.

June 28, 2011 at 9:59 am

Paulie Boy, Herzlichen Glueckwunsch zum Namenstag mein Schatz. Alles Liebe und Gute und viel Spass.Denk an dich und vermisse Dich sehr. Michele LA DOLCE VITA

June 28, 2011 at 6:29 am

morning les

June 27, 2011 at 10:18 pm

Hallo Paul, Herzliche Glückwünsche zu Deinem Namenstag am 29. Juni wünschen Dir Nico und Renate. Ich hoffe, dass Du Deinen Freunden eine Runde ausgibst. Auch wir werden ein Gläschen auf Dein Wohl trinken. wir wünschen Euch Weierhin eine Gute Fahrt. Bis zum nächsten mal – Nico und Renate

June 27, 2011 at 2:51 pm

Hi to all the manne and ladies, sure looks like everyone is having a great time and enjoying the African bush. Have not seen any news of the two wheel gladiators, except for a bike being hooked up to a support vehicle. Doug, Charl how about some news and photos — nothing of the “boytjie” either. Safe journey onwards. Cheers, Barry

June 27, 2011 at 11:29 am

To the team members,Mark,Wiily,Rene,Andre,Dennis,Paul,Charl and Michael-it was an honour to have you all around at my place in Nairobi for a very jolly BRAAI,to witness the cameradarie/teamwork and frienship exibited by all of you, shows you all up as a great bunch of South Africans.As mentioned to you all,you are living my dream,so do it well!!! and above all-enjoy!!!Wishing you all the best on your further travels.(“If you walk, walk tall,if you lie,lie low”)Kind regards Dale Harris-Nairobi.

June 27, 2011 at 10:07 am

Fascinating following your progress especially now that you are visiting parts of Africa I have never been to. Wishing you continuing good journey and less bumpy roads, Regards Marion UK

June 26, 2011 at 8:07 pm

What an experience, enjoy and come back safely. If you need any accomodation near Torino please let me know Maria

June 26, 2011 at 6:54 pm

Hi Rene. Back from Mauritius today. Had a ball. Following all your messages and galleries. Seems u guys are working hard trying 2 get thru deepest Africa. Seems like you having fun. Speak soon. Gary & Brenda. PE

June 26, 2011 at 4:30 pm

P.S whats with the mascot and its name?

Jonathan snr. and jnr.

June 26, 2011 at 4:22 pm

Hi Willy 🙂 Missing you guys. Hope everything is well. Going for a pizza tonight with Evi and Jenny. Would send you guys one, but North Africa is a bit far.

Fond regards from Johnny, Linda, Jonathan and Ryan

June 26, 2011 at 2:43 pm

Hi to everyone on the dream holiday!!

Dearest Mark and Noelie

We have been thinking of you so much – so sorry we have not emailed earlier but we have been following the website. You all seem to be having the time of your life; we are so impressed to see you 2 can still do a dance around a camp fire!! You have no idea what we would give to be sharing this experience with you guys. Dave is prepared to give his left …. away to be there!! Is it possible for you to let us know exactly where you are at the moment and where you are heading from there. SA has been bitterly cold lately – hope your weather is better.

Would love to hear your news.

ALl out love
Dave + Snoekie

June 26, 2011 at 10:55 am

It was great meeting you all at Dale’s house in Nairobi.
Trust that you will travel well and enjoy the rest of the trip.
Safari njema

June 26, 2011 at 10:55 am

It was great meeting you all at Dale’s house in Nairobi.
Trust that you will travel well and enjoy the rest of the trip.
Safari njema

June 25, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Hello Willy and the whole team. Here is a message from your mom: “Thank god that they don’t drive through Libya”.
She is wishing a safety trip and offers her garden for a blackforest camp with homemade breakfeast for all drivers 🙂

June 24, 2011 at 10:03 pm

Hallo Willi, wir wünschen euch weiterhin einen aufregenden und schönen Trip – wir sehen uns in Freudenstadt. Viele Gruesse Martin, Dani und Jannes
P.S. Wir würden gern die Elefanten von vorne und größer sehen – bitte die Kameradführung verbesern :-))

June 23, 2011 at 2:12 pm

Lipstick, Bulldog and others – loving the updates and photos. I have got my whole office following your progress, map on the wall and everyone checking daily. Keep them coming! xx Eloise PS. Dad where’s ur tash? And Uncle Rene, did you forget your razor?

June 23, 2011 at 2:08 pm

Dad – Andre, thanks for the brief call earlier. So nice to hear your voice. So glad you guys are having such an awesome time. All good here, mom fine and keep the updates coming. Lots of love and stay safe, el xxxx

June 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

howzit guys. been following your progress daily.have been having problems getting on to the site but hope this on goes through.your trip seems awsome and situ and watamu were good safely and keep the news flowing. regards duncan and lee

June 21, 2011 at 8:24 pm

Hi Rene and the Team
Just don’t dehydrate!

Deon Senekal

June 21, 2011 at 5:54 pm

Hi, How is your Landcruiser doing?this is after we had replaced the wheel bearing in in Toyota kenya – Mombasa, Peter Muasya.

June 21, 2011 at 3:42 pm

to Team Icevan, All seems to be Hunky-Dory for u “experienced” Safari Travellers… wish we could be with you in Nairobi! love and kisses Michele and Yvonne xxx

June 21, 2011 at 3:08 pm

Kilometer fretzer and all overlander’s. I Hope you slowing Paul down, by now we expected him to be in Germany, with that fancy ice cream machine. We trust you all having a jolly good time, and wish we could be there. Can one buy cold Windhoek Lager in that part of the world. Without it things must be pretty hard. Well i will be having a cold one 2 night. Enjoy the journey. Craig and BB.

June 21, 2011 at 2:31 pm

Hi to all the adventurers, looks and sounds like you’re having a huge amount of fun. Father Doug, take care of wild man Booysen- keep him on the straight and narrow. Is it true that the Pajero has become the official Toyota tow vehicle? Anyway, have a safe further and enjoy the sites. Barry Galloway and the boets from “The Table of Laughs”

June 21, 2011 at 11:16 am

To Rene de Kock and all the East London adventurers.Good luck in your travels, hope you have a whale of a time. Greetings from some of the Beacon Baptist Deacons. Wimpie Glenham, Jeff

June 21, 2011 at 9:29 am

It truly appears you are experiencing darkest Africa but surviving.Here all is well. Enjoy the adventure.Boschie and Kali

June 20, 2011 at 6:19 pm

Hello to all the intrepid travellers. Do hope someone has a Blackberry so as to carry on communication as you all venture off into the hinterland! Did anyone try Mount Kilimanjaro? Enjoying all the blogs very much.

June 20, 2011 at 4:12 pm

Team Ladybrand thinks Teams Lipstick and Bulldog must go for driving lessons before they proceed for Cairo!

June 20, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Hello Mark and Noelie…how are things going? Things quiet here without you Noel – all getting very thin here and fading away without you to look after us! Your cliens are missing you terribly too! Love Sim

June 20, 2011 at 3:27 pm

Hi Team Lipstick- Paps what is this I hear about you being a “cardinal”? I expect a full (maybe edited) explanation upon your return:) We miss you lots & think of you daily! To the rest of the gang I hope it has been an amazing trip so far, stay safe!! luv tanja

June 20, 2011 at 12:30 pm

Hi Paul & Pieter. Very interesting website.Travel safely. Myron Robinson

June 20, 2011 at 9:34 am

Seems that Africa, as they say is not for sissies, but really beautiful. What a pity that for years South Africans were not welcome. Good to see you are are all holding up well, even though some bush repairs have been needed. All good here,cold with frost so appreciate the warm weather you must be having.

Owe,Cheryl & family

June 19, 2011 at 10:22 pm

Hallo Wilwir denken an Euch und beneiden Euch auch ein wenig. Habt weiterhin eine gute Fahrt.Auf Wiedersehen in good old Germany. Geftrud und Christoph

June 19, 2011 at 8:09 pm

Hi Rene and all the teams. We are thinking of you on your epic journey and following your progress daily. Kind Regards Selwyn and Edna Meise

June 19, 2011 at 1:57 pm

hallo Willy finde es super dass wir eure Reise verfolgen koennen geniese und pass gut auf dich auf xxxxxxxxxx gruesse an alle

June 19, 2011 at 12:41 pm

Dad- Rene,
We are missing you… Travel safetly and keep on with the updates…
Lots of love Wes & Nic

June 19, 2011 at 11:34 am

Happy Fathers Day to all the Dad’s on the trip. Regards Robyn Meyer

June 18, 2011 at 11:19 pm

Thinking of you all, hoping you are having the time of your life. Regard* Robyn Meyer

June 18, 2011 at 1:57 am

Dear Team
This is a message from my father Peter Wynn he wishes you all the best and have a safe and enjoyable trip he misses kev dearly and wishes he could be with your troop have a great time Justin Wynn

June 17, 2011 at 10:12 am

Hi Team Halfway and Team Ivory – from a very windy East London – going to Wildcoast for the weekend – looking forward to it. Jen I presume that you have joined the group. Looking forward to seeing some more blogs and photos. Enjoy guys. Love the Cocks.

June 16, 2011 at 7:43 am

Good luck for the rest of qour trip, coma soon and good to us in the black forrest, we are waiting with cold beers !

June 15, 2011 at 10:32 pm

Team Two Wheel 1 & 2 where and how are you?

June 15, 2011 at 12:19 pm

Hi Willy
Making good progress only to be halted by good weather and fine boats! Thinking of you guys. Take it easy. Regards Johnny

June 15, 2011 at 7:42 am

Good luck, Willie and your team on your trip. So sorry to hear about Kevin, but I’m sure he will be with you in spirit. Pat Reid ex Butterworth

June 14, 2011 at 9:35 pm

Hi Dennis Paul and others – sounds like you r having a ball. It make interesting reading following you. Enjoy and travel safe.
Jenny and Les

June 14, 2011 at 8:14 pm

Hi Dad, hope you enjoyed your birthday. Really missing you but not missing the nagging so much. ha ha ha. Hope you had a good meal this evening and get a good nights rest. Can’t wait to chat. Love Robyn

June 14, 2011 at 8:06 pm

To Willie, Andre and Rene. Best of luck, you are in our thoughts. From Peter and Zanna Parker

June 14, 2011 at 2:54 pm

Happy Birthday my Dad. Knowing you are having the most wonderful time. Rachael is 6 today, all your CPT grandchildren are at my house for tea. Will sing happy birthday to you when we blow out her birthday candles. Love you so much. Love Robyn

June 14, 2011 at 2:52 pm

News spreads fast, I believe there is a new CARDINAL treking through Africa. Congratulations Willy. My husband David became one in 2007, neither of us have forgotten the occasion. Much fun at the time, but not so pretty the following morning.

June 14, 2011 at 2:15 pm

Hi Paul,

All the best for your trip. Hope everything will go smoothly. Cheers,
Tina, Johnny, Ulrich & Dylan

June 14, 2011 at 11:51 am

when do we get an update blog and some photos of and from team two wheel one and two….antsy here 🙂 sending love

June 14, 2011 at 10:47 am

To his Excellence, Willy Gauss,

The Celebrated Order of Cardinals, Kings and Saints (“COCKS”), has it on good authority that despite your best efforts to die from liver failure, you have, in this the Year of our Lord, two thousand and eleven, joined its noble and venerable ranks.

You are cordially welcomed and immediately put to work, recruiting heathens and sinners throughout the Dark Continent. Let us never forget, there is a cardinal in all of us, just waiting to drink his way out.

We join you in drinking to the health of Cardinal Puff for the first time. VIVA! BUNG HO!

Cardinal M. Wickins
Drunken Scribe to the Pope

June 14, 2011 at 7:46 am

To the Birthday Boy! Happy Birthday Dad…. Bet you never in your wildest dreams thought you’d be spending your 73rd doing an African Overland! When we spoke yesterday I was so pleased to hear you sounding so strong and hear that you were enjoying yourself. We are thinking of you everyday. Lots and lots of Love Corinne, Chris, Robyn, Jordan and Michael-Dean.

June 13, 2011 at 10:40 pm

Hey Willy und alle anderen ich finde das richtig geil was ihr da macht und verfolge es auch täglich ich hoffe ihr habt viel spaß Grüße an alle von Domeico und Nino ;-)))))))

June 13, 2011 at 5:21 pm

Looks like all are enjoying the trip. I love checking the photos of the various places. Andre seems to be lighter on his feet:-) You go guys. Holding thumbs for a trouble-free trip.
Peter Smit – Telkom

June 13, 2011 at 12:39 pm

good luck from the Walker family, watching your progress with interest and must i say some envy

June 13, 2011 at 11:11 am

hey guys
Hope you are having an amazing time, the photos certainly seem to show that you are! Please drive safely and savour every moment of your journey
from the Mynhardt family

June 13, 2011 at 9:44 am

Morning all – especially Team Ivory and Team Half way from a sunny East London after a weeks drenching rains – it was great catching up on all the news on your blog this morning. Yep it sounds and looks like fun in Africa – what an experience for you all. Keep the blogs and the pictures flowing. Cheers for now the Cocks.

June 13, 2011 at 9:19 am

Hi Mark and Dad, finally the rain has stopped here! We went past the Clipperty Klop on Saturday and the barge was not looking good. Seems to have got damaged during the heavy rain. Ryan took a photo will try post it for you to see.I believe Jim was going to sort it out when the water rose again later that afternoon!xxx love B

June 9, 2011 at 1:20 pm

Hi Dad, managed to logg in at last! Wishing you a fabulous trip, we are thinking of you and hope that the going is not too tough. You have inspired me to do the same when I am 70 something! I think you are the most AMAZING man, you are so brave and Im so proud that you have followed your adventurous spirit and are a part of this amazing team of men and women. I love you so very much!
Lots of Love
Corinne (Meyer)

June 9, 2011 at 9:47 am

Morning Team Ivory and Team Halfway and all the others from a still very wet and cold East London. We are so enjoying reading the blogs and seeing the photos – love one of Kev! Jero has flu so didn’t go to the club last night so now news from there. Keep the blog and photos going – good luck. Cheers Cocky and Maude

June 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Missing you Dad, hoping you are comfortable and having the trip of your life. Love Robyn, David, Rachael, Rebecca and Rayna

June 8, 2011 at 10:28 pm

Missing you Dad, hoping you are comfortable and having the trip of your life. Love Robyn, David, Rachael, Rebecca and Rayna

June 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm

Good luck you ou’s
and hou die blink kant bo.
Brian in Canada

June 8, 2011 at 9:32 pm

Hi Paul,
very interesting reading! We have just learned that the ferry service Venice-Alexandria was suspended because of the problems in Syria where the Visemar Line called on a port. Now we cannot get to Egypt, but still working on it. Erika and I wish all of you a save journey. Kind regards Wilfried

June 8, 2011 at 6:59 pm

Hi Denis & Paul & all the rest of the expedition, hope you are having better weather than we are in EL, plenty of rain, but very welcome, enjoy the adventure and best wishes. Peter & Flick

June 8, 2011 at 5:24 pm

Hi Guys !

Missing you ! Have my Sasol court date for 31 August !

Chat soon !

Garry Andrews

June 8, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Hi Doug, how you guy’s and the bikes holding up?

June 8, 2011 at 2:20 pm

Hi Willi, schön dass man dich verfolgen kann Gruß Walle (denken in Norwegen an dich wie du schwitzt solange wir frieren

June 7, 2011 at 9:51 pm

Hi Mom and Dad

Well it has almost been a week. Hope u are having a fantastic time on your journey. We miss you and love you lots and been praying for you everyday. So enjoy every minute of it and take your time, there is no rush, plus if you take your time you can enjoy all the magical views and surroundings.

Lots and lots of hugs and Love
Samantha and Brendan

June 7, 2011 at 7:43 pm

hi guys–hope u are having a ball–boytjie easy on mike –his wife really love him–henry

June 7, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Hi Rene and all the team memebers. Wishing you all the best, and will be following this page every inch of your journey. Wishing you all the best. Kind Regards. Selwyn and Edna Meise

June 7, 2011 at 10:45 am

Good luck to all the teams and thinking especially of you, Team Two Wheel 1 & 2; DadTheo

June 7, 2011 at 9:38 am

Hi there everyone, hope the trip is going well. We are having wonderful rain here. Travel safely! Donae

June 7, 2011 at 9:27 am

Hi Team Ivory and Team Half Way – it is great following the blogs – even I am getting envious – never thought I would admit that – the men had a great hunting weekend [in more ways than one as you can imagine] last weekend. It is raining cats and dogs at the moment. Catch up again soon. Love the Cocks’

June 7, 2011 at 7:26 am

Hi Guys. Great adventure. Mid-life crisis stuff. Only crisis you have ever enjoyed? Come back safely.
Alan Shaw

June 6, 2011 at 7:24 pm

Hey!!!!!!!!!!!!!! wheres the stories 🙂 Sarah

June 6, 2011 at 6:51 pm

Hey Mike “The Pope” Meyer,

Don’t forget that it is your duty, as a colonial adventurer and conquerer, to spread the word throughout Africa. You are expected to convert and then recruit as many Cardinals as possible!


Mike Wickins

June 6, 2011 at 2:12 pm


Hope you having the time of your lives and that the spirit of Africa will be engraved in your hearts.

Thinking of you and miss you lots xx

June 6, 2011 at 12:02 pm

Hope you all having great fun. Enjoy every moment of you trip.
Lots of love


June 6, 2011 at 10:50 am

Go, Pops.
Got your message and am following you.
Lee, your favourite brother in law.

June 6, 2011 at 8:58 am

Good luck to you all especially to Team 2 Wheel 1 & 2 – we will be watching your progress on the Blog. Ted Fiona and Callum xx

June 5, 2011 at 9:00 pm

Hallo Willy,
heute habe ich meinem Vater im Krankenhaus Eure homepage gezeigt. Er war ganz begeistert, lässt alle herzlich grüßen und hat eine Kiste kühles Tannenzäpfle samt Bratwürsten versprochen, wenn ihr eintrefft.
Grüße an alle Waltraud

June 5, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Hi Guys. I hope that the weather is on your side & that you are enjoying the journey so far. Petrus

June 4, 2011 at 10:14 pm

Ivory team – I am so envious and look at the site often hoping to read about the daily activities. Maybe the next time we visit S.A. we can be part of something on a smaller scale.
Byron and Katie got engaged yesterday. Plan to get married around May 2012.

June 3, 2011 at 1:11 pm

hi all. Just so you know you are in our thoughts and prayers. Hope no one lost yet…:) Look forward to lots of updates!! Merrifield really enjoyed having you there!! Love, the Craddocks

June 3, 2011 at 12:54 pm

Best of luck to the ex Butterworth Boys very brave! hope you and the rest of the teams have a safe and exciting adventure Best Regards Shevaun Van der Merwe (nee Brown)

June 3, 2011 at 10:03 am

Hi teams Halfway and Ivory. What about letting us know what is happening? Are you able to do that? The guys are getting ready for Counie’s hunt this weekend – lovely weather.

June 3, 2011 at 8:36 am

The day has finally arrived, and we are all very envious of the fantastic adventure that lies ahead of you all.
Most importantly, HAVE FUN, and like life, Enjoy The Journey!!
Best Wishes
Team Foxtec

June 2, 2011 at 3:46 pm

Bon Voyage Team Bulldog!! Have a fantastic time and look forward to reading all about your experiences. Enjoy and have fun. Regards Ryan

June 2, 2011 at 2:04 pm

Good luck from all at the office.

June 2, 2011 at 11:43 am

Good luck Team Ivory and Team Half-way – will be keeping our eyes on you – enjoy the experience!! Regards Cocky and Maureen

June 2, 2011 at 11:20 am

Hello ELAO team,
I eagerly await pictures and comments from your trip. I have added this site onto the speed dial of my web browser.

Have a safe trip.


June 2, 2011 at 9:06 am

All the best as you prepare to set off on your epic journey, Lots of folk on Mud Island will be following you

June 2, 2011 at 8:40 am

Goog Luck and enjoy!I will be watching this space.
Errol Scheepers.

June 1, 2011 at 10:30 pm

we are glad to meet you all together in freudenstadt- we are waiting with a beer ! ore two !!!
And we will show you the black forrest !


June 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

from Herta and
Ewald Schwarz

June 1, 2011 at 7:01 pm

Ich wünsche euch einen Super-Trip und beeilt euch bisschen, denn die Skat-Karten sind schon gemischt. Bringt mir eine ELAO- Mütze und ein T-Shirt mit, aber kein verschwitztes!!!
Alles Gute bis bald in Freudenstadt.

June 1, 2011 at 6:43 pm

Hello Willy, Mark Meyer, Mike Meyer, Mark Baxter, Andre` and Renee` and Piet Booysen (and all the boys and girls that we don’t know!)
This is to wish you God’s speed on a life changing journey. Kev is with you in spirit, of this I am certain! Have an awesome time and come home to us safely. Lots of love from Fiona and Ed Schwulst

June 1, 2011 at 5:22 pm

Good luck guys, enjoy Africa. Mark, is there a plan B for Libya, we need you back in 2 months time!cheers, Andrew Thomson

June 1, 2011 at 4:16 pm

Freudenstadt is waiting for you !!
xxx lots of love
Sarah Batsch from Freudenstadt 🙂

June 1, 2011 at 1:11 pm

“I carry your heart, I carry it in my heart…” EE Cummings. May God guide and protect you, enveloping you in His safety as you go batcrap crazy and let your hair (not in dad’s case) down

June 1, 2011 at 10:37 am

Have loads of fun & little misfortune. look forward to fillowing your adventure.

Dave & Penny Hobbs

June 1, 2011 at 9:45 am

Wishing you all have a fantastic time on your trip! Keep Safe!
Love Gisela, Dave, Paul, Nathan, Eowyn and Matthew

June 1, 2011 at 2:53 am

HAVE A FANTASTIC AND SAFE TRIP! Thinking of you Rene have a BLAST.

Love Haylz (in sunny Malaysia).

May 31, 2011 at 5:50 am

Hey fellow travelers, can’t sleep. 5.00 am 31/5. God Bless us all as we start our motors. C u in Xai Xai. Team two wheelers

May 31, 2011 at 12:46 am

Baxter bird – you sure can think ’em up! Good luck, I will follow with Keen interest. Grant Muller

May 30, 2011 at 9:15 pm

Good Luck to all of you and may God keep you safe. Rob Godlonton and the members of Odyssey Motor Cycle Club East London

May 30, 2011 at 6:29 pm

Having just got back from Ladybrand to bid farewell to The Cairo Crusade, I wish the WLAO all the best on your expedition through Africa.
Mike Stone

May 30, 2011 at 8:23 am

All the best Team Elao. You are embarking on an amazing journey. I look forward to catching up and sharing in your experience. Travel safe and enjoy.
Regard Ryan Coates

May 27, 2011 at 7:25 pm

Hello Rene… Binks sent us your website…. we are so envious…wow this has got be the ultimate dream ! To you and your team…. have the time of your lives…travel safe…. Rob and Gill Turner…Kleinemonde

May 27, 2011 at 3:09 pm

To TEAM BULLDOG!!!! WOOHOOO …. I’m so looking forward to tracking your progess through Africa. Enjoy your last few days at home. lots of love, xxx Binks

May 27, 2011 at 3:02 pm

To Team BULL DOG!!! WOOHOOO…. enjoy every moment. Will be following your progress. Lots of love, Binks xxx

May 27, 2011 at 2:27 pm

Wishing you a fantastic journey. A celebration. An adventure. And remember – avoid the potholes, embrace the detours and carry your own sunshine with you!
‘Time spent laughing is time spent with the gods’
Can’t wait to see you in the UK Doug & Jen. LOL from us in Devon

May 25, 2011 at 1:13 pm

Hey Guys
Great Website I am looking forward to following the Odyssey blog!
Brad B.

May 25, 2011 at 9:16 am

Good luck with your trip – enjoy Mocambique
Marion Southwick

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