From the most Southern point of Africa (Cap Agulhas, South Africa) to the feet of the Highest point in Africa (Mount Kilimanjaro, Tanzania), through the Highest pub in Africa (Sani Pass pub, Lesotho), from the beach to the desert, from hot to cold… Maya has driven 100’000 km in Africa since March 2013 when she arrived in Durban, South Africa.
She reached this milestone in Windhoek, Namibia – From Durban, this would “only” be just under 2’000 km, which would take me 2-3 days on major tar roads…
But over the last 4 years (actually… 50 months), this was:
34 months on the road
9 countries (South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Tanzania and Malawi) only
41 border crossings, in 22 different border posts
21 crossing of the Tropic of Capricorn in 7 different points (at least, the ones I know of…)
~200 different “homes” (places to sleep), staying from 1 night to 2 months
Temperatures ranging from -15°C to +50°C (with some days going from -4°C in the morning to 25°C in the afternoon… I kind of love winter in some places…)
Driving on the beach, in the forest, in the dunes, in the mountains, crossing on ferries
Driving on sand, salt, rocks, water, gravel, mud or tar roads
Going up (and down…) steep hills or steady on plateau
Being challenged by elephants (both while driving and in camp)
1 major accident
4 months in hospital and 3 months in rehab (for Maya… not me…)
9 months in storage (in 5 different places in South Africa)
A lot of repairs… in my view anyway… teaching me to be a mechanic, and fix things on the road…
But mostly, beautiful sceneries, beautiful people and the set-up of Bee the Solution.
During all this time, Maya has been a faithful (when not stubborn) car, home, office, workshop, companion for me. Always there, even in time of troubles. Sheltering me in the accident, strong in harsh terrain, comfy at night. She has all I need. She is all I need for now.
Thank you Maya for the first 100’000 km together. To the next 100’000 km I hope, building and strengthening Bee the Solution.