An Unbelievable MGA Drive

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Eleven MG owners and their co-drivers/mechanics are presently working diligently to prepare their cars for a great drive. Nine couples hail from Australia, along with one each from the UK and South Africa. They will drive the classic Cape to Cairo trans Africa route in September and October this year.

They will leave Cape Town, South Africa on September 9th 2012, and if the trip goes to plan, they will arrive in Cairo, Egypt, on October 31st 2012. The cars will have done a total of 7,445 miles (12,408 kms). Of course there are some “rest” days along the way, but the driven days average around 235 miles (390kms) per day. That’s quite a tough schedule, especially as a lot of the route is on dirt roads. The route takes them through 10 different African countries, with the associated visas and border crossings to add to the stress.

Pictured in Abingdon after their epic drive to China

Some of the romantic places, and unique geographical features, enroute include:

Day 1 - Table Mountain in Cape Town, South Africa (mile 0)

Day 6 – Luxury tented accommodation in Namibia

Day 9 – The Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe

 

Day 11 – Lusaka, capital of Zambia

Day 16 – Dar es Salaam, on the east coast of Tanzania

Day 17 – The Spice Island of Zanzibar in the Indian Ocean

Day 19 – Moshi and Arusha on the slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro, Africa’s highest mountain

Day 22 – The MGs will feature at a Concours D’Elegance competition in Nairobi, Kenya

Day 26 – Cross the Equator into the northern hemisphere in the shadow of Mt Kenya, African’s second highest mountain

Day 30 - Ethiopia’s capital, Addis Ababa

Day 39 – The convolution of the Blue and White Niles in Khartoum, Sudan

Day 45 – Ferry trip down the Nile in Egypt

Day 50 – Visit to pyramids and the city of Luxor

Day 53 – Arrival in Cairo (mile 7,445)

And Beyond

Dave Godwin, of the Gold Coast MG Car Club in Australia, tells NAMGAR that the group will then decide on a route to MG Motors in Longbridge near Birminham, England. This will depend on the political situation at the time in North Africa. They expect to visit Abingdon around November 18th/19th, having covered around 10,300 miles (17,200kms). We wish them lots of luck on this incredible road trip.

Visit the NAMGAR website from September 2012 on, for updates and photos along the route.

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Reader Comments (2)

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Steve Kaufman (Ladner, BC Canada)
on February 13, 2012 10:39am
This will make our 18000 mile trip around the USA and Canada seem like a run to the corner store. http://drivingthedrweam2011.blogspot.com

Have a safe and great trip
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Steve Kaufman (Ladner, BC Canada)
on February 13, 2012 10:41am
Oops, mistake on our blogsite.Sorry.
http://drivingthedream2011.blogspot.com

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Last updated on February 1, 2012.