The Call of Africa

This website chronicles our journey from London, via Edinburgh, to Cape Town. We left the UK at the end of November 2009 and took a long and sometimes dusty and muddy road through Europe and Africa in our trusty Land Rover Defender.

Our journey took us down the west coast through French-speaking Africa to Namibia. From here we headed east through southern Africa and then down the east coast of South Africa to Cape Town.

On this website you will find details of our trip including daily diary entries, pictures, GPS tracks and information for future overlanders. Please feel free to leave a message in our guestbook or send an email to We hope you enjoy your visit. 

Neil & Catherine


:: Latest Update


The Great Trek South is complete!

On Sunday the 4th of July, after seven months on the road, 24 countries and 32,000 kilometres we arrived to a warm and sunny Cape Town and an even warmer reception from friends and family on the Table View beachfront.

Africa has truly wowed and amazed us every inch of the way. While there have been some challenging times it has shaped us, fascinated us and and left us with memories that we will treasure for the rest of our lives.

Our diary and photos are now up-to-date and we have also put together a video highlights package which captures a glimpse of our time on the road. Enjoy!

Please keep in touch.

Celebrations in front of Table Mountain


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:: Sponsors

Bush cables are stainless steel cables that are attached across the bonnet of the Land Rover. They are designed to force tree branches away and protect the windscreen during off-road driving.

Kurt from has very kindly sponsored us a set for our trip. They are excellent quality and will no doubt be invaluable on our journey. Please visit his website for full details of his products which are designed to fit a wide range of off-road vehicles.



Tilley have very kindly sponsored Catherine and me two of their comfortable and durable hats. Tilley hats are Canadian-made and known to be of outstanding quality which will suit us very well in the African bush.

We have chosen the Tilley Insect Shield Hat and the TH9 Hemp Hat.

While Tilley are famous for their hats, they also sell a range of travel items and accessories. See their website for more details.



Extreme 4x4

Jeremy from Extreme 4x4 has very kindly sponsored us an anti roll bar upgrade kit following our rebuild. This significantly transforms the handling of the Land Rover and should reduce the risk of rolling the vehicle.

Extreme 4x4 sell a wide range of offroading suspension, recovery and protection equipment.

Jeremy also runs Durite - selling auto electrical parts. Most of our electrics are Durite, which we obtained through Footloose 4x4 and so far have been very reliable.

See the websites below for his full range of products.