This is an authorized translation in English of a post in French by @terresco: Afrique, la longue traversée
Remember that the person who speaks here is NOT me, Vincent Celier (@vcelier), but @terresco, a French guy.
Africa, the long crossing
From Cape Town to Mombasa by car, 8 countries, 3 months, 12500 km. A trip I had been thinking about for a long time. The idea is to cross Africa from east to west while going north to access a wide variety of cultures and landscapes. From desert Namibia with strong South African influences to the green coast of Kenya.
Finally, in this fine morning in June, we wake up in Cape Town. Less than two weeks before the departure, the race against the clock begins. We must not forget anything because then, except perhaps in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, we will not find spare parts or missing equipment.
Cape Town, it's an old story, we have known it for a long time, we have friends there, we go back regularly because we love this city. This is also the "logical" starting point of the trip. South Africans love to camp so you can find everything you need.
Let's not forget a good medicine kit with antibiotics, anti-malarial medicine, clean syringes and all the classics that you can imagine. We do not take preventive treatment against malaria but we have something to treat ourselves in case of crisis.
We built our itinerary according to many variables, and we adapted it during the the trip. We already knew South Africa, southern Namibia and its gorgeous [Orange River](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Orange_River) Gorge, southern [Botswana](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Botswana), and the desert-lined [Kalahari](https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kalahari_Desert) area of lions and Bushmen (remember the movie The Gods Must Be Crazy?). So we had to go north in these two countries which led us to follow more or less the Atlantic coast from Cape Town.
We will end up in Kenya to reach the port of Mombasa and be able to take the car and send it back to Cape Town. Between an election canceled for fraud and waiting for a second one, the formalities to board a car in a port that we do not know and the beginning of the rainy season Kenya had concocted an end of active trip
The time of year is not the best for South Africa and southern Namibia (it's winter) but after that it's perfect and in principle, we should be able to arrive before the rainy season.
One beautiful morning in July, the sun is not up yet when we start and make the first km of the long road that should take us to Kenya. Three months is a long time, so I will need several posts to tell the full story. In the next part, we will leave Cape Town to go up along the diamond coast to Namibia.