Whence the Slow Donkey reference? The donkey bit has nothing to do with any misperceived stubbornness from Anne nor any physical attribute of mine. Our tractor-like Land Cruiser 76 series 4.2 diesel station wagon is slow (but oh so steady) and is disparagingly referred to as a donkey.
It was with “tremendous anticipation and barely contained excitement” that the date for our trans-African journey drew closer. It had been a long time coming and with my specifically planned retirement just over a year previously, I had plenty of time to prepare for this adventure of a lifetime. In principal we have no time limits set for this trip. We envisage more or less a year away and are most fortunate in not having to apply strict budget constraints. We plan to drive there and also all the way back. The “there” has not been finalized but will possibly be as far as Egypt. To claim the iconic Cape to Cairo trophy is not on our agenda. We will start off on our own to allow the flexibility of only having our own whims to consider. Our main focus will be on wilderness areas, wildlife and the isolation and beauty of the more out of the way destinations. We both love the coast as well. We would also like to immerse ourselves somewhat in the local culture and meet the locals where appropriate. In my opinion we have the capability needed to visit the most remote of destinations.