Through the novel Overland, you will experience Africa through the eyes of Paul DuPree, who, with his future wife at his side, quit his job to participate in an exciting, humor-filled 'overland' journey across Africa with some of the strangest fellow travelers you'll ever meet.
The wild animals? Dangerous. A canvas tent is the only thing separating you from some of Africa's most notorious beasts.
Life on the road? Rugged and rustic. You'd sell your soul for the taste of a cheeseburger.
And the break-neck speed of the South Africa to Kenya itinerary? Brutal. And be sure to bring more than one spare tire.
Paul’s hypochondriac girlfriend, joining him on the trip, worries she's going to die from any number of mysterious tropical diseases. Black market deals, corruption and military convoy escorts aren’t found in any guidebook he’s ever read. And his tour companions, strangers from across the globe, drink, party and destroy their way from South Africa to Kenya.
The only thing keeping him going is the continent itself – rugged, mysterious, and beautiful, in a fly-by-the-seat-of-your-pants, dangerous sort of way. Would that be enough, or would his sanity depart him long before he reach the finish line in Nairobi?
Overland is your ticket to a pain and mosquito free hilarious journey through Africa.
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As the book mentions in the introduction, Africa is not the easiest place to be a tourist. Going overland, or seeing the sights while getting from A to B in a large truck, is the way to go. The six-week tour described in the book winds its way from Cape Town, South Africa to Nairobi, Kenya, complete with the titular ‘total strangers’. Oh, and a precious painting — a “large, cheery oil painting emblazoned with oranges, reds and blues”, bought in South Africa before the journey even started. After a less-than-inspiring orientation, everyone piles into ‘Ella’, their custom-built BMW truck with luggage storage and floor safes. The focus turns briefly to the other travelers, who complain about a meager lunch, but quickly return to camping on the African plains (“the blackest nights I had ever witnessed,” writes the author). The first night exposes some of the realities of camping in Africa, such as having to pee when suspicious noises makes you suspect there’s a leopard around… From the Namibian ‘Grand Canyon’ to ‘Dune 45’ to the tour with Bushman to a well-known watering hole (a great place to observe the local wildlife), Africa teems with adventure. I’ll let you read the rest of the adventures for yourself, but look for the part about a military escort. There’s also a great reminder about how traveling (even on a guided tour like this one) requires taking ownership and responsibility of your situation. If you’re looking for an honest look at overlanding through Africa, this is as good as you’re going to get. It ain’t pretty or the most comfortable-sounding (one person needed to be air-lifted for medical issues), but the rewards of still-natural nature are there. It definitely doesn’t read like a commercial for the company named several times in the book, and it’s longer than average (meaning reading on your own trip will help pass the time for longer) On a side note, it’s inspired a game idea — I’ll have to flesh it out quite a bit, but I haven’t seen anything like it before….