Sunday, 24 January 2010

A Gentle Drive to Kenya - More Musings

Dreaming (or maybe secretly planning) of a gentle drive from home in the UK, through Europe, Asia, and some of Africa to home in Kenya, a total of about 6,500 miles.

Within my self-imposed budget of £3,000, I have so found the following diesel, automatic vehicles:
  • Isuzu Bighorn (Trooper). 3.1 litre, very strong car, needs new tyres;
  • Mitsubishi Pajero LWB, 2.8 litre, fine except it has not cylinder head;
  • Nissan Mistral (Terrano) LWB, 2.7 litre. I like these, but apparently, they are not too strong, more of a soft-roader.
  • Toyota Surf, 2.4 litre manual, fine except the turbo doesn't work, but I am sure it can be fixed cheaply. But is the 2.4 a little underpowered, and don't they pack up rather easily? (I do like these!!)
Looking on the Interweb, my personal choice, good HiLux king cabs appear to be rarer than rocking horse manure.

I don't know about the other bits of Africa that I will be travelling through, but Toyotas are very popular in Kenya, so spares and repairs would not be too much of a problem. But what about the rest of the trip?


Diane said...

ohhhhhhh how exciting!!

BabaMzungu said...

I realised that planning this trip would be hard work, but it is even harder than I thought.
If I can find a suitable route, I will be setting out late 2010 or early 2011.