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From South Africa


Me staring into the bonnet of my Landy. It was taken near Kahama in north west Tanzania. I was travelling to Uganda when I smelled diesel. It turns out that it was the seal on the injector pump that started leaking. I drove to Kahama where it was temporarily fixed with shellac and managed to get me to Kampala in Uganda (still leaking, but not badly) where I had the pump rebuilt. The Landy is was my first Defender, a 1994 200Tdi County. You can see my HF antenna on the rear corner of the roof rack. I used that for daily short wave communications beck to South Africa during my trip. The trip was because I landed a large contract with the Ministry of Health in Uganda and needed a vehicle up there. I drove through Zimbabwe, Zambia, Tanzania, and then into Uganda. The drive up to Kampala took 11 days, and six moths later I arrived back home after 7 loooooong days of driving.


On the Kapchorwa road in Uganda. The Landy was a 19J 110 belonging to a sub-contractor that I was using for the MoH contract. The road gets very muddy during the rain season, and my crews had to often help out with stuck vehicles, sometimes being stuck for days on end with a completely blocked road and no way around. The guy in the orange vest with the spade is one of my crew. The kid in the striped blanket is a typical Karamojong tribesman who probably was curious about all the fuss and bother. The Karamojong are very rustic and unsophisticated herders and subsistence farmers from eastern Uganda.


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