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Moz, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana...14000km.
08-11-2016, 01:22 PM
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Moz, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana...14000km.
Hi guys!

We are back now, having completed a big tour in our Syncro. After rebuilding the 1.8 "bastard golf engine" (my first time to do that!) we drove 14.000km under partly harsh conditions. Had everything from deep sand to rocks to tarmac and enjoyed driving it. The kombi pulled even the trailer and 8 people with luggage. Very pleased. Not so pleased that I had to run the last 500km home with only 3 cylinders as the same one that had a broken piston lost compression again. Undecided

I will prepare a big report, I am just now sifting through photos and will put them in here.

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08-11-2016, 06:31 PM (This post was last modified: 08-11-2016 06:57 PM by Bruce.)
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RE: Moz, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana...14000km.
Wish I could have been there.
Looks great!

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08-11-2016, 06:51 PM
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RE: Moz, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana...14000km.
Cannot wait to hear and see about it bru,busy doing my 2lt golf engine and new gearbox
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08-12-2016, 07:06 AM
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RE: Moz, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana...14000km.
haha...a 2l Golf engine is coming for me too...

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08-12-2016, 11:49 AM (This post was last modified: 08-15-2016 06:53 AM by syncromad.)
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RE: Moz, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana...14000km.
We all envy you !! Big Grin
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08-13-2016, 10:53 AM
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RE: Moz, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana...14000km.
No, don´t envy us for having had a tank cannon pointed at our car and a shootout in Mozambique or getting stuck in the bush 160km from Maun with broken cables...Smile but it´s all part of the fun!

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08-13-2016, 02:41 PM
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RE: Moz, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana...14000km.
So how long do we have to wait for details about the tank?Smile

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08-14-2016, 04:42 PM
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RE: Moz, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana...14000km.
Ya in africa its always wild, ak sure tank thats scary.
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08-18-2016, 02:07 PM (This post was last modified: 08-18-2016 02:18 PM by ourwildjourney.)
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RE: Moz, Tanzania, Zambia, Botswana...14000km.
The details...ok, there are 2 roads that have to be driven in a military convoy. First one from Save river going north, the second one from Nyamapasa north. The first convoy was fine, then there is a piece of road where we could drive alone. Left Gorongosa in the morning and drove...Mount Gorongosa is the rebel (Renamo) stronghold, we passed an armoured vehicle with a cannon on top and kept driving. 2 km down the road we had deep potholes so we stopped to take photos of the car in the potholes. Suddenly, that tank/armoured vehicle came around the bend, saw us outside with cameras, passed us and blocked the road. The cannon turret turned and pointed directly at us, soldiers with AK47s jumped out of it and surrounded our car. They screamed something about photos and cameras. Luckily, we have 2 SLRs, so I told Andrea to pass me the other camera and I started showing them photos of Moz beaches etc. Their mood turned from serious to smiling and they let us go. Phew!
Then, on the second convoy we were driving along, suddenly army passed us, all serious looking and guns up. The convoy stopped and we heard shooting in the front, further away. Then soldiers ran past us, one of them took cover behind a truck 20m from us and started shoting into the bushes on the right side of the road...believe me, it´s not a very nice feeling. I wasn´t afraid of any of these 2 political sides attacking tourists but stray bullets is a problem. Everybody in the car went down and the nervous waiting began...thoughts went from "...it´s gonna be alright..." to "...I wonder who gets hit first..." . Now...after all, it´s an experience to smile about but in that moment it wasn´t funny at all!

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08-18-2016, 08:04 PM
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gotta love africa
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