On the road… Johannesburg to Harare

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© Nicholas Philipson | Woza Rafiki

Howzit readers and welcome to the first official post to our online journal, in what we hope will be an absolute peach of a journey, following our intrepid explorations.  We

are two young South Africans, attempting to travel and work on the road through Africa in our ‘99 Land Cruiser 105 series, Rafiki. 


After months of planning, the day has finally arrived, the engine is warming, wheels turning, oil is checked (or so we thought having driven only 6kms to find the exhaust smoking like a chimney – 2 pints’ oil please petrol attendant sir) and we are on our way to venture deeper into the vast and diverse continent of Africa. We’ve said our goodbyes (for now) and a few tears have been shed, with the car full to the brim with everything we think we need and want.  


Packing for a trip of this nature is a daunting task: countless hours of research done, blogs read and the question what should we pack? being asked of ourselves on so many occasions we couldn’t bear to keep count. What should be scratched of importance and thrown out the car last minute, leaving loved ones clutching to goods as they frivolously attempt to wave goodbye at the same time?

© Nicholas Philipson | Woza Rafiki

How much did we end up leaving behind, you ask? Not much.

Packing list: A mobile hospital worth of medical supplies, everything from ‘White Gold’ (toilet paper for those who don’t know) to spares and the all-important roof-tent for sleeping. Basically, all the essentials needed to survive life on the road for 6 months, maybe more (we hope more). Fishing rods, guitar, art supplies, a sewing machine (because we like to craft on the go, overkill? Who knows, only time will tell) books, and of course the kitchen sink.

© Nicholas Philipson | Woza Rafiki
© Nicholas Philipson | Woza Rafiki

 This most marvelous send-off day, we drove Rafiki at a blistering pace of 90km/h from

Johannesburg to Musina, South Africa for the first leg of our expedition. As befitting to our last day in our homeland, the day was filled with our last SA takeaway, a Nando’s lunch of chicken wraps (Mild please) and peri-peri wedges.

© Nicholas Philipson | Woza Rafiki
© Katherine Krone | Woza Rafiki

The closer we got to the Baobab trees, the further from home we felt but the more our excitement grew. We saw our first day of travels out with the last rays of a sunset and a Super-M (unfortunately no beer).

Sunset viewed from Sandriver resort near Musina, South Africa. © Nicholas Philipson | Woza Rafiki

If you’ve made it this far, here’s a little more info on what to expect. Our first port of call for our African journey is Zimbabwe. Stay tuned for our next blog post to see what we get up to.


Thank you to our family and friends for all the love and support and assistance with getting started.

Kate wearing Uhambo from Veldskoen. © Nicholas Philipson | Woza Rafiki

Lastly, a massive thank you to our product sponsors Veldskoen, for sorting us out with shoes to keep us looking fresh in the veld, and Outdoor Warehouse for gear to keep the campsite functioning.

We are Woza Rafiki.
Come friend and share in our adventure.

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16 Responses

  1. Martie says:

    A Great Start to a fabulous adventure. Look, explore and enjoy all the fine detail and all the expansive beauty of our wonderful continent, Africa.

  2. Bernie Krone says:

    Good luck guys may the road ahead open up a new adventure each day.

  3. Jeff Brown says:

    Hi guys, truly truly inspirational stuff. We are really so excited for you and are looking forward to more. You have just left and we are already so envious that we still have to wait another year to follow your footsteps/ tyre tracks… Keep on bloggin…. Jeff

  4. Elaine Philipson says:

    Whoop whoop. To The explorerers.. go forth, have fun, make memories, make friends and make a difference. 👊🙏safe travels

  5. Kirby Williams says:

    Wow what awesome pictures, wishing you both all the best on your adventure. Can’t wait to hear all about it 😊

  6. Daphne Pereira says:

    Loved the pictures and information about your first day on the road. Hope you have an amazing adventure

  7. Jade says:

    Ah what an awesome read!! Really made me feel so close to you both! This adventure is going to be life changing!! Sending lots of love!!

  8. Benjamin Krone says:

    Hamba Rafiki Hamba !!!
    Keep going, looking like a truly epic adventure of insane proportions !!! Hope you’re having tons of fun !!!

  9. Tess Meyer says:

    Good luck friends! Hope you have the most unreal time exploring this incredible continent. May your journey be a safe one. Looking forward to reading more blog posts! 🧡 All the best!! Xx

  10. Haze says:

    Wow. Enjoy. Xxx

  11. Brenda Albertse says:

    Good luck Nicholas and Kate! Have a wonderful journey. I will keep on reading 😘

    • John says:

      Hey Kate and Nic,
      It was really cool to have a good chat with you guys last nigh in Malawi. I look forward to reading all about your journey over the coming months. We are on the way to Lake Malawi just now.

      Safe travels and enjoy the journey.

      John Xx

  12. Maria says:

    What an amazing adventure this will be…enjoy every moment..looking forward to seeing your posts…safe travels 👋👋

  13. Cheryl Katzen says:

    Safe travels Katie💗. We waiting for more blogging from you. Enjoy every minute.

  14. Great Aunty Jen says:

    Love your blog. I’m with you all the way. It makes Orkney looks so dull.
    Enjoy your adventures and stay safe. 😎

  15. Sharon Kersten says:

    Have the souls of adventurers. Tree photos are spectacular.

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