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11. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Siberia to South Africa surely.

Incidentally, did anyone else catch the Top Gear special (this probably won't mean anything to our friends from outside the UK) - Jeremy Clarkson actually succeeded in driving from Northern Canada to the north pole. Scary stuff that, they could have gone through the ice quite easily.

[ Edit: Edited on Sep 27, 2007, at 7:18 AM by mikeyBoab ]

12. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Siberia to South Africa surely.

Incidentally, did anyone else catch the Top Gear special (this probably won't mean anything to our friends from outside the UK) - Jeremy Clarkson actually succeeded in driving from Northern Canada to the north pole. Scary stuff that, they could have gone through the ice quite easily.

O, but it does mean something here in the Netherlands! Most popular car program here, unfortunately I haven't seen that special, but I have seen some other competitions like driving a Bugatti by Jermeny versus flying by Hammond from Italy to London. Pure fun!

13. Posted by mikeyBoab (Travel Guru 5077 posts) 9y

Quoting Utrecht

O, but it does mean something here in the Netherlands! Most popular car program here

Really??? Is it in English or dubbed?

The north pole special was fantastic. Clarkson raced Hammond who went by dogsled.

14. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting mikeyBoab

Quoting Utrecht

O, but it does mean something here in the Netherlands! Most popular car program here

Really??? Is it in English or dubbed?

The north pole special was fantastic. Clarkson raced Hammond who went by dogsled.

Yep, honestly! But it is not difficult to have the most popular car program in holland, the rest is boring as hell!
In general, everything on dutch television is in the original language by the way, so everything is subtitled.
That's another discussion by the way: why do many countries aplly the dubbing on television, it is so fake and it makes the people of that country really stupid because they obviously are to lazy to read the subtitles or understand english

15. Posted by aharrold45 (Travel Guru 1281 posts) 9y

Assuming you could get right permits, the correct visas and a vehicle that can double as a boat and van (incase you sink driving over thin ice in Siberia and maybe to do the Panama gap) the I've got the longest itinerary without continually going through the same countries many times over. A drive from Singapore, through Malaysia, Thailand (all of South East Asia, in to China across through Nepal, India, Pakistan (all of Central Asia). Then after that nightmare is over, continue up through Kazakhstan in to Russia, up to Petropavlosk-Kamchatskiya (pointy bit on far eastern Russia) up to the closest point to Alaska, then right across Siberian Russia (obviously would have to be done in the hottest months). After doing that continue on through all of mainland Europe down to Portugal then come back across through the southern section of Eastern Europe, through Turkey and the Middle East region down through Israel-Egypt then zigzag right across Africa from Egypt-Libya-Algeria-Morocco-Mauritiania-mali-niger-chad-sudan-eritrea-djibouti-somalia-ethiopia-kenya-Uganda etc etc until you had been to every African country that is on the mainland at least once lastly arriving in South Africa. Then break the trend a bit (and rules of your question) and hopefully find a container ship or some other ship that will take you and your car from Cape Town across to somewhere in Southern Argentina. Then continue the voyage through every country in South and Central America (using the boat function of your vehicle to cross the Darien Gap) up through USA and Canada & Alaska until you reach the closest part of mainland alaska to Russia. I think this should cover your longest drive! I'd imagine that'd be well over 60,000 miles seeing it is only 20,000 kilometres from the north pole to the south pole in a straight line.

Unfortunately something as large as this is not likely to ever happen due to countries like Saudi Arabia and Russia (to name only two) having really difficult visa regulations (not that you'd want to risk your life in many of those Western African countries and dangerous areas of the Middle East). Also something as small as a gap year wouldn't let you drive this far considering it takes a good 5 or 6 months of almost every day driving to fully drive and take in even most areas of Australia let alone almost every mainland country in the world.

On a more realistic note I did read of a tour that is planning to operate an overland adventure from London-Sydney (getting a car ferry from somewhere in Indonesia-Australia), so that would be a pretty huge drive.

[ Edit: Edited on Oct 1, 2007, at 5:14 AM by aharrold45 ]

16. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Wouldn't that be a great drive aharolld! Can I join you;)
A few remarks on that great itinerary:
1. It is actually better to drive in Siberia in winter in some parts at least. Late winter when rivers are still frozen but temperatures are less extreme there are more options of natural roads.
2. Also in winter, it would theoretically be possible to cross the Bering Street by (adjusted;)) car, making a loop possible except the boat trip from South Africa
3. Saudi Arabia gives 3-5 day transit visas if you are with a car and you can show that there was no other option of getting to the country you are heading for (you need visa for that country as well). Of course, with a car, there are few other options then driving (maybe boat?).
4. Border Algeria-Morocco (and probably a few others) are closed
But it is an interesting discussion wether it would be some kind of possible. Probably the Darien Gap will be the biggest problem.
Cheers! Michael

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18. Posted by GregW (Travel Guru 2635 posts) 9y

Interesting itinerary, but I don't think there are roads in a lot of the areas in Siberia or Alaska that you mention, which would make it hard to drive. I suppose you could use your "boat" function for those parts, puttering along the coast.

Anyway, realistically, I think the OPs best bet is to try something like the Mongol Rally from London to Ulaan Baatar, in which teams drive a crappy car (I think they need to be purchased for under 500 pounds, or something like that). CNN wrote a story about a bunch who did it here: Technomads, and I think they had a blog somewhere... Ah yes, here it is: www.thetechnomads.com

19. Posted by t_maia (Travel Guru 3289 posts) 9y

For Africa a more practical route would be Egypt-sudan-ethopia-kenya-tanzania-mozambique-South Africa and then up again to Morocco on the west coast. Or maybe the other way around - south from Morocco on the west coast and north along the east coast to Egypt. The situation in Western Sahara might be an issue.

Getting into Lybia is still a big problem, as is getting safely across Southern Algeria and Algeria in general. So driving Egypt-Lybia-Tunisia-Algeria-Morocco is currently only possible in theory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Sahara
http://wikitravel.org/en/Western_Sahara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakar_Rally
http://wikitravel.org/en/Algeria

20. Posted by Utrecht (Moderator 5595 posts) 9y

Quoting t_maia

For Africa a more practical route would be Egypt-sudan-ethopia-kenya-tanzania-mozambique-South Africa and then up again to Morocco on the west coast. Or maybe the other way around - south from Morocco on the west coast and north along the east coast to Egypt. The situation in Western Sahara might be an issue.

Getting into Lybia is still a big problem, as is getting safely across Southern Algeria and Algeria in general. So driving Egypt-Lybia-Tunisia-Algeria-Morocco is currently only possible in theory.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Western_Sahara
http://wikitravel.org/en/Western_Sahara
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakar_Rally
http://wikitravel.org/en/Algeria

T-maia is right, and Africa can give lots of problems about driving your way around, safety and regulations.
And on top of that, the border between Algeria and Morocco is closed currently.
I am not sure what you mean with the situation in Western Sahara, you can just safely drive from Morocco to Mauretania right now, according to our friend Wouter, who just did that...the road to the Gambia is all paved right now!

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