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Equipment for the African journey with the 6x6 130 Land Rover.

About Travel Photography,
Colors of the World.

Manfred is creator of, travel photography, a travel blog and a photography blog (a journey from 2004 to 2013). 'I set out to see the colors of the world, always I try to capture the colors'.

Seeing, is understanding, so I report and photograph, but formost enjoy and live those different conceptions of life (all that TV [and the web] cannot give). I reject jealousy, animosity, bigotry. Be free!

Manfred in the desert of the Western Sahara

The mind, when pondering at night and always asked those questions. What am I doing in corporate wonderland of bank, university, office or church? Who is the other animal asleep deep inside, the thinker, punk, creative, or Indian, vagabond and healer, maybe artist, writer, photographer, traveler, globetrotter? Oh God, dare you to think. When I saw the lies, gambles and manipulations I follow the old dream and set out for the journey of life lived, the journey to see the colors of the world.

During years on the road I have taken the turns as they came along, and realized one thing: Only such a small part of the planet can be explored and such a vast land and sea mass will always remain unknown, to me; many swamps, jungles, deserts and oceans will never be traveled. But then I am father of twin boys, Daniel and David, my most important, and I show them some of the wonders and colors out there.

ThisFabTrek, Photography and Journey, the Stories from the Road and Life around the World, stopped in August 2013 after more than 9 years, Love and Peace.

Last vehicle.

G20, Chevy Gladiator.

Chevrolet Gladiator G20, The boys in Cordillera Blanca, Peru.
The boys and Chevy van, Peru.

The G20, the vehicle that came to me for the Americas adventures.

6 wheeled Land Rover.

Land Rover Defender 6x6
Link to Foley

The vehicle of the Africa adventures, a Foley 6-Wheeled Land Rover Defender.

Before, the MB307.

Manfred and MB307
Journey, Middle East.

The vehicle of the Middle-East and North-Cape Journeys. See all vehicles.

Daniel and David with nanny Aisha, the best we ever had, black African Woman carrying white twin babies, in Bamako, Mali.

Travel Blog

contains Festival/Fiesta/Art photography.

"There is nothing more powerful than an idea whose time has come." - Victor Hugo.

"What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it, to tell the tale." Living to Tell the Tale - Gabriel García Márquez.

"They never taught wandering in any school I attended. ... they never taught the art of writing a book, either. It's all so mysterious."
"Wandering is an art in itself. Wandering and writing don't mix"
"Writing demands commitment and if one thing your wanderer is allergic to is that very quality of commitment, for once one is committed he runs that very risk of failure ..." Wanderer - Sterling Hayden.

"Photography enables you to grasp a place first time round. ... Photography is a means of exploration, it's a vital part of travel, almost as essential as a car or a plane. " - Wim Wenders.

"The worst prejudice we acquire during our youth is the idea that life is serious. Children have the right instincts: they know that life is not serious, and treat it as a game..." , Egon Friedell.

"How far you gonna go. Before you lose your way back home" - Tryin' To Throw Your Arms Around The World, Achtung Baby, U2.

"If you want to be a hero well just follow me." - Working Class Hero, John Lennon.

"When I think of all the things I have done, I know that it's only just begun." - I love you, Lou Reed.

"One does not escape the Sahara - the Sahara let's you go or not" - Touareg.

"Planet earth is blue and there`s nothing I can do" - This is Ground Control to Major Tom, David Bowie.

"Glory for the crazy people/in this stupid world" - Ahmed Fouad Negm. > land-rover > equipment

On Land Rover outfitting and equipment

Ps 201104: What you see here is the Land Rover equipment page pretty much as I compiled, later reedited it. Call it the good, the bad and the ugly for the useful, the useless and the unused stuff. When setting out in 2004 I carried too much, all that I could not get rid off and did not want to leave behind, clothes, wetsuits, golf equipment, drill.

I also bought sh!t I thought I had to have (a 500GBP tent, 100EUR jump-starter, both never used), most of the tools and spares I used over time, some all the time (hey, it's a Defender). Annoying were the outdoor shop's gadgetry that proved completely useless for longterm traveling in Africa, the top of the notch headlamp just falls apart as it's not made for day after day rattling and severe exposure to dust.

With technology changing as rapidly as it did, I abandoned the CDs, slide scanners and film cameras for MP3 players, later iphone, and digital cameras, I changed my computers 5 times, ended with an Apple MacBook Pro, the GPS units 3 times, they actually hold well.

Now I am on the road with not much more than a knapsack, a good pair of boots, Mac, camera and GPS; I want to be able to always take a flight/abandon my van/go and see my children.

I pretty much don't own anything else.

What equipment? What gadgetry?

Ps. 2008: After 4 years mostly in Africa I am still carrying too much stuff. On the road more and more stuff is deemed irrelevant, a burden to carry around. On the other side equipment on the road breaks and tears so much quicker and as I own only what I carry in the truck, anything that I abandon today I'd have to re-buy tomorrow.

This is so true for clothes, they fade at lighting speed, laundry in Africa is done by rubbing the clothes on stone, the washing powder is never rinsed completely, it stays in the cloth, the acid burns holes and more holes.

When back home I take the almost new, never worn, clothes that fill up brothers' and sisters' wardrobes, wear them for another year and then give them to someone poor. In Africa children too often run around naked, especially in Sahel winter at night temperatures fall close to zero. This is what I call recycling!

Interior of Land Rover
Interior of 6x6 Land Rover
Interior of 130 Land Rover
Three, it's even fuller while moving about.

That legendary Africa journey equipment page.

  • Boxes - most stuff is stored in boxes.
  • Camera Stuff - cameras, lenses, scanner, tripod, mono pod, films, ...
  • GPS - Garmin.
  • Lenovo 3000 n200 laptop computer, after I burnt the Asus F2J, plugging the adapter in the 12V. Also had an Acer before, but their service dep. let me down.
  • 300GB Maxtor and some other external HDDs.
  • Iridium satellite phone. But it is expensive and complicated to buy credit.
  • Nokia mobile phone always a Nokia, (click for the current number).
  • Edirol 24 bit digital MP3 recorder R1. Soundbites -- coming up soon.
  • Cables - mains/12V/usb for computer, gps, digital cameras, phones, chargers, etc.
  • Ovation guitar.
  • CDs - no-more, switched to MP3 and bought a
  • Creative Zen Touch MP3-player. CDs and CD players scratch and break. (PS 2011. actually the MP3 is no more, broke on the road, use my iphone)
  • Tools, 3 boxes full of tools, where 2 before, but now I think I have most of what I need, as good mechanics you find easier then good tools.
  • Spares, 2 boxes (been 1 before), not a question if you need them just when (as Stuart Foley said)
  • High-lift jack, sand ladders, 2 spare wheels, air compressor, towing straps.
  • Books - you always carry too many books, maps, manuals, dictionaries, but dictionaries really are going digital...
  • Kitchen stuff - espresso machine, pan, pot, pressure cooker, mugs, cutlery, plates, wok, chopsticks, tagine, ...
  • Engel 12V refrigerator. The best. (PS 2011. deemed undestructible but even that broke)
  • Food - spaghetti, rice (sometimes 10 kilos), beans, lentils, cous-cous, flower, olive oil, vegetable oil, and stuff ..., coffee, tea, ...., usually a lot of vegetables (several kilos of potatoes, onions), lots of different spices, dried chilies, eggs for breakfast.
  • Sporting equipment - golf kit, wet suit. (Ps. 2011: haha)..
  • Backpacks, walking boots, mountaineering stuff.
  • Tents.
  • Blankets, pillows, sleeping bags, mosquito nets (so important, buy one for 3 EUR in Nouakchott).
  • Clothes, for winter, summer, the beach, the city, rain and sunshine, ...
  • Victorinox SwissTool, I never leave without it, and it never breaks.
  • Buck hunting knife.
  • Medication, First Aid stuff, ..., from headache to Malaria.
Food box
Medication > land-rover > equipment

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