Week 6, end of stage 2 of the c2c22 mission – Chartwell SA to Chartwell UK – Distance travelled approximately 9000kms, August 26th Currently in Djibouti East Africa

Report and copy by autObarn, the automotive sponsor.

Day 55 and the team of 7 Land Rovers are all now in Djibouti arranging for a boat to transport them across the Red Sea to the Arabia coast, to Jedda, Saudi Arabia and the long haul through Arabia and Turkey.

The complete team and all seven Land Rovers are now in Djibouti, planning with MEC for a suitable boat to carry all the vehicles across the Red Sea to the Arabia mainland. There was a huge choice of boats and ships in the remarkably busy harbour getting a safe one with easy loading and off loading at the right price was the mission. Once across it is then picking the long route through all the selected Arabic countries and onto Turkey. By rights, the terrain and conditions should be a lot easier than in Africa and going east into Europe.

“The Kenyan Wind Farm was the most spectacular site we experienced a total number of 365 massive turbines on the shores of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya. Crossing into Arabia we do not have much to say on where in Arabia the boat will take us as we must get to Jedda then Saudi

And the long hoy trip up Arabia into Turkey another tough trip to Istanbul,” said Alley Grunewald, one of the female drivers on the trip. The team is all in good health other than the complaints of the huge cost of food and beer in French-influenced Djibouti.” All seven vehicles have been checked and serviced and are still strong thanks to the team, their sponsor autObarn with the onboard spares, tools, and equipment, Fragram Tools, Wynn's, Philips Automotive Lighting, Sabat Batteries, and Castrol operations have supported us all the way up Africa and were great hosts. The team also had a few costly parties in Djibouti to celebrate the progress to date,” said Grunewald. 

Going back to the spectacular Kenya Wild Farm at Lake Turkana, where they were based and looked after by the management at the wild farm, repairing and servicing their vehicles. Kenya has built the largest wind farm in Africa, the Lake Turkana Wind Power consortium (LTWP), which aims to provide 300 MW of low-cost electrical power. With a projected cost of US$800 million, it would be the largest single private investment in Kenya's history.

The sprawling wind farm of 365 turbines on the shores of Lake Turkana in northern Kenya was built and created to boost the nation's electricity supply.

Djibouti, on the Horn of Africa, is a mostly French and Arabic-speaking country of dry shrublands, volcanic formations, and Gulf of Aden beaches. It is home to one of the saltiest bodies of water in the world, the low-lying Lake Assal, in the Danakil Desert. The nomadic Afar people have settlements along Lake Abbe, a body of saltwater featuring chimney-like mineral formations.