I was always a very curious person and the more curious I was, the more I learnt about things in general. It was this curiosity that took me on my very first overlanding trip to the outback of the land I grew up in - Africa.
Accompanied by a good friend who shared the same level of curiosity as I did, we were completely unprepared in terms of vehicle preparation and supplies. Putting it mildly it was a complete naïve attempt. In the 500 km (310miles) we covered, what was meant to be a three-day trip turned out to be an arduous six-day trek. We had to endure so many vehicle breakdowns (I would care not to remember) and ran out of food. Our 4x4, we had bought on a shoestring budget, had seen better days and our utter ignorance of what terrains to expect in the African bush did not do this old fourbie any favours.
If I was the type to go by first impressions then this was certainly unpleasant enough to have kept me well away from the remote bush for the rest of my life. Yet thanks to the old adage “it’s about the journey than the destination” turned my unpleasant first experience to a life changing moment that would keep me going back every opportunity I got.
Despite the troublesome first venture, the breathtaking landscapes, the wildlife, flora & fauna, the history of the land I passed through, the generosity & humility of the people I met, touched my heart deeply.
Then I met the love of my life Ajanie. After her first overlanding trip she immediately fell in love with the overlanding lifestyle. Ever since we have been travelling in Africa and Australia every opportunity we got.
- Duncan & Ajanie Udawatta