London, England to Cape town, South
Photos by Graham Jackson and
In 2004, Graham Jackson and Connie Rodman,
along with friends Witt and Jen Sparks took two Land
Rover Defender 110s on excursion across Africa. Their
journey took them from London, England to Cape Town,
South Africa by way of the western coast of Africa.
Building The Trucks
Graham and Connie and Witt and Jen spent
a great deal of 2003 building and preparing their
110s for the expedition. In addition, they did a couple
of brief shakedown trips, including a trip out to
Moab before loading the Defender 110s into a container
England and Europe
After a month on the water, the container
ship arrived from the US carrying the precious cargo
of their Defender 110s. Leaving from England, the
group headed across to the mainland of Europe, where
they travelled down the length of France and Spain.
Once in Gibraltar, they were just a short ferry ride
away from Morocco, and the beginning of their trip
across the African continent.
Morocco was their first taste of the African
continent. This country, located on the southern edge
of the Mediterranian sea is more Arabic than African
in influence, but nonetheless, the stunning mountains
and sparse deserts made for nothing less than an epic
beginning to their adventure. In southern Morocco,
they began to notice a something bad going on with
the white 110. Upon further inspection, they discovered
the transmission had gone out. The solution was a
complex international collaboration to get them a
new transmission shipped to Morocco. If only the weather
conditions had cooperated with the complex replacement,
but the African sands had something else in mind.
With a new transmission in place, they
headed south from Morocco into the country of Mauritania.
This country, located on the western coast of northern
Africa lies within the heart of the great Saharan
desert. The expedition's route took them through the
middle of the desert with vast barren expanses of