team’s arrival was estimated for the end of March, and they had not
only respected the schedule but were actually a week early.This
incredible result was just one more acknowledgement of the skills of the
men and the reliability of the Iveco vehicles. A team chosen and
prepared to tackle and overcome unimaginable challenges and
difficulties. Another important factor that contributed to the
achievement of the expedition’s goals, was the assistance given by the
Iveco dealerships in Africa. When it proved necessary to undertake
specific maintenance on the vehicles, “Overland 12” could count on their
welcome and professional expertise.
The orange caravan travelled for almost 80 days, covering over 23,000 kilometres and crossing 20 countries.It
went from the Winter climate of the Mediterranean to the dry heat of
the Sahara, from the high temperatures and extreme humidity of the
Equator to the pleasant, temperate climate of southern Africa.
Moments of great apprehension and concern alternated with gratifying
moments such as the visits to small healthcare structures in the
villages encountered along the route, where “Overland 12” delivered
medicines and sterile materials that are extremely rare in many parts of
the African continent.
For the members of the team, the friendship and support that the
local populations gave the expedition represented further motivation to
continue and to complete their mission: the Iveco vehicles and the team
were met with great admiration and curiosity, and their “colleagues”,
the African truck drivers, often showed their support when the tracks
became really impassable. However, there were also entertaining moments
in the villages they passed through, when enthusiastic children
surrounded the vehicles and men of the team, examining the trucks and
asking questions about Italian football players.
With this wealth of positive experience, and having recharged their
batteries during their stay in Cape Town, “Overland 12” set off again
across South Africa towards Botswana.