Before arriving in Cameroon the convoy passed through Benin and Nigeria. The
short distance travelled in Benin, about 100 km, was on good asphalted
roads and the team encountered no problems. Long delays and debilitating
discussions took place at the Nigerian border in order to proceed,
under armed protection, towards the capital of Lagos. In Lagos, one of the most populous in the African continent, security was a real concern because of the high crime rate.
During this stage, the Overland crew visited the new IVECO dealer in
Lagos and all of the vehicles underwent a rigorous and thorough
technical review. To give promotional support to the local Iveco dealer
the “Overland 12” expedition sponsored a local football team, an
initiative which was greatly appreciated by the dealer and locals.
The orange convoy finally departed towards Cameroon observing the
poor standard of living that most of the local inhabitants survive in.
Despite the armed guard accompanying the expedition, the team
encountered a frightening moment when, close to the state frontier, the
convoy was been forced to quickly change direction to avoid riots
between government forces and rebels. Occurrences such as this are
common place in this part of the world with it being normal to encounter
groups of refugees who have left their own homes to escape the fighting
On departing Cameroon, the group headed towards Gabon and the Congo
and their equatorial jungles, a place that is mainly uninhabited and
where man and transport have yet to leave their mark. The convoy met
this challenge head-on with the same energy and commitment that has
marked the expedition to date.