Ghana’s capital of Accra, prior to reaching Togo, the first partial
team replacement took place. As originally planned before the expedition
departed, some of the crew left the mission and back home.
This was an emotional time for both the old and new crews. The old
crew left to return back home with an abundance of unforgettable
memories of a unique experience, whilst the new crew were fearful of
having to live up to the very high standards set by their colleagues. At
home, this nostalgic feeling is humorously referred to as “mal
d’Overland” rather than the traditional “mal d’Afrique”
Crew turnover has become necessary as a result of the high stress and risks that are faced during expeditions of this nature.
Travelling across countries with no political stability, territories
with poor or no viability, and regions where armed conflicts have left
war debris like mines are the main concerns on the itinerary.
Another danger, even more menacing and invisible, is the risk of
infectious disease. Prevention is compulsory; the entire crew underwent a
rigorous vaccination programme against malaria, yellow fever and
typhoid fever, diseases that continuously infect the African continent.
As the expedition crew had to be ready and prepared for every
challenge that may occur during this trip, the Iveco vehicles also had
to be rigorously prepared to guarantee versatility to cross the most
difficult and binding off-road steps of the expedition: excellent
vehicle specifications and a thorough additional preparation made it
possible for the “Overland 12” convoy to maintain the demanding schedule
and match all of its objectives