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Richardq 8 Jan 2008 09:13

Anybody know why The Africa Overland Network has stopped updating their site? I used to spent many enjoyable hours reading up on travellers diaries etc. The information I got from it saved me dearly in the preparation for my trip into Africa.

ghenk 8 Jan 2008 12:21

Not sure I tried to add our site to it but my emails bounced back to me. I'll try again and also try a different contact for Martin and let you know what I can find out.


noel di pietro 8 Jan 2008 20:37

same here
Same with me. Tried last summer. Gave up after 3 mails or so?



roamingyak.org 9 Jan 2008 20:51

I spoke with Martin yesterday. He has become a born again Hindu and moved to Kashmir I believe.

Either that or it will be a little while before his next trip and it's just too depressing to read about others who are about to set off so the site is sitting on the back burner for a while. Also his wife has been in training for the triathlon world champs (she did well) so that takes some time up as well...

Perhaps if we all voice our appreciation for his site here (which he reads) it might spur him back into action.

How many posts can we get on here to spur him on.........:clap::thumbup1:

CornishDeity 10 Jan 2008 08:14

Without Doubt
Africa Overland was the VERY first website I came across when my trip was not even an idea in my own head! Without it I would not be doing what I am today (well next year !!)......

I love it .......

It also sends about 5 people a day to my website which is nice .....

I know how hard it is being dedicated to a website, so I understand why it may be a bit behind. perhaps overs could help? Or someone could design a widget that would mean all Martin would have to do would be to assign a username/password and then the newbie could upload their own details?

Just ideas ..........

Anyway, before I end, a big thank you to Martin for helping me realise a dream!

jamieT 10 Jan 2008 10:46

Just like to mention my appreciation of the site too. I spent weeks linking to sites in the planning stage, it takes much of the fear factor away to read others accounts.

While I understand the amount of time required to keep this going, it'll be a great shame if it disappears. Hope a solution can be found for the future travellers ( probably not me for a year or two)


diesel jim 10 Jan 2008 16:22

Indeed it is good reading.

following everyone elses trips is very much encouraging me to get my arse into gear and finish my 110!

Keep the updates coming Martin!!!!

yorks-lad 10 Jan 2008 21:25

You are not the only one missing the journals, diaries, and the galleries on The Africa Overland Network. It would be nice if it can be kept going.

Richardq 11 Jan 2008 19:47

Spur him on
..."Perhaps if we all voice our appreciation for his site here (which he reads) it might spur him back into action.

How many posts can we get on here to spur him on.........":clap::thumbup1:[/QUOTE]

I think that is a great idea. Come on then... words of encouragement?

ghenk 12 Jan 2008 12:13

The Africa Overland site is THE place to start your research, reading about the routes that people have done, vehicles that they have used etc.. It has also, for me, been a great place to make contact with people who are at a similar stage of preperation to you. We have made many friends through finding their websites and getting in touch. Come on Martin!! I have a site that is just chomping at the bit to be uploaded!


wanderer999 12 Jan 2008 15:54

I have been thinking of setting up a new site to replace it. What do you think?

It took us 9 months to get listed so I understand the problem. Also I hugely miss the site reading of others trips like ours back in 2005/6.

I have previously asked Martin a few times about updating it and I dont think he will. I think he has lost interest? I suggested he handed over the reins but he didnt seem interested in that either.

solms 18 Jan 2008 18:27

Hi Everyone... I feel extremely embarrassed and humbled by the appreciation that the site has gathered. Plenty of excuses from my side as to why the site has become dormant - however I won't bore you with them.

Moving forward, I have asked a company to re-create the site so that it becomes a little my dynamic and as such, will allow for administrators to help out. That way I can pass on the content side to someone else...

My enthusiasm for overland travel is still high - esp after the last good trip. More plans are brewing for the next one... but first to get the site sorted.

Thanks again for the comments...
All the best,

ps - PM me if you are a techie with webskills and are willing to donate some time...

wanderer999 20 Jan 2008 19:57

the future.....
So, Martin, what is the real plan....?

I know you realise that this is just so important for the overland community and needs action?

I realise you have done so very much for overlanders over many years but what you have done is simply essential, there is no equal. It must continue. ... I am sorry to lay it on the line like this but it must be done.

If you dont want to do it then please find someone who will....

jeff_watts 20 Jan 2008 20:18

africa overland
it was reading africa overland quite by chance that gave me the bug!!! it must be wonderful to have created something that had such a profound impact on so many people..so many of the hits on my web site came from Africa overland

heartfelt thanks!!!


Gone wandering

mario travaini 21 Jan 2008 00:46

Hi Martin, Mario here from southing.

send me an e/mail if you need any help with the site.

I'm using wordpress now which is free and very easy to maintain/update and it's completely changeable for any layout you want (see my new blog for an example)


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