Can You Imagine Crossing Egypt In A Restored Willys Jeep?

by Wes Kibble on December 20, 2010



I love Willys Jeeps. Regular readers of this blog already know this. What you may not know is that visiting Africa is on my list of things to do in the next 20 years. I want to see lions and zebras in their natural habitat. I want to see the pyramids. But travelling across Egypt in two restored Willys Jeeps for two weeks? A group of explorers from England and Egypt are doing just that and are inviting you to join them! Their website says it all…

Join us for Easter 2011 on a unique trip to mark the 70th anniversary of the creation of The Long Range Desert Group.
We shall be driving many of the pistes they drove back in World War Two, through some of the most exciting and magnificent desert scenery the Sahara has to offer in a matched pair of genuine 1943 Jeeps.

Between the wars Major Ralph Bagnold, together many of his old chums would go out on self funded trips into the Sahara from their base in Cairo. In 1941 Bagnold was given just six weeks to create the Long Range Desert Group. We have had a little longer to plan our trip!

Our two 1943 Jeeps will land in Alexandria Port on Sunday April 17th to embark on a 13 day adventure, covering about 1200 miles of pure desert driving. From Cairo, southwest to Ain Della, then on as far south as Gilf el Kebir, ‘8 Bells’, then back north, through the Great Sand Sea to ‘Big Cairn’, and on to Siwa, for so long the base of the LRDG. We shall end the tour with celebratory cocktails in The Cecil Hotel at ‘Monty’s Bar’, little changed since the LRDG celebrated there after their own trips.

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