Dutch couple Pim and Anne de Korte (both aged 34) caught our attention on Instagram when we saw images of them overlanding Africa in a Toyota Hilux with a rooftop. We were even more impressed when we saw that their two very small kids — daughters Juliette (4) and Rozemarijn (1) — had joined them on the adventure. Super brave (as many parents will think) and extremely exciting (as all off-road enthusiasts will agree).
Both Pim and Anne previously worked as online marketers but quit their jobs when they decided to embark on this journey. They continue to run their own business, Homes of Africa, a holiday rental company based in Hoedspruit, South Africa, so while they are based in the Netherlands, they do spend a lot of time in SA.
As with many extraordinary decisions, this one was brought about by the pandemic. “When Covid hit, our youngest daughter had just been born. The pandemic made us realise that we really wanted to experience freedom,” explains Anne.
The couple had bought a Toyota Hilux 3.0 Legend 45 in Namibia in 2020. When it was time to kick off their Dutch family road trip, they drove it to Cape Town and began their journey there. “It’s a reliable car that can take us anywhere,” says Anne.
They planned the trip from their home in the Netherlands. “We watched a lot of overlanding YouTube channels to prepare ourselves. Our original plan was to explore only Botswana, Namibia and South Africa, but we changed our whole plan almost every week,” she laughs.
The change in itinerary was a combination of unexpected events and meeting fellow travellers who convinced them to visit other places. “Our visas for South Africa expired so we had to leave earlier than we had wanted. This led us to Mozambique, where we met a lot of people who were extremely enthusiastic about Malawi. So off we went to Malawi, where we met another travelling family who convinced us to go to Tanzania, and we went to Zanzibar together. The lesson we learnt is that you can never fully plan a trip like this,” she says.