SEARCH PROJECTS

Welcome to the page of our next expedition: A trip from Egypt to Cape Town trough 11 countries in search of secrets spots… We will travel 4 months with a VW Amarok packed with flying gears and a support truck trough the most remote places on earth in order to bring back a great documentary and some amazing flying actions. We will share our experience on this page and on our website. Stay tuned…

Bienvenue à la page de notre prochaine expédition : un voyage d’Égypte à Cape Town, 11 pays à la recherche d’endroits secrets… Nous rendra 4 mois avec un Amarok VW bourré de flying engrenages et un creux de camion de soutien les endroits les plus reculés sur la terre afin de ramener un grand documentaire et certaines actions de vols incroyables. Nous partagerons notre expérience sur cette page et sur notre site Web. Restez à l’écoute…

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Here is the itinerary we will follow during our trip. At the start we dreamed about leaving Belgium by car and travel all the way South but the political situation in Libya (the West route) and in Syria (the East route) did not allow us. After trying to get the visas we finally decided to put the vehicles on a boat that will travel from Antwerp to Alexandria. It means that we will start in Egypt and from there we plan to cross 11 countries.

Here is a list of the countries we will encounter :
Egypt-Sudan-Ethiopia-Kenya-Tanzania-Mozambique-Malawi-Zimbabwe-Botswana-Namibia-South Africa.

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Let me introduce you to the support truck of our next expedition…
It will be used to transport most of the gears and our prod team. It was prepared by team mate Olivier Symoens for the last 3 years. It has a kitchen, fridge, 6 beds, 220 volts electricity… Looks nice doesn’t it ?

Permettez-moi de vous présenter le camion de soutien de notre prochaine expédition…
Il servira pour le transport de la plupart des engrenages et notre équipe de prod. Il a été préparé par coéquipier Olivier Symoens pour les 3 dernières années. Il a l’électricité 220 volts, 6 lits, réfrigérateur, une cuisine… Looks nice n’est pas elle ?

Let me introduce the team:
Pilots: Horacio Llorens & Thomas de Dorlodot.
Photographer: John Stapels.
Support truck owner & paramotor pilot: Olivier Symoens.
The production team: To be confirmed.
We also plan to invite friends as Veselin Vladimirov Ovcharov, Ramon Morilas, Hernan Pitocco or Raoul Rodriguez. We really hope they can join at some point.

Permettez-moi d’introduire l’équipe : pilotes : Horacio Llorens & Thomas de Dorlodot.
Photographe : John Stapels.
Soutenir le propriétaire du camion & pilote paramoteur : Olivier Symoens.
L’équipe de production: À confirmer.
Nous prévoyons également d’inviter des amis comme Veselin Vladimirov Ovcharov, Ramon Morilas, Hernan Pitocco ou Raoul Rodriguez. Nous espérons vraiment qu’ils peuvent se joindre à un certain point.

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I visited my friend Isabelle at CERP. Her team prepared a fully furnished first aid kit for our next trip to Africa… I feel a bit safer now…
I hope we wont need it but at least we will be ready if we need to. Now I have to go get some more vaccines…

J’ai visité mon amie Isabelle à CERP. Son équipe a préparé une trousse de secourisme entièrement meublés pour notre prochain voyage en Afrique… Je me sens un peu plus sécuritaire maintenant…
J’espère wont nécessaire, mais au moins nous serons prêts si nous devons. Maintenant je dois aller chercher certains vaccins plus…

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And here is my Amarok that will be used to transport the pilots to reach the most remote flying areas. It was prepared by TREKK. It has a new tires, a roof tent, a fridge, a small kitchen and it will be packed with our paramotor and our paragliders. :-) .

Et Voici mon Amarok qui sera utilisé pour transporter les pilotes pour atteindre la plus éloignée de vol. Il a été préparé par TREKK. Il a un nouveaux pneus, une tente de toit, un réfrigérateur, une petite cuisine et il va être emballé avec notre paramoteur et nos parapentes. :-)

The team arrived in Egypt

The team landed in Alexandria.

It has been more than a year that the idea came out. Why not to cross Africa form North to South in Search of secret flying spots ? We have been preparing this trip for so long and the last two months were pretty epic… So many things to think about. So many details to fix. After tons of vaccines, paperwork and a very long checklists we where finally ready to go. The trip to Egypt is short but the contrast with Europe is huge. It is snowing hard in Belgium while it is 20° and sunny In Alexandria. The beauty of aviation… It really feels great to finally be here.

We spent our first day in the city with Adel, our friend and local Red Bull contact. He came with around 200 Red Bull cans as a welcome present. We are covered.

The next day we where supposed to go to the harbor in order to get our vehicles. Sadly, they told us that the boat was stuck somewhere at sea as a result of the bad weather that stroked Europe last week. Not much to do, the boat will arrive with a 4 days delay. No worries, we are not in a hurry, and it will buy us some time to try to get some flying authorizations. For this, we decided to go to Cairo. We took a local train. That’s where I really started to feel that we were traveling: the train still work on diesel here and it is pretty rusty, it works fine though and it arrived on time. Once in Cairo we decided to visit the great Pyramids of Giza. Something you have to see once in a lifetime. We were really impressed. We had our first flat tyre of the trip on the way back to the hotel. Our taxi was probably more than 40 years old. Olivier changed the wheel in less than 4 minutes while the taxi driver was asking himself why his client was fixing his car… This will arrive at least a few times during the trip, it seems that we are ready for it. It would be great to get our Amarok and the assistance truck out of the boat thursday. Today we plan to visit the Cairo tower and meet some officials to try to get flying authorizations. Fingers crossed.

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Breaking news today : our VW Amarok will arrive with a 4 days delay. The boat got stuck due to bad weather in the Mediterranean sea. This evening we travelled by train to Cairo to prepare the next days… Stay tuned.

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As expected, paperwork takes a lot of time around here… Our cars finally arrived last night. We spent the entire day at the local shipping agency filling forms to ear at the end that the customs where closed till sunday morning… We will never complain against Belgian bureaucracy again… hum hum. Good new is : Tom will travel by plane to Luxor to meet the local Governor. He and Adel, the local Red Bull manager, will try to get a special flying permit for a very special « SEARCH Project ». Fingers crossed, stay tuned.
The SEARCH team.

Comme prévu, la paperasserie prend beaucoup de temps autour d’ici… Enfin, nos voitures sont arrivés hier soir. Nous avons passé la journée entière à l’Agence de transport local, remplissage de formulaires à l’oreille à la fin que les douanes où fermé jusqu’à dimanche matin… Nous avons jamais plaindra contre la bureaucratie belge à nouveau… hum hum. Bonne nouvelle est : Tom voyage par avion à Luxor de rencontrer le gouverneur local. Il et Adel, le gestionnaire local de Red Bull, tentera d’obtenir un permis spécial de vol pour un très spécial « projet de recherche ». Doigts croisés, stay tuned.

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