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We mainly designed this website so that our family and friends could keep in touch with us and our trip, whilst we were away. However, we know that when we were dreaming about and planning our trip, we found other overlanders' sites really helpful in making our trip a reality. So, if you haven't met us before, here is a little about who we are and why we chose to do this trip.The first thing you need to know, is yes, we know how to spell 'Africa'! We are Shell and Luke Kerr (hence 'Afrikerr') and after much dreaming we will set off in November 2011 on a year long overland adventure around Africa in Bluebelle, our trusty (we hope!) Landrover Defender.

Trip Start: 2013-04-30 Trip End: 2011-11-01 .

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Friendly Oto-men

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Tuesday 11th to Wednesday 12th December 2012. Bolu, Istanbul, Svilengrad. The next morning we ate from the hotel’s buffet breakfast before setting off. We dined quietly with the many business men staying in the hotel. It was all very civilized…

Merhaba

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Saturday 8th to Monday 10th December 2012. Iskenderun, Pozanti, Bolu. Stepping off the boat we were led around the crowd of truck drivers collecting their passports from an official’s suitcase. Although on the boat we’d been assured we’d have immigration…

A Sad Goodbye…

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Tuesday 4th to Saturday 8th December 2012. Port Said, Ferry from Port Said to Iskenderun. We had news a week or two back that we were no longer able to get a visa for Libya. Our lifeline, Jill Wilson from…

Treasures & Tiffs

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Monday 3rd to Tuesday 4th December 2012. Cairo. The next morning we took up Sam’s kind offer of his washing machine before we ventured out into Cairo for the day. We found a little deli near Sam’s place that served…

‘Allo Geezer!

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Sunday 2nd December 2012. Giza, Sidaqua, Dashur, Cairo. We were up for another gorgeous desert sunrise the next morning. We wanted to make it to the pyramids at Giza today and still have time to explore, so we got packed…

Last Great Wilderness

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Wednesday 28th November to Monday 1st December 2012. Western Desert (Al-Kharga, Dakhla, Farafra, White Desert, Bawiti). The next morning we lingered for a while to soak up the desert peace and quiet. It really is beautiful out here and desert…

Tomb Raiders Behind the Scenes

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Sunday 25th to Tuesday 27th November 2012. Aswan, Luxor. The next morning we had a call from Kamal. He claimed that both we and Tom had left behind the Arabic version of the vehicle licence. Without this, we couldn’t drive…

Waiting Room

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Wednesday 22nd to Saturday 24th November 2012. Aswan. A man called Mohammed who works at the port found us as we emerged from the ferry and bustled us ahead of the long queue and through customs, to where Kamal was…

Floaters

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Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd November 2012. Wadi Halfa, Aswan. The following morning, we spent a little time re-organising our cars before driving the final 100km to Wadi Halfa. We weren’t sure if we needed to leave our keys with…

Under the Nubian Stars

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Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th November 2012. Karima, Dongola. In the light of day we could see that the air was coming into the fuel line from a join in the pipe. Without being able to get a new ‘fuel…

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining

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Thursday 15th to Friday 16th November 2012. Meroe, Atbara. The next morning was a gorgeous one at our wild camp. The air was so still and the land so quiet. The long shadows from the small hills shaded us, so…

Remote Ruins

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Wednesday 14th November 2012. Naga Temple, Maswwarat. The following morning we chatted to Jessica for a little while before setting about leaving Khartoum. She recommended that we apply for the ‘Travel and Photo Permit’ issued by the Department of Tourism,…

Zig-zag

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Tuesday 13th November 2012. Khartoum. The next morning a few large herds of goats passed through our camp. Our alarm didn’t go off, so we didn’t set off as early as we’d planned. The sky was clear, vast and pale.…

Into the Heat

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Monday 12th November 2012. Gallabat, Wad Medani The crowd of men at the Gallabat border post were unfriendly and abrupt. One tried to rifle through the documents in my hands rather than tell me what he wished to see. It…

Camelot of Africa

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Saturday 10th to Monday 12th November 2012. Debretabor, Gonder. It was quiet the next morning and lovely to catch up on a little sleep. We tried out the breakfast in the hotel as it’s just so cheap to eat out…

Holy Rock

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Thursday 8th to Friday 9th November 2012. Lalibela, Debretabor. We left Wim’s Holland House as the sun was just creeping over Addis. With quite a few other travellers in Wim’s tiny yard, it took a little manoeuvring to get our…

New Flower

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Sunday 4th to Wednesday 7th November 2012. Addis Ababa. We awoke to find the sky the colour of Wedgewood china, with just a few fluffy bread-roll clouds balanced on it. We thanked Karatu for his kindness in having us stay…

T’ i ru Food

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Saturday 3rd November 2012. Arba Minch, Awassa. The next morning we breakfasted on the terrace whilst soaking up the gorgeous view of the pastel mountains above the twin lakes. We savoured the cold crunchy toast, a wonderful mature cheese omelette…

Choo Choo…destination, Konso

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Friday 2nd November 2012. Konso. Our morning started way too early for our liking, mainly thanks to all manner of noises in the town around us. At 4am we were woken by some kind of religious revival that sounded as…

Freak Show

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Thursday 1st November 2012. Mago National Park, Jinka, Key Afra, Konso. It was raining and dark the next morning. By 6am we were outside our hotel waiting for our guide, Manio. For the next fifteen minutes we tried to call…

Insane Greetings

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Tuesday 30th to Wednesday 31st October 2012 Omerate, Turmi. North of Lake Turkana we met our first Ethiopian road and turned west towards Omerate. We were driving on the right again, for the first time since Angola. In Omerate the…

Tranquil Turkana

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Tuesday 23rd to Tuesday 30thOctober 2012. Nairobi, Timau, Maralal, South Horr, Loyangalani, Iloret. Tuesday morning we set out first thing to get ourselves ready to head north. The first task on our list was to get ourselves stamped out of…

Grease Monkey

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Thursday 11th to Monday 22nd October 2012 Nairobi. First thing the next morning we dressed as smartly as we could and drove to the Sudan Embassy. We were pleased to find our passports ready for us and freshly stamped with…

Raining Baboons & Rhinos

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Tuesday 9th to Wednesday 10th October 2012. Naivasha, Nakuru. The next morning giant marabou stalked about the lawn. Mick befriended a nice waiter called John and bargained us all an excellent price on the buffet breakfast. We were treated to…

Meaty Business

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Saturday 6th to Monday 8th October 2012. Nairobi. At the Kenyan side of the border we met a crowd of other muzungu and local travellers. We filled in brief immigration cards then joined the queues. At the counter the officer…

Not a good day for Land Rover

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Friday 5th to Saturday 6th October 2012. Karatu, Arusha. The next morning we busied ourselves with filtering water before getting on the road. We drew a small crowd of Masai men, who were eager to help and chat to us.…

ROAAAARRR!!

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Wednesday 3rd to Thursday 4th October 2012. Ngorogoro Crater. Climbing the mountains of the western rift shelf we got a stunning view of the valley and Lake Manyara. High on the hillside, we stopped at a lookout to admire the…

Quintessential Africa

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Monday 1st to Wednesday 3rd October 2012. Tarangire National Park. The next morning we were up with the sun and were rewarded with spectacular views of Kilimanjaro. We were in Arusha stocking up on supplies for the Tarangire National Park…

Deep Blue

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Saturday 29th to Sunday 30th September 2012. Pangani River, Lake Chala. The bird life around the river the next morning was fantastic. We watched the colourful birds flit around in the palms and tall grasses whilst we ate breakfast. We…

A Pleasant Itch

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Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th September 2012. Pangani. Outside of Dar’s city limits the landscape was browned dry. We passed several bushfires that looked in danger of getting out of control. We also dodged some rather dangerous drivers. In one…