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Ashdod – Israel

Ashdod – Israel

Israel… what can I say? I have deliberately not written a blog for a while so that I could try to put a bit of perspective on everything. It’s ironic really that immediately after I write a blog about how grateful we are to be able manage to take the best from...
Aswan – Egypt

Aswan – Egypt

Well we’re here – Egypt & our last African country. When we left in August 2009 a friend’s daughter was doing a school project on Egypt. We promised her that we would be there soon (well, in 18 months or so) so we could tell her all about it. Alice was in...
Danakil – Ethiopia

Danakil – Ethiopia

Wow, wow followed by many more wows…. the Danakil Depression, or more specifically Erta Ale Volcano &, I believe, one of only 6 permanent lava lakes in the world. Getting into the Danakil Depression is not an easy undertaking – we really wanted to go...
Mekele – Ethiopia

Mekele – Ethiopia

New teeth fitted – check! Nose bleeds under control – check! Rested & ready to move on – check! Time to hit the road again, with Lore & Bram who managed a quick (1000km) side-trip to Harar to feed some hyenas while we were in Addis and after...
Addis Ababa – Ethiopia (Again!)

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia (Again!)

Back in Addis after a fabulous few days in the Bale Mountains. The drive to Bale from Addis can be done as a loop, so we managed to add much more of Ethiopia into the trip. Whilst is can (theoretically) be done in a day, we took 2 long days each way. Obviously time...
Addis Ababa – Ethiopia

Addis Ababa – Ethiopia

We are delighted to report that things have continued on a positive note in Ethiopia. It really seems now that our experience in the south was unique to the area. Yes, there is still begging, but not on the level that we experienced in our first few days. In fact the...
Awassa – Ethiopia

Awassa – Ethiopia

Quite a lot to tell since the last blog, so here goes… I last wrote from Loiyangalani, at the beginning of the Lake Turkana route. Obviously we have now made it to the other end & what a wonderful experience it was. The total trip from Nanyuki to Turmi in...
Loiyangalani, Lake Turkana – Kenya

Loiyangalani, Lake Turkana – Kenya

Remote northern Kenya has to be one of the harshest and most beautiful regions we have travelled through on the whole of our trip. We are here eventually, but only after a false start… Once the convoy gathered (Richard & Ali, Lore & Bram) we left Nanyuki...
Nanyuki – Kenya

Nanyuki – Kenya

Ethiopian & Sudanese visas now in our passports after 10 hectic days in Nairobi. Happy days :-) We were lucky enough to stay with our great friends Will & Mel for most of the time in Nairobi, so managed to swap the confined surrounds of Jungle Junction for...
Nairobi – Kenya

Nairobi – Kenya

            Jungle Junction, Nairobi. Probably one of the most famous (hence popular, hence overcrowded) overland stop-overs in Africa. That’s where we are now. Nairobi is the last stop before the trek north where we can give Itchy a good...
Mbarara – Uganda

Mbarara – Uganda

A short blog to let you know that we have survived Christmas & New Year. What a great couple of weeks! Mum, Steve & Vics came to visit us in Uganda, much to the consternation of many of their friends & family who believed that they were crazy to visit such...
Kibale – Uganda

Kibale – Uganda

1000 nights on the road! That deserves blog just in its own right… so here’s a few facts & figures about the trip. A list…..courtesy of my sad spread sheet! ✤ Departure date: 17 August 2009. Those of you who can do sums will perhaps have worked out...
Bwindi – Free Gorillas!!!

Bwindi – Free Gorillas!!!

A little event today justifies a tiny blog of its own… This morning, on our way out of Bwindi, Clive & decided to visit Bwindi Lodge to see if it would be affordable to book for January when Vic & I come back for our gorilla trek. As I was walking down...
Bwindi – Uganda

Bwindi – Uganda

It’s raining. Quite a lot. But then Uganda is lush, lush, lush so I guess that rain must be part of the equation. We have been in Uganda for nearly a week & are loving it. Very beautiful, very friendly & definitely a good place to spend Christmas with friends...
Biharamulo – Tanzania

Biharamulo – Tanzania

Well we did it & I’m not in the bad books… thank you very much indeed to the accommodating thousands of wildebeest & zebra that we bumped into in Serengeti for saving my bacon! Before I go on to expound the wonders of the migration in the Serengeti, I’m...