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The German, a nun and a Prickly Pig

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The sensation of wheels spinning in the mud can be pretty cool, especially if the vehicle is moving and preferably sideways. The same sensation when the vehicle is stationary is not so cool but no big problem. But, when we experienced wheel spin in our 4WD, complete with big tires especially designed for mud driving, it proved to be more…

Troy vs. The Amazon

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Successfully surviving the ‘world’s most dangerous road’ we were now in the mood for a big city and La Paz wasn’t cutting it this time. We needed propane, grocery supplies and a good night on the town. This was becoming something of a habit, our city fix every few weeks to dance with hip local crowds, sample treats and ferret…

Cocaine country and the world’s most dangerous road

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We departed La Paz early the next morning and drove through the maze of one and two-way streets that changed direction depending on the direction & volume of traffic. More often than not this phenomena had us driving into headlight flashing horn, honking oncoming traffic… not to mention the standard local donkey drawn carts that paid no heed to truck,…

These are the dayz of our Global Inc Safari lives

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Global Inc Safari has been on the road for over 11 months (331 days to be exact) and as we get closer to the this adventures finish line we start to think about how different our daily lives are on the road and why we chose this kind of round the world trip. When we departed from Brisbane airport it…

Bolivia Beckons

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The morning sun was finally beginning to reach the valley floor far below, the sky was cloudless and the day promising to be as warm as can be at nearly 3000 m above sea level. The Sacred Valley of the Incas was turning it on for two bone weary travelers far from home and that still had a long road ahead of…

Machu Mission

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The journey to the ancient Inca citadel that is Machu Picchu is very easy if your wallet knows no restraint. The real challenge is to get to Machu Picchu without having your wallet or credit card raped. We spoke to numerous ‘English speaking’ tour operators during our investigation into every available option open to us, we also explained in great…

The Gringo Trail to Cuzco

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The Peruvian capital, Lima is a heaving mass of buses, trucks, cars, people, beasts of burden drawing carts and confusing & very chaotic roads. We have driven through nearly every national capital on our way down through the Americas and every country believes their capital city has the worst traffic. Congratulations Lima, your traffic is as crazy-dangerous as it gets,…

Panting in Peru

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Landscapes should not change as dramatically as they have from Macarã, our Ecuadorian border town crossing, to the Peruvian coastal town of Huanchaco.  Perched in the lower southern highlands of Ecuador, Macarã is neck deep in lush native South American bush. Not long after the border into Peru the lush mountain ranges lose moisture and are replaced by gigantic sand…

The Equatorial Ecuador…Cheap gas but no time

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On the eve of Good Friday we were very close to the Colombia/ Ecuador border and decided to push on and camp the night at a suggested hotel some 500m from the border. The sun had set and darkness quickly descended on us, driving after dark is something we do not like to do. The road twisted and turned high…

Restorations and Explorations in Colombia

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The first person to stop was a motorcycle Policiá, finally one when you need one. He parked on the verge opposite us and strode over with purpose. After the obligatory ‘do you speak English? No, do you speak Española’ conversation the Officer motioned for us to set our emergency triangles, and finally we could show a Policiá  our brand new…

Darien who?

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International airports can be an integral necessity when travelling from one country to the next, especially when large bodies of water or land separate you from your destination. Our need to use an international airport was a little different and involved a 100 km or so of rivers & jungle. The Pan American Highway ends in Panama and restarts 100…

Panama – Miami of the South

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It was day 210 when we crossed into Panama via the Caribbean coast and we could hardly believe that our tour through Central America was almost over. We never planned much in the way of adventures or sightseeing through this country, it was just the place we needed to get to for transporting Troy over to Colombia to start the…

Costly Costa Rica

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Q: What do you call 4 kiwis crossing a Central American border in a Californian registered overlanding truck?
A: Choice Bro!
We were approaching our 13th country, Costa Rica, and made the usual preparations, Rola and Okki, our kiwi hitch hikers were curious and intrigued how we did our thing, having travelled on chicken buses since Mexico and had no…

Never ending Nicaragua

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We woke to a beautiful sunset over the rolling green hills after our first camping night in Nicaragua. Our friendly French neighbors  which we had met at the border, also camped with us and we shared a morning chat about our plans whilst in the town of Estelí. A cigar tour and horse riding topped the list as well as volcano…

Honduras in 5 hours and 10 minutes

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An early start was in order on this particular day and an early start we got. Our resident rooster woke us at 0100 then again around 0300’ish and if we had had the energy rooster wasn’t going to make the 0430 call and re-awaken the neighbouring cock’s. We have previously spoken about our new car game – catapult the ants,…

Viva La Republica De El Salavdore

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After Mexico and Guatemala, arguably the most daunting of countries, were under our belts the way ahead felt like a breeze. We rolled out of Guatemala City and straight away took a wrong out of the gate, after 20 odd kilometres the superhighway became a small spaghetti junction at which point I re-interrogated the GPS… after a very quick look…

Guatever…Don’t believe the hype!

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If foreign a destination is renowned for Civil war, Political unrest, corruption at all levels and tainted with violence and threats to safety, ostensibly  western opinion will tend to be bias in the negative. One such nation is called Guatemala.

Guatemalan history is one of great controversy. Mixed with the looming Mayan legacy, thriving culture, spectacular jungle scenery, technicolor fabrics, a population of over 15 million and…

Unexpected Mainland Mexico

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Baha seemed like an easy version of ‘going to Mexico’ with its RV culture and Americanised ways, it wasn’t until we were on the crossing to the mainland that we started thinking of all the warnings and negativity surrounding travelling in Mexico. Most family, friends and even strangers thought it was madness to be crossing this country, many even tried…

Mexico – The land of certain death

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We are finally prepared (as prepared as we were ever going to be) to cross the border from the USA into Mexico and Tijuana is the border crossing of choice. Our days during the lead were long & stressful as we modified and fine-tuned Troy and the camper. We awoke on a Wednesday ready to drive and finally put the…

“How about we drive to from California to Argentina after Africa?”

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“How about we drive to from California to Argentina after Africa?” Anna asks casually over dinner to which Russ replies “Why not!”
All those months ago this question seem ambitious yet so enticing.
That one idea has led us to this point in space and time. We have holed up in San Diego in an RV park with a 4WD…

Looking Back…3 Months in Africa

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Kilometres Driven: 10,159
Countries Visited: Kenya, Tanzania & Malawi
Days on the road: 75
Days Camping: 70
Days of Rain: 2
National Parks Visited: 10
Favourite National Parks: Lake Nakuru, Kenya and Ruaha National Park, Tanzania
Favourite Animal: Anna – Giraffes Russ – Elephants
Favourite Animal Experience: Elephants ripping trees outside our roof tent, leopard drinking out of our water bowl at night…

Driving Tanzania

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With time and days passing us by so fast, we drive back in into Tanzania with our sights set on 3 National Parks which make up the last stops on the East African leg of Global Inc Safari. Park number one on the list is Ruaha NP in the south, the other 2 are in the North and help form…

Hot on the tourist trail in Tanzania!

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Over the last 3 weeks we have been on Tanzania’s tourist trail, steering away from being off the beaten track and our carefree, random routes. This was more of a ‘have to see’ than a point to the map and ‘Lets go here’ decision. So far on the trip we have tried to be intrepid with our explorations, preferring more…

Malawi Gold

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After our “Wild West” adventures and to many days off-road and full of dust, we Hi 5 the glorious feeling once we hit the tar and start rolling smoothly into Mbeya, the crossroad for southern Tanzania and the jump of point to the Malawi and Zambian borders. We are spoilt for choice here and find ourselves dining out for the…

‘The Wild West’

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West Kenya to West Tanzania
Time had arrived for days off; it feels like the weekend! We stopped in Kericho Town, the agricultural hub of West Kenya’s local tea plantations. Anna is ready to stock up. The country side is absolutely lush, plantations line the hillsides, and these in turn are bound by highland bush. The township of Kericho itself…

Searching for Lions in Lake Nakuru National Park

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After our draining experience of climbing Mt Kenya, it was time to get back into the game parks. So we headed straight to the top of the rift valley, Lake Nakuru NP. Back on our mission to search for Lions
Our entry into the park gate lead us straight to our camp site for the night. After a quick recce…

Mt Kenya:1 Global Inc Safari:1

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Mount Kenya (NP)
Lenana Peak – ASL 4985m (15000 ft)
OK, we were sitting on this white sand, palm tree lined tropical beach watching an Indian Ocean swell thunder into the reef some hundred metres distant pondering our next move.
After flitting around the idea of safari parks, lions and rhinos we settled on climbing a mountain, and not just…

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Makindu Preparatory School Visit

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The last 2 days have been long, clocking up about 400kms/per day of driving and averaging about 50kms/hrs. After leaving the South Coast and our beach break, we are heading back up north, aiming for Mt Kenya, ready for the big climb! Travelling slower has been so much better. We see more, are inclined to stop more often and are…

Camping at the beach

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As we near 30 days on the road, we decide to finish off the month with a hiatus from the road and dust, a week on the beach!
We leave Southern Kenya with memories of our latest safari and bee-line for the coast, GPS pointing to Mombasa. The roads in Kenya can only be described as crap and the driving…