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Reunited!

After three weeks in England following Landy’s progress on the shipping tracking websites we flew back out to Istanbul to be reunited. A last minute delay in his leaving Port Said meant we had a few days longer in Istanbul than expected. On Sunday the shipping agents...

Port Sudan

Port Sudan is hot hot hot, but then we are here at the hottest time of year. Just as in Khartoum and elsewhere everyone is polite and friendly and it’s an absolute joy to be in this country. Our first couple of days were spent making contact and final arrangements...

Nubian mechanics

Not keen to hang around late with the cockroaches we were on the road pretty quick this morning. Having skipped breakfast we stopped as soon as we could for a coffee at a traditional coffee house. The only women were serving but we were both welcomed to take part and...

Tourist cockroaches

Today’s drive out towards Port Sudan first took us past the Meroe Pyramids. We noticed lots of shredded tyres decorating the roadside and a few small shrubs or trees but otherwise there was little to break up the flat desert. The occasional village of a few small...

Khartoum

It turned out to be a good thing that we arrived a day early because we found out today that everything is closed on a Friday and we would not have been able to get our permits, etc until Monday. Phew!! We spent the next couple of days based at the hotel in Khartoum,...

Muddy waters and strong coffee

In daylight this morning, the border area looked as muddy as it had felt last night. We found out later that there has been an exceptional wet season which accounts for an excess of mud. Our first experience of Sudan started as one of pending dismay but we were wrong...
Lush green lands

Lush green lands

After leaving Addis Ababa a couple of days ago we immediately noticed a change in landscape – northern Ethiopia is much more open farmland and today we continued to enjoy the sights and sounds as we made our way north towards the border with Sudan, arriving...
Blue Nile Gorge

Blue Nile Gorge

This morning started with an unscheduled delay while we investigated some more mechanical problems: the clutch not engaging properly, which has been happening since we left Nairobi, and a new noise (road speed linked clacking) that started yesterday, which may or may...

Road Improvements

The roadworks continued. This really is a massive road building programme all the way from central Kenya. The new road is being forged through villages all along the way, almost certainly displacing some families from their homes and businesses along the roadside. Our...
Our last day in Kenya

Our last day in Kenya

Today was truly the first of a serious of marathon driving days as we head north apace. According to our map leaving Isiolo this morning we should have said goodbye to good tarmac and been travelling entirely on rough dirt road. We were pretty pleased then to find...
An equatorial milestone

An equatorial milestone

Leaving JJs today held the prospect of a special excitement – the fourth key point in our circumnavigation was achieved: the second crossing of the equator. We stopped by the equator marker and took some photos before succumbing to buying some tourist souvenirs,...
More from JJs

More from JJs

After our emotive visit to the Kibera on Thursday life in JJs returned to ‘normal’. Paul divided his time between his work for SAS, in particular working with web designers and setting up events for the coming months, and giving Landy the loving attention he needed –...

Plans of mice and men

After arriving in Nairobi on Sunday we got ourselves organised for going out to get our visas, getting the papers together, etc, the next day. However we received some concerning information that caused us to change the order of our plans. On Tuesday we went to our...
Slum life

Slum life

When were still in California way back in early 2011 we met up with the San Diego based Secret Car Club.  Club members Will and Carly Headaphol invited us to stay a few days and we got to know them and their family.  Their eldest son Hunter was keenly and heavily...
Nairobi – Jungle Junction

Nairobi – Jungle Junction

We have been carrying US$ for the purpose of crossing African borders as often the visa fees need to be paid in dollars. However we have found a problem in that the cashiers have been refusing to accept some of our dollars as they say they are out of date. We’ve...
A day in the Serengeti

A day in the Serengeti

After a peaceful start to the morning we braved the melee of people coming in and out of the park gate and headed north towards the border with Kenya. We’ve been thinking about the financials of the Serengeti. Everyone who enters the park pays $50, everyone who goes...
Wild camp in the Serengeti

Wild camp in the Serengeti

We woke in the Simba campsite to find ourselves covered in a blanket of cloud. Hard to believe we are in Africa – we’ve had to get our down jackets out against the cold! After breakfast we followed the crater rim to the steep track that leads down into the crater....