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Anna and James - travelling the classic Cairo to Cape Town route in our Landcruiser.

Trip Start: 2012-11-03 Trip End: 2013-02-28 .

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In to the cauldron…

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We nearly bought a car without air conditioning. By this stage we had travelled through most of Africa without really needing it, but after the first couple of hours in southern Namibia, surrounded by unbearable heat for most of the…

Namibian Nomads

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Our arrival in Namibia was inauspicious. Having taken the off road track from near Gunmare in Botswana (quite a bold move in wet season), we bumped and swerved our way to the small shack which marked the border. A brief…

Short stop in Rwanda

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We’d heard that everyone in Rwanda is terribly polite and this proved to be the case.  The first people we met after the border were these lovely students who came to welcome us to their village and the country as…

Ugandan Discussions

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The officials on the border gave us a pretty easy ride into Uganda (each border seems to have got easier as we’ve headed further south) and didn’t even bother to look at the car, so we were able to make…

Ready for Battle

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The Masai warriors of south western Kenya are famous for their ability to go from a deep sleep to battle ready in a matter of seconds. Since this is a trait I am always claiming I share with the Masai,…

Living the High Life

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Nairobi was a huge reverse culture shock. After emerging from the wilds of Lake Turkana, landing in one of Africa’s richest cities took us quite by surprise (I even had to remind Anna not to squat behind a bush, because…

Crossing into Kenya

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How best to get between Kenya and Ethiopia is a subject of constant debate amongst overlanders.  The traditional route has been via Moyale and Marsabit in north eastern Kenya.  The main advantage is that it’s a proper border, an actual…

Tribe Time

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We had pretty high expectations going into Ethiopia, as various friends had been there and raved about it, but throughout all of our trip we really weren’t disappointed.  As we headed south from Addis, every drive continued to be absolutely…

Hitting the Highlands

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It was a minor miracle, when travel weary after a hard 5 days crossing Sudan, we rolled into a small hostel in the mountain town of Gondar to found that Ali had managed to meet us there. So vague and…

Finally…!!

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As Anna described in the last post, we’d been under near constant tension during our stay in Aswan, worried that we wouldn’t get ourselves on to the weekly Aswan – Wadi Halfa ferry. As we dragged ourselves through the hordes…

South along the Nile

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We finished our Western Desert tour with a final leg into Luxor, followed by a rather lacklustre police escort who gave up after about half an hour.  The days of proper police escorts around Egypt seem to be over, fortunately. …

Driving on the Moon

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We left the insane traffic of Cairo behind last Monday morning, and headed out on the Western Desert Road, where we hopped from oasis to oasis, making a long loop around to Luxor. The instructions we were given about the…

Sailing Past Trouble

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We have finally landed in Africa, after a 24 hour ferry from Turkey to Egypt. We now face a barrage of administration to get the car through customs, after what was a surprising ferry trip…. If we had done this…

Travel Through Europe

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Probably a boring bit for most, but potentially useful for those that follow. I had put least effort into planning this part of the trip, so was mostly reliant on the Sat Nav and Google maps. We travelled the most…

Indy!

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Having indulged ourselves in Istanbul and shivered our way through the ‘fairy chimneys’ of Cappadocia, we accelerated on down a spanking new motorway through stunning mountain ranges and arrived in Iskenderun, the port for the ferry to Egypt. Hmmm –…

Crossing a Continent

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Slavonski Brod, Croatia to Ankara, Turkey (c.1,800 Km) Today we rolled on into Asia, marking the completion of the European leg of our journey. Having whipped across the Balkans, we even managed to give the Beast a day off in…

Friends Old and New

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Cambridge, UK to Slavonski Brod, Croatia (c.2,000 Km) Following a couple of days of manic packing (thanks to both of our sets of parents for last minute assistance!) we are now finally on the move!  We set out in the…

Taking it OFF road…

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We’ve finally got the car back from the garage. Very exciting! This weekend we hit the home straight with out trip preparation heading to North Wales for an off road driving course. The car was incredible! Really capable on the…

Our Charity

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We are doing the drive in support of a charity very close to Anna’s heart – the Welbodi Partnership. Do please help us support them. You can learn more by clicking here: http://www.justgiving.com/AnnaandJimmyDrivetoCapeTown…

The big idea…

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I’ve always quite fancied taking on a big expedition. There’s something that stirs in my belly every time I read about to exploits of some of the great explorers and adventurers (think Hemmingway, not Grills), and whilst I have neither…