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Cairo and Out

Cairo and Out

Once Bubbles arrangements were sorted it was time for me to head through to Cairo for a day of sight-seeing before jet-setting back home to South Africa. At this point, I finalized a decision I had been toying with for a while. I would meet up with Bubbles in RSA and...
The long road home

The long road home

It’s hard to believe I said goodbye to Ross and Bubbles 10 days ago. Without either of us being too sentimental, we shared what an epic ride it had been. This had always been Ross’s trip, I was simply fortunate to have been made redundant at just the right time in...
A Bed for Bubbles

A Bed for Bubbles

After reaching out to every Egyptian contact we could find, we realized we were not going to track down a friend-approved mechanic in Aswan. Our only chance was in Cairo, and even there we would be looking for right-hand-drive parts for an Australian Model Land...
Spot the Tourist

Spot the Tourist

It took us half a day of calm breathing after our challenging arrival to Aswan before we were ready to explore. Settled comfortably at the Ekadolli Nubian Guesthouse, we started hatching plans to make the most of what this sleepy resort town had to offer. Planning and...
Tow Ropes and Temples

Tow Ropes and Temples

The stressfest had started when Bubble’s radiator first seized up and the bizarre border bureaucracy had been icing on the crazy cake. But everyone knows cakes need more than just icing and so Bubbles drove her obligatory 5km north from the border and gave us another...
The Longest Mile

The Longest Mile

The Sudan-Egypt border crossing is notorious for its bureaucracy. We awoke bright and early after three hours of sleep, determined to get a good start. Unfortunately, as we arrived at the gate, so did six passenger buses. It was going to be a long day. As we moved...
Borderline Crazy

Borderline Crazy

Unfortunately, the elation we experienced as we rolled into Wadi Halfa was premature. We were informed, shortly after arrival, that the Aswan vehicle ferry had been discontinued. A new road had recently been constructed that led directly into Egypt. Vehicles were now...
The Eruption of Old Faithful

The Eruption of Old Faithful

After a fuel-up in Khartoum we grabbed a quick Star Box coffee and headed off north again. The plan was to catch a ferry at Wadi Halfa that would take us 400km down the Nile, into Egypt, to the town of Aswan. The passenger ferry completes the trip in roughly 24hrs. A...
Hawala what?

Hawala what?

Arriving at German Guest House in Khartoum was a relief because our last couple days in Ethiopia, besides the chaos of conflict, could have been characterized as a chaos of communication. Our Arabic speaking skills didn’t magically improve when we crossed into Sudan...
Crossing to Khartoum

Crossing to Khartoum

Previous border crossings had taken some finesse and patience. It seems those crossings were just the warm up for Sudan. We arrived at 7AM and had to fend of money changers and beggars on the Ethiopian side for two hours until Ethiopian customs showed up for work...
Forenji! Forenji!

Forenji! Forenji!

After some cultural enrichment at Lalibela, Shea and I headed toward the Sudan border. We’d heard news of riots in Northern Ethiopia but hadn’t thought much of it. After all, we are young enough to still be invincible. The view from Lalibela. Bubbles on the way down....
Lovely Lalibela

Lovely Lalibela

In Addis Ababa, other travelers we met indicated the drive to Lalibela was 14-24 hours, depending on one’s mode of transport. We departed casually around 8:30 AM with the intention to camp on the side of the road when we got tired and arrive refreshed the next day. As...
Vaga-bonding

Vaga-bonding

Now back in Nairobi, after a two-week bonding session with my brother, it was time to kick back into planning mode for a few days till Shea arrived. Ethiopia was the next country on our hit-list and their website confirmed we would get a visa on arrival. Perfect....

Vacation from Vacation

The plan was simple. A short drive from Cape Town to Cairo with a small break in the middle to attend a few weddings back home in America. Well, due to some visa complications with the UAE, Sudan, Kenya and Ethiopia I basically flew around the world at least once...
Hakuna Matata

Hakuna Matata

Goodday fellow bloggers, and those loyal to the writings of the ever-talented travelling duo that is Ross and Shea. My name is Shaun, a recently promoted member of Team “JoburgtoScotland” having flown in for a guest appearance during the Uganda-Kenya stint alongside a...
Fancy a Sipi?

Fancy a Sipi?

Considering our close proximity to the source of the White Nite, it would be a shame to miss an opportunity to spend some time in the water. Shea and I signed up for a day of paddling in a plastic bucket with Kayak the Nile. After a morning of training in the...
Suiting Up

Suiting Up

After getting passed the equator it was time to start thinking about our planned “gap” in the trip. I had agreed to join Ross with the caveat that I needed to go on a North American wedding tour in July and this seemed to correspond with Ross’s need to renew health...
Falling Short

Falling Short

After a day of relaxation with Chris and Jenny, Shea and I decided to make a short venture north to Murchison Falls. We also managed to convince ourselves that it wasn’t much extra effort to take a four hour detour first to the equator to capture that elusive equator...
THIS BLOG IS NOT FOR SALE

THIS BLOG IS NOT FOR SALE

Onward we marched towards the civilized chaos of Kampala. We left early in the morning hoping to get into town before rush-hour traffic. What we didn’t realize is that it is ALWAYS rush hour in Kampala. In our haste we also managed a critical oversight; we missed the...