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New blog launched!

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The last days have seen us taking time to do a little strategic thinking, brand management, navel gazing – for want of a better term. We have taken time to think about the various adventures, and the followers we have.
And so, we decided to keep this blog purely dedicated to travels, trips we do, adventures we embark on. That…

Word by word

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Word by word, the book is taking shape. Viking Explorer has also picked up his quill – so to speak – and is enjoying adding his perspective to the adventure.
We instituted a new habit together – Writers Retreat!  One day on the weekend, we venture to a favourite coffee shop with laptops in hand and spend a few hours…

Becoming a writer

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There is so much information out there!  Similar to when we researched the overland adventure, I am wading through so much useful information – but sometimes it feels a little overwhelming.
So far, the vast amount of information has yielded some clarity for the immediate steps:
Step 1.  Just get writing!  It is so easy to get distracted with how…

Starting the book

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It is incredible to think that the last year actually happened.
In many ways, it already feels like it was a dream – thank goodness we have the blog and the many photos to remind us of what we experienced, lived, enjoyed!
Together, we have been in discussion about the book. Our aim is create something that appeals to the…

Christmas wishes

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Well, I really can’t believe how Christmas has snuck up on us this year!  It is amazing to think that this time last year we were in Western Sahara – Dakhla to be precise.  We were enjoying the sun and warmth, and savouring the freedom of our life changing decision to travel through Africa.
Stage 2 of the adventure was…

Final budget summary – Africa

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After much work, we finally have put together a budget summary from our amazing adventure.  We hope that you find it helpful in planning your own African adventure.
As a reminder, our adventure was broken into 2 stages:
Stage I: Europe and North Africa, October 2012 – February 2013

Europe was expensive to travel through, with high fuel prices, 3…

Open letter to Tracks4Africa

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In a slight change of tack, I wanted to share with you all an open letter that I posted on a forum.  While Tracks4Africa is a very useful tool to have along, it is merely a tool and the accuracy in places is questionable, as many travellers are aware.  However, the customer service left much to be desired.
 
OPEN…

Those darn anti-malarials

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It is such a tough decision: First, whether to take anti-malarials while travelling, or not.  Second, which ones to take.  For a short trip to Africa – or any malaria area – the answer is straight forward: definitely take them.  For a longer trip, especially for a year or more, the answer is less straight forward.  Is taking strong medication…

Health round-up

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One concern on the road is always keeping healthy and avoiding any major illnesses.  We have been extremely fortunate on our travels, with few major incidents, and I thought it was worth sharing our experiences.
On the whole, we were a lot healthier than we ever were in the UK – the constant niggle of colds and flu were fortunately…

Sandton Craft Market

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It was opening day!  When we arrived, there were still powertools and powermen wandering around putting the finishing touches on the new Sandton Craft Market.  Not all the stalls were occupied yet, and the crowds hadn’t yet discovered the market, tucked away off Nelson Mandela Square next to the Sandton Library.
It gave us a chance to savour some of…

Apartheid Museum

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For years we have wanted to visit the Apartheid Museum, and we made it a priority this time.  It is an enormous museum, and while they suggest setting aside 2 hours for a visit, that certainly wasn’t nearly enough.

The temporary exhibition was about the life of Nelson Mandela, but unfortunately was laid out very badly, and we never worked…

Relaxing in Jozi

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Our time in Johannesburg – known as Jo’burg or nowadays even Jozi – has been an interesting mix of relaxing and active. Most importantly for us, though, was to rest and recover and catch-up on our sleep.
It is interesting to be in Jozi after travelling through Africa. It is such an interesting mix of African and western cultures, with…

Visits in Jozi

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After months on the road, we are quite enjoying the modern conveniences – a “normal” bed, a roof over our heads, our own bathroom, hot running water and internet access!  Our definition of luxury has changed over the year – it is incredible how easy it is to keep us happy now
It is carnet renewal time.  From the UK…

Border crossings completed

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We have been working hard at adding useful information.
All border crossings that we took have now been added to the blog.  Please have a look at the “Border Crossings” tab for all the information.
Hope that is helpful!…

Catching up in Jozi

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And so our rest and recovery continues …
Despite the fact that we are in Jozi in early Summer, we haven’t been experiencing the typical scorching temperatures that we expected.  In fact, it has been on and off drizzle for a few days – exactly what the parched African landscape needs.  The most enjoyable of all – according to Viking…

Fact sheets added!

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We have now uploaded all the fact sheets from the countries we have visited so far.
Please download them and use them – that’s what they are there for
Enjoy!!…

Time for R&R

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While we were in Augrabies, we realised that we were both exhausted.  Physically exhausted and mentally exhausted.
We had planned to continue onto a 4 days offroad trail along the Orange River, but when the reports we read talked about corrugations on the roads (just had 4 days of that in Kgalagadi) and talcum powder dust (had too many days…

Information updates: GPS waypoint files and visas

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We are working hard to add useful information to the blog – the sort of information that we would have loved to have when preparing for our adventure! Thanks to Viking Explorer, we have now added:
 
Visa information:
Please refer to our “Obtaining Visas” page for information about all the visas collected so far.  There is also a tab…

Budget Update – Uganda

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From reports of other travellers, Uganda was said to be a more inexpensive country to travel in.  Our start in the country was slightly pricy as we had to pay for 2 visas at $50 each (the only country in this part of the world that African GirlChild needed to pay for a visa for) and also vehicle related fees…

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park

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What a fantastic week this has been! First we took part in the Nossob 4x4Eco Trail, and then we explored the park for a few days. The sightings were many and good.

We arrived at Twee Rivieren Gate in the afternoon after starting from Kuruman in the morning and stopping off in Upington for food, fuel, and a cup of…

Nossob 4×4 Eco Trail

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We spotted this trail in one of the South African 4×4 magazines, and it looked like a very good option to experience the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park up close and personal. The booking was soon made with the park directly, and we were very excited as we pulled up in front of the petrol station at Twee Rivieren to meet our…

Off to the Northern Cape

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Despite my arguments, Viking Explorer wasn’t accepting that Northern Cape was a substitute for not visiting Nordkapp at the start of the adventure …
This is a special part of South Africa: more remote, more rugged, more arid, very beautiful.  For me, it was a must-see, and I wanted to take Viking Explorer into Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.  I visited 15…

Quick jaunt through Jo’burg

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Before starting our final whirl around South Africa, we made another stop in Jo’burg.  We are grateful for this mini base – where we can keep offloading our accumulating possessions!
Aside from offloading another box, cooking gas from Uganda, souvenirs and other odds and ends, the vehicle needed yet another stop in at Jonathan.  The timing belt installed in Rwanda…

Augrabies Falls National Park

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After Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park we headed towards the next park to the west; Augrabies Falls National Park. We made another stop in Upington to stock up on food and fuel, had a quick cup of coffee, and set off. From Upington the road to the park follows the Orange River, and we soon found ourselves in a completely different landscape…

Living my dream

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For a year I have been living my dream.
For a year, I have met the most incredible local people.  I have been touched by the kindness offered, the smiles shared, the heartfelt waves.  I have teased with the guides, laughed with the market sellers and listened to people’s stories.  We have shared tea with some, meals with others.  We…

The journey south

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Well, at some point, we knew we would have to point Brodie south and return to South Africa.  We have no interested in tackling Egypt or Syria.  We didn’t see very much of South Africa earlier in the year, and so we have saved this as the final country on our adventure.
But first, we had to get there.
Day…

The beautiful Lake Bunyoni

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After tumbling down the mountain from Rwenzori, we intended to spend some time in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Especially, we wanted to go on the Kazinga channel cruise – a two hour cruise on the channel that joins Lake George and Lake Albert. This was, however, not to be.

Stopping briefly in Kasese to check emails and do some admin,…

Being spoilt in Kigali

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What I love about travelling is the people you meet – through someone who knows someone who is related to someone else.  This was such a case: the mother of a friend of my cousins’ lives in Kigali and had welcomed us!
We arrived dusty and tired in Kigali – and desperate for the luxury of a bedroom and proper…

CAMPING REVIEW: Crater Lake area, Fort portal

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“howareyooohowareyooohowareyooo” is the sound that rises from each village that we pass through.  The small children seem tuned in for vehicles, and start shouting and calling long before we can see them.  Suddenly, they burst onto the side of the road from the houses and lands, grinning, waving, dancing, calling … this is our welcome as we explore the crater…

Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary

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After having said goodbye to our friends Tom and Jemina we set off to investigate the Bigodi Wetland Sanctuary. The area is situated just outside Kibale National Park on the eastern side, and is basically a swamp with a forest on it. It is also a haven for birds and monkeys.
We arrived at the visitors centre just before 10,…