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On the road again

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There are three types of scenery in the Gulf States: desert sands, mountains, and beaches. Our preference is mountains. For us there is no appeal in ‘dune bashing’ – going up and down sand dunes. It seems a bit repetitive.…

Introducing our new ride

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Brodie is back in the UK. We are in the UAE. So what is happening with Kapp2Cape now? We continue exploring, of course! All good explorers must have a trusted vehicle to take them where they would like to go…

Brodie on UK soil again

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With Brodie on his way back to UK soil I needed to look into where to park him when he arrived. We had made our decision: we were going to store him as we do not rule out the option…

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.…

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…

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

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,…

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…

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…

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 –…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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…

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. …

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…

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…

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,…