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The Final Footage

The Final Footage

 Not having anywhere to drive has been a huge challenge for me, and I haven’t coped very well. In fact, I haven’t coped at all, I went into total denial and threw myself into sifting through hours of footage. I resent waking up in a comfortable bed and not...
Zig-zagging Zam and Zim

Zig-zagging Zam and Zim

Lusaka was glumly described at the beginning of last century as a far-west like cowboy town, with tumbleweeds and dust devils the best entertainment one could hope for. The dust devils and tumbleweeds still abound, but there seems to be a vibrant dynamicity to the...
Zambian Droughts and Draughts

Zambian Droughts and Draughts

  Hot. Zambia is hot. The Luangwa river – the only perennial water point in South Luangwa National Park – was very low and the hippos were struggling to find deep enough pools. Our campsite up the sandbanks seemed to be an elephant highway, where you were...
Malawian Mouse-traps and Money Changers

Malawian Mouse-traps and Money Changers

  We have realised that 24hours in one place gives you just enough time to put down your things before you set off again, therefore leaving you feeling not very rested. Wherever possible we try to stay at least 2 nights so the packing and unpacking of our humble...
Mkomazi Magic

Mkomazi Magic

  Tanzanian internet is not at its best this time of year it seems, apologies for the delay in updating. The further south we go, the more of a burden Emma becomes… On a South African passport, I’m crossing borders for free whereas Emma still has to pay $50! It...
Rapid Rwanda

Rapid Rwanda

  Leaving Bwindi felt like waking up from a dream, and I expected it to be more like falling out of my bed. Rwandan authorities are notorious for almost strip-searching you looking for plastic bags (illegal in the country), forcing you to unpack everything you...
Getting back in the Groove with the Gorillas

Getting back in the Groove with the Gorillas

  It’s amazing how easy it is to become complacent when you travel for long periods of time, particularly when you get ‘out of your groove’. Having stayed with family in Kampala we found ourselves slipping back into European ways; a restaurant for lunch followed...
Lively Minds

Lively Minds

Our border crossing day was one of those uneventful ones with only minor incidents too easily forgotten such as Emma locking the keys in the car… And subsequently finding out how easy it is to get back inside with the help of the local ‘mechanic’ (with dodgy...
Corner of Hope

Corner of Hope

  Our time has come to an end in Kenya. We have stayed in the most wonderful places, with thanks to the Henleys, Andrews and Brooks for allowing us to be part of their lives and see sunsets in different and beautiful places. Not only have we seen incredible...
Absorbing Shocks

Absorbing Shocks

In French we say that only idiots don’t change their minds, so Emma and I must be this generation’s Einsteins because not one of our plans has lasted more than 6 hours recently… In Addis, we were strongly advised not to go to Kenya via Turkana as it was deemed...
A Lindikhaya Clandestine

A Lindikhaya Clandestine

        So this was it, the end of the road for me. It had begun on the Nile in dusty Khartoum and finished here in a small corner of chaotic Addis Ababa in a gracious home with a sheltered jasmine scented garden alive with honey birds that once had...
The old new road to Sudan

The old new road to Sudan

  Scorched, arid, barren, there aren’t enough words in the thesaurus to describe the Nubian desert. It’s very hot, very hot, and there aren’t many trees to hide under. If there is a tree, it’s usually already occupied by a camel. This never ending sand surface has two...
You did what?!

You did what?!

  And so at 5.30am we dutifully began eating our cinnamon breadsticks with creamed feta as our hosts grinned at us waiting for our response. Put on the goat pastrami they gesture next… YUM, that I can tell you, is JUST what I felt like after 1 hour of...
Alexandria

Alexandria

  They say the English invented bureaucracy, and Egyptians perfected it. Luckily, the latter are also extremely helpful, as the meander of government buildings and bureaus, translators and happy stampings are as complex as their ancient hieroglyphics… Thank Allah...
The first of many delays

The first of many delays

   So we are still in France, until Saturday. This is the culmination of many frustrations largely to do with a VERY challenging shipping agent called SeaKargo. Note to any future crazy Africa Drivers, DO NOT use them! The car was driven down to Southampton for the...
The Ultimate Travel Company

The Ultimate Travel Company

So our trip is now fully funded and ready and raring to go! This is largely thanks to a few very special people and companies who have agreed to sponsor us. This means we really can go and see all the exciting projects you are donating money to and bring you photos...
A Dream Trip

A Dream Trip

Africa wakes up early. The sun is fast climbing above the Great Rift Valley, the sounds of the African night have been chased away by the Drongo loudly announcing the new day. Our DYI rooftop tent has proved to be a sturdy piece of engineering and the view gives a...
Video for Crowd Funding Support

Video for Crowd Funding Support

To help us with the more immediate and heavily felt cost of a Carnet de Passage en Douane for Mulungu, we have decided to ask for the crowd’s support… Our Indiegogo campaign will help us directly with the costs of this adventure, in order to raise awareness on...