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Back to Zambia

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The drive back Our return trip to Zambia was always meant to be a quick one and I thought we did well to get back to Lusaka in around 3.5 days, although our days were very long!From Diani Beach…

Mombasa and Kenya’s coast

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The road between Nairobi and Mombasa is long and scary! Only 500km away, we expected a good steady drive, nothing like what we encountered.The number and the condition of the trucks on this road make any travel for cars…

Walking with Maasai

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From the Maasai Mara to “Walking with Maasai”!Earlier in our trip we had been told about a project being run in Southern Kenya, not too far from the Maasai Mara called “Walking with Maasai”. It got a great review…

Maasai Mara

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Our entry into Kenya was pretty straight forward, paying $50 for a visa and a quick “health check” (a couple of quick questions) by the authorities there due to the Ebola virus outbreak in Uganda. All in all a quick…

Kenya: Quick facts

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Population in 2011: 41.6 million (Source: UN Human Development Report 2011) Capital city: Nairobi Official language/s: Kiswahili, English (Source: Lonely Planet) Currency: Kenya Shilling (KES) (Source: www.xe.com/ucc/) Famous for: The Maasai Mara and Mount Kenya (Source: Various) HDI ranking 2011: 143 of 187 (Source:UN Human Development Report 2011)…

A week in Uganda

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During planning we had been looking forward to visiting Uganda with its big green forests and position on Lake Victoria. However as Uganda came closer our thoughts and plans changed and we opted to spend only a week or so…

Eastern Rwanda: A land of a thousand hills

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From Kigali we headed west to Nyungwe National Park, a high altitude, mountainous rainforest that is about a 5 hour drive from the capital. Monika and Martin who had left for the park a day earlier had had issues finding…

Uganda: Quick facts

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Population in 2011: 34.5 million (Source: UN Human Development Report 2011) Capital city: Kampala Official language/s: English, Luganda (Source: Lonely Planet) Currency: Uganda Shilling (UWS) (Source: www.xe.com/ucc/) Famous for: Source of the White Nile and gorillas (Source: Various) HDI ranking 2011: 161 of 187 (Source:UN Human Development Report…

Remarkable Rwanda: Africa’s cleanest capital city and visiting Rwanda’s past

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Back in Kigali we returned to the Step-Town Motel. Located very central and at a bargain price with clean rooms, a good hot shower, beautiful views from the balcony and by far, the loveliest staff we’ve come across, this place…

Rwanda: Quick facts

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Population in 2011: 10.9 million (Source: UN Human Development Report 2011) Capital city: Kigali Official language/s: Kinyarwanda, French, English (Source: Lonely Planet) Currency: Rwanda Franc (RWF) (Source: www.xe.com/ucc/) Famous for: The Mountain Gorrillas and (sadly) the 1994 Rwandan genocide (Source:…

Hints & Tips for climbers and safari: Arusha, Mount Kilimanjaro, Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti National Park

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Don’t do laundry at your hotel if you can avoid it; try “Virgin Dry Cleaners and Laundry” located in the “Shoprite” shopping area, hidden in the left corner near Barclay’s Bank. We paid 4,000Tsh (approx. $2.50) per kilogram of washing…

A visit to Morogoro

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From Dar es Salaam we headed to Morogoro, around a 200km drive west. Theoretically this should have been a fairly easy drive but instead it took us many, many hours to get there, firstly because of the traffic getting out…

Beautiful Zanzibar

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We were lucky to be able to leave “Ruth” safely at the house of Zully’s sister for the week we planned to stay in Zanzibar, although I believe there are a couple of carparks in Dar for overlander’s to leave…

Tanzania : Quick facts

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Population in 2011: 46.2 million (Source: UN Human Development Report 2011) Capital city: Dar es Salaam Official language/s: English, Swahili (Source: Lonely Planet) Currency: Tanzania Shilling (TZS) (Source: www.xe.com/ucc/) Famous for: The Serengetti, Mount Kilimanjaro and Zanzibar (Source: Various) HDI ranking 2011: 152 of 187 (Source:UN Human Development…