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Visas, visas, visas

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While visas on the East coast of Africa are relatively easy, the West coast can be an absolute nightmare. We have made a list of where we applied for which visa, along with a number of other details (required documents, duration, cost etc.).Download the…

Welcoming back the Africa Expedition

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Suddenly we were home. After slowly driving through Europe for a week, we arrived back right into a welcome-home party complete with flags, banners, loud music and lots of people. A storm of emotional reunions, congratulations, handshaking, gifts, family, friends, more congratulations and…

The mind of Africa part 1 – A guest of the incomprehensible

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In just over 370 days we did what many thought would be impossible: crossing Africa in our circumnavigation of the African continent. We drove through the Sahara on both sides, worked our way through the Central African jungle, saw countless kilometres of…

The snowy slopes of Mount Toubkal

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Imlil, Marrakesh-Tensift-Al Haouz, Morocco. We spent a few days driving around southern Morocco along the coast towards Agadir. We then turned inland to take a road that would lead us straight to the Atlas Mountains. The views from the narrow,…

Date of homecoming: 28th of April

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Tiznit, Souss-Massa-Draa, Morocco. The Africa Expedition is nearly over. Right now we are in Morocco to relax and enjoy the African continent for a few more days before we take the ferry to Europe on the 20th of April. Two days later, on the 22nd, we can…

Senegambia

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Serrekunda, Banjul, The Gambia. We crossed the border with Guinea and drove into Senegal. To us, after roughing it in Guinea and Côte d’Ivoire for over a week, this was civilisation: the roads were suddenly excellent, sponsored by the generous people…

Poor and forgotten Guinea

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Labe, Labé, Guinea. Forgotten by the rest of the world, yet proud to be Guineans. Richly endowed with resources, yet among the poorest countries in the world. Upon independence, they said “au revoir” to France while President Ahmed Sékou Touré steered the…

The perfect French colony: Côte d’Ivoire

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We crossed into Côte d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) and within hours drove into Abidjan, a Manhattan-style city that arose from poverty and reconstruction after several civil wars. We drove past it completely astonished. The road turned into a European-style two-lane freeway in…

The Gold Coast

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Cape Coast, Central, Ghana. “Gold Coast.” Even the name conjures up images of unimaginable wealth right there for the taking along with palm-fringed beaches and natives who will bring it all to your feet. The reality, however, is more brutal. The…

The voodoo of Hollywood movies

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2 April 2013 Jeffrey de Visser Natitingou, Atakora, Benin. We entered Benin through a minor border crossing, because the main border with Nigeria (Seme) was meant to be a nightmare. We then drove from Lagos to Cotonou in one day and spent two…

Corruption for dummies

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Cotonou, Littoral Department, Benin. Roadblocks, otherwise known as checkpoints, are a daily occurrence on the roads in Central and West Africa. In fact they’re as common as the corruption that keeps them going, unfortunately. We will briefly try to explain the process…

“Nigeria is a very dangerous country”

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“Nigeria is a very dangerous country”, or so we had been told by many people throughout Africa. Indeed, if we can trust the free press, it certainly is. Countless kidnappings of expats in the south of the country, especially around Port Harcourt,…

Climbing Mt Cameroon

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We quickly made our way north in Cameroon to Yaoundé, perhaps one of the most chaotic cities in Africa. The traffic is absolutely crazy and the people very loud. Cameroon is also the most corrupt country we visited, meaning that we often…

Flies in the jungle

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  The road to Gabon from Congo is very rough. A road is being contructed to connect the two countries, and the huge trucks used in the work are leaving deep trenches in the sand. These trenches were deep enough…

The Brazza life

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Brazzaville, Brazzaville, Congo. Life in Brazzaville moves at a slow pace. Everyone just goes about their business during the day, but at night things comes alive in a mix of eating, talking, singing, dancing and drinking. We were staying with…

Crossing the Congo

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Luozi, Bas Congo, Democratic Republic of the Congo. We found an alternative to the expensive ferry from Kinshasa to Brazzaville: about 150 kilometres before Kinshasa, and about ten kilometres before Kimpese, there is a road that turns north towards the town of Luozi.…

Bonjour Congo Democratique

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  Kinshasa, Kinshasa, Democratic Republic of the Congo. We were advised to cross the border with the Democratic Republic of Congo (or: DRC, Congo-Kinshasa or Congo Democratique) at the small Luvo border crossing, rather than Matadi, because it is friendlier…

Namibia: a place of rumoured beauty

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Windhoek, Khomas, Namibia. Many people had told us about how beautiful Namibia is; how the Namib Desert is a wonderful place to explore in a 4×4, how beautiful the Brandberg Mountain is in the sunset, how German architecture and planning…