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Stamps and Signatures

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I find myself in the back of an old and battered Peugeot 504. The driver has been helping us plough through all the Arabic paperwork and directing us to countless offices, all spread through town and the harbor area.The second gentlemen sitting in front is the head of customs we pick up every morning before visiting his office, right after…

Camel rides and flooded deserts

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The road we drive on disapears in the far distance into the sky and around us there is nothing buts and. We are on our way to Wadi Halfa. All of the sudden, the road is surrounded by water, we see a soccer field flooded, everything changed into one big swimming pool. Too much water and flooded fields in the…

It’s green and it is….

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Singing along to ´it´s raining men´ by the weather girls and other 90´s classics, we were very happy to be back on the road again after our admin stopover in Kampala. Since our last blog post, we’ve driven quite some kilometers and the distance from the equator is growing fast.
In West Kenya we passed by amazing green hills on…

Awesome!

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“You have to quit your journey and go back to South Africa!” Is what we’re told at the ethiopian embassy… WHAT? We are ladies on a mission, challenge accepted!

After a couple of nights between vulcanoes and at the beautiful lake Bunyonyi, we are enroute to Kampala. Our ‘to do list’ for Kampala: Pitsstop for Willem, visa’s for Ethiopia, Sudan…

Visit – OnCall Africa

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Visit – On call Africa, Zambia
What: Mobile clinic
Where: Livingstone region, Zambia
When: 05-06-2012 till 09-06-2012
In Zambia we met Mattea and David Clark, who are two young and ambitious medical doctors from the United Kingdom. They have taken the initiative to make a difference in the world by providing rural villages with their medical expertise by running ‘mobile…

Visit – Global outreach

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Wat:               NGO
Waar:             Iringa, Tanzania
Wanneer:      02-07-2012
Onze eerste stop in Tanzania is bij Miraji, een ‘oude’ vriend die ik een aantal jaar geleden heb leren kennen via mijn neef in Nederland. Na een hartelijk welkom bij zijn familie, een tour door de drukke stad, het bezoeken van de lokale markten en naar de kerk te zijn geweest, bezoeken we…

Visit – Kaziwiziwi Dam

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What:               Dam providing energy to charcoal mine
Where:             Rumphi Phoka, Malawi
When:              26-06-2012
After a night of camping in the wild, we make a cup of coffee alongside the track, enjoying the amazing views of the Malawi inland. A car drives past – the first car we see in two days time – and we meet Wolfgang, an Austrian from…

Guest Blog – by Ole Doetinchem

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In high tide or in low tide…
This morning, lying lazily on a hammock drinking coffee, watching over the ocean at low tide, I found myself wondering about all the commotion out there and trying to piece together what exactly was going on. The tide around here seems to vary considerably, and at low tide you can basically walk out…

Blog – Humus and Hagelslag in Zanzibar

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Since it is wintertime in Cape Town and the summer doesn’t seem to set in in the Netherlands, we would like to take you with us for part of our trip: Take a seat on a comfortable couch and close your eyes. A warm ocean breeze touches your face, you hear the waves in the background and the sand between your…

Blog – Can I have a meeting with your drivers license please?

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Driving your own vehicle on African roads is an experience in itself. The stunning off-road tracks are an adventure. We really enjoy playing with our Willem and driving through deserted places exploring the inlands.Although some of the roads indicated on our maps as tarred main roads turn out to be an impressive strip of highway leading you through beautiful scenery,…

Blog – It is time to get up now…

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“It’s time to get up now, the time is six thirty” … our alarm kindly informs us a new day has started. Half awake we take a peek out of our window. Almost a hundred children have surrounded the Landy and are looking at us… wow!
After admiring the force of the water at the Victoria Falls and assisting a…

Visit – Indigenous vegetables and nutritional status in school children

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During our trip we aim to visit (local) health care programs, research projects and clinics. Our first visit was a couple of weeks ago in Potchefstroom – South Africa with Marinka van der Hoeven.
As part of her PhD at the North West University, she started an intervention program where school children receive indigenous vegetables as a school meal replacing…

Blog – By land… by sea… and up in the air

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We look at each other for a brief moment… now what?! And then, action! In one motion we both jump out of our Landy, start pushing, one jumps back in, restart, more pushing… and there we go! pfiew, close call!
After a day of driving an amazing off-road route on GPS we were hoping to take a track that is…

Blog – 6308 km on the road

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Leaving all the lovely people, old and new memories in Gaborone behind us, we find ourselves on the road again. The main roads in Botswana are well kept so far and we’re enjoying touring together listening to some good music. Some time before sunset we take a side road and find ourselves a spot off the main track behind some…

Housewarming!

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Monday 14th of may 2012 was a special day for our Willem, he received his passport (carnet de passage) and can now safely escort us through Egypt. In addition, we styled him inside and our lovely curtains are up. Time for a party! At Kruger National park, about 25 elephants, 4 lions, a rhino, buffalo’s and many other impressive animals…

Women on Wheels are on the road!

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Dear all,
Ons is op pad! An amazing feeling, our trip has really started.
The last week before our send-off went by in a blink. Final arrangements and paperwork for our trip, kitting our Landie, packing my life into boxes, moving out of my amazing apartment, a final look at the stunning view I woke up with for almost 2…

Blog – Foretaste

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“And through it all she offers me protection, A lot of love and affection, Whether I’m right or wrong” Singing hard,Robbie will help me through the 600km from Fish River Canyon to Windhoek. Windows open and the wind in mij hear, awsome!

There I go: sometimes a village, a lot of sand en bushes, but most of the time nothing!…

Blog – The days when men were men…

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Over a week ago, Puk started her Namibia adventure with a 24 hour bus ride to Windhoek. After more than a year of preperations, it is almost time to hit the road together. We have had so much fun the past couple of weeks preparing.
Armed with a packing list, we invited some friends experienced in overlanding (by car, bike…

Blog – Cape Argus

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“You can do it” a well built African women is cheering for me. There I go, in my ‘Women on Wheels shirt ” on a borrowed mountain bike that is way too big for me and has those proper mountain bike wheels on too! But it’s all worth it, what a fantastic show!
The day before the race we decided…

Blog – Threesome complete!F

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Saying goodbye is part of accepting new challenges and adventures. But why is it so difficult to learn these things … ”Why am I so stupid to leave all those lovely people behind” I ask myself just after going through Customs. With bloodshot eyes I flee into the toilets. When I get out of the bathroom I get myself together: ’Come on, face the the adventure “A tingling feeling in my belly, a smile appears on my face, You can leave a place, but the love of friends…

Back to school…

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In preparation of our trip, I’m learning so much about things I didn’t know anything about. The most wonderful thing I’ve learned so far is once again how fortunate we actually are with so many lovely people around us who are willing to share their knowledge, talents and teach us.
To give you an idea of what is happening going…

Blog – Happy New Year!

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Happy new year to you all! Wishing you all lots of love and adventures for the new year. After testing our 4×4 skills and finding out what Willem is capable of on the Matroosberg 4×4 track a couple of weeks ago, it was now time to see how he behaves on the long track.
The week leading up to Christmas day I took…