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Namwi Island Resort

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We left Nambwa after spending a wonderful 3 days there and headed towards Katimo Mulilo, we were looking forward to visiting a place called Hippo Lodge, we had been going there for many years and were really looking forward to chilling in the bar on the mighty Zambezi.  We first stopped in at the Pick n Pay in Katimo to…

Nambwa Community Camp

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Nwamba Community campsite @R160 per night (2 nights)
We headed out and stopped at the local supermarket and bought a few softdrinks and then headed for the Garage to fill up the water tanks. The place was pumping with stacks of South African vehicles around buying a few supplies from the supermarket at the garage and filling up with fuel. …

Muhangu Lodge

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Mahangu Lodge @ R180 per night (3 nights)
We arrived to a lovely campsite on the river incidentally campsite number 3 and watched the elephants over the river in the afternoons.  It was wonderful to watch the Coucals playing in the reeds and the starlings going about making noise.  It was time for a long overdue oxtail so I got…

Khorab Safari Lodge

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Khorab Safari Lodge and campsite near Otavi @ R210 per night has only 2 campsites each with their own ablution and lapa with table and chairs and a braai.  It is an okay campsite close to the main road so extremely noisy and we woke many times during the night with trucks and vehicle all night.  We left after coffee…

Ngepi Camp

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Ngepi Camp @R190 per night (2 nights)
After phoning ahead after been turned away from Mahangu and Ngepi saying they could help us but only on a bush campsite for the night and a riverfront site the next day we decided to spend 2 nights there.  Upon arrival we checked in and were told that site 12 was ours for…

Falling Boulder Nearly Crushes Car on Highway

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This should leave no doubt who’s boss: Momma Nature, that’s who.
Initially captivated by the stunning waterfall cascading from high above the McDonald’s sign, we were lulled into a false and quite temporary, “isn’t the rainstorm pretty?” sense of security.  That’s when all hell broke loose.
Reminds me of Utah…
Barely a month ago, some friends and I were passing through…

Sarasungu River Lodge

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Sarasungu River Lodge Rundu @R130 per night (3 nights)
We decided to stay at Sarasungu for 3 night’s right from the start.  The campsite is really lovely and there are large shaded grass campsites.  Although we choose a campsite not overlooking the river the river view was only a few steps away.  The birdlife was unbelievable and I was happy…

Duwisib Castle

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Posted from Hardap, Namibia.

We are heading for Duwisib Castle 2 nights – 180 per night.  We arrive early afternoon and pay our fees and start setting up camp.  The campsites are really nice each with table and chairs and braai and the bathrooms are clean and look as they are newly renovated.  Another 2 couple also arrive later.  We…

Windhoek

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Windhoek – The Vineyard B+B and campsite – R250 per night (2night)
As we were entering Windhoek I phoned the Vineyard to see if they had available space.  Colin said yes and that he was in town and we were welcome he would catch up with us later.  We headed towards Metro to get some wine and some fresh vegetables…

Solataire

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Solitaire Country Lodge campsite @ R200 per night 2 nights.
We enjoy the drive to Solitaire and arrive there at around 3 o’clock. The camp is quite close to the road it may be noisy but we think we will be okay.  We pop into the quaint bakery in this little town and according to a sign as you enter…

Aus and Garub Wild Horses

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Posted from Aus, Karas, Namibia.

As we get to the turnoff to the canyon Larry changes his mind as says he doesn’t really want to go to the canyon as what we have just seen alongside the road has been an experience enough. So we turn left and head for the Garub Horses near Luderitz.  Are we going to be…

Vioolsdrift to Ais-Ais hot springs

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Posted from Ais-Ais, Karas, Namibia.

We pay our road taxes at the border of R220 and have our passports stamped within no time we on our way to Ais-Ais.  It really feels so good to be back in this beautiful country.  One thing is for sure that in Namibia most the roads are dirt roads but they are extremely well…

Brand se Baai and Noup

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We reach the campsite at Brand se Baai and there is not a soul in site and the whole place is locked up so we set up camp hoping that someone will arrive in order to get keys for the bathrooms and for us to pay.  We settle in for a nice lamb chop braai and retire to watch another…

India: Yay! Our 100th Blog! Back to where we started and beyond…

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Come to think of it, we actually started our trip ON the bike from Sangrur back in 2011.  We had shipped the bike from Houston to Delhi and parked in Sangrur for a while.  You can say this was our 1st homecoming after a year and a half journey through Asia, Australia, and Africa.  Moreover, while I had seen…

India: Heading back up north!

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Heading from Karnataka we raced into Maharashtra.  You could see a shifting from the loongi to the all white dhoti.  The men looked like extras out of old post-Independence movies wearing white kurtas, white dhotis, and white Nehru hats.  We wanted to visit Nanded where one of the 5 takhts (the 5 most important gurudwaras) is located…but getting to the …

India: Heading deeper and deeper into the South!

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As Africans have Cape to Cairo, in India…we have Kashmir to Kanyakumari (the southernmost tip of India).  It’s also the place where three oceans meet, the Arabian Sea, the Indian Ocean, and the Bay of Bengal.  We took a mostly coast route but decided to visit the Padmanabhapuram Palace which is supposed to be largest wooden palace in Asia. …

India: Oye Kidaaaaannnn South India!!!

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The amount of distance that needed to be covered in the South was intimidating! We had to haul some ass and get this trip on the move! Getting out of Goa we headed out into Karnataka. All this time Nick’s thumb was hurting, especially over the combination speed bumps…7 speed breakers in a row?  What’s the point??? That little…

(Please read at your own risk!) Back to the Motherland, let the madness begin!

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This blog contains adult language, please read at your own risk. Sorry to those that may be offended. This is not our everyday language but this blog is best understood using a certain kind of language. Before we begin this chapter of our journey we would like to give a crash course on the definition of a “CHOOT”.  It’s a…

Ethiopia: It’s time to get out of Africa!

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It was a big relief to finish the “Road to hell” in one piece. It was mentally and physically challenging, stressful, and just pure survival. Nick was super relieved especially travelling with a wife for obvious reasons of abduction, looting and even murder. 2 days later a British guy was shot dead travelling in a Land Rover and robbed and…

Kenya Part 2: Return to the land of Kalasinghas and what next?

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Again, easy border crossing  into Kenya. Instead of going the Kisumu way, we decided on going to Eldoret. It was chilly and started to rain decently hard as we rolled in. Eldoret is kind of a messy city. The roads were a bit tight and bad and with water and silt it was not pretty. We rode around the whole town…

Uganda: A lush, green paradise!

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The border crossing into Uganda was simple with the usual road tax charged in these African countries.  We decided to ride to Jinja which is where Nile or White Nile supposedly starts…I won’t get into that because it seems people take the location of the Nile source pretty seriously.  We ended up camping out at the Adrift Camp which had…

Kenya part 1: Feelin’ the love in East Africa!

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Getting into Kenya was nothing too complicated except for being hounded by Masaai ladies.  They kept on pushing their beaded jewelry on me saying it was a free gift from them to me.  Saw this trick in Laos We rolled into Nairobi and met up with my Uncle Pili.  My Nanaji’s parents (my great-grandparents) and his siblings moved to Kenya…

Tanzania: Tanzania…this is what we’ve been missing!

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Crossing the border into Tanzania was an ordinary affair…usual money changers, customs clearance agents, and insurance agents heckling for your attention and your business…except for one thing.  A customs official who actually knew more about the carnet de passage than we do.  The Tanzanian customs officer had the knowledge and presence of mind to fill in the middle section of…

Mozambique – Malawi: Mozambique Pit Stop and the Lure of Lake Malawi!

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Mozambique was a short affair. In terms of scenery there wasn’t much in north Mozambique. It was dry and pretty poor. We passed village after village of mud houses and bags full of coal to sell lined up on the road.  As with most of the other countries, you had the occasional crowd surrounding the water pump with plastic Jerry…

Nile River Explorers – Uganda

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We really took our time and packed up and then headed out as well. The border was only about 150kms away and the roads were bad, the ruts in the roads meant you really had to have your wits about you in order not to lose it on these roads. We passed a group of about 5 overloaded trucks carrying…

Tompsons Falls Kenya

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We left on an equally bad road towards Thompsons Falls as we were going to see the flamingoes at the lakes, only to find out that it was ridiculously priced to get into the parks, $80 per person $30 camping per person and then another $xxx for the vehicle. What an absolute rip-off, so we decided we would rather see…

On route to Maralal

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We packed up and bid farewell to Lake Boringa. Someone we had met along our travels mentioned that Maralal was a nice place to visit so we headed out towards Maralal. The roads were rough and the scenery although pretty was not spectacular. The annual camel Derby is held in Maralal, and it was strange to ride along the dirt…

Zimbabwe: Finally the real Africa!

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We decided to see the Victoria Falls from the Zimbabwe side since we were more interested in getting a frontal view.  From Zambia, you are getting a view right on top.  We got a bit late crossing into Zimbabwe, but along the way we saw tons of wild elephants taking shade under trees near the road.  It was getting a…

Kakamega Forest

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Posted from Nairobi, Nairobi, Kenya.

We left and continued on our way towards Victoria Lake.  We arrived at Lake Victoria did some shopping at the Nakumatt and then started looking for a campsite. As for the lake no one would ever say there is a lake there as it is covered hycinth.   The first one was very dodgy and we…

Botswana…Plenty of cows…where’s the people?

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Looking back at the Namibia post, I realized that I kept repeating the fact that it was damn hot in Namibia.  That’s because it was freakin hot in Namibia.  And so was Botswana.  We took the Trans-Kalahari border crossing into Botswana and again found dryness.  Just flat dryness.  Then the dead cows started.  Either due to heat, lack of rain,…