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A year’s Memorable moments (Kenya)

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Reaching Nairobi was for us a huge feat!  We saw it as the last frontier before leaving the Africa that we know (we thought) and going into the unknown. We enjoyed Kenya.
Experiencing the notorious Nairobi traffic

The disappointment when we reached Jungle Junction. Expected too much methinks.

Japanese idea of camping at JJ’s Nairobi

Experiencing a gathering of Wildebeest…

A year’s memorable moments (Tanzania)

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Crossing the border from Malawi into Tanzania was (for us) the REAL BEGINNING) of our Africa experience……..and it really was!
Sith, our very capable Insurance agent at the Malawian/Tanzanian border post

The Malmesbury lady that decorated our tent at Utengela Coffee Estate, Mbeya while the rest of the group were inspecting our bakkie

Chongela, owner of Chongela’s Campsite near Ruaha…

A bit of R&R (rest and relaxation) on the beaches of Ghana

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The veterinary inspector
After spending some days at the beach at Ivory Coast’s Grand Bassam, near Abidjan, I headed for Ghana. The road from Grand Bassam is good with heavy traffic and suicidal drivers. I’m taking it easy and stay behind a truck as much as possible.
The Ivory Coast border formalities begin surprisingly easy. The place is crowded with…

From Liberia to Ivory Coast

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The concept of time and distance
When you ask three Africans how long it will take from Monrovia to Gbanga (in Liberia), you get three different answers. Hour and a half, two hours, four hours, “it depends on how fast you drive; if you drive 50 km p/h it will take you 1 hour”. But it’s 200 km. The same…

Never lose your temper with a policeman!

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The talkative consul
Monrovia seems to be a good place to get the visa for Ghana. And the consulate for Ivory Coast is practically next door, so I’m off on a visa mission. I take a private taxi and leave the car – with the folded out rooftop tent, and Thimba as a guard – at the A La Laguna…

The End

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We arrived back in Canada over a month ago now, so this final post is long overdue. The time lag does at least allow me to confidentally assert that we left Africa parasite-free, as I’m sure you were all positively aching to know.
The final leg of our trip took us through the fynbos of South Africa’s Western Cape region;…

Travels with or without Thimba

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Travels with or without Thimba
After Thimba’s suffering in the Fouta Djalon Mountains I stayed at the Tata hotel for three days. Luxury, airco, great apartment and even greater pizza’s!. Took time to clean out the car of (most of) the red dust, and got my clothes and bed linnen laundered. The route…

Many visas and a maniac truck driver (Togo)

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From Wli we crossed at a tiny border post into Togo early in the morning. The Togolese police guy slowly appeared from his hut and unlocked the gate for us. Because he had so much natural authority he had no need to wear a uniform and instead showed off his large beer belly that sneaked out from under his once…

Ghana

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Την Γκάνα την είχαμε βγάλει από το πλάνο μας, μιας και τι δεν είχαμε ακούσει από άλλους “ταξιδιώτες”! Και για την βίζα, αλλά και για το πέρασμα των συνόρων. Οι περισσότεροι είχαν καταλήξει στο συμπέρασμα πως δεν μπορείς να επισκεφτείς την Γκάνα, αν δεν έχεις ήδη πάρει τη βίζα από τη χώρα…

When the going gets rough: the Fatou Djalon mountains of Guinea

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The Fouta Djalon Mountains
After all the carnival festivities, which culminated in the big parade yesterday, the city is very quiet early in the morning at 7.30. I’m heading for the Fouta Djalon mountains, together with my German friends Max, Martin and Philipp in their beautiful Mitsubishi 4×4 campervan. The first part towards Guda is pretty easy. Some checkpoints, but…

Depressing slave forts and joyful carnivals (Ghana)

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After our unusually high traveling speed of the last couple of days we were longing for a day or two at the beach and headed straight down to the coast around Cape 3 Points. As it happened so often before we ended up staying more than a week at different places on the West Coast including Ezile Bay, Busua and…

From Morocco’s Sun to Serpa’s Heat

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There’s nothing about the ferry from Tangier to Tarifa that seems complicated. Exiting Morocco is, by far, the easiest border we’ve dealt with. There’s the usual lines and, when the gate opens, a crush of people swarming towards the booths. Rather than waiting on the bikes, I simply walk up to the immigration booth and wait my turn to hand…

Into Guinea-Bissau

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Wednesday 26 Feb Sukuta Campsite, Banjul, The Gambia
I breakfast with one of the yoghurts that I bought yesterday. Nothing special, except that I paid (noticed long after I had left the shop) almost 6 euros per yoghurt! French import bio. I have a nice walk with Thimba to Serekunda, a village some 3 km, away. Look for – and…

Crossing the Gambia River the easy way in Central Gambia

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The difficult way is from Barra to Banjul. I heard of overlanders last week who had been waiting there for 8 hours, and were then told to try their luck again the next day. In Central Gambia, at Farafenni, it’s easy, cheap (a few euros), and a great experience. While waiting I had Thimba tied to the towbar with a…

Central Gambia’s Tendaba Camp and Banjul

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Tendaba Camp
On the South Bank of the Gambian River, some 45 km. from Farafenni, is Tendaba Camp. A hunting camp in the 1970s it is now a regular tourist feature on the upriver schedules of boat and bus tours from the coast. Lonely Planet recommends taking one of the VIP rooms because of the view of the river. Well,…

Burkina Faso

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Μπουρκίνα Φάσο, ή αλλιώς «Η χώρα των έντιμων ανθρώπων». Δεν ξέρω αν είναι η χώρα των έντιμων, άτιμων, έτοιμων ή ότι άλλο ανθρώπων, είναι στα σίγουρα όμως η γρηγορότερη στις γραφειοκρατικές διαδικασίες χώρα που μας υποδέχτηκε ως τώρα. Τρεις μέρες μετά την αποχώρησή μας απ’το Μπαμάκο, αποχαιρετούσαμε το Μάλι, αυτή την τόοοοσο επικίνδυνη…

Mon dieu ce pays est tres magnifique! (Ivory Coast)

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Ivory Coast was compared to other African countries a blank space in our heads. We barely knew anything about what to see and do and none of our guidebooks covered the country due to its recent civil war. But once again we were in for an amazingly positive surprise.
Once through immigration the track led through a beautifully forested landscape…

Into The Gambia

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From Senegal to Central Gambia
The route from Mbour in Senegal leads through flat, dry savannah  with Baobab trees, and small villages with round huts. The road is well paved, even beyond the waypoint on my GPS where it

Senegal and The Gambia

says: “Potholes”. Lots of cows and goats crossing unexpectedly, and the odd couple of monkeys. Judging from…

Welcome to the States! (Liberia)

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Arriving at the Liberian border at dusk we dropped off our passenger and went through loads of different institutions again to be able to leave Sierra Leone. The guys there have been exceptionally friendly and chatty though and we met some truly legendary people like the heavily equipped task force commander with a voice of an 8 year old girl.…

The Last Post… CAPE TOWN!!

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We made it to Cape Town!

Cape Town and Table Mountain from the water

In general keeping with our tardy blog posts, this news is a little overdue. We reached Cape Town at the start of December and tucked Ambi away in storage in Stellenbosch. On 12th December I flew home and after watching my plane take off from the…

Mossel Bay to Alexander Bay…doing the West Coast

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We were 3 weeks at home before we were back on the road again. We drove from Mossel Bay to Witsand to say hello to the children. They have a very nice undercover area available for us to camp. Troi slept with us in our tent and loved having us there to wish him the best on his first day…

Nine Days in the Kgalagadi

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January 19-28, 2014

We spent nine days in the Kalahari, or the Kgalagadi if you prefer. I think most of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is technically semi-desert rather than desert; it’s sandy and dry, but there is some vegetation (mostly grass) and occasional light rains.

There were two thunderstorms when we were there, and distant clouds almost always showed flickers…

some fellow overlanders and too many sleeping policemen

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Fellow overlanders
On my last day at the Zebrabar Campsite I met three German students going all the way to Cape Town as part of their Masters thesis at the University of Karlsruhe. O.k., why not? They’re researching young African entrepreneurs, trying to find out what works and what doesn’t. Since they are mainly staying in the bigger towns and…

TRIP 2 – Preparation

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TRIP 2 – Preparation
Well well well… I am dying to start the second trip of my motorbike overland travel. First things first, I have not decided yet the route to take and I am rethinking the overall route planning.
The new master plan should be:

South Africa (Cape Town), Namibia, Botswana (Gaborone)- (August 2013, three weeks)
Botswana (Gaborone), Zimbabwe…

Namibia: On the Coast

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Swakopmund
The road to Swakopmund is a grey, dusty road, surrounded by grey, dusty plains, and it goes on and on with hardly a bump or a curve to enliven it. Eventually, however, a sign for Swakopmund appears; and shortly afterwards a fork in the road, and an old museum with a train out front; and then, far to the…

Monty Python in Africa and a hot dog.

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Yes, we have no beer.
When I leave Boujdour for Dakhla – a flat desert road of some 360 km. – a group of young men shout at me when I pass them, making drinking gestures with their hands. Do I have some alcohol for them? No, of course I haven’t. You can’t get it anywhere. Such hypocrisy. Morocco produces…

Life in the lodge

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‘Pfff’, verzucht Felice, ‘ik vind het saai in de lodge. We wonen hier nu al zoooo lang.’ Geef haar eens ongelijk. Van rondreizende nomaden zijn we tijdelijke residents geworden. Op het platteland in arm Malawi, met het regenwoud naast de deur. ‘Even’ boodschappen doen gaat niet. Gelukkig komen de verkopers of hun kinderen hier gewoon aan de deur. Met manden…

Some desert pistes in the Western Sahara

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I met up with Manfred and Gaby, a German couple from Munich, on a campsite some 30 km. from Laayoune. I had first met them in Agdz during my two-month shakedown trip in Morocco. They have travelled extensively and are experienced desert rats. Since they had plans to return this January and do some pistes out of Gandini’s guide in…

Namibia: Two Deserts, No Dessert

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Jan. 3-8, 2014

The border crossing between Botswana and Namibia was astoundingly painless. When we entered Namibia, we pushed our passports across the counter to the official, who took Darren’s and began filling out the requisite paperwork. The woman at the exit counter opposite, where there was no line, got up and took my passport in order to speed up…

Entering the Sahara fully geared.

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After the minor hiccup with the gearbox – which had me grounded in Mohammedia for three weeks and cost me a fortune – I’m happy to say that I am now fully geared for the Western Sahara. I made camp at Tantan plage, some 15 km west of town, admiring the sun set over the Atlantic. Who’s bored, eh?

Lone…