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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…

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…

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…

The truth about ‘that’ night in Nairobi

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So when we were on our travels there were some things that happened which we didn’t feel were appropriate to include in our blog; until now. Because now that we are safely back in the fold and families can see for themselves that we are still in one piece we can admit that things were sometimes more serious than we…

The End of The Mangoes: Or, Zambia, Part III

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To Livingstone
Livingstone, the town on the Zambian side of Victoria Falls, was our final stop in Zambia. The least bumpy way of getting from Kaingu to Livingstone was to backtrack to Lusaka, then head south on the main road.

Route alternatives.

Rather than repeat such a long stretch of driving, we decided to attempt the more direct route down…

Zambia: Rain and Spiders in Kafue National Park

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Dec. 11-17, 2013
Kafue National Park

The tsetse fly-infested road to one of the campsites. The flies are attracted to moving vehicles, perhaps mistaking them for large metallic antelopes.
Kafue was the first national park we visited during what tourism operators like to call ‘the emerald season’. This is code for ‘frequent heavy rains’. Most of the roads in the…

For Hire, Land Cruiser Prado 3.0TD For Sale, 1996 model

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If anybody is interested in these reliable 4×4 Toyota Land Cruisers, they are up for HIRE for a trip through Africa starting from Bryanston, Johannesburg, South Africa.
I’ve done numerous trips now around the African continent and have gained significant travelling experience with 4X4 Overlanding and can vouch for both these vehicles.
RE: Land Cruiser Prado 3.0TD For HIRE, 1996…

Zambia: Chipata to Lusaka

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Dec. 5-21, 2013
*Note on photos: We don’t have any of this part of the trip, so I have inserted some photos from other parts of Zambia.
Border Post
Getting into Zambia was a painstaking endeavor. Individual officials were good-natured and efficient, but the entry process itself seemed to be modelled after a scavenger hunt. First we went to the…

The Lesser Wonders of Tanzania

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Ruaha National Park marked the northernmost point of our trip. From there, we had the dubious pleasure of re-tracing our tracks back to central Malawi, where we would cross into Zambia and begin meandering southwest to Cape Town. We varied our route where possible, but Malawi, like the other countries we’ve visited on this trip, has only a few main…

Nieuw vakantie-adresje!

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En dan ben je eigenaar van een lodge in Malawi! Vandaar dat we bijna zeven weken weinig van ons hebben laten horen. Ongelooflijk maar waar: samen met Ans (oud-collega van Joost die in Oeganda woont) zitten we nu officieel in de tourisme-branche. ‘Lodge’, een woord dat wij tot voor kort ook niet kenden, maar dat hier eigenlijk voor alles wordt…

Final budget summary – Africa

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After much work, we finally have put together a budget summary from our amazing adventure.  We hope that you find it helpful in planning your own African adventure.
As a reminder, our adventure was broken into 2 stages:
Stage I: Europe and North Africa, October 2012 – February 2013

Europe was expensive to travel through, with high fuel prices, 3…

In the Land of Ugali: Tanzania, Part I

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Nov. 18-Dec. 2
The land does not always change much when you cross a border, but there was a very clear difference between northern Malawi and southern Tanzania. In Malawi, the road followed the flat, grassy lakeshore. Shortly after entering Tanzania, we were driving through far lusher and more mountainous terrain. Clumps of bright green banana plants were surrounded by…

Malawi: Part II

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Nov. 11-Nov. 18
Our final week in Malawi – until December, when we pass through again on the way from Tanzania to Zambia – was spent in the northern third of the country. The north is higher in elevation than the south and much less densely populated.

Road in northern Malawi.
Malawi, despite its busloads of pasty tourists, has high…

Route Through Tanzania

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Here is the route of my trip from Arusha across to Lake Tanganyika and down to Malawi (you can move the map around by clicking and holding)
Nairobi (blue) to Arusha (red) – 170 miles (5 hours, great road, border crossing easy)
Arusha to Tabora (green) – 392 miles (they were doing road works near Arusha, good tar to Singida…

Southern Malawi

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Another Border: Mozambique to Malawi
Three days of relaxation in Cahora Bassa left us ill-prepared for the drive to Blantyre. Much of the route from Cahora Bassa to the Malawi border is one of Mozambique’s major arterial roads. This is not something that could be deduced from its condition, which deteriorated rapidly once we had passed Tete. First there was…

Chasing the King to Tanganyika – Tanzania

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Facebook has all the photos for this stretch of the journey – click here to check them out.
Nairobi & Naivasha, Kenya
15th – 18th November 2013
After flying from Diani to Nairobi, I collected the Beast from the garage in Karen. Luke Davey had been dropping in every now and again to keep an eye on progress and update me with…

Never Sell Fish to the Congolese Mafia: Four Days in Mozambique

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*I had to save these photos as low-resolution files in order to upload them. Unsurprisingly, the quality has suffered. I’ll replace them with better versions when we have a decent internet connection again (possibly when we get to South Africa in February).
Oct. 25-29, 2013
Out of Zimbabwe
Our month in Zimbabwe ended a few hours north of Harare at…

The Bvumba Mountains: Still Zimbabwe, Now Cold and Gloomy

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Oct. 23-25, 2013
Daphne Du Maurier is best known for ‘Rebecca’, which is often required reading in English courses that cover the Gothic novel. I recently finished ‘The King’s General’, which was written eight years later, but shares many of the genre’s hallmarks: damp stone mansions; high cliffs abutting stormy seas; insane relatives locked in secret rooms; dark, brooding landscapes;…

The marmite of Africa: Ethiopia

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Day: 221
KLMS: 34,097
Never has a country divided people’s opinions so strongly, as Ethiopia does. It really is the marmite of Africa, you either love it or hate it. For us, we are definitely marmite lovers and all our preconceptions about what Ethiopia would be like, were completely wrong.
For a start, the images of drought stricken land, famine…

Stay Eat Do in Kenya

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DIANI BEACH
TO DO:  Try kitesurfing, surfing and stand up paddle boarding with H2O Extreme the only reputable water sports centre in Diani. Operated from the Kenyaways Kite Village, the instructors are very knowledgeable and have you up and going before you know it! I was SUPing from the first go, was standing on the surf board and riding waves shortly after…

Diani Days, Kenya

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Kenyan Coast
14th October – 14th November 2014
Che Shale, North Coast – Kenya
Following my little jaunt around Tanzania, I flew from Nairobi to Malindi to meet up with Boris for a short holiday on the North Coast. Boris had been on a week long fishing expedition with his good friend Justin Aniere and a client Eric d’Echallens, north…

Mana Pools -> Harare -> Masvingo

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Mana Pools is in northeast Zimbabwe. From there we travelled south, cutting slightly east of the country’s vertical meridian.
We spent one night between Mana Pools and Harare at a place called Chinhoyi Caves, where you can follow some rough stone steps down to the Sleeping Pool. The pool is not very wide, but is well over a hundred metres…

An overlander’s rite of passage: Marsabit to Moyale

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Day: 213
KLMS: 31,368
After far too many days in another African city, our new shocks supplied by RAW 4X4 Australia arrived and we were finally able to head out of Nairobi. Leaving the city late, we only made it to Nyeri and headed for a farm, Sandai, which had been recommended by fellow overlanders Oli & Lisa. It was…

Mana Pools

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Oct. 12-Oct. 15, 2013

Mana Pools, as mentioned previously, is a game reserve with no fences. We spent four days there. It was pretty enjoyable despite the 40-degree heat, apart from my ongoing concern that I would at some point be strolling over to the ablutions, gazing happily at some antelope in the distance, when a pack of hyenas would…

Kenya

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Day: 210
KLMS: 31,113
As time frames and money begin to run out, Kenya for us was really going to be little more than a pitstop in Nairobi to get the visas we needed for heading north into Ethiopia and Sudan. Despite the less than ideal situation in Northern Africa, we have had confirmation from both locals and other travellers…

Gorillas and growing walking sticks in Uganda

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Day: 200
KLMS: 30,389
They say that in Uganda, if you a plant a walking stick it will grow. I can believe that! Heading into Uganda across the South Western border with Rwanda, the scenery became even more sensational with the free-standing volcanic mountain peaks providing a dramatic backdrop. With every inch of every hillside packed tightly with crops and…

Along Lake Kariba

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October 7-12, 2013
Our next major stop was Mana Pools, another of Zimbabwe’s national parks. The most common descriptors applied to Mana are ‘wild’ and ‘the real bush’, which means that campsites are not fenced and common sense is not enforced. You can leap out of the car and try your luck at petting a lion should you be so…

Information updates: GPS waypoint files and visas

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We are working hard to add useful information to the blog – the sort of information that we would have loved to have when preparing for our adventure! Thanks to Viking Explorer, we have now added:
 
Visa information:
Please refer to our “Obtaining Visas” page for information about all the visas collected so far.  There is also a tab…

Druk druk druk in Afrika

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‘Happy birthday to you’-zingend komt de hele keukenploeg met een taart vol kaarsjes aanlopen. Het opschrift is bijna goed doorgekomen, op een r na: ‘Hiepedepiep Felice 3 jaar.’ Het is dierendag, 4 oktober, en Felice zit helemaal te glunderen in haar feestjurk met feesthoed op. Ze steekt drie kromme vingertjes op als we vragen hoe oud ze nu is. We…

Budget Update – Uganda

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From reports of other travellers, Uganda was said to be a more inexpensive country to travel in.  Our start in the country was slightly pricy as we had to pay for 2 visas at $50 each (the only country in this part of the world that African GirlChild needed to pay for a visa for) and also vehicle related fees…