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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…

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…

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…

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.…

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…

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…

Monkeys, malaria & beach life in Sierra Leone

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Sierra Leone lays now behind us and we spent an amazing 25 days in this small country enjoying a busy capital, picture perfect beaches and our first more or less serious wildlife viewing.
The border between Guinea and Sierra Leone was fairly busy and widespread but we did not encounter any troubles on the Guinean side. Once on the other…

Mali

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Επιτέλους φτάσαμε στο Bamako! Μετά από ένα μακρύ ταξίδι εννέα ημερών στο δρόμο, μετά από 8 νύχτες ελεύθερου κάμπινγκ σε δάση, χωράφια, ποτάμια και βουνά, μετά από 1520 χιλιόμετρα, φτάσαμε στον προορισμό μας! Ήταν οι πιο έντονες, οι πιο περιπετειώδεις, οι πιο αληθινές εννιά ημέρες του ταξιδιού μέχρι τώρα! Συνάμα και οι πιο περίεργες, μιας κι ο Θάνος έπειτα από σχεδόν δύο…

Rough driving and hiking in the Fouta Djalon, Guinea

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First of all Happy New Year to everybody from Freetown!
Much has happened in the last days and we can state that we have found our favourite country so far – Guinea Conakry! The rough dirt roads, welcoming locals, excellent hiking and amazing scenery will stay for us for a long time to come. But let’s start where we left…

Senegal

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Από τη Νουακσότ φύγαμε με τις μπαταρίες μας παραπάνω από γεμάτες! Με τις βίζες για το Μάλι έτοιμες, στα…

The Bjagos Islands

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This time we were more fortunate with the ferry and found out that it would actually leave on Friday. So we packed our backpack for the first time since our attempt of climbing Jebel Toubkal in Morocco and prepared for roughly a week on the Bjagos Islands.

We decided for the cheap “seats” on deck of the old and rusty…

Back to school, barracuda and caipirinhas (Bissau, Guinea-Bissau)

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The rest of our time in Sukuta was spent with organizing a lot of little things including finding a new rooftop tent mattress, getting a t-piece welded out of a brake line to replace our broken magnetic fuel valve, stocking up on smoked cheese and polony imported from England, installing 12V fans inside the vehicle and rooftop tent and finally…

Drug searches, ferry problems and finally English speaking people again

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Our first experiences in Gambia left a bit of a sour taste. The border crossing was quite easy with cheerful officials and only the obligatory false fee of 5000CFA on the Senegalese side which we never paid. After immigration, customs and police and being told to be able to leave now the big boss came out to demand a drug…

Reunion in Dakar, mangroves and fever nights

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Dakar was as expected not to be our favourite African city. Getting on or off the peninsula took ages due to the traffic. We had heard about a restaurant (Sunugal) that allows camping in N’Gor, once a separate village and now one of the northern suburbs of Dakar. The area was a welcome retreat from the noise of the city…

Μερικές φωτογραφίες απ’την Ιταλία (Senegallia)

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Ύπνος στα όρθια στο πλοίο Ηγουμενίτσα

Ετοιμάζοντας το μηχανάκι για την “απόβαση” στην Ιταλία!

Στοπ στο σουπερμάρκετ για τα απαραίτητα ψώνια.

Στέργιος, Θάνος, Nico (θα μας φιλοξενήσει μερικές μέρες)

Ο γκατζετάκιας πλέον Θάνος στο υπνοδωμάτιο αγκαλιά με το laptop!

Η θέα απ’το σπίτι του Nico απλά φοβερή!

Στη σοφίτα του σπιτιού του Nico

Στη σοφίτα του σπιτιού του Nico

Senegallia…

10 days in Nouakchott, the notorious Senegal visa and relaxing days at the Atlantic

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Having planned to be in Nouakchott for about two days, life decided to do it differently again. We spent 10 days in total there waiting for our Senegal visa approval. Endless e-mails and calls seemed to change little of the fact that African bureaucracy is stronger than reason. For anybody planning to go to Senegal any time soon we highly…

Video’s

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Hi Guys,
I have checked with some readers and it seems that not so many of you know about the video page.
Here is the link or it can be accessed from the Home Page: http://www.vansafrica.com
West Africa: http://vansafrica.com/video/west-africa/
Europe: http://vansafrica.com/video/europe/
Check it out!
Cheers
Riaan…

Day 58…Dakar- I think i’ll just camp on the beach!

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Hi Guys,
My route over the last couple of days.

Leaving the Sleeping Camel was an early affair. I got out of Bamako at 7am and filled up the bike and all auxiliary fuel cans. I was taking a new road from Bamako to Kenieba, the border crossing with Senegal. Its a new tar road and not listed on Michelin…

Day 54…Lome to Bamako- Keeping a low profile in the friendliest country to date.

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Ani Soko Ma, (Bamara- Good Morning)
My route over the last 2 weeks.

Before you shake youre head and brand me a lazy blogger on vacation who has complete disregard for his small amount of followers, let me try and explain the reason for my absolute lack of updates over the last 2 weeks.
As I met up with Dave…

Day 41…Douala to Accra to Lome- Going local!

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Hi Guys,
Sorry for the slow blog. I had a couple of, lets call it interesting days.
My route

I left Douala relieved that I was on my way again. Not my favourite means of travel but at least making some ground after being stuck in Douala. I left Foyer du Marin and headed for the airport. The bike left…