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Nigeria & Cameroon

Nigeria & Cameroon

​Before leaving Nigeria, after receiving our Cameroonian visas at the extremely efficient Calabar consulate, there was one place we had heard of that we wanted to visit – the Drill Sanctuary. Drills are one of the most endangered primates in Africa, and...
Nigeria!

Nigeria!

​ We circled around and finished our loop of Togo and Benin with a few days in Lome and a few in Cotonou, whilst camping on the beach. One night, we drove off to a nice restaurant we’d heard of, and I jumped into the back. It was dark but I noticed...
Nigeria to Cameroon

Nigeria to Cameroon

The Afi Mountain Drill Ranch was our next point of call. This was somewhere I was truly looking forward to seeing as we had been told it was a must! We left Calabar to make our way North to the mountains. The road was filled with pot holes which made the drive slow...
Cameroon

Cameroon

Leaving Nigeria and moving onto Cameroon was an interesting morning.. Arriving at the first immigration check point Charles, Mwandy and Rob were informed that our visas had expired previously and we were illegally in the country. The officer told us to carry on...
Nigeria (2)

Nigeria (2)

We left Lagos at 7.30am after a final breakfast of tea (with milk) and toast! We had decided to head out early to avoid the notorious Lagos traffic however we got out with no problem. Our plan had been to drive as far as we could till about 2pm then spend time finding...
Nigeria

Nigeria

We woke up at the crack of dawn, 5am! To leave the lovely Songhai hotel to make our way to the Nigerian border. We decided we would avoid the notoriously bad Seme border and try the next crossing slightly north at the Igolo town in Benin. We were nervous to cross as...
Nigeria – Lagos

Nigeria – Lagos

After a rather scathing commentary on Benin our last port of call before the boarder was Porto Novo. We had three days left before we wanted to cross so we decided to stay south. Arriving in Porto Novo there was no where to camp so we decided to consult the Lonely...
Kameroen; van alles wat

Kameroen; van alles wat

Op de brug over de ‘Cross river’ moeten we stoppen. Eerst naar een dame van het Ministerie van Gezondheid die onze vaccinatieboekjes controleert en onze temperatuur opneemt (ivm de Ebola). Bij de politiepost ernaast noteren ze allerlei gegevens over ons....
auf see (teil 2)

auf see (teil 2)

endlich südamerika! am 4. januar 2016 tauchte mit vitoria die erste brasilianische stadt auf. der unterschied zu westafrika war frappierend. es war grün und im hafen lief alles zügig und effizient ab. das ist der schornstein der grande nigeria. außerhalb europas...
Days before Departure

Days before Departure

After some excellent last minute work by my Dad and his team to set up the back of our car, we were getting closer to the end of prepping Stanley. We had a snorkel put on and strapped the Jerry can holder to the roof, along with some sand ladders.  Stanley was...
Johannesburg wir kommen…

Johannesburg wir kommen…

Die letzten drei Wochen waren eine echte Zerreißprobe und unsere Nerven lagen mehr als einmal blank. Nun sitzen wir am Flughafen in Accra und warten auf unseren Nachtflug nach Nairobi. Von dort aus geht es weiter nach Johannesburg und dann endlich ins geliebte...
Ship Ahoy!

Ship Ahoy!

Here it is at last… our home for the next 4-5 weeks! Grimaldi’s Grande Nigeria is on its way into Hamburg tonight and we’re joining it in the morning for our ‘Grand Voyage’ to Montevideo. Hurrah! Over the last 3 weeks we’ve done a quick wiz around UK to say farewell...
Mali, Bamako, Sleeping Camel

Mali, Bamako, Sleeping Camel

We wanted to make what we hear. Have been nearly two weeks in Mali and it is much more, though nothing spectacular happened. Did you get a visa for Nigeria and Ghana, two of which visas are really hard to come by. Was only with much palaver, and back and forth is...
HONDURAS

HONDURAS

Another day another border Okay, so the guys loitering at the border may look a bit dodgy, what with their wasted eyes, gold-capped teeth and menacing air. This is Honduras, after all, a country where it doesn’t always pay to read the section on SECURITY ADVICE AND...

Malaria in Kameroen

De brug over de rivier bij de grensovergang Ekok/ Kameroen is 200 meter lang en erg smal. De politie probeert het ‘verkeer’ op de brug een beetje te regelen…door te zwaaien naar de andere kant van de brug. Zo komen er een paar auto’s van Kameroen over de brug naar...
From Benin to Nigeria

From Benin to Nigeria

Entering Nigeria In 2006 the BBC reported that Nigerian politicians had syphoned off or wasted $ 380 billion, more than the combined aid given to the whole of Africa in the last 40 years (from blog Indlovu). And it is with mixed feelings of anticipation that I leave...

Togo / Benin / Nigeria

I cannot understand what’s the problem with some people and they don’t want me to take their pictures. While we were crossing the borders entering Togo, I saw a vespa. It looked so “cool” with stickers on it writing “Thank you Jesus”, with a brand new...