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Around Arusha

We stayed with friends on the edge of the Arusha National park, thank you Richard and Jules for letting us use your wonderful house. We loved the pet snake under the cooker ( was it really the first poisonous snake … Continue reading

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Across to Tanzania at Taveta and on to Kilimanjaro

We drove back to Voi along the infamous Mombasa road….another interesting experience coming out of Mombasa which is like a complete bomb site, construction everywhere. We crossed the Tsavo West National Park keeping pace with a herd of elephants moving … Continue reading

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The coast Mida Creek,Watamu and Malindi

Lovely drive up the coast road from Kilifi to Malindi stopping off to check out Ocean Sports in Watamu for lunch. Malindi was a bit of a pit and having tried our luck again with the Kenya Wildlife Service who … Continue reading

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Nairobi to the coast

Having heard so much about the trucks on the Mombasa road we decided to brave it early on Sunday. Great idea the road was fairly quiet and we only saw 4 or 5 crashed trucks, although one accident which we … Continue reading

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On the road again!

We decided to have a couple of weeks off (after nearly 7 months on the road!) so nipped back to England for an Easter break, Pippa’s 21st Birthday and a wedding invitation we couldn’t refuse ….thank you IM’s… the weather … Continue reading

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Lake Naivasha

Wow! stayed at a gorgeous campsite, Carnelleys, right on the shore of the lake a beautiful site with wonderful facilities…unfortunately we ran out of steam and gave up on dinner after waiting nearly 2 hours for a Crayfish salad! Carnelleys … Continue reading

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Fishing and Tea

Wonderful couple of days with Robert and Melanie at the Kenya Fly Fishers Northern Camp which is near the Aberdare National Park. Beautiful sunny days walking in the tea plantations which line the trout streams and then roaring log fires … Continue reading

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North to Naivasha and Nakuru

After a few days in Nairobi whilst we had the van sorted out we went north again to Lake Naivasha and crater lake where we had our first real experience of the Kenyan bush. We saw wildlife in its natural … Continue reading

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Nanyuki and across the equator to Nairobi

We had a wonderful couple of days at Kangoni camp in Nanyuki at the foot of Mount Kenya and tried without success to get our van sorted. So set off with soggy shocks ( we really should have had bigger … Continue reading

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Marsabit Road (The Road to Hell)

Well it was billed as the worst road in the world ( and one of the most dangerous) all we can add is it really is a nightmare two full days 10hrs + at 25kph …. bone jarring driving with … Continue reading

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Addis and down to the Kenya border

Although Addis is a huge city (the 4th largest in Africa) we didn’t find much to do except walk miles through the congested streets have a day of luxury at the Sheraton and visit Lucy….. the 3.2 million year old … Continue reading

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South to Addis from Gondar

We decided to go via Lake Tana, the source of the Blue Nile and Bahir Dar. Magnificent mountain scenery green fields and pine trees another world from the arid North African Landscape that we have been traveling through for the … Continue reading

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Southern Sudan and cow carcass road to Ethiopia

Hundreds of miles of desert littered with dead cattle, and cattle and goats on the move as the rains approach…huge herds being driven to pasture. Very very hot and heavy military presence…police some in uniform… some without…. AK 47′s and … Continue reading

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Festival of the Nubia Mountains

By luck we stumbled across the most amazing dance and culture festival whilst driving around Omdurman…. about a hundred tribal groups were celebrating their culture and diversity with a riot of dance and pageantry. The emphasis seemed to be all … Continue reading

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Khartoum

The Lonely Planet Guide describes Khartoum as a “boisterous, modern, flashy city with an ever increasing number of glass tower blocks” well the last bit is true. The Sudan Club which I remember from my childhood is long gone and … Continue reading

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Northern Sudan and south to Khartoum

Did you know there were 228 Pyramids in Sudan ( three times as many as the Pharaohs put up in Egypt) We set of with Erkan ( aka Mustapha) from Turkey on his motorbike and Tarmo from Estonia in his … Continue reading

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Aswan to Wadi Haifa

It should have been simple, we drive to Aswan put the van onto a barge on Monday and drift slowly down Lake Nasser past Abu Simbel unload the van on Tuesday morning and drive off into Northern Sudan…….we had not … Continue reading

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Luxor and Aswan

Mind boggling is the only expression that my limited vocabulary could come up with …until you have seen the scale and complexity of these sites with your own eyes you just can’t comprehend what the ancient Egyptians did around 1400BC … Continue reading

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Hurgharda and across the desert to Luxor

We decided to have the van serviced by Mercedes Benz in Hurgharda to ensure all the parts were genuine after 10,000 fairly hard miles….big mistake….. HUGE….. If you have a blue Mercedes overall you must be a mechanic! They overfilled … Continue reading

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Cairo and the Eastern Desert

Now we are safely lounging in the Marriott in Hurgharda preparing for the next leap down to the Sudan I thought a summary of our trip round Cairo and through the Eastern Desert was needed. We decided to try and … Continue reading

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