All posts under Africa 2010

a bit of a pickle

Daisy unfortunately isn’t feeling up to much today, even after all the loving attention I gave her yesterday evening. This morning, we set off to leave for the Hell’s Gate National Park and Daisy’s clutch was slipping, so I’ve turned round and back at Jungle Junction while the kiwis head off to[…]

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Nairobi

So here we are! 6333|450 … this is Jungle Junction, Nairobi; an overlanding resting spot for people travelling up and down Africa, with a workshop for fixing bikes/4x4s. So, today, Craig and I went to the KTM dealer to buy new rear tyres. YES, they were expensive, but, where else[…]

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Isiolo

So the roughest part of the journey is over. After the grueling 2 days of unmade road which only was about 350km we finally hit asphalt… which I might add is pristine and for the first 50km unmarked and still being finished (thank you Chinese road makers). A further 100[…]

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Marsabit (Kenya)

So I miraculously appeared in Kenya! I bet you didn’t see that one happening?! It’s not that I disliked Ethiopia, I just was ill, had a bad experience with the food. Internet is a bit s-l-o-w out there and not worth using. So since Gondar, the kiwis and I have[…]

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Gondar

Before you think that I miraculously left Ethiopia and suddenly appeared in the world of Lord of the Rings, forget it; I am still in Ethiopia! A bigish city/town with an ancient monolithic church. Although, I’m yet to explore it. So after my eager attempt to write something about Ethiopia[…]

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Ethiopia

Roadside photograph of motorbikes looking over Ethiopian mountains

Hi there! Well, since my last posting, we discovered that Kim’s wrist was in fact fractured. Our very kind host in Khartoum (Abdelsalam a.k.a. “Mr. President“) is very well connected and one of his friends was a doctor; who just happened to be in the workshop when we turned up,[…]

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Khartoum!

Heya, I’m currently in Khartoum! It’s proving harder and harder to get online now, apologies for the long wait! Wadi Halfa Well we decided to take the desert route to Abu Hamed from Wadi-halfa with 300+ kilometers of sand tracks across the desert. The tracks follow a disused railway and[…]

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(finally) Sudan

I’m very pleased to tell you that I’m finally in Sudan, the standard of living has gone down, the cost of living has gone up.. but finally we’re not longer in Egypt… and that is a good thing! Back-tracking a week; we left Luxor on Thursday and arrived in Aswan[…]

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Luxor

So it’s my great news to tell you that I’ve now arrived at Luxor; all right, 2 days ago…  my first impression  whilst riding down the Neil Nile from Qina was: “Wow! Egypt has greenery!!”. However, going for a leisurely walk later, after pitching up at our campsite, and being harassed by[…]

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Hurghada

So yesterday we arrived in Hughada around midday, we had set off at 7am as mentioned in the previous post. (I’ve written two posts if you haven’t noticed). (Campsite photo belongs to: Matt & Kim) 5717|450 Our ride down the coast, was somewhat boring, but at the same time had[…]

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the Suez Canal & Ismalia

5684|450 So since Cairo, we (the famous 6 of us), set off at 10am rode up to Ismailia to see the Suez Canal, spent a good while looking for a view-point. Eventually found something similar and settled for it. 5705|450 We later rode on south until dark (just past the Suez[…]

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Fear & Loathing in Cairo

Hi all, I’ve now been in Cairo for 7 days!!! I have managed to get 1 visa. Woot! The bad news: tomorrow is some holiday and the Ethiopian embassy wont be open until Thursday. However, the visas will not be processed until after the weekend (keep in mind Arabic weekends[…]

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Abu something (maybe Abu-Sir)

  So, yesterday we (6 of us: Matt & Kim, Craig, Cam, Ed and I) went on a rollercoaster ride with a Egyptian named Ali, who took us to his home village to meet his wife, eat his food and give us a closed-doors tour of the step pyramids at[…]

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Pyramids

So today, Craig and I went off to see the sphinx and ended up seeing the pyramids… and the sphinx… OK it cost me a little more than I wanted to part with, but I guess it’s not everyday you get to ride a camel in the desert, haggle with[…]

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Cairo (roof top)

Well, the news is that we’ve been to the Sudanese embassy this morning, and submitted our visa applications and have been told that they’ll be processed and ready for collection Monday morning. We then, need to zoom off to the Ethiopian embassy and apply for that visa. So we’re currently[…]

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