A year’s Memorable moments (Kenya)

Reaching Nairobi was for us a huge feat!  We saw it as the last frontier before leaving the Africa that we know (we thought) and going into the unknown. We enjoyed Kenya.

Experiencing the notorious Nairobi traffic

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The disappointment when we reached Jungle Junction. Expected too much methinks.

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Japanese idea of camping at JJ’s Nairobi

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Experiencing a gathering of Wildebeest at the Mara river in the Masai Mara

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Meeting Chris & Julie who started their trip in the UK. We and them followed each others blogs and we were delighted when they drove in through JJ’s gate in Nairobi. We went together to the Masai Mara.

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Masaai at Aruba Mara.

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The joy of Vin visiting us in Nairobi.  I only then realised how much I miss the children.

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Eretha’s surprise gift sent with Vinay.

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The cat that stayed with us at Wildebeest Lodge, Nairobi

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The very cute and good mannered monkey who visited us every day at Wildebeest Lodge, Nairobi

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Arno buying in pouring rain in  Nairobi  yellow cans for extra petrol for our Lake Turkana leg of our tour.

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Arno & Fanie recovering Fanie’s beer after the Olive Baboons stole the six pack beer. This confirms that men will climb mountains for a beer or two.

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The excitement of seeing our first camels. On the road to Maralal, Kenya

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Crossing the Equator the first time

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Friendly Samburu woman on the road to Maralal, Kenya

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Friendly Masaai Iron monger who gave us a demonstration of making spears in his workshop in the traditional centuries old way.

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The beautiful Samburu girl at Samburu Communal camp at South Horr, Kenya. We bought papayas from her and her brother

IMG_8244_thumb1_thumb   The strange beehive houses of the Turkana tribe and The Jade sea, Lake Turkana. The little boy ran away when he saw the Hilux.

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Three fishermen towing their boat on the shore of the windy Lake Turkana

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Unbelievable that someone can live in this on the windy shores of Lake Turkana

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Camel roadblock between the lava rocks just north of Loyangalani, Kenya

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Typical Masaai Stance at a small village in the Chalbi Desert

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Masaai woman in Siboloi, Kenya

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Woman from the Turkana tribe in Sibiloi, Kenya

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The unbelievably bad road conditions next to Lake Turkana

Roses in the wilderness, Maralal (thank you Fanie)

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Experiencing Africa’s BADDDD ablutions (with hot water though), Mararal, Kenya

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The barren landscape of the Kasut Desert

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Two crazy Overlanders from the south of Africa

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All alone at Crocodile Corner, Sibiloi National Park

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Sunset at Crocodile Corner with a gale force wind blowing

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Huge termite hills

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Beautiful Flamingo’s at the godforsaken Crocodile Corner, Sibiloi National Park

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Endless and lonely gravel roads along the war prone Lake Turkana in the in the Chalbi Desert

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Petrified Forest, Sibiloi National Park

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A year’s memorable moments (Tanzania)

Crossing the border from Malawi into Tanzania was (for us) the REAL BEGINNING) of our Africa experience……..and it really was!

Sith, our very capable Insurance agent at the Malawian/Tanzanian border post

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The Malmesbury lady that decorated our tent at Utengela Coffee Estate, Mbeya while the rest of the group were inspecting our bakkie

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Chongela, owner of Chongela’s Campsite near Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

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Children on an educational school tour from the UK slaughtering their own dinner at Riversyde Camp, Iringa, Tanzania

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Bargaining on a city market for the best produce at the best price (Mbeya)

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Experiencing the REAL Africa roads for the first time

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Experiencing Dar es Salaam

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The city of Dar es Salaam and some of the colourful inhabitant

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Woman leaving the ferry at Dar es Salaam

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Dows at Mikadi Beach

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Beautiful sunset at Mikadi Beach, Dar es Salaam

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Leaving for Zanzibar on the ferry

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Zanzibar!

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The Forodhani market

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Enjoying a glass of wine on the beach , Zanzibar

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Old Stone Town, Zanzibar

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The terrible and sad history of the Slave trade

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Our trip on a Dalla-Dalla to the forest

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The Colobus monkey and baby we saw in the forest

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Seeing Kilimanjaro without clouds on arriving in Moshi

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Camping in Robert’s garden at the foot of Mt Meru in Arusha

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The tower clock that marks the halfway mark between Cape Town and Cairo in Arusha

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A year’s memorable moments

While travelling through the whole Continent of Africa, you are sometimes forced to wait and wile your time. Sometimes it is because of the absurd heavy traffic or a burst water pipe in the Centre  of Khartoum blocking the early morning traffic while you tried to rise early to get out of the city en route to the Ethiopian border post. I waited numerous times in the vehicle while Arno tries to change money at the bank or sitting in a queue at a petrol station. We once at the ferry crossing to Dar es Salaam from our campsite, sat for 2 and half hours in the queue for the Kigamboni Ferry to take us across to Dar es Salaam. The best past time for me was to take photo’s of people. I am not the worlds best photographer but wants to show you some of the people and moments captured over the months on the road. The photo’s starts from the beginning of our trip.IMG_5771

Three boys from different nationalities playing ball in Letaba camp, Kruger National Park not understanding  each others language. One from Mauritius speaking French, a Namibian boy speaking German and an Afrikaans speaking boy from South Africa.

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Prawn seller at Areia Branca

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Jan & Joey with their pet boerbok Bettie on their farm in Mozambique

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We saw so many stray dogs right through Africa but this one broke my heart. He adopted me and even slept at night in front of our tent at Goody Villas at Inhassoro in Mozambique waiting for me outside the ablution block, He was badly mutilated.

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Bapi, the brave demining expert welcoming us to his dangerous mine infested area in Mozambique

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The friendly people starting the ferry  specially for us to  take us across the Shire river in Mozambique late in the afternoon when we thought no ferry is available.

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The excited children in the village of Chief Tembe  where we had to stay the night after crossing the Shire river in Mozambique . They were like a Mexican wave while we were pitching the tent….coming forward and backwards as we worked . This was the night of the mosquito plague and where Arno got his malaria.

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Chief Tembo from Tembo village in Mozambique near the Shire river who gave us permission to stay in his village.

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Antony, our helper and interpreter that helped us out at Chief Tembo’s Village to organize our overnight stay.

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Small boy in a dugout on Lake Malawi at Palm Beach

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Dutch Overlanders playing volley ball with the locals at Cape Maclear, Malawi

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Ruthie with her eldest daughter, son and very small twins. The daughter is 13 but she has to help her  mom with  the twins and the 2 other children. These babies are 10 months old but they look more like 2 months old. This was at Fat Monkeys, Cape Maclear, Malawi

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Washing done in the Lake at Cape Maclear, Malawi

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Overlanding Africa means meeting new friends from all nationalities and having an impromptu braai

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Lucy the cute little daughter of Kananji, our friend in the Chembe Village, Cape Maclear. She loved to visit the Mzungus at their funny tent home

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Baking our own bread. Cape Maclear, Malawi

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In Africa big and small must help. Makuzi Beach, Malawi

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My birthday cake surprise from Richard at Makuzi Beach, Malawi

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Vicious but beautiful stray cat at Makuzi Beach, Malawi

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2 cute 10 year olds guiding us to the waterfall at Livingstonia telling us their version of the history of the slave trade.