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Lessons learnt in Egypt

 There are two kinds of Egyptians: Those on the beaten tourist track who will do everything to cheat you out of anything. Those off the tourist track who are absolutely amazing. Super friendly, welcoming and genuine. (In Luxor our horse cart driver got angry that his 25% tip wasn’t big enough. In El Minya, we [...]

By | Aug 13th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Ancient Temples

The Wadi-Halfa/Abu Simbel border is a thing of legend in a TransAfrica trip. We had been warned it would take 6-8 hours to exit Sudan and enter Egypt. This was quite daunting as it was almost 3 times as long as the nightmare of Kazangula, but it had to be done. We looked long and [...]

By | Aug 13th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Sudan – Sand for Days

It doesn’t seem fair to only have one blog post for a country that was so welcoming and friendly. But the reality is there are very few tourist attractions and with our imminent deadline to get to Alexandria we only managed 6 nights here (one of which was not by our choice!). We hit Sudan [...]

By | Jun 26th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Lessons learnt in Ethiopia

Chewing khat makes you crazy! Fill up with diesel whenever you see it, it’s in short supply. Everything has chilli in it…everything…even a margerita pizza! There are not a lot of positives surrounding the Italian’s time here. However they did leave behind pizza and bread. It’s delicious and we will forever be grateful! Cellphones aren’t [...]

By | Jun 7th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Switchbacks and charades – Simien Mountains National Park

We’d heard fantastic things about the Simien Mountains so we headed there next. We had a slower start than we would’ve liked leaving Mekele after James’s card got swallowed by an ATM. Despite this, we still took the more scenic route via Adigrat. The passes through the sandstone mountains were spectacular and well worth the [...]

By | Jun 6th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Hotter than hell! – The Danakil Depression

  With some desert time ahead in Sudan and Egypt and having seen the volcano in DRC, we had a last minute change of itinerary to skip Ert Ale(the volcano) and only see Dallol(the colourful salts) and the salt pans in Danakil. We organised with a local company to give us a guide, mainly to [...]

By | Jun 4th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Churches, mountains and churches in mountains – Lalibela and Tigray

After a good few days relaxing in Addis and with a Sudanese transit visa now finally in our passports, our first touristy stop was Lalibela. The drive there was beautiful filled with dramatic mountain passes. It was also interesting to see how the dress and houses suddenly change as you change regions. We made an [...]

By | Jun 2nd, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

$hit, is it May already?! – Jinja to Addis

After a lovely two weeks having Louise and Gigi around, we’ve come to the realisation that we’re very quickly running out of time to get to the Tour de France. Having had too much fun in East Africa, we now found ourselves with 6 weeks until we need to put our car on the ferry. [...]

By | May 28th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Lessons learnt in Uganda

Turns out Rwanda was wrong, you only need 1 AK47 to go for a short hike. You can get lucky and stay dry in the rainy season. Several of the lakes in Uganda are “the deepest in the world”. You can do a beautiful game drive through Queen Elizabeth National Park without ever entering a [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments

Life with James, Carolyn and Huberta Thompson

After spending two weeks living with Thompsons, Louise has some learnings to share on the blog...   The Spectrum Gigi and I learnt quickly on our travels with Carolyn, James and Huberta that there is a spectrum. For example, the spectrum of what constitutes a road. This was probably a good life lesson… in the [...]

By | May 25th, 2017|Uncategorised|0 Comments