Africa

Seeing the Wood For the Trees

Blog 73 by Tan: Seeing the Wood For the Trees The Brazzaville side of the river was a breeze in ...
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The Last of the N1…

Blog 71 by Mick: Day 8 on the Dirt – The Last of the N1… Day 8, and final day, ...
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The Great Road of China

Blog 70 by Tan: Day 7 (pm) on the Dirt - The Great Road of China Following on from the ...
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DRC, Where a Half Day is a Full Blog

Blog 69 by Tan: Day 7 (am) on the Dirt – DRC, Where a Half Day is a Full Blog ...
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I Love the Smell of Burnt Clutch in the Morning

Blog 68 by Mick: Day 6 on the Dirt – I Love the Smell of Burnt Clutch in the Morning ...
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Reflecting on the Butcher

Blog 67 by Tan: Day 5 on the dirt – Reflecting on the Butcher Day 5 of off road riding ...
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A Congo Copper’s Welcome to Kananga

Blog 66 by Mick: Day 4 on the Dirt – A Congo Copper’s Welcome to Kananga Day 4 of off ...
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Closing in on a bit of Civilisation

Blog 65 by Mick: Day 3 on the Dirt – Closing in on a bit of Civilisation Day 3 of off ...
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Day 2 on the Dirt – Mudholes for Bush Pigs

Blog 64 by Tan: Day 2 on the Dirt – Mudholes for Bush Pigs Day 2 of proper (i.e. off ...
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Day 1 on the Dirt – A Crash Course on the Congo

Blog 63 by Tan: Day 1 on the Dirt – A Crash Course on the Congo Day 1 of proper ...
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DRC: The Route

Blog 62 by Tan: The Route The crossing of Democratic Republic of Congo has taken on legendary status in African ...
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To the End of the Tar

Blog 61 by Tan: DRC - To the End of the Tar Our last day in Zambia started off in ...
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Preparation, or is it Procrastination?

Blog 60 by Mick: Preparation, or is it Procrastination? We met our friendly detective, the ‘good cop’ half of the ...
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The Curious Case of the Bowlegged Bandit

Blog 59 by Tan: The Curious Case of the Bowlegged Bandit Talk about being kicked while you are down! To ...
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A Reunion, A Concussion and a Case of Collusion

Blog 58 by Tan: A Reunion, A Concussion and a Case of Collusion Finding ourselves visiting with Caleb and Joanna ...
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Africa’s New “Hell Road”

Blog 57 by Mick: Africa’s new “Hell Road” We had already gotten our passports stamped in Omorate when we left ...
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Omo 10 months later

Blog 56 Update by Tan: Omo 10 months later: (yes we are 10 months behind in our blog and yes ...
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The Last Gasps of the Omo

Blog 56 by Tan: The Last Gasps of the Omo We woke up overjoyed to find that we hadn’t just ...
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Riding the Wild Side of the Omo

Blog 55 by Mick: Riding the Wild Side of the Omo With all the people about in the morning, we ...
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Go West Young Man

Blog 54 by Mick: Go West Young Man We weren’t even on the outskirts of Bure when the road turned ...
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Mud and Soap Operas

Blog 53 by Mick: Mud and Soap Operas Debark, our home for the evening, is the gateway to the Simien ...
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Beware the Singing Little Girls

Blog 52 by Tan: Beware the Singing Little Girls After all the excitement of Danakil we were happy to chill ...
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The Geologists’ Nirvana of the Danakil Depression – PART 2

Blog 51 by Tan: The Geologists’ Nirvana of the Danakil Depression – PART 2 After next to no sleep the ...
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The Geologists’ Nirvana of the Danakil Depression – PART 1

Blog 50 by Tan: The Geologists’ Nirvana of the Danakil Depression – PART 1 The people who had previous expressed ...
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Where the Scum of Your Character Will Come to the Surface

Blog 49 by Mick: Where the Scum of Your Character Will Come to the Surface The 30-day limit put on ...
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The Highway of the Devil’s Spawn

Blog 48 by Tan: Highway of the Devil’s Spawn We decided to ditch the tar and take the old dirt ...
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Navel Gazing in Harar

Blog 47 by Mick: Navel Gazing in Harar The ride from Jinka to Harar had exacted its toll, so it ...
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Taking the High Way, As Opposed To The Highway

Blog 46 by Mick: Taking the High Way, As Opposed To The Highway OMG!!!! A MAP!!! yep, we are getting ...
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The Land That Time Forgot

Blog 45 by Tan- The Land That Time Forgot After several unforgettable days of rigorous riding through the Turkana and ...
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Lake Turkana Route PART 2 – North into the Never Never

Blog 44 by Mick: Lake Turkana Route PART 2 – North into the Never Never We hit the road after ...
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Lake Turkana Route PART 1 – This Should Be Interesting

Blog 43 by Tan: Lake Turkana Route - PART 1 – This Should Be Interesting After what seemed like a ...
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Pole Pole in Nairobbery

Blog 42 by Mick: Pole Pole in Nairobbery I should apologise in advance for this blog post – it may ...
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The Rwanda-Uganda Express

Blog 41 by Tan: The Rwanda-Uganda Express We were still a bit unsure of our decision to travel through Rwanda ...
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Whatever Floats Your Bike

Blog 40 by Mick: Whatever Floats Your Bike Back in Arusha we had a few little jobs to do before ...
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The Perils of an All Meat Diet

Blog 39 by Tan: The Perils of an All Meat Diet The next few days were taken up with periods ...
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A Market for the Larger Woman

Blog 38 by Tan: A Market for the Larger Woman While Mick slept and sweated and shivered with fever I ...
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Revenge of the African Racing Chicken

Blog 37 by Mick: Revenge of the African Racing Chicken The formalities of the border crossing were pretty simple, although ...
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Battling FOMO and the Black Lung

Blog 36 by Tan: Battling FOMO and the Black Lung After saying our goodbyes to Mark we rode north in ...
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The Warm Heart of Africa

Blog 35 by Tan: The Warm Heart of Africa I woke up the next morning having slept poorly. I had ...
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The Coin of Destiny

Blog 34 by Mick: The Coin of Destiny From Praia do Bilene it was a 386km blat up the tar ...
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A Braai’ers Guide to The 5 Essential Food Groups

Blog 33 by Mick: A Braai’ers Guide to The 5 Essential Food Groups Our plan for Praia de Bilene was ...
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Bet You Didn’t Know This About Rats

Blog 32 by Tan: Bet You Didn’t Know This About Rats After being swiftly stamped out of Zimbabwe, we moved ...
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The Great Zimbabwe Ruins and The Ruins of a Great Zimbabwe

Blog 31 by Tan: The Great Zimbabwe Ruins and The Ruins of a Great Zimbabwe We found Doug and Tempe’s ...
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Breadbasket to Basketcase

Blog 30 by Tan: Breadbasket to Basketcase The crossing into Zimbabwe was relatively efficient and mostly painless. As per our ...
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Farm Time for Dakaristas

Blog 29 by Mick: Farm Time for Dakaristas The little village of Mwandi is only a couple kilometres off the ...
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Life is Boring Without a Bit of Spark

Blog 28 by Tan: Life is Boring Without a Bit of Spark I’m not going to lie. The blog is ...
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Smack Dat Ass

Blog 27 by Tan and Mick: Smack Dat Ass TAN'S VIEW:  The roads in the north of Ovamboland are flat ...
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Last Dance in Kaokoland

Blog 26 by Tan: Last Dance in Kaokoland Even with Van Zyl’s completed, there was still hundreds of kilometers of ...
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Godzilla Pass

Blog 25 by Mick: Godzilla Pass Tanya and I have been keeping a travel diary on this trip so we ...
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STOP! Himba Time!

Blog 24 by Tan: STOP! Himba Time! We had a somewhat restless sleep despite our fatigue as I was far ...
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Up the Ganamub Without a Paddle

Blog 23 by Mick: Up the Ganamub Without a Paddle At least we got some semi-working internet with our horrifically ...
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Nothing Like a Flash Flood to Keep Things Interesting

Blog 22 by Tan: Nothing Like a Flash Flood to Keep Things Interesting We were informed by the guy at ...
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Alive on the Skeleton Coast

Blog 21 by Mick: Alive on the Skeleton Coast Was it ever nice to be riding again! We had run ...
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Hurry Up and Wait

Blog 20 by Tan:  Hurry Up and Wait Even though Mick’s engine was running fine, it was making a slight ...
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Knock knock? Go Away!

Blog 19 by Mick: Knock knock? Go Away! Being our second visit to Lüderitz we were far more on the ...
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Namibia – Vast Place of Nothingness

Blog 18 by Tan: Namibia - Vast Place of Nothingness We were both pretty ecstatic to be back in Namibia ...
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Mokorros in the Delta

Blog 17 by Mick: Mokorros in the Delta While our jaunt into the bush was only 2 days there and ...
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Mis-Adventure Riding – A ‘How-To’ Guide

Blog 16 by Mick: Mis-Adventure Riding – A ‘How-To’ Guide While we were not bothered through the night by any ...
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Horny Africritters

Blog 15 by Tan (Rhino bit by Mick): Horny Africritters Our last week in South Africa was beyond rough on us ...
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2200kms and a Gearbox Rebuild

Blog 14 by Mick – 2200kms and a Gearbox Rebuild With Tan at the dentist, I had some time to kill ...
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The Namibian Border Hop

Blog 13 by Tan: The Namibian Border Hop After a few hours sleep we woke up at 5:30am and set ...
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What goes clunk when it should go splash?

Blog 12 by Mick: What goes clunk when it should go splash? Stellenbosch, our destination for the following evening, is ...
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Big Fun in the Little Karoo

Blog 11 by Tan:  Big Fun in the Little Karoo We were excited to be staying with relatives of our ...
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Escape to the Great Karoo

Blog 10 by Tan: Escape to the Great Karoo We decided to leave the Wild Coast to avoid the rainy ...
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Fairies and Wildlings and 3 times the Weirdness

Blog 9 by Mick: Fairies and Wildlings and 3 times the Weirdness It was a little strange to be on ...
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A Different kind of Coop

Blog 8 by Mick: A different kind of Coop We re-entered South Africa in the mid-afternoon starving for lunch, so ...
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A Cozy Blankie with your Coup d’Etat?

Blog 7 by Tan: A Cozy Blankie with your Coup d'Etat? In the last blog I mentioned that there was ...
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In the Shadow of Moshoehshoe

Blog 6 by Tan: In the Shadow of Moshoehshoe After entering Losotho we headed straight for Katse Lodge overlooking Katse ...
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Return to the Mountain Kingdom

Blog 5 by Mick: Return to The Mountain Kingdom We woke more rested but found our room at the Amphitheatre ...
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The Roof of Africa

Blog 4 by Mick: The Roof of Africa We woke still quite stiff and sore from our exploits at KwaGengeshe ...
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Ambush at KwaGengeshe

Blog 3 by Mick: Ambush at KwaGengeshe After fixing my bike and still with access to a well-stocked shed, I ...
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Sickness, Sani Pass and Sticky Date Pudding

Blog 2 by Tan After a wonderful nights stay in the palatial honeymoon suite (complete with double open air showers ...
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Day 1 in South Africa – How good could it get?

Blog 1 by Mick We were trying to think what would constitute a fantastic first day of riding here in ...
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