Facebook has all the photos for this part of the trip – click here to have a look. Chitimba Camp, Malawi 28th – 29th November 2013 Squeezing the Beast in between the hundreds of trucks jostling for space in the Songwe border, I eventually found a place to park and hopped out. At any African border, you’re greeted by twenty ‘helpful’ people wanting to exchange money or show you the ‘border procedure’ (for a fee of… Read More

Journeying through Tanzania was all too brief and I have no doubt I will be back to explore this incredible country in more depth. Descending into the Ngorongoro Crater, where I would witness one of earth’s most unique ecosystems, was beyond extraordinary. The animals roam within their amphitheatre without a care in the world. Beyond the crater walls I passed briefly through the world of the Maasai. I sensed that they felt compelled to live a… Read More

ARUSHA TO STAY: We stayed in Masai Camp on the outskirts of Arusha on the Overlanding trip with Absoulte Africa – it’s a place to pop up your tent but is nothing special. See Lonely Planet’s write up here. TO EAT: Can’t fault the Blue Heron, we had a light lunch here and coffee – lovely garden atmosphere and definitely worth the visit.  Blues and Chutney also comes very highly rated – it also has… Read More

Nairobi (blue) to Arusha (red) – 170 miles (5 hours, great road, border crossing easy) – read about this stretch here Arusha to Tabora (green) – 392 miles (they were doing road works near Arusha, good tar to Singida and then patchy gravel road to Tabora) this took around 10 hours… – read about this stretch here Tabora to Katavi (yellow) – 275 miles (this road is very do-able but incredibly slow. It… Read More

Lakeshore Lodge – Lake Tanganyika, Tanzania 23rd – 26th November 2013 I can’t explain the sense of awe we had on rising up over the escarpment and seeing Lake Tanganyika stretched out in front of us.  This lake is rather special.  Formed in the fissure of the Great Rift Valley, at 673kms long, Lake Tanganyika is the longest freshwater lake, the second deepest and the second largest by volume, in the world. At… Read More

Facebook has all the photos for this stretch of the journey – click here to check them out. Nairobi & Naivasha, Kenya 15th – 18th November 2013 After flying from Diani to Nairobi, I collected the Beast from the garage in Karen. Luke Davey had been dropping in every now and again to keep an eye on progress and update me with photos, but seeing it again after three months, I couldn’t believe how… Read More

DIANI BEACH TO DO:  Try kitesurfing, surfing and stand up paddle boarding with H2O Extreme the only reputable water sports centre in Diani. Operated from the Kenyaways Kite Village, the instructors are very knowledgeable and have you up and going before you know it! I was SUPing from the first go, was standing on the surf board and riding waves shortly after starting… Spend a day snorkeling or diving the reef at Wasini with… Read More

Kenyan Coast 14th October – 14th November 2014 Che Shale, North Coast – Kenya Following my little jaunt around Tanzania, I flew from Nairobi to Malindi to meet up with Boris for a short holiday on the North Coast. Boris had been on a week long fishing expedition with his good friend Justin Aniere and a client Eric d’Echallens, north off the Lamu archipelago. Justin’s family bought a stretch of land just… Read More

TOUR WITH ABSOLUTE AFRICA Nairobi (blue) to Arusha (red) – 170 miles (5 hours, great road, border crossing easy) Arusha to Ngorongoro (green) – 130 miles (4 hours, slow going nearer the crater) – see post here Ngorongoro to Serengeti (yellow) – 65 miles (9 hours, horrendous road crater to park gate, pole pole game drive) – see post here Serengeti back to Arusha (red) – 200 miles (7 hours – hectic corrugations… Read More

NGORONGORO AND SERENGETI TOUR WITH ABSOLUTE AFRICA 10th – 14th October 2013 Click here to check out all the pics for Ngorongoro Crater and Serengeti… Following a trip back to London for Lizzy’s wedding, I had discovered that a good South African hockey friend, Cheryl Boshi, was booked onto a tour in Tanzania just as I was due to fly back into Kenya.  They were leaving from Nairobi the following day and… Read More

Governor’s Camp, Maasai Mara 21st – 23rd September 2012 Click here to check out all the rest of the snaps on Facebook With the Beast in Cruiser hospital in Nairobi, I am concerned with a couple of things; one, I might need to scrap my steed (heaven forbid, but a definite reality) and two, even if I did get it back, it would take months to repair and I might not have… Read More

NAIVASHA, KENYA 28th Aug – 2nd Sep 2013 From my previous stay in Naivasha, I had heard about the Rift Valley Festival, happening just after I was due to fly back from Uganda. I had been in touch with my friend Boris from Diani as he was headed up from Diani to Naivasha see our old pals at Carnelley’s.  We sorted out diaries and worked things out so that I would arrive… Read More

TOUR WITH SAFARI WILDZ Kampala (blue) to Jinja (red) – 50 miles (1.5 hours easy driving) – see my rafting post here Jinja to Bwindi Gorillas (green) – 340 miles (16 hours, roadworks for half the way…) – see my gorillas post here Bwindi back to Kampala (blue) – 290 miles (15 hours, roadworks, don’t try do a 16 hour and a 15 hour journey within 3 days, it’s no fun)

TOUR OF UGANDA WITH SAFARI WILDZ KAMPALA, UGANDA 22nd – 23rd August 2013 With my trusty steed in Land Cruiser hospital, I hop on a plane and fly to Uganda… I’m in Kampala!  I spend a pretty average evening at Red Chilli Backpackers just outside the capital and am woken up at 4am by my super considerate bunk mate who’s just climbed into bed.  I wake up a bit later and decide… Read More

LAKE NAIVASHA, KENYA 10th – 15th August 2013 Following my crash I spent a week on Lake Naivasha at Mikey’s place. He’s got a nice big farm-style place just on the lake and it’s the perfect place to just sit and crunch through admin – mostly phone calls and emails with my insurers, all of us scratching our heads as what to do with the Beast.  I don’t think they deal with too many… Read More

Nairobi (blue) to Naivasha (red) – 58 miles (1.5 hours, beautiful escarpment road) – see post here Naivasha to Narok (green) – 80 miles (2 hours good roads all the way) – see post here Narok to crash site (yellow) – 5 miles (wish I hadn’t missed that damn turnoff…)

NAIVASHA TO MASAI MARA, KENYA 9th August 2013 I leave Camp Carnelley’s with a heavy heart. It reminds me a little of Kariba and I don’t feel like I’ve stayed long enough. Time is short though and today I head back towards Nairobi and turn off, bound for one of the greatest shows on earth… the wildebeest migration in the Masai Mara! The journey down to Narok is straightforward and on good… Read More

NAIROBI TO NAIVASHA, KENYA 7th – 8th August 2013 See all my photos from this trip to Naivasha here on Facebook Upper Hill Campsite, Nairobi – I wake to the news that Nairobi airport is on fire, no flights in and no flights out.  The guy staying next to me at the campsite is getting married in Uganda in a few days time and is due to leave today… of all the… Read More

Mombasa (blue) to Diani Beach (red) – 23 miles (1 hour due to Likoni Ferry) – see post here Diani Beach to Tsavo East (green) – 144 miles (5 hours through the Shimba Hills) – see post here Tsavo East to Tsavo West (yellow) – 83 miles (4 hours pole pole game drive) – see post here Tsavo West to Amboseli (purple) – 82 miles (5 hours – horrendous road!) – see… Read More

Beach life has got the better of me and I’m afraid I am months behind with the blog.  Here goes to trying to catch up…  As always, Facebook has the most recent extracts of news and photos – http://www.facebook.com/london2cape AMBOSELI, KENYA 4th – 5th August 2013 Best photos are on the Facebook album, aptly named “Amboseli” Amboseli Kimana Campsite; Woke up nice and early under the slopes of Kili at my basic… Read More