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Facebook has all the photos for this part of the trip – click here to have a look. Chipata, Zambia 9th – 10th December 2013 Having left Lilongwe that morning, I had crossed the border without any hassle. Passing acres of neat tea rows, the tar was smooth and the drive was easy going. I arrived in Chipata on the Zambian side and was greeted with a plethora of western shops and take aways (Debonaires in… Read More

Facebook has all the photos for this part of the trip – click here to have a look. Nkhata Bay, Malawi 2nd – 4th December 2013 After agreeing to transport one oversized mama Malaiwan traffic cop who had requested transportation to Rumphi, I scrambled to clear the passenger seat littered with things I need at arms reach when driving. Watching her heave her large frame off the ground and into my raised-suspension Beast was quite something…. Read More

Facebook has all the photos for this part of the trip – click here to have a look. Livingstonia, Malawi 30th November – 2nd December 2013 Livingstonia is a town set high up on the Nyika Plateau, towering 900m above Lake Malawi and is just a few kilometres west of Chitimba – straight up. Not to be confused with Livingstone in Zambia, Livingstonia is an old mission station which has developed into a town…. Read More

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

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

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

TSAVO EAST TO TSAVO WEST, KENYA 2nd – 3rd August 2013 See more photos on Facebook here. The next morning Dan, Ivan, Anneloes and Fay went off for an early game drive and I stayed behind to sorted out a few bits and pieces not quite right with the packing arrangement in the Beast. (It would take me almost a week of fiddling with the boxes and equipment, moving things around so that the most… Read More

SHIMBA HILLS TO TSAVO EAST, KENYA 1st August 2013 Check out more photos on Facebook here. After stocking up with last minute snacks and food at Nakumatt for my 4-5 day game drive, I headed down the long sultry coast road of Diani. Past the ladders above the road for the Colobus monkeys, the dreaded unannounced speed bumps, Shakatack and the sign down to Forty Thieves – how does one grow to… Read More

[19 August] Things have a funny way of working out… and this whole journey so far has been about a collection of coincidences and events where I almost didn’t, but then did… and ended up meeting awesome people, getting to know their friends, and experiencing the unexpected kindness of strangers. You’ll have to read the next few entries to see just how these little changes affected a potentially disastrous outcome. Follow the… Read More

PLAN A “Go West”, they sing! Following fellow travelers Kirk and Dale’s trip in 2010 (SawubonAfrica), I had decided that they were getting to see much of “real Africa” – taking in both the West and Eastern sides before heading down South. Super plan! I would follow a very similar route and drive from London, through Spain to the Straight of Gibraltar before cruising through Morocco, Senegal, Mali, down Western Africa and… Read More