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What to do when out of Africa… you road trip… as much as you can. April happened to be a good chance to get up to Scotland for a two week jaunt around the northern part of these British Isles. The last time I was in Scotland was to watch the Springboks get their jerseys handed to them by the Scots for the first time in 23 years. Other than that, it… Read More

Getting from Nairobi to the start of our month long Tanganyika Paddle. Back country Tanzania – here we come!

9 months brought together in 6 minutes – enjoy the ride! Here, have some stats… Individual countries broken down here:  Kenya  Tanzania  Malawi  Zambia  Zimbabwe  Botswana  Namibia  South Africa DISTANCE DRIVEN: 10,085 miles / 16,136 kms FUEL: £2,200 to drive 16,000km = 13p per km or £13/100km VISA FEES: £63 (I was using a UK and SA passport) ROAD TAX (Border Fees) = £123 FOOD ROADSIDE: £165 / 9 months = £0.60 per… Read More

After three years of planning, I tied up my business in London, did final preparations on the Land Cruiser and put it onto a cargo ship bound for Mombasa. That was after the Arab Spring threatened almost every route option and a handful of crippling incidences prevented me from leaving London with my convoy, dashing my dreams from driving the full length of London to Cape Town. Determined to do what I… Read More

A Ramokawebana/Plumtree Border (blue) to B Francistown (red) B Francistown (red) to C Turnoff for Kubu Island (grey) C Turnoff for Kubu Island (grey) to Kubu Island (green)  Kubu Island (green) to A Turnoff to Maun (grey) A Turnoff to Maun (grey) to B Nxai Pan (yellow) B Nxai Pan (yellow) to C Baines Baobabs (purple)  C Baines Baobabs (purple) to D Maun (teal) D Maun (teal) – E Mamuno/Trans-Kalahari Border (blue)

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

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

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)

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

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