The long way (upside) down…

What an adventure! In Tanzania we had to bribe Customs officers to cross the border, drove across the Serengeti and slept on the banks of Lake Victoria. Rwanda was unexpectedly stunning, we amazed local school children and were amazed ourselves at the scenery. In southern Uganda we were charged at by a Silverback mountain Gorilla, crossed the equator and shared a camp with elephants and hippos. In Queen Elizabeth and Murchison Parks we came face to face with lions and Nile Crocodiles, while cruising down the worlds largest river and avoiding dengue fever and ebola virus. Our 4×4 was invincible, we even swapped the throttle cable with one out of an old aeroplane….invincible that is until we rolled it on a bad road.

We were robbed by locals and police alike, but helped equally by many. We broke down, got fixed up, we drove for sometimes 8hrs in one day, through some of the worlds most amazing scenery surrounded by some of the most amazing wildlife. 2,400km…this was some journey. I have thousands of photos, but for now…just a few:

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Staying alive

The only problem with having a tent on the roof of the vehicle…is that in the morning when the sun rises over the Serengeti Plains, and when the hyenas and cheetahs and lions are on their early morning scavenge for food…we have to make it from the tent, to the door of the Land Rover. Without getting eaten.

Our 4×4 African Overland Adventure (TM) kicks off in 5 days time. A year in the making, our 2,500km journey is finally here. All that stands in our way are the lawless streets of Nairobi, the hungry animals of Tanzania, the genocide favouring rebels of DRC and a certain Ebola virus in Uganda. A big happy birthday to Tom who flies to Kenya on his 30th birthday..what a way to celebrate. Getting to turn 31 would be a good present.

Our Land Rover…yet to be named.

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What’s a bit of Ebola between friends?

“It’s our history that’s letting us down. What are we known for? Idi Amin, disease, poverty, all negative things.”

Not my words…but those of the Uganda Tourism Association in response the numbers of cancelled visits to Uganda due to the recent Ebola Virus outbreak. Now Tom and I have spoken about this, and have come up with a plan for avoiding this deadly disease;

1. We stay in the vehicle at all times and pass our documents out using a big stick

2. We draw straws to see who leaves the vehicle to retrieve said document, and stick.

Joking aside, this now changes things slightly. We now have to avoid all hospitals, medical centres and infected monkeys. Cue scenes of Cuba Gooding Jnr and the Hoffman in their outbreak proof suits…I wonder if they will fit in my luggage?

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