If you’re considering the Lake Turkana route into Kenya then you must read this post from cornwalltocapetown … They had a scary experience as did we.
Richard and I chose not to say anything for fear of worrying our families but on our jaunt past Turkana we found a body on the shores, white in appearance and it left us very quiet and very shaken considering it was just the two us after deciding we didn’t need a convoy on this particular route.
Clearly you do!
Lake Turkana from Cornwall to Cape Town
We have just completed our crossing to Jungle Junction in Nairobi, we opted for the Lake Turkana route for safety and scenery – not to mention it was supposed to be a much softer track than the Marsabit route however it was not that soft! It is known as a sand road but we took the track around the Sibiloi National Park and it was very rocky.
We have seen some pretty amazing things along the way, had breakfast with some crocodiles and stumbled upon some zebra on the side of the road… you know, the usual. Lots of beautiful African tribes people just living their lives in the middle of nowhere.
We drove for approximately 800 km’s on a track. Just two tyre tracks disappearing into the distance! Rocks big and small, sand, mud and dry river beds that are just pebbles and trees. Richard has done all the driving and has done an amazing job, even hopping out to cut away the thorn bushes… Gotta take care of our lovely orange paint 🙂
We have been camping now for over two weeks with a long drop and a sponge bath (using a kitchen cleaning cloth) on the luxurious days so we have treated ourselves to an ensuite room tonight and then first thing tomorrow the car goes to Land Rover for a very deserved service and no doubt some repairs, we are very proud of our little orange trooper but it has taken a beating over the last week and has only complained once or twice when the suspension decides its too hot (43 degrees? Fair enough!).
We’ve been staying with Wim and the team at Holland House for the last 5ish days, it’s been great here with loads of travellers passing though and plentiful supplies of cold beer and reeeally good cooking!!
We have indulged in many cafe visits ( chocolate croissants to die for at La Parisienne) and gorgeous fresh Ethiopian coffee is absolutely everywhere in Addis.
We collect our Kenyan visas tomorrow morning and finally make tracks for the border near Lake Turkana, after some complicated spreadsheet calculations and some persuasion for myself we are taking the safer but longer / more remote route to Nairobi (thanks Richard!). The scenery should be divine so once in Nairobi we will be able to put up some new photos.
Jo and Rich
Keeping up with requests from our readers 😉 …
With patchy electricity in Lalibela, here is a pic of our view from the aptly named Mountain View Hotel… A treat for our birthday tonight!
The local beer is icy cold and very refreshing after a 7 hour drive from Gonder. Richard drove. I snoozed.
Will update everyone again once we have time for photos etc
Jo and Rich
We have some patchy Internet now which is the first we have had in over a week in Ethiopia, it was 46 degrees at the Metema border crossing and we have since been camping at Tim & Kim’s Village in Gorgora, Lake Tana. Tim and Kim are a Dutch couple that run a foundation and a non-profit campsite for overlanders and travellers alike in order to support the local community. It was a gorgeous location on the lake and we really enjoyed Kim’s amazing food and Tim’s cold beer for three days! If you would like to support an African initiative then these guys are very worthy, hard working individuals who are here entirely of their own desire and commitment… http://www.timkimvillage.com/
We have also just had two nights in the Simien Mountains testing our bodies with the altitude and trying some of our Kilimanjaro gear before the time comes. We ate our dinner with the Gelada Baboons and had some interesting hand signals going on with our obligatory scout (sent into the mountains with all tourists)… A little whippet of a man with a huge gun but very sweet and he took good care of us the whole time.
Also, now that we are out of Sudan we can fill in a few of the gaps for those that are keeping watch:
After reaching Istanbul, we decided against travel through Syria. We spent two days on the internet and phones trying to find a company that would ship the car and/or us to Egypt or lastly Israel. A shipping agent called Rosenfeld, based in Haifa, finally had an option for us and we had four days to get to Lavrio at the bottom of Greece to board the ship. Three nights in a drivers cabin and some very interesting people later we arrived in Haifa (only to spend 11 hours trying to get out of the port!)
We spent the first night at Lake Tiberius and then headed all the way south to Eilat via a few sights, Jerusalem and Bethlehem. It was hard going as we had no working navigation or maps but I never thought I’d visit Israel so a bit of a bonus. It’s a beautiful country and the people there are really friendly, maybe somewhere to visit with an organised tour group.
We crossed the border into Aqaba, Jordan using our NZ passports and managed to avoid all stamps until one official accidentally stamped Richards passport with a vehicle related stamp so all shipping documents, ANY potentially dangerous paperwork and NZ passports got FedEx’d back to London once we had some free time in Assuit, Egypt.
Before entering Sudan we removed a few things from the website in order to cover our tracks through Israel but these are now back up and running.
More pics and things to come as well x
Sorry for causing any confusion guys but we removed the tracking page due to our unplanned detour through Israel in February.
We couldn’t say anything to anyone (except the closest of family etc) before we entered and exited Sudan who would have not let us in for having travelled in Israel.
There are a few more details of Israel in our other post but unfortunately not many pics as it was very rushed and we couldn’t risk having too much info from Israel on us!
We think there may be an issue with SMS in Ethiopia and so our tracker is still in Sudan. We’ll try to get this sorted ASAP because we’ve done some pretty cool stuff in Ethiopia already!