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