Posts Tagged ‘Kenya’

We’re not out of Africa yet, we’re in Egypt, which has a distinctive Northern African/Middle Eastern feel. And so it feels as though we’ve left Africa behind us now, although the continent will surely stay with us for years to come.

We’ve covered roughly 20,000 km overland, across 12 different countries (excluding Egypt), not really knowing what to expect as we moved from one to the next. We enjoyed every country we visited, but a few definitely stand out in our minds, namely Namibia for its spectacular desert scenery, Malawi for it’s warm and friendly people, and Ethiopia for it’s unique culture and breathtaking mountains.

Here are some of the small things that will remind us of our time in Africa:

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Day 3: Northern Kenya

We’re back in civilization, in Addis Ababa, after going off radar for a week, traveling up through Northern Kenya and Southern Ethiopia. Yes we were ragged and filthy, but it was phenomenal. Over the course of seven days, on one long, straight road, we passed through the lush foothills of Mt. Kenya, along escarpments looking out over the Great Rift Valley and crossed the equator. We crossed dry savanah and volcanic desert. In Ethiopia we climbed up and down through coffee-growing highlands scattered with beautiful grass huts and villages to taunts of children shouting “you you you!”

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Ahhhh, this is the life

Game drives through Africa’s many national parks have been some of the highlights of our overland journey. Lake Nakuru National Park in Kenya offered yet another chance to get close with some of this continent’s most famous wild beasts, and it was one of the last parks that we’d be visiting. It didn’t disappoint! We spent about six hours driving through the park in 4x4s, spotting more zebras, buffalos, hyenas, and birds than you could shake a stick at. But two animals in particular were the highlight this time around: flamingoes and rhinos.

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Lori and Mark

We arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, on June 16th, 54 days after leaving Cape Town on the Oasis Overland truck. Nairobi is the approximate halfway point of our journey through Africa, and we had a few days’ break in the city to do as we pleased. Fortunately for us, we were able to get in touch with my dad’s cousin Lori, who was just finishing several months of work in Nairobi. I’d never met Lori before, at least not since I was old enough to remember, and I was very excited to make a family connection so far from home.

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