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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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View from Table Mountain

After spending nearly a week in Cape Town, we’re finally on the open road, headed north over the great continent of Africa. Cape Town itself was great; the city is beautiful, and the setting is stunning. The part of the city that we stayed in is nestled between Table Mountain and the Atlantic Ocean. Table Mountain is so flat on top that it looks like the upper half of the mountain was simply sliced off and discarded. We rode the cable car to the top, and despite fierce winds and bitter cold, we enjoyed spectacular views off both sides of the mountain.

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Big yellow truck

A couple of days ago our big, yellow truck arrived in Cape Town. This will be our home for the next four months. Looks pretty sharp eh? Only two more sleeps until we climb aboard and drive away. We’re madly checking things off of our to-do list, and meeting many new people as our group starts to gather at our hostel.

We made it!

It was a marathon: an 11 hour flight followed almost immediately by a 28 hour train ride. But the good news is that the flight was smooth and comfortable (kudos to Malaysia Airlines for making our first flight on these travels a pleasant one), and we had a 4 berth sleeper cabin all to ourselves for the whole train ride, so we arrived in Cape Town happy and relaxed. And now we’re in Africa! Even though we were in transit for over 40 hours, this is by far the fastest transition between continents for us yet, so it hasn’t completely sunk in. Tomorrow we should finally be meeting some of the people who are going on the overland trip with us, and we’re excited about that.

So that’s our update: we made it safely across the Indian Ocean and through Johannesburg. Hopefully that puts all of your minds at ease — and yes, parents, we’re talking to you :)

A long way down

Mark and I are at the KL airport waiting until it’s time for us to board our plane to Johannesburg. It’s hard to believe that tomorrow we will be in Africa. So fast! Our ocean legs on boats have given us time to acclimatize and mentally prepare. We’re feeling anxious. Although we’ll be crossing the Indian Ocean very quickly, this is going to be our longest stretch of continuous travel yet, or at least it’s going to feel like it. Our flight is an 11-hour red-eye. Once we land in Johannesburg, we’ll make our way to the train station to hop on the Shosholoza Meyl sleeper train to Cape Town. The train is supposed to take 26 hours. In total, it will probably be about 50 hours in-transit. Hope we make it!

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