Category: Africa

I had left Wadi Halfa in Sudan early in the morning. My hope was to reach Abu Simbel in early afternoon and to be able to visit this famous temple on the way to Aswan. I had tried to get on the first bus. My hopes were soon dashed as all the five buses left at the same time with mine actually being the latest. We arrived at the Sudanese-Egyptian border and it was still closed. It took three-and-a-half totally ineffective hours to leave Sudan. […]

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The border post is in a small village. The main road is not even tarred, little traffic passes over this border. Ethiopia and Sudan are culturally distinct and there seems to be little interest in the “other”. To my surprise, I am not crossing this border alone. A Japanese guy was on the bus to the border and at the border we meet an Italian who is overlanding with his motorbike. It might surprise you but crossing Sudan is the easiest option of going north-south in Africa. […]

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The famous churches of Lalibela are waiting. To get there from Djibouti most people would have chosen the following approach: Taking a day-long bus from Djibouti Ville to Dire Dawa, another day-long bus to Addis Ababa and another day-long bus from Addis to Lalibela. I chose another option, why not try to get there on the most direct route? Small roads with rare or none public transport promise an eventful journey and will still be faster. […]

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I am a victim of my own faulty planning. Originally, I wanted to head north in Kenya to get to Ethiopia overland through the beautiful region around lake Turkana. I had not properly informed myself about Ethiopian visa rules and while it is very easy to get a visa on arrival when flying into Ethiopia, it is impossible to get one at the border and near impossible to get a visa for Ethiopia in any other African country. I tried in Nairobi but failed. […]

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On arrival at Mombasa Airport, we have to fill out health cards and our temperature is taken. Deadly ebola is raging in parts of West Afrika and Kenya wants to be safe. Another poster asks if you have recently been to the Middle East or China and have respiratory symptoms. Being on the watch for MERS. […]

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In 2011, after finishing university, I went to Africa for the first time in my life. I planned big, trying to do the classic Cape Town to Cairo route. Four months was not enough to do this in any style. I covered South Africa, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana (briefly), Zambia, Malawi and Tanzania. From Zanzibar, I had to fly home. I organized the pictures not by country but around topics. Enjoy! […]

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