Lake Nubia, Abu Simbel, & Aswan.

Lake Nubia, Abu Simbel, & Aswan.

Just north of the Sudanese border town of Wadi Halfa there is a new land border connecting Sudan and Egypt. This is a recent development and until a couple of years ago all overland travellers had to use the infamous Wadi Halfa – Aswan ferry, and the cars would follow a few days later on a […]

Ethiopia & The Hardest Day.

Ethiopia & The Hardest Day.

I crossed the bridge at Moyale into Ethiopia in the late afternoon after 14 hours on the road, and parked my car at the customs compound. I found the immigration office on the other side of the road but it was empty, not a single official to be found. The place was abandoned. Eventually an […]

Back to Nairobi.

Back to Nairobi.

I booked my flight back to Nairobi the night before I left. A courier from the visa agency met me between my flights to return my passport, complete with Ethiopian and Egyptian visas. It was all very last minute. As would be the next few weeks. I had spent my time at home after my […]

Crossley & Webb

Crossley & Webb

I snuck into Dargle on a Friday evening. I had outsourced my visa applications to an agency in Johannesburg. This is a lot easier than doing it yourself, and unless you live in Johannatoria, much cheaper too. So I headed home to wait while they pushed the applications through. A friend picked me up from a […]

Heading Home.

Heading Home.

I spent a week in Nairobi after my first visit to the Embassy of Ethiopia. Wildebeest was a good place to while away the time as I searched for a way to get a visa without flying home. A visit to the Egyptian Embassy revealed  I couldn’t get a visa for Egypt in Nairobi either, […]

Near Death Experiences on the Road to Arusha.

Near Death Experiences on the Road to Arusha.

I had made myself very much at home at Firefly, and Jo, the owner, was awfully sweet to me. She loved the car, and I certainly would not have hung around Bagamoyo as long as I did if it hadn’t been for her. I spent my time reading while the rain poured down on the tin […]

The Ghost Town of Bagamoyo.

The Ghost Town of Bagamoyo.

My friends were moving on, and I knew it was time to bid a farewell to Mikadi Beach and to Dar es Salaam. I once again crossed the harbour on the old car ferry, this time in a record hour and a half. It was low tide and I was glad I had adjusted the […]

Across The Waters To Zanzibar.

Across The Waters To Zanzibar.

In the days following the great party at Mikadi Beach we all seemed to commit ourselves to simply relaxing. Some of us (yes, me) needed a little rest and relaxation in order to recover from what felt like pretty acute alcohol poisoning, after foolishly betting a ski instructor that writers were more hardened drinkers. But […]

Forward Unto Dar! (Part 2)

Forward Unto Dar! (Part 2)

The dark night, full of the sounds of an Afrian city, gave way to another wonderfully blue morning, full of light and possibilities. It’s always easier to be optimistic in the bright light of the morning. I had spent the night at a church in Mbeya, on the western edge of Tanzania. The night before […]

Ireland Here I Come!

Ireland Here I Come!

I am finally on the road. Thanks to everyone who came to see me off from Steampunk on Saturday morning. From old school friends to neighbours to new friends and even the Alfa Club, it was great to see you all there. And a special thank you to the Steampunk himself, Michael. It was pretty […]

The Road To Cape Town.

The Road To Cape Town.

Miles since last update: 3800 Miles (6115 Kilometres) So I made it to Cape Town. The 1st (unofficial) leg of Dargle to Dargle went very well indeed. In January, when my car was damaged in the storm, a fellow Alfa Romeo fan from PE, Greig Smith, said that I ought to come town to Cape […]