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Sunday, 3 July 2011

Ahmed Mohamed - Moyale. Ethiopia

I almost fell over backwards when this lad came up to me and started chatting in Afrikaans in a real Cape Coloured accent. His name is Ahmed and he comes from Bo-Kaap. His father is Ethiopian and he left RSA ten years ago. He wants to visit Sudan and the most beautiful thing for would be a swimming pool. I could fully understand his reasoning having just left the desert. A car accident was the funniest thing he has seen. (I hope no-one was hurt). He lives in a ash brick house. He wants his son to be a pilot. The sport he enjoys is swimming, but wishes he was back in Cape Town to swim and support Ajax.


Ethiopian food is very different and very tasty:

Our motel for the night in Yabello:


No safety regulations here. Road sweeper?


Ethiopia as green as Ireland:

Avo and Mango juice combo - very tasty!!

Ambrose Amoyi - Torbi. Chalbi Desert. Kenya

Ambrose was the barman at the Small World Bar in a little hamlet called Torbi in the middle of the Chalbi Desert. He lives in a stone house and the most beautiful thing he has seen is rain. He wants to be a doctor one day and wants his son to be a professional soccer player. He supports Man United. Ambrose would like to meet Ronaldo.

Start of great road into the desert. But when the tar ended the fun on the dirt started:


Reached Marsibit and found a campsite run by a Swiss fellow called Henry:

Outside of the house that Henry built:

Inside Henry's house:

After Marsibit the road really became challenging. Took 9 hours to do 250 km!!

Here is one of the volcanic craters responsible for the lava plateau that resulted in this shocking road:


Apart from the hostile road and climate, this camel herder in the middle of no-where was very aggressive. I think he wanted more money to have his photo taken.

Shade - very scarce here.

In the middle of the desert a small hamlet with a pub! Did I need that!!


Red soil and green shubbery as one leaves the desert behind.

Reached camp on the border town of Moyale. Camped at the Kenyan Wildlife Society.

Wednesday, 22 June 2011

Margaret Kalama - Watamu Kenya


Margaret works as a housekeeper at Club 15. She lives in a wooden and clay house. Wealth is measured by good education. She would like to visit South Africa. She thinks animals are beautiful. She is an Arsenal soccer supporter. Her staple food is Ugali and fish. She would like her daughter to be a nurse.


Andre handing out rulers in Kenya.


Duncan Terer is a game ranger at the Tsavo National Park. Famous for its man eating lions that ate railway workers building the railway line between Mombassa and Nairobi. He would like to meet humans. He lives in a stone house. He would like his son to become a teacher. He would like to visit Brazil. He is a soccer fan and supports Brazil socer team.


Andre and the elephants.


Excited elephants.


Telephone mechanic.


Hydration spoons being handed to Father Agrey at the Catholic mission on the eastern slopes of Kilimanjero.

Hussan Kapenga - Dar es Salaam


Hussan is a Scout leader and as I was about to interview him, he was dragged away to attend to an issue in his troop.


Rasta Cafe just before Tanzania border.


This tout at the border post digging for diamonds.


Valley with thousands of boababs.


Elephant on the side of the busy Tanzam highway.


Baboons on the highway.


Landscape changes dramatically from region to region.


Traffic in Dar.


Sunrise at Silver Sands resort in Dar.


Fishing boats off coast at Dar.


Man selling fishtank complete with fish in Dar traffic.


Near the sisal plantations in the north.


View from our room in Tanga near Kenyan border.


Club 15 at Watamu in Kenya.