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    All I can do is read about you wonderful experienced!! I also thought in the beginning that you two are very brave taking on this trip. But it is turning out to be an absolutely and fantastic trip to read about. You are truly blessed and must enjoy it to the fullest. In London UK at the moment and enjoying reading you blog and these posts. Still following it as much as time permits.
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    Thanks Koos, we are just itching to get moving again. Please just don't show too much sympathy for the English rugby fans.
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    No sympathy from me to the them!! The boks have their own battle to win on the way up. You enjoy the trip.
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    Our passports and long-awaited 90 day multi-entry Ethiopian visas finally arrived by courier today. It had taken 9 nerve-wracking days, mainly due to incompetence from the SA visa handling company. It is not a comfortable feeling being in a foreign country without a passport.


    The Kenyan visa time was looking rather tight. We first have to be stamped out at immigration in central Nairobi on Monday, not a simple matter. We hope to be done by 12H00 and then we will hit the road north, first stop Nanyuki. We will have 8 days to tackle the tough Eastern Turkana Route to Ethiopia. We had scheduled 7 days for this so the 8 days we have will provide a bit of a cushion. We will not have any internet for quite some time. Till next time!


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    Stan, in case you need an escape route for any strange reason, the road from Laisamis (south of Marsabit) on the A1 north to Sarima village, about 40km from Loyangalani, has been massively upgraded to service the biggest wind farm in Africa (365 turbines spread over some 16 000 hectares). Lots of local unhappiness about it, with the El Molo, Turkana, Rendille, Samburu et al saying their land has been stolen. I think the road may even have been tarred.

    Cop out option, but good to know in case of emergency.
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    This seems like a tough stretch ahead, Stan.

    Please keep safe!
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    Thanks Tony, am aware of the wind farm road upgrades on the Turkana route. As far as I know no tar yet. They not only affect the route you mentioned but others as well. We have been speaking to folk who passed north to south very recently.


    Lekhubu we are well prepared, the vehicles both inspected and tweaked, we have a travelling companion and we will have plenty of water and food. We have excellent directions and up to date information. Sat phone as well, the only frightening thing is how much it will cost if the vehicles need to be recovered from this very isolated area.


    Cannot wait to hit the road asap. We will be leaving on Monday which will be a relief after almost 3 weeks setting everything up in Nairobi.
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    I don't quite know where this new road is going to link in. Laisamis which Tony mentions is SOUTH of Marsabit.

    Check this article out.

    http://www.theguardian.com/environme...ya-to-the-grid

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wazungu Wawili View Post
    I don't quite know where this new road is going to link in. Laisamis which Tony mentions is SOUTH of Marsabit.
    Sorry, finger trouble! Corrected

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    We are in a state of high anticipation and excitement right now. We are on the brink of one of the most exciting stages of the entire journey. The eastern Lake Turkana route through the isolated Northern Frontier area of Kenya, into the equally wild area of South Omo in Ethiopia. There is an easier route but we want to keep true to our intent of taking the roads less travelled.


    This route is only about 1600km but we expect to take about 8 days over it. This is not only because of the bad roads but also because we want to explore the area thoroughly. There are many scenic highlights along the route. We have been well briefed and want to make the most of our visit to one of the least traveled areas of our entire route. The descriptions are of hot desert winds, the Jade Sea (Lake Turkana), volcanic landscapes and flash floods. Previously unseen wildlife like the gerenuk, Besia Oryx and Somali Ostrich. We are very well prepared indeed both as far as the vehicle and supplies are concerned.


    We leave tomorrow morning and quite frankly I am so excited I am going to struggle with sleep tonight.
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    Hi Stan, maybe uou can witness the derby , we missed it. In Maralal,the yearly international CamelDerby is held. Unfortunately we were one month to early (2013). hope you can see it
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    Enjoy Turkana! It may be remote but we were still picking up internet on the Safaricom dongle as far as Loyangilani so fingers crossed for an update en route...

    If you pass anyone heading south see if you can pick up an Ethiopian SIM from them. It may have changed but getting hold of one in country used to be a bit of a chore. A bit of currency is useful too.

    I have no doubt that Omo will amaze you. Spend as much time as you can there. It really is like nowhere else you'll ever see. If you have the excellent Phillip Briggs Bradt guide he is very good on which markets are on which days. Go to as many as you can.

    I wouldn't even think about self catering, at least not until you are thoroughly fed up of injera (and even then you can just ask for bread). Try a bayanetu (lots of small dishes). And don't stint on the macchiatos either. Have a blast.

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    In contact again at last. We have been having an amazing time and our weeklong trip through Lake Turkana will provide indelible memories for us. We have also spent some time in Southern Ethiopia being exposed to tribal culture.


    Thereafter spent 3 nights in the high mountains of Bale National Park which was also an exceptional experience. At present in Addis Ababa and tomorrow will work our way further north. We will enter Sudan soon where the people are reputed to be most hospitable and wild camping is the norm. Both of these will be a welcome change. We will visit the north and west of Ethiopia on our southbound leg. It seems very unlikely that we are going to choose to continue into Egypt.


    Ethiopia is both interesting and challenging. Some love, others hate it. We are somewhere in between. Really a beautiful country, the people perhaps a little less so, with notable exceptions.


    All is well with us. I hope you enjoy the new posts sent today. Thanks again to all of those that helped with the planning of this trip. Almost every pointer has been a coconut!


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    Enjoy Stan!
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    Damn, and you didn't have a fly rod with you to hunt Bale Mountain trout! Enjoy Ethiopia and don't let the 'you-yous' get you down - it was our favourite country of all, absolutely fascinating. From a birding point of view, there are several endemics to be found around Fasilide's Bath in Gonder, and a trek into the Simyen Mountains also yields a number of endemics like Thick billed Raven, Black headed Siskin, White Collared Pigeon, Wattled Ibis, White billed Starling, Spot breasted Plover and White backed Black Tit. Great place to spot Lammergeiers as well.

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    Glad to hear from you guys again, Stan.
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    Very pleased to hear you are safely in Addis, and enjoyed the Turkana route, the Omo valley and the Bale Mountains. Waiting, however, for the post from the Bale Mountains to Addis...

    So glad the problems on Wayne's vehicle - and the rain - started after you got into Ethiopia near Omorate. What luck and hope the vehicle issues are now sorted out.

    Enjoy Ethiopia - fascinating and beautiful. Keep waving at children as they can't throw stones and wave at the same time...

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    Hi all, it is good to be able to make contact again. We are very comfortably ensconced in the German Guest House in Khartoum, (North) Sudan.


    The reaction of horror from others on hearing that we are in Sudan has been interesting. It is absolutely safe here and this is very far away from the conflict areas of South Sudan and Darfur. We are loving the very historic city of Khartoum, from our perspective it is streets ahead of Addis Ababa. The people here are cultured and well mannered, a marked contrast to their neighbours just southwards.


    In fact I would guess that Ethiopia will turn out to be the main (and probably the only) disappointment of all the countries visited. This is despite being well read up on the circumstances to be expected there. Apologies if I have hurt the feelings of those that love Ethiopia. We still have the whole of the north and east to tour on our return leg and perhaps our attitude might be different after that.


    We have decided to definitely not proceed on to Egypt. Many might decry this decision but we have had enough of dealing with devious and exploitative people. In any case most of the interesting out of the way places in Egypt are completely closed to independent travelers. We will then have the time to explore in more detail eastern Kenya and Tanzania which appear to be more up our alley.


    I have posted further updates on Slow Donkey. I would suggest that those without a more detailed interest skip the Geek sections with all their tedious detail.


    Keep well all of you and look after our beloved country during our temporary absence. Despite all the moans about Ethiopia we remain in a very positive frame of mind and are once again in our element!
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    My lucky day to find you online.


    Hello Stan, good to know you and Ann are still fine. All the best for the rest of the trip. We envy you. Kind regards!
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    Thanks T. We are more than fine, we are thriving.
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