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    Default SLOWDONKEY THROUGH AFRICA: Trans-Africa Trip: Anne and Stan Weakley.

    I have opened this thread to provide reports on our upcoming trip. We are leaving on Sunday 12 April. I have established a website www.slowdonkey.com to report on our travels and to share our experiences. I would imagine the first trip updates will be on about the 23 April when we reach Maun and decent internet.

    Those that are regular visitors to this forum will have noticed that I have been beavering away preparing to fulfill this dream of ours. I need to thank all who have helped so much.

    Tony Weaver and MikeAG for providing the stimulus and giving us the confidence to grasp this opportunity of a lifetime. Tooi and Mfuwefarmer for their input on the more isolated parts of Zambia. Wazungu Wawili and Itchyfeet who have gone to endless trouble in sharing their vast experience. We have received help from far too many other forum members to be able to mention them all by name.

    I will endeavor to provide links to the website whenever there are updates. When I falter I trust that my forum friends will step into the breach. I hope to also share any interesting experiences and anecdotes by posting on this thread. I will try my best to respond to the input or queries of others whenever possible.

    The website is still somewhat under construction and at present mainly contains a rather wordy account of our research, preparations and plans. Please feel free to participate actively on this thread or the website should you decide to follow us on our journey.

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    Stan, enjoy the trip. I am sure that you will experience some very trying times and will also have many wonderful experiences but that is all part and parcel of traveling in Africa.

    Send me a PM or phone me on +27 82 4566 317 if you need urgent assistance at any time, I have contacts in quite a few African countries who may be able to assist (Namibia, Mozambique, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Ethiopia).

    I will keep an eye your website and will regularly follow your travels, Go well and God Bless.
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    Good luck Stan!

    Enjoy it to the fullest.

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    This should be epic........
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    Nice one, Stan.

    Be sure talke plenty donkeys along to feed that hungry lion.

    Enjoy!

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    Hi Stan, I hope on your return you will invite the East London whatsapp members and East London Forum members around to a slide show presentations of your fantastic journey. I am sure you will have a full house of interested people.

    From our East London and surround members , we wish you a safe and comfortable journey filled with many exciting stories to retell.
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    Stan, your web page is fantastic. How about a few photos of your vehicle inside and out to be added to the gallery.
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    Safe trip Stan and don't forget the farmhouse near ngorogoro crater don't forget to say you are from sa . Looking forward to reading about your travels Chris

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    Love that donkey on the roofrack!! Be safe and have fun!
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    Stan, best of luck to you and Anne. May this trip really be "A dream that

    came true". Travel safe!!

    I, for one, will definitely follow your postings on your website.

    And me too say - love the donkey on the roof rack
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    Excellent!!!

    the traditional wish for a journey is 'God speed' but in this case - take it easy!!!

    good luck and you know where to call if there are any problems...

    where is the jealous smiley?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Apocalypse View Post
    where is the jealous smiley?
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    You must enjoy and we will follow your posts.
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    Safe travels Stan and Anne.

    I have bookmarked your blog and I know it will provide some very good reading in the upcoming year or so.
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    Tony Weaver's better half once accused him of having a second family in this forum. I feel it is true for myself as well.
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    Hi Stan

    May you and Ann have a trip of a lifetime.
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    If I may, one of my favorite songs about Africa to take with you:

    by Edi Niederlander:

    The Ancient Dust Of Africa

    The stars of heaven spun madly
    In the pool of the jungle night
    When the hand of God came down to draw
    The curtain from the light
    My eyes beheld a timeless world
    As a stillness filled the air
    And the ancient dust of Africa
    Was settling in my hair

    I've wandered down her avenues
    Of antelope and dust
    I've wandered down her alleyways
    Of agony and rust
    I wandered through an endless stream
    Of starving young and old
    And the ancient dust of Africa
    Had settled in my soul

    I've climbed her highest mountains
    I've sunk beneath her seas
    I'v cursed the rancid fever
    That she carries in her breeze
    But the glory of the eagle
    Had echoed from the start
    That the ancient dust of Africa
    Had settled in my heart
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    Quote Originally Posted by PeetS View Post
    If I may, one of my favorite songs about Africa to take with you:



    by Edi Niederlander:



    The Ancient Dust Of Africa



    The stars of heaven spun madly

    In the pool of the jungle night

    When the hand of God came down to draw

    The curtain from the light

    My eyes beheld a timeless world

    As a stillness filled the air

    And the ancient dust of Africa

    Was settling in my hair



    I've wandered down her avenues

    Of antelope and dust

    I've wandered down her alleyways

    Of agony and rust

    I wandered through an endless stream

    Of starving young and old

    And the ancient dust of Africa

    Had settled in my soul



    I've climbed her highest mountains

    I've sunk beneath her seas

    I'v cursed the rancid fever

    That she carries in her breeze

    But the glory of the eagle

    Had echoed from the start

    That the ancient dust of Africa

    Had settled in my heart

    Now there's a name I havent heard in a long time. Thanks PeetS.

    Safe travels Stan
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    Hi Stan. This trip takes courage, real courage and a lot of planning I would imagine. Go as fast as possible, BUT as slow as necessary. I will be following your website with great interest. All the best wishes from me!!
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    Stan, Hamba Kahle.

    Wishing you and Ann safe and enjoyable travels. I will be watching the thread and website with keen interest.
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