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The wrong road

The wrong road ……. Today we continued to enjoy The Congo in the capital Brazzaville, we stay in a nice place, The Hippocampe, were we get washing done and mostly dry before the evening rain starts. We have dinner by the mighty Congo river with Kinshasa on the other bank …

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Gorillas

Gorillas ….. We make such good time in the Congo that we decide to visit tributary of the mighty Congo river for a boat trip along the river to a Gorilla reserve. Here the staff are slowly and successfully rewilding Gorillas that have been born in capativity into the wild …

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In the Jungle the mighty Jungle a landy sleeps tonight

In the Jungle, the mighty Jungle, a Landy sleeps tonight… We are now in Congo, because Gabon has closed to overland travel after the coup, and what a delight it is. To our surprise after months of potholed and difficult roads we have been on lovely roads through the deep …

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Men with sticks and guns

Men with sticks, and guns…. Since we left Lagos we have stayed in Benin city Enugu and Takum as we make our way towards the Jungle crossing to Cameroon (the only one open to tourists). We will set Nelson up for extreme off roading tomorrow morning ready for that challenge …

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It’s fun to stay at the YMCA

It’s fun to stay at the YMCA ….. Tony is back in his childhood country (0-6 years) as today we crossed the border to Nigeria, and are in the capital city of Lagos, which is, by reputation, the most hazardous part of our journey (as we don’t intend to go …

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Sunset on Benin

Sunset on Benin……. We are wild camping on the beach before crossing into Nigeria tomorrow, our final sunset in Benin. I think both of us will be content to move on after having to take things easy for a week to ensure our Cameroon visa is “live” when we hit …

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Voodoo and Snakes

Voodoo and snakes…. Today we made our way to Ouidah the voodoo capital of Benin as we crossed the bridge to the town passing the fishermen Tony stopped for a shot and I looked down to see a creepy face staring up at me from the tree in front of …

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Diama border and Laundry

(Photos to follow, poor internet) Mauritania Couscous and Laundry Having recovered from the tough day crossing the Western Sahara to Mauritania border we needed a day off before hitting the Senegal border, we stayed in Nouakchott and the owner of the space served up special Couscous for our dinner, not …

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The desert

(Photos to follow due to poor internet) The desert…. One of the great impressions of this trip is the empty vastness of the Sahara desert where it touches the sea. We will cover nearly 2000km of the desert by the time we reach Senegal tomorrow and three countries (one disputed) …

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Blessings and Flags

After two nights and a day on the Ferry from Portsmouth it was a relief to drive off into Spain, more than a relief really quite a pleasure as the Spanish roads were free, smooth and empty, a great starter for Nelson to get warmed up for the trip. I …

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Planning, why bother?

Some people just jump in their car and go. There are a lot of positives for that, especially if you have plenty of time and no deadlines.  In reality, spare parts can be obtained anywhere in the world, with a few exceptions visas can be obtained as you go along, …

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Visa woes

These last few weeks have been a stressful test of my perseverance with the administration of visas, I think this will be a bit of a theme for the Celtic Safari as I have come to call this trip as I am reading many reports from fellow travellers of trouble …

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Camp Life – Settling in

  It is strange to start to settle into camp life and the daily routine so I am taking a day out in Frankfurt to sort myself out, get some exercise, and get some of the jobs done on Nelson that just dropped off the list before departure.  Everyone I …

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The Roof of the World Tour Plan

Celtic Rover Route Link

The countdown has started and we are in a frenzy of LOI and visa applications, here is the basic route Cross Europe to Istanbul via Croatia, Macedonia etc Turkey  Iran Turkmenistan Uzbekistan Kazakistan Russia Mongolia for Naadam Russia and Kazakistan again Kyrgistan Tajikistan China Pakistan India Nepal India Pakistan Iran …

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