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Cape to Cairo Part 3

We an extra day at the halfway point of so we could have the damaged welded up. On crossing into at Moyale we were overjoyed to an asphalt road all the way to Addis but we later discovered there is not a tarred road in the entire north of the capital, where the are no better than the Trans African Highway.

At Moyale we an unusual and unplanned decision to a local guide. We would not have done anything that, but Anetenahe (a.k.a. was a very unusual and remarkable who stood out from the regular of hustlers and small-time con artists at the Tony was a real God-send, as he our translator and negotiator, and he showed us all of marvellous places well off the track in the south of the country, we would not otherwise have

Ethiopia was the jewel of our journey, its varied and spectacularly beautiful its ancient culture and fascinating

And the capital, Addis Ababa, a further surprise for us: It is full of old The last Split Screen Bus we had was in Cape Town, and the only VWs we spotted between South and Ethiopia were a few ’70s-era But in Addis there are hundreds of Volkswagens. Most are in quite a state because of lack of parts, but I spotted Split-screen every day in Addis, as well as Beetles from the 1960s, and a few Oval-Window Bugs.

There is one route open between and Sudan, the formerly notorious stretch between Gondar and Al via the border crossing at Metema/Gallabat. this route is being in stretches, it remains a very drive, and is virtually impassable in wet

From Gondar to Metema the descends the Ethiopian escarpment, from an altitude of more 12,000 feet to about 300 From Gallabat to Al Gederif a new is under construction but, now, that route has no more than a myriad of tracks through the bush.

At we were overjoyed to intersect the road between Port and Khartoum. North of Sudan we out with a tarred road was not on our maps. But it ended summarily in the of the Nubian desert 120 miles of the capital, and then followed than 60 miles of deep tracks through the sand until we found the stony from village to village the Nile that took us all the way to Halfa near the Egyptian

In the sandy stretch through the we got stuck six times in all. twice did we have to use our makeshift ladders to get ourselves unstuck; the of the time villagers would us or passing trucks would us out of the sand.

In the desert of Sudan nobody passes you by without first that you are OK. Despite the bad press the gets internationally, in Sudan we the kindest and most hospitable in Africa, and we constantly found being spontaneously invited people’s homes for refreshments or gifts by passers by, all without of anything in return.

The last 400 along the Nile to Wadi is probably harder than the East African Highway, and it us five days of driving 10 a day in second gear, which was for drivers and vehicle.

We were to reach Wadi Halfa, the border with Egypt, we discovered we had to wait for a cargo to take us to Aswan. Nobody tell us when the barge arrive, and the only answer we was maybe tomorrow, inshallah willing).

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We ended up waiting 12 days in the dusty, anarchic frontier on the southern shores of Lake before our boat arrived to us to Egypt. A few weeks after we that way, the land between Sudan and Egypt was for the first time in decades.

a car into Egypt is a bureaucratic which was compounded for us by the fact our carnet de passage, the car’s passport, was not valid for Egypt. with a little creativity on our and an inability to read the Roman on the part of the customs officer, we allowed into the country on customs temporary plates too much hassle and without the 300 percent temporary import

From there to Cairo it was roads all the way. We stopped on to visit Luxor and the Valley of the and to do some scuba diving on the Red before finally rolling into Cairo’s anarchic having driven for seven and 15,000 miles since home. What’s more, we one of the most difficult continents on the without a single breakdown or The only mechanical failure, from a few oil leaks, was a cracked fan, which we had welded up in


Seeing the Great Pyramids at was a very emotional moment, as it the end point of Cape to Cairo for us.

We had it on a wing and a prayer in an ancient and in the face of very many who told us we would never it.

From Egypt, our intention was to Libya to Tunisia, where northernmost point is situated, and Tunisia we hoped to cross the to Italy, then across and the English Channel to our planned end of London.

But things did not turn out way.

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