There and back again

On the 23rd of June 2010, my boyfriend and I set out to drive from Kampala, Uganda, to Capetown, South Africa, and back again. It was an unbelievable trip, but let me just leave you with a few highlights.

63 – total number of days on the road.

17,000 kilometres – total distance covered

2 – number of flat tyres

6 – number of speeding tickets (only half of which we paid for! There’s an art to schmoozing. The priciest ticket was in Malawi, for 6,000 kwacha, or about $40. Look out for those policemen and their speed guns, they are ruthless!!)

10 – the number of countries visited: Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Bostwana, South Africa, Namibia and Zambia.

80,000 – the number of fans who packed Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg, where we watched Brazil defeat Cote d’Ivoire.

1 – the time we broke down. Our 1991 Toyota Landcruiser “Bambi” overheated as we drove north from the Zambian capital Lusaka. Luckily we happened to be stopped near a farm run by an Afrikaans family, who very generously served us tea and called a mechanic. A few hours and several radiator flushings later, we were good to go. That was just good karma, and I’m determined to “pay it back” somehow.

0 – the number of photos we were allowed to take in the Zimbabwean capital, Harare; cameras are strictly forbidden in the city.  But we made up for it in Masvingo, home of the Great Zimbabwe, an ancient stone city perched among boulders and hills.

-5 – in degrees Celsius, the coldest weather we experienced, in Mashshing/Lydenburg, South Africa. Winter in southern Africa is no joke!

10 million – roughly the number of times we must have exclaimed “beautiful!”, “amazing!” or “incredible!” Take a look at a few of these photos and you’ll see why.

In the Valley of the Baobabs, as we drive west across Tanzania. Note: Matoke Tours is a travel agency operated by friends in Kampala; we're just giving them some free publicity!

the "highway" to Livingstonia, Malawi

Glorious Lake Malawi, from the Mushroom Farm campsite in Livingstonia.

Sunset over the Zambizi River, from our campsite in Tete, Mozambique

The Great Zimbabwe

Cape Town, South Africa. Could you get a more postcard-perfect photo?!

Blyde River Canyon, South Africa

Cheering on Cote d'Ivoire at Soccer City, Johannesburg

Daybreak over the dunes at Sossusvlei, Namibia

double rainbow at Victoria Falls, Zambia

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2 responses to “There and back again

  1. Just curious about the picture in the stadium: was this during half time or was the stadium really that empty during the match?

  2. The picture was actually taken way before the match, the men in my group being convinced that we needed to arrive at least three hours in advance! There were still a few empty seats by the time the match started, but nothing like what you see in that picture.

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