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Theft in the Mara

KENYA | Saturday, 1 Nov 2008 | Views [1179]

It's low season and tourism has been especially low this year due to the violence after Kenya's recent election. Our lodge is empty - we counted 12 people staying here, including us. After the game drive we shower and head to the bar for a drink. It's ... Read more >

Second Game Drive in the Masai Mara

KENYA | Saturday, 1 Nov 2008 | Views [624]

The lights come on and wake us up. It's 6am and generators have just been turned on again. Also the hot water is turned on, so we have quick showers and head off to breakfast. It's cool this morning and I'm glad I have on my long sleeve tee shirt.... Read more >

First Night in the Mara

KENYA | Friday, 31 Oct 2008 | Views [494]

After an exciting safari ride, we head back to the Hippo lodge to drop off Aziz and Bobbi, then George drives us down the road to our campsite. By now it's turned dark and all we see are a few lights faintly illuminating 30 tents. As George stops ... Read more >

First Game Drive in the Masai Mara

KENYA | Friday, 31 Oct 2008 | Views [448]

We arrive at the lodge, Mara Hippo Tented Camp, around 4pm. It's a nice lodge on the edge of the Mara entrance. It has the works: pool, bar, resturant, tents, cabins, stone lodges. Only things it's missing are, people. The place is pretty empty, but ... Read more >

Drive to the Masai Mara

KENYA | Friday, 31 Oct 2008 | Views [496]

This is the day we've been waiting for, the day we get to go on our first African Safari! We get picked up from the hostel at around 9am, we're the first in the van and we meet George, our driver and safari guide. We head downtown to pick up another ... Read more >

Nairobi, Kenya

KENYA | Thursday, 30 Oct 2008 | Views [414]

Day 1 Our flight lands at 4am and in a sleep deprived fog we have to sort out our Kenyan visas. The visas cost $50 and they only accept $ or Ksh (Kenyan Shillings). We don't have either. So Rich has to run to an ATM while I stand around yawning. By ... Read more >

Back to Cairo

EGYPT | Sunday, 26 Oct 2008 | Views [339]

Time to head back to Cairo and so it's back on the train. We decide to take the sleeper train again, because we liked it on the way down and because we still can't get into true backpacker mode. It would be much cheaper to take the sitting train, but ... Read more >

Gallery: Masai Mara - Day 2

KENYA | Saturday, 25 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Luxor - Valley of the Kings, Valley of the Queens & Colossi of Memnon

EGYPT | Saturday, 25 Oct 2008 | Views [1000]

We start the day by checking out of the boat and get straight onto the tour bus with our "guide-for-the-day" Marco. Our bags are packed on top of the bus, much to the displeasure of Alicia, who points out how frazzled they'll get in the Egyptian ... Read more >

Gallery: Masai Mara - Day 1

KENYA | Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

The First Safari
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Gallery: Nile Cruise & Luxor

EGYPT | Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Oct 08
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Nile Cruise to Luxor

EGYPT | Friday, 24 Oct 2008 | Views [708]

The first morning of the cruise is supposed to be a trip to some temple or other. Unfortunately for us, we kind of blew our budget (yet further) by taking the cruise in the first place, so we decide our wallet could do without taking the pain of another ... Read more >

Gallery: Abu Simbel

EGYPT | Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

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Abu Simbel

EGYPT | Thursday, 23 Oct 2008 | Views [655]

I can't believe they expect us to get up at 2am!! to leave for our day trip to Abu Simbel. This is one of the sightseeing trips that was part of the package we booked from Cairo and one of the trips we were looking forward to the most. But at 2am it's ... Read more >


EGYPT | Wednesday, 22 Oct 2008 | Views [735]

So we decided the best way to get around the rest of Egypt would be by train. When we say “the rest of Egypt ”, we really only mean the Nile Valley , as this was all we had time for. There are plenty of other places of course, including ... Read more >

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Cairo - Day 3

EGYPT | Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | Views [422]

Dahsur, Sakkara & Memphis Our driver for the day is Sam and we're joined on our trip by an Irish couple called Jason and Orlaith. They seem to have travelled quite a lot and Jason's got some handy advice for South America - particularly Peru. ... Read more >

Gallery: Aswan

EGYPT | Tuesday, 21 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Oct 08
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Cairo - Day 2

EGYPT | Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Views [744]

We decide that we want to leave Cairo ASAP, as in tonight. There’s loads of Egypt to go see and we’ve had enough of all the pollution, smog and pushy hostel managers who double as tour agents. The plan for the day therefore is to get to the train ... Read more >

Gallery: Cairo

EGYPT | Monday, 20 Oct 2008 | Photo Gallery

Oct 08
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Cairo - Day 1

EGYPT | Sunday, 19 Oct 2008 | Views [340]

Arrival: Walking out of the Cairo airport, we were hit by the humidity like a hot, sweaty slap in the face. Briefly trying to bargain down the rate for a taxi we were relieved to find our driver had an air conditioned car. We had booked a hostel in ... Read more >

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