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Friday 6th April - Scotland - Cape Wrath
Our journey officially started today from Cape Wrath. Our trip to Cape Wrath was quite…

Tuesday 10th April - Scotland - Rosyth
After a few more days relaxing with family at our parents houses, we set off…

Wednesday 11th April - France - North of Paris
Ann Mawdsley gave us a gift of a Camping Guide for Europe before we left…

Thursday 12th April - France - Langres
We drove south towards Dijon, planning to stop somewhere north of the city. We stopped…

Friday 13th April - France - Lyon
We spent the morning at Lac de Liez. The girls loved the swimming pool and…

Saturday 14th April - France - Valloire
We left Lyon quite early and headed towards the Alps. We made our way to…

Sunday 15th April - Italy - Mondovi
We are finding that we are slipping into a new routine which is a…

Monday 16th April - Italy - Lerici
We left Mondovi in good time this morning and drove into Italy. The girls still…

Tuesday 17th April - Italy - Florence
After some fun at the playpark this morning we hit the road again, heading to…

Wednesday 18th April - Italy - Florence
Today we got an open-top bus from Fiesole into Florence. The bus trip was interesting…

Thursday 19th April - Italy - Bolsena
Today we left Florence and drove towards Rome. At Orvieto we turned off to Lago…

Friday 20th April - Italy - Fregene
Today we had a relaxing morning at the campsite. The girls enjoyed the playpark, throwing…

Saturday 21st April - Italy - Rome
We went to Fregene today and had a day at the beach. Tarquinias beach was…

Sunday 22nd April - Italy - Rome (Day 2)
A day exploring Rome. There is a shuttle bus from the campsite to the train…

Monday 23rd April - Italy - Rome (Day 3)
Shuttle bus, train, taxi to St Peters Square this morning. The square itself is amazing…

Tuesday 24th April - Italy - Paestum
We drove quite a long way today from Rome to south of Salerno. We…

Wednesday 25th April - Italy - Paestum (Day 2)
The sky was cloudy when we woke up today and it remained a mixture of…

Thursday 26th April - Italy - Paestum (Day 3)
It rained today! In fact it was a very showery day with thunder clumps rumbling…

Friday 27th April - Italy - Bari
We woke to blue skies today, although since the thunder the temperature has dropped quite…

Saturday 28th April - Italy - Bari to Greece - Patras
The hotel had an indoor swimming pool so that was where we spent the…

Sunday 29th April - Greece - Patras to Korinth
We arrived in Patras in the late morning and set off to Korinth. Here are…

Monday 30th April - Greece - Athens
Monday 30th April - We had planned to drive to Athens today and spend today…

Tuesday 1st May - Greece - Rhodes (1st - 11th May)
Im just putting a single diary entry in for this section of our holiday. We…

Friday 11th May - Greece - Rhodes to Turkey - Marmaris
10 days in Rhodes went past very quickly and it was soon time to pack…

Saturday 12th May - Turkey - Kas
A couple of observations about Turkey so far: The people love children and are very…

Sunday 13th May - Turkey - Beldibi
We had a good nights sleep despite a very loud call to prayer at 4.30am.…

Monday 14th May - Turkey - Kizilot
We are getting an idea of just how vast Turkey is. We are only seeing…

Tuesday 15th May - Turkey - Anamur
This morning we dragged ourselves away from Nostalgie Camping and set off for Anamur. For…

Wednesday 16th May - Turkey - Silifke
The road was a lot better today and we made good progress to Silifke. The…

Thursday 17th May - Turkey - Antakya
We had planned to go to Adana today, but were told that the road was…

Friday 18th May - Turkey - Antakya to Syria - Aleppo
We spent the morning in Antakya, also known as Antioch. We visited St Peters Church…

Saturday 19th May - Syria - Hama
This morning we visited Aleppos famous souks a huge maze of indoor markets selling…

Sunday 20th May - Syria - Crac des Chevaliers
After a drive of about an hour we arrived at one of Syrias biggest sites…

Monday 21st May - Syria - Palmyra
Today we woke to beautiful clear skies again and headed off via the city of…

Tuesday 22nd May - Syria - Damascus
A couple of frustrations to start the day.
We had sent out a big bag…

Wednesday 23rd May - Syria - Damascus
We had a couple of things on our to-do list for today:
1. See some…

Thursday 24th May - Stria - Damascus to Jordan - Amman
Our final morning in Syria. Today we left Damascus and headed towards the Jordanian border.

Friday 25th May - Jordan - Madaba
Today we visited two places Bethany and the Dead Sea.

Bethany is…

Saturday 26th May - Jordan - Madaba (Day 2)
On previous trips abroad Andrew and I have thoroughly enjoyed hot springs. Lazing about in…

Sunday 27th May - Jordan - Karak
When we visited Bethany, we met a Christian couple who were living in Jordan and…

Monday 28th May - Jordan - Dana
This morning we visited Karak castle. Its not Crac de Chevaliers, but it is pretty…

Tuesday 29th May - Jordan - Wadi Musa
We all slept well and after breakfast we went on another short hike around the…

Wednesday 30th May - Jordan - Wadi Rum
What an absolutely wonderful day! Petra is unbelievably beautiful. I think the wonder of it…

Thursday 31st May - Jordan - Aqaba
In Wadi Rum there are large Bedouin tents dotted about. People can camp in these…

Friday 1st June - Jordan - Aqaba to Egypt - Dahab
Today was very trying.

We wanted to get on the ferry to Nuweiba,…

Saturday 2nd June - Egypt - Dahab (2nd to 9th June)
We like Dahab. You could easily lose weeks of your life lying on cushions here.…

Sunday 10th June - Egypt - St Katherine's
Weve had a wonderful time in Dahab. It is a resort, but the independent traveller…

Monday 11th June - Egypt - Cairo
Today we went up to St Katherines monastery. The area around the monastery is very…

Tuesday 12th June - Egypt - Cairo (Day 2)
Andrew is getting a little irritated by officious Egyptians. There are many examples, but let…

Wednesday 13th June - Egypt - Cairo (Day 3)
Andrews tummy seems a lot better and none of the rest of us have been…

Thursday 14th June - Egypt - Cairo (Day 4)
Cairo is huge. Steven informs us that it is 60 miles across and has a…

Friday 15th June - Egypt - Cairo (Day 5)
Egypt is an Islamic country and Cairo is an Islamic city. We have been in…

Saturday 16th June - Egypt - Cairo (Day 6)
We contacted the Egypt Desert 4x4 people and arranged to take the car to them…

Sunday 17th June - Egypt - Cairo (Day 7)
Last night I waited with the kids while Andrew drove through Cairo, first to Heliopolis…

Monday 18th June - Egypt - Cairo (Day 8)
Our final day in Cairo. We wouldnt recommend spending 8 days in Cairo. For…

Tuesday 19th June - Egypt - Minya
Today I took the girls off to a play area in the morning, while Andrew…

Wednesday 20th June - Egypt - Luxor
Upstairs on the Dahabiyya was a restaurant deck which was set up for a childs…

Thursday 21st June - Egypt - Luxor (Day 2)
Last night was the first night that we had 5 people sleeping in the rooftent.…

Friday 22nd June - Egypt - Aswan
For the drive to Aswan tourists must join a tourist convoy there are 3…

Saturday 23rd June - Egypt - Aswan (Day 2)
Willie was completely out of action today with a dodgy tummy. He spent the whole…

Sunday 24th June - Egypt - Aswan (Day 3)
Both Willie and I woke up feeling a bit better today, thankfully.

Andrew, the…

Monday 25th June - Egypt - Aswan to Sudan - Wadi Halfa
This morning Andrew set off to the Traffic Police for 8am for the first of…

Tuesday 26th June - Sudan - Wadi Halfa
I rose early this morning and went up on deck in time to see Abu…

Wednesday 27th June - Sudan - Kosha
We had fans in our rooms last night but the power to Wadi Halfa switches…

Thursday 28th June - Sudan - Argo (nearly)
We woke up today feeling great because wed all had a wonderful sleep in the…

Friday 29th June - Sudan - Korti
The last couple of nights in the tent have been very comfortable for all of…

Saturday 30th June - Sudan - Khartoum
Last night and then again this morning we had a visit from a family who…

Sunday 1st July - Sudan - Khartoum (Day 2)
A day of frustrating searches!

Searching for anything in Khartoum is a difficult business.…

Monday 2nd July - Sudan - Khartoum (Day 3)
Willie and Andrew set off first thing today to the Byblos Bank and got money…

Tuesday 3rd July - Sudan - Khartoum (Day 4)
One of the main tourist sights in Sudan are the pyramids at Meroe. It takes…

Wednesday 4th July - Sudan - Wad Medani
Today was our last day in Khartoum, so we had to do a few chores…

Thursday 5th July - Sudan - Alam
This morning Abbas came to see us on his way off to school, looking very…

Friday 6th July - Sudan - Alam to Ethiopia - Gonder
We packed up camp quickly this morning because, from the moment we got up, we…

Saturday 7th July - Ethiopia - Gonder (Day 2)
We have decided to stay an extra night in Gonder, as were not really in…

Sunday 8th July - Ethiopia - Simien Mountains
Today we took the car to the garage for the suspension repair. Whilst that was…

Monday 9th July - Ethiopia - Simien Mountains (Day 2)
Andrew left the lodge early this morning with our helper from last night so they…

Tuesday 10th July - Ethiopia - Bahir Dar
It was still pouring rain when we woke this morning, so we decided to pack…

Wednesday 11th July - Ethiopia - Bahir Dar (Day 2)
Today we took a packed lunch and went for a boat-trip on Lake Tana, visiting…

Thursday 12th July - Ethiopia - Bahir Dar (Day 3)
Yesterday we went to the Ethiopian Airlines office in Bahir Dar to try and arrange…

Friday 13th July - Ethiopia - Addis Ababa
Today we left Bahir Dar to drive south. We werent sure how far we would…

Saturday 14th July - Ethiopia - Addis Ababa (Day 2)
Much to the girls excitement, the Ghion Hotel has a playpark. It also has an…

Sunday 15th July - Ethiopia - Addis Ababa (Day 3)
Today we found the International Evangelical Church and went along for one of its two…

Monday 16th July - Ethiopia - Addis Ababa (Day 4)
Anne Wilma writes the travel diary simply because she is undisputedly more talented at such…

Tuesday 17th July - Ethiopia - Addis Ababa (Day 5)
Andrew set off on a few more errands today collecting our passports from the…

Wednesday 18th July - Ethiopia - Addis Ababa (Day 6)
We have enjoyed some good meals in Addis Ababa including a couple of Chinese meals…

Thursday 19th July - Ethiopia - Awasa
Jane arrived in Addis Ababa at about 3am. Andrew collected her from the airport and…

Friday 20th July - Ethiopia - Arba Minch
We were in no hurry to leave Awasa this morning, so we lingered for a…

Saturday 21st July - Ethiopia - Konso
This mornings excursion into Nechisar National Park made us all feel that we really were…

Sunday 22nd July - Ethiopia - Turmi
Konso is a small town with very little to recommend it. We stayed at the…

Monday 23rd July - Ethiopia - Turmi to Kenya - Koobi Fora
Monday is market day in Turmi. The Hamer are the predominant tribe in the area…

Tuesday 24th July - Kenya - Lyongalani
It just so happens that the American students were all leaving Koobi Fora this morning,…

Wednesday 25th July - Kenya - Maralal
This morning we had hot showers! This was a very welcome luxury for us all.…

Thursday 26th July - Kenya - Samburu NP
After getting the car washed in Maralal, we set off at about 1.30pm. Today was…

Friday 27th July - Kenya - Samburu NP (Day 2)
We rose early this morning, packed the tent, took a few snacks along with us…

Saturday 28th July - Kenya - Isiolo
This morning we had a later breakfast and packed up to leave. Rather than driving…

Sunday 29th July - Kenya - Nyharuru
Isiolo is quite an Islamic town. I dont know the history of that but…

Monday 30th July - Kenya - Nairobi
Kenya has of-course got historic ties with Britain and it often feels strangely British. In…

Tuesday 31st July - Kenya - Nairobi (Day 2)
Keziah was sick last night, but she seems alright this morning. We have been very…

Wednesday 1st August - Kenya - Voi
Andrew went to collect a final insurance document this morning. Meanwhile Naomis teddy fell down…

Thursday 2nd August - Kenya - Diani Beach
What a hard life. We arent really being overlanders at the moment. We are being…

Friday 3rd August - Kenya - Diani (until Wednesday 8th)
Our Kenyan beach holiday started off with two disappointingly rainy days. Big, grey clouds…

Thursday 9th August - Kenya - Voi
For our final morning at Kusini cottages we played on the beach, swam in the…

Friday 10th August - Kenya - Nairobi
This morning we saw elephants up at the park fence, just beside the lodge again…

Saturday 11th August - Kenya - Nairobi (Day 2)
So far any time spent in Nairobi has been governed by to-do lists. Today we…

Sunday 12th August - Kenya - Nairobi (Day 3)
Today we went to Nairobi Baptist Church. The service started at 11am, so we arrived…

Monday 13th August - Kenya - Narok
Alasdair was meant to arrive in Nairobi at about 9pm yesterday. Unfortunately that didnt happen…

Tuesday 14th August - Kenya - Masai Mara
This morning we drove in convoy with Corinna and Joerg. From Narok the closest entry…

Wednesday 15th August - Kenya - Masai Mara to Tanzania - Musoma
This morning the Germans were ready earlier than we were and so they set off,…

Thursday 16th August - Tanzania - Musoma (Day 2)
Tembo Camp has a little beach on the lake and it would be a nice…

Friday 17th August - Tanzania - Serengeti
A few miles out of Musoma, we stopped to buy tomatoes, bananas and papaya at…

Saturday 18th August - Tanzania - Karatu
It took about 2 hours driving this morning to get to the Serengeti exit gate.…

Sunday 19th August - Tanzania - Moshi
Last night as we were setting up the tent, some kids ran in to the…

Monday 20th August - Tanzania - Maweni
In the middle of the night Alasdair woke to feel his whole bed moving back…

Tuesday 21st August - Tanzania - Peponi
Today we drove from Maweni to Tanga on the coast. Tanga is only about 250km…

Wednesday 22nd August - Tanzania - Peponi (Day 2)
Despite a promising start, todays weather was cloudy and showery. We did manage a swim…

Thursday 23rd August - Tanzania - Dar es Salaam
We drove a long way today leaving the camp at about 10.30 and arriving…

Friday 24th August - Tanzania - Dar es Salaam (Day 2)
Alasdair, Keziah, Naomi and I spent a very pleasant, lazy day around Mikadi Beach today.…

Saturday 25th August - Tanzania - Dar es Salaam (Day 3)
Today we moved on from Mikadi Beach to Kipepeo Beach a little further down the…

Sunday 26th August - Tanzania - Dar es Salaam (Day 4)
Kipepeo Beach is beautiful long, white sand, thatched beach huts, blue sea We spent…

Monday 27th August - Tanzania - Zanzibar - Stonetown
We had an early start today, leaving Kipepeo about 6.45. We left the car at…

Tuesday 28th August - Tanzania - Zanzibar - Jambiani
Today we met up with yesterdays taxi driver and drove across the island to the…

Wednesday 29th August - Tanzania - Zanzibar - Jambiani (Day 2)
This morning we went on a snorkel trip at the reef, perhaps a mile out…

Thursday 30th August - Tanzania - Zanzibar - Jambiani (until Sat. 1st September)
The Sau Inn is an attractive hotel in a beautiful location. Its clean, the food…

Sunday 2nd September - Tanzania - Zanzibar - Stonetown
We had arranged with our Zanzibari taxi driver that this morning we would be collected…

Monday 3rd September - Tanzania - Dar es Salaam (Day 5)
Alasdair was looking forward to returning home as the only in-car-guest that has travelled with…

Tuesday 4th September - Tanzania - Dar es Salaam (Day 6)
Before we went to Zanzibar Andrew & Joerg found a garage in Dar es Salaam…

Wednesday 5th September - Tanzania - Mikumi
Its always good for children to run off some steam before being cooped up in…

Thursday 6th September - Tanzania - Iringa
This morning Andrew did some work on a few little things to do with the…

Friday 7th September - Tanzania - Ruaha National Park
Ruaha National Park is a large park on the edge of the Great Ruaha river.…

Saturday 8th September - Tanzania - Iringa (Day 2)
Today we had a picnic breakfast at the hippo pools in Ruaha park. Pretty cool…

Sunday 9th September - Tanzania - Iringa (Day 3)
We had planned to leave today, but then we decided not to. Apparently this happens…

Monday 10th September - Tanzania - Mbeya
I would like to dedicate this diary entry to Titch. Titch is a friend from…

Tuesday 11th September - Tanzania - Mbeya to Malawi - Chilimba
Utengule isnt really set up as a campsite. Its a good country house hotel that…

Wednesday 12th September - Malawi - Livingstonia
After a relaxed morning, paddling and swimming in the lake, we set off for Livingstonia.…

Thursday 13th September - Malawi - Chintcheche
I like to think that I am not a hen-pecking sort of wife, but Andrew…

Friday 14th September - Malawi - Nkhotakhota
Swimming in Lake Malawi is a bit strange, because the beaches, the size of the…

Saturday 15th September - Malawi - Cape MacLear
From the moment we woke today Keziah was eager to get back to her pot…

Sunday 16th September - Malawi - Blantyre
We had a very lazy morning today. The girls were in good form, happily entertaining…

Monday 17th September - Malawi - Blantyre (Day 2)
Today we met up with Nelson who runs a kids project in Blantyre called Chisomo.…

Tuesday 18th September - Malawi - Blantyre to Mozambique - Tete
This morning there was still no water. We were told that this was because Blantyre…

Wednesday 19th September - Mozambique - Chimoio
There are less people on the roads in Mozambique when compared with Malawi. The roads…

Thursday 20th September - Mozambique - Vilanculos
Chimoio is a little town, marked on our map in small, unimportant font. We didnt…

Friday 21st September - Mozambique - Vilanculos (Day 2)
Today we spent a happy and relaxing day at the beach and in the pool.…

Saturday 22nd September - Mozambique - Vilanculos (Day 3)
Back in the spring of this year Mozambique suffered a category 5 cyclone. To put…

Sunday 23rd September - Mozambique - Vilanculos (Day 4)
The Bazaruto archipelago lies off the coast of Vilanculos. Today we took a boat trip…

Monday 24th September - Mozambique - Tofo
Pat (the husband of Amanda who we met in Chimoio) came to our hotel today…

Tuesday 25th September - Mozambique - Tofo (Day 2)
Naomi has had a high temperature today and her tummy isnt right. Weve been giving…

Wednesday 26th September - Mozambique - Tofo (Day 3)
We had a rude awakening this morning. Naomi threw up in the tent at about…

Thursday 27th September - Mozambique - Xai Xai
Today Naomi woke bright and breezy and asking for snacks. Thats our girl! She seems…

Friday 28th September - Mozambique - Xai Xai (Day 2)
Another day, another beautiful beach! We whiled away today by chilling at the chalet, playing…

Saturday 29th September - Mozambique - Maputo
The road from Xai Xai was good, smooth tar. I think this is the way…

Sunday 30th September - Mozambique - Maputo (Day 2)
Mundos is a popular bar/restaurant in Maputo. It has satellite TV and a play area…

Monday 1st October - Mozambique - Maputo to South Africa - Kruger
Last Friday one of Andrews fillings fell out, so today we visited a dentist in…

Tuesday 2nd October - South Africa - Kruger (Day 2)
We saw a rhino, we saw a rhino, we saw a rhino!!! Thats the big…

Wednesday 3rd October - South Africa - Kruger to Swaziland - Mbuluzi
We didnt see much leaving Kruger today, but we didnt have long in the park…

Thursday 4th October - Swaziland - Mbuluzi to South Africa - Hluhluwe
Mbuluzi doesnt have the big five, but the scenery is beautiful and there are walking…

Friday 5th October - South Africa - Hluhluwe National Park
Black Creek Pioneer Village is a tourist centre in Toronto which attempts to recreate pioneer…

Saturday 6th October - South Africa - Dundee (yes, really!)
The done thing on safari is to rise early and go for a game drive.…

Sunday 7th October - South Africa - Dundee (Day 2)
We decided to stay an extra night in Dundee. That allowed us to find a…

Monday 8th October - South Africa - Northern Drakensberg
This morning, like every morning, the girls padded through to our room in their bare…

Tuesday 9th October - South Africa - Central Drakensberg
Manys an hour Andrew and I have spent in tearooms, bars or tents looking out…

Wednesday 10th October - South Africa - Central Drakensberg (Day 2)
Today was a really lovely day. The weather was much improved on the last couple…

Thursday 11th October - South Africa - Ladybrand
Theres a man called Johnny who runs a garage in Winterton, the imaginatively named Johnnys…

Friday 12th October - South Africa - Queenstown
Today we drove from Ladybrand south to Zastron where our never-ending search for a playpark…

Saturday 13th October - South Africa - Port Elizabeth
The drive from Queenstown to Grahamstown took us through some more beautiful scenery, driving through…

Sunday 14th October - South Africa - Port Elizabeth (Day 2)
It was really windy today. Sunny, bright but very gusty. We spent most of today…

Monday 15th October - South Africa - Storms River Mouth
The main reason we stayed in Port Elizabeth for 2 nights was so that we…

Tuesday 16th October - South Africa - Oudsthoorn
In common with soooo many other places weve visited we should stay much longer than…

Wednesday 17th October - South Africa - Swellendam
Cango Caves are a huge complex of caves, 30km from Oudtshoorn and are the main…

Thursday 18th October - South Africa - Hermanus
A momentous day. Today we reached Cape Agulhas, the most southerly tip of Africa …

Friday 19th October - South Africa - Cape Town
Well, we and the car survived the night fully intact.

Since leaving home…

Saturday 20th October - South Africa - Cape Town (Days 2 - 4)
Most people who visit Cape Town immediately go round the many impressive, typically Capetonian tourist…

Tuesday 23rd October - South Africa - Cape Town (Day 5-6)
On the Monday and Tuesday nights of this week we stayed at an excellent Backpackers…

Thursday 25th October - South Africa - Cape Town (Day 7)
From now until we return home we are staying in Camps Bay, a beautiful little…

Friday 26th October - South Africa - Cape Town (Day 8)
On our way to Cape Town we stopped to view whales at Hermanus and decided…

Saturday 27th October - South Africa - Cape Town (Day 9)
Manys a tasty wine is produced in the area around Cape Town. Today we drove…

Sunday 28th October - South Africa - Cape Town (Day 10)
Today we walked along the road to Camps Bay United Church and enjoyed worshipping with…

Monday 29th October - South Africa - Cape Town (Day 11)
Many overlanders become so attached to their cars that they lovingly christen them with a…

Tuesday 30th October - South Africa - Cape Town (Day 12)
This morning we woke to bright, clear, sunny skies and so we went straight to…

Wednesday 31st October - South Africa - Cape Town (Day 13)
Well, today was an uneventful day for our last day in Cape Town. We spent…

Sunday 4th November - Scotland - Aberdeen
Our journey home went very well and weve now been back for 4 whole days!…




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