Read Our Travel Diary

Sunday 4th November - Scotland - Aberdeen
Our journey home went very well and weve now been back for 4 whole days! It feels very strange to be back. Andrews parents were here to welcome us and ease our re-entry into normal life by ensuring there was milk in the fridge and a pan of soup on the stove. Thanks so much for that, Billy and Eileen.

Im sure it will take a few weeks to return to normality, but already the trip seems like a wonderful dream, drifting slowly away from us. Happy memories, lots of stories to bore people with (sorry about that everyone).

So here is my final entry in the 2 Capes 2 Kids diary! Thank you to everyone who followed us, encouraged us and prayed for us on our trip. To sign off, I leave you with some conclusions from our big adventure.

Highlights:
Petra and Wadi Rum, Jordan
Chilling out in Dahab, Egypt
Pyramids with no other tourists Jebel Barkal, Sudan
Omo valley, Ethiopia and Lake Turkana, Kenya
Wildebeest migration, Masai Mara, Kenya
Meeting and greeting friends and family from home
Whale watching, Hermanus, South Africa
Cape Town and the end

Low points:
Few times the kids were unwell
Ferry trip from Jordan to Egypt
Getting mobile phone and pen-knife stolen
Saying goodbye to friends old and new
Running out of cooking gas in Tanzania
Car breakdown particularly in the heat of Sudan

Best wild campsites:
By the Nile, Sudan
Wadi Rum, Jordan
Koobi Fora, Kenya

Best tame campsites:
Valloire, France
Tiber Campsite, Rome, Italy
Nostalgie Camping, Turkey
Silifke, Turkey
Awasa, Ethiopia
Samburu, Kenya
Riverside Campsite, Iringa, Tanzania
Makuzi Beach, Malawi
Lukwe Camp, Livingstonia, Malawi
Storms River Mouth, South Africa

Best Hotels/Hostels/B&Bs:
New Sphinx Hotel, Dahab, Egypt
Kusini Cottages, Diani Beach, Kenya
Maweni Lodge, Usambare Mountains, Tanzania
Inkosana Lodge, Drakensburg Mountains, South Africa
The Backpack, Cape Town, South Africa

Meals to remember:
Crac de Chevaliers Restaurant, Syria
Herat Jdoudna, Madaba, Jordan
Topview Restaurant, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia
Lukwe Camp, Malawi

Things we must come back to do.
Snorkel with whale sharks in Mozambique
Ski in Valloire
Do Rome and Florence justice
Climb in Wadi Rum
Visit Lalibela
See, hike and climb mountains that were shrouded in mist Kilimanjaro, Mount Kenya, Simien Mountains, Usambare Mountains, Drakensberg Mountains
Spot a leopard, male lion and wild dogs in the wild (not necessarily all together!)
Come back and do a loop in Southern Africa (Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Mozambique and South Africa)

home | our preparation | the expedition route | read our travel diary | support our charities | contact us on the move
2CAPES2KIDS - Long Distance Charity Expedition from Cape Wrath to Cape of Good Hope