East Africa 2012

7½ months - with Melanie - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

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This journey is completed. Consult the map for the entire route.

Break on Tiwi Beach  —  2012/12/23  —  Kenya

It is here that we are going to enjoy Christmas time. We are on this beach since December 6th. We are both agreeing to say that we are not missing the...
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Surprise!  —  2012/12/20  —  Kenya

 
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Mombasa  —  2012/12/05  —  Kenya

Mombasa is a major port city in Kenya. It is in fact an island linked to the continent by some bridges. It has been funded in 950 by the Arabs who were...
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Mida Creek  —  2012/12/03  —  Kenya

Mida Creek is an eco-tourism site managed by the community. The site protects a mangrove. This type of ecosystem is characterized by trees that have their...
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Gede Ruins  —  2012/12/01  —  Kenya

The Gede ruins are one of the most beautiful ruins of the Swahili culture of Kenya. Even though they are not as magnificent as Machu Picchu or else Tikal...
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Marafa Depression  —  2012/11/29  —  Kenya

If you have ever been in the southwestern United States, this place will make you think about Bryce Canyon. The place is fairly unique in the country...
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Nairobi - capital of Kenya  —  2012/11/24  —  Kenya

Nairobi is mostly known as a dangerous city where crimes, often violent, are very frequent. Obviously, most travellers are somewhat afraid of the city...
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On the road #1  —  2012/11/20  —  Kenya

Lake Victoria Unbelievable but true! Normally, one should be seeing water everywhere there are water hyacinths (floating plants). Unfortunately, this...
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Samburu Reserve  —  2012/11/18  —  Kenya

The Samburu Reserve is located in the middle of the country in a semi-desert zone. It has several new species that we had never seen up to now.In the...
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Ol Pejeta  —  2012/11/16  —  Kenya

The 'Ol Pejeta' site is an old ranch converted in a conservation area. It is a private site that protects several rare species of African animals. It...
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Mount Longonot National Park  —  2012/11/10  —  Kenya

The park has been a really pleasant surprise for both of us. Indeed, we very much enjoyed the site and the trek we did there. Why? Simply because the...
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Hell's Gate Park  —  2012/11/09  —  Kenya

This park is named Hell's Gate because of numerous thermal springs in its underground. Indeed, at several places, steam in spurring out of the ground...
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Lake Bogoria  —  2012/11/07  —  Kenya

In Kenya, one of the most famous parks is Lake Nakuru because of its millions of flamingoes. However, the rains have been much more frequent than normal...
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Cherangani Hills  —  2012/11/03  —  Kenya

These hills might not be impressive to you, but for us they were representing landscapes from colder countries. Indeed, we were at higher altitude and...
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Saiwa National Park  —  2012/10/30  —  Kenya

This small park protects the Saiwa Swamp and shelters a species that we had never seen before: the sitatunga. It is a kind of antelope.Well, to be honest...
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Kitale Museum  —  2012/10/28  —  Kenya

To visit a museum with old stuffed animals after some wonderful safaris, a crazy idea isn't it? Yes, but we didn't come here to what's inside the museum...
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Ruma National Park  —  2012/10/24  —  Kenya

We visited Ruma Park for a particular species: the Roan antelope. In Kenya, this specie would be unique to this park.Of course, nothing is simple in Africa...
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Things are moving around in Uganda!  —  2012/10/11  —  Uganda

In this blog, I tried to show you something else than static photos. I put some videos on various themes in order to show you what we are experiencing...
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Mount Elgon region  —  2012/10/10  —  Uganda

Mount Elgon region is very scenic and dotted with numerous falls coming from the mountain range. We have chosen to explore the Sipi Falls.One of the camping...
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Nyero - Rock paintings  —  2012/10/08  —  Uganda

Nyero is a small far-away village near the town of Kumi. At this place, it is possible to see several rock paintings.The paintings' age is subject to...
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Murchison Falls National Park  —  2012/10/05  —  Uganda

Murchison is the biggest park in Uganda with its 3840 km2. In the sixties, this park contained an incredible fauna; it was possible to see elephant herds...
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On the road #2  —  2012/10/04  —  Uganda

Lake Albert You already know about Lake Albert, we were at the south of this huge lake when we visited the Semuliki Wildlife Reserve and the Ntokoro...
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Ziwa Rhinoceros Sanctuary  —  2012/10/02  —  Uganda

In Uganda, there is no more rhinoceros in the wild. Two species of rhinos were living in the countries: the white rhinoceros and the black rhinoceros...
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Kampala - The capital  —  2012/09/27  —  Uganda

Kampala is a capital with more than 1.7 million inhabitants. Like many big cities in developing countries, Kampala swims in a chaotic and polluted sea...
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Ssese Islands  —  2012/09/25  —  Uganda

The Ssese Islands are a group of islands in Lake Victoria. The main one, called Bugala, is the easiest to visit.The island is accessible with a car using...
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Semuliki Wildlife Reserve  —  2012/09/22  —  Uganda

Before getting to the reserve, there was a superb viewpoint on the Semuliki Forest. The forest extends from the left of the road up to Congo.We didn't...
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Kasenda craters  —  2012/09/18  —  Uganda

The Kasenda craters region is dotted with ancient craters often flooded with water, sometimes filled with forest and sometimes used for agriculture. There...
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Queen Elizabeth National Park  —  2012/09/15  —  Uganda

The Queen Elizabeth National Park is located between lake Edward and lake George. The Kazinga channel linking these two lakes is located at the centre...
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Lion or not lion? That is the question!  —  2012/09/14  —  Uganda

Blog written by Melanie.We saw a lion's footprint, a biiiigggggg lion's footprint... We saw lion's paws... We saw a lion's tail... We saw a lion's belly...But...
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Bwindi Impenetrable Forest  —  2012/09/10  —  Uganda

The Bwindi Impenetrable Forest Park, located in the Rift Valley, has an area of only 331 km2. This park, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, shelters...
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Lake Bunyonyi  —  2012/09/06  —  Uganda

Lake Bunyonyi, located in the south-west of Uganda, is quite popular on travellers itinerary. There is a very nice road that runs along the north shore...
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On the road #1  —  2012/09/01  —  Uganda

A small break in Kisoro after a month of travel in Rwanda. We camped at this place for 5 days. In the background, one of the volcanoes of the Volcanoes...
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The country of a thousand hills  —  2012/08/29  —  Rwanda

Rwanda is nicknamed 'the country of a thousand hills'.In this article, I am showing you great scenery and interesting places. One day, at the end of the...
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Alongside Lake Kivu  —  2012/08/25  —  Rwanda

Lake Kivu, located west of the country, extends for nearly 100 kilometres. It is also a border with the Democratic Republic of the Congo. This lake has...
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Nyungwe Forest National Park  —  2012/08/19  —  Rwanda

The Nyungwe Forest extends for 1015 km2 and protects the largest mid-altitude forest in Africa. It shelters a rich biodiversity with no fewer than 1050...
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Craft and dance  —  2012/08/14  —  Rwanda

Here are a few types of crafts and dance that are still being done in Rwanda. Following the genocide of 1994, several techniques and part of the know-how...
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The genocide of 1994  —  2012/08/13  —  Rwanda

In this article, I don't pretend to exhaustive information on the genocide. I will try to give you an outline of the events to help you understand the...
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Kigali - Rwanda capital  —  2012/08/12  —  Rwanda

This small city located in the country's centre is probably known only because of the 1994 genocide and the numerous movies made following this sad event...
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On the shore of Lake Muhazi  —  2012/08/10  —  Rwanda

Rwanda is endowed with numerous rivers and lakes. Here is a small visit to Lake Muhazi located north-east of Kigali.Our first camping around the lake...
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Akagera National Park  —  2012/08/08  —  Rwanda

Akagera National Park, north-east of the country, has an area of 1085 km2. It is located at an altitude of 1600 to 1800 metres and is home to several...
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First Impressions  —  2012/08/06  —  Rwanda

What did I know about Rwanda? Nothing, except for the genocide of 1994. In fact, I knew vaguely the story of the genocide (two ethnic groups fought each...
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On the road #4  —  2012/07/29  —  Tanzania

Here are a few pictures of our last week in Tanzania. We spent times around Lake Victoria relaxing and exploring the area. The town of Bukoba is located...
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Bujora - Sukuma museum  —  2012/07/28  —  Tanzania

We visited this museum for two reasons. The first was that we wanted to learn about one of the many cultures (tribe) in the country. The second was that...
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Ukerewe Island  —  2012/07/26  —  Tanzania

Lake Victoria is the largest in Africa and the second largest fresh water lake in the world (after Lake Superior in Canada). This vast region is very...
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Serengeti National Park  —  2012/07/24  —  Tanzania

If you ever watched an animal documentary, chance that one of them was filmed in the Serengeti is quite high. This park is probably the most famous of...
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Lake Natron and around  —  2012/07/22  —  Tanzania

The road between Mto wa Mbu and Lake Natron is very beautiful. It is Maasai territory, a very colourful tribe living a very traditional life. A lot of...
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Ngorongoro crater  —  2012/07/18  —  Tanzania

The Ngorongoro crater is one of the most impressive sights of Tanzania. This crater is the biggest complete (the walls are intact) and not flooded caldera...
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Manyara National Park  —  2012/07/16  —  Tanzania

Lake Manyara is at the heart of the Rift Valley. This park is very nice in the good season when numerous migratory birds stop in it. The park is located...
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Tarangire National Park, 2nd visit  —  2012/07/15  —  Tanzania

I already visited this park in 2011 and published a blog (see Tarangire National Park). Since I liked this park a lot and that I believed that Melanie...
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A thief and his friend  —  2012/07/14  —  Tanzania

After Melanie's arrival, we stayed a couple of days in Arusha in order to finish fitting the van and do some shopping. Where we were staying, there is...
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The vehicle  —  2012/07/13  —  Tanzania

During my first trip (), the vehicle did not contain a bed, nor any storage compartments for equipment and food (see Vehicle introduction). For this trip...
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