Ethiopia to Cape Town 2013
8 months - with Gitane - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

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May 10, 2014  —   South Africa
The World of Birds is a centre that shelters many species of exotic animals that have been confiscated because they were kept illegally or just badly...
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May  2, 2014  —   South Africa
Ah, we finally reached Cape Town, a somewhat mythic city with great praises from guidebooks and travellers. What can I say except they are quite right...
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Apr 29, 2014  —   South Africa
At Stony Point, near the village of Betty's Bay, a huge colony of African Penguins can be observed. They can be seen strolling around, swimming, fighting...
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Apr 18, 2014  —   South Africa
We are continuing our exploration of new places in South Africa.Here, we are at Cape Agulhas. This site is the most southern point of the whole Africa...
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Apr 17, 2014  —   South Africa
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Apr 13, 2014  —   South Africa
We are now in South Africa after more than 7 months on the road. Many people say that the country is not Africa anymore, but the Western World. I partly...
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Apr 11, 2014  —   Namibia
This magnificent canyon measures 160 km in length, and up to 27 km in width, and reaches a depth of 550 metres. Seeing it, one can think of the Grand...
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Apr  8, 2014  —   Namibia
Kolmanskuppe is an old diamond mining town. The town once had a casino, a bowling alley and a theatre. However, the town was abandoned after the First...
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Apr  6, 2014  —   Namibia
In certain respects, Luderitz is somewhat similar to Swakopmund. The German influence is everywhere in the architecture of the houses and churches. There...
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Mar 26, 2014  —   Namibia
Sossusvlei is a salt pan ('vlei' in Afrikaans) located in the Namib Desert. It is a small salt lake dry most of the year. It is surrounded by dunes reaching...
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Mar 25, 2014  —   Namibia
Solitaire is a tiny village with basically only one property with a restaurant, a campsite and a fuel station. It is a desert region with only a few farms...
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Mar 22, 2014  —   Namibia
Windhoek is a nice capital with about 350,000 inhabitants. Nevertheless, there are few things to do in this city except the good restaurants and the numerous...
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Mar 19, 2014  —   Namibia
This mountain of 1,728 metres is very scenic and apparently resembles the Matterhorn in Switzerland. It is a very nice region where to walk around. There...
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Mar 16, 2014  —   Namibia
The Namib-Naukluft Park encompasses the Namib Desert and also the Naukluft Mountains. Both environments are very different and magnificent. The part of...
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Mar 14, 2014  —   Namibia
Namibia was once a German colony. Therefore, the city architecture has a strong German influence. For us, it is the nicest town that we had the chance...
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Mar 13, 2014  —   Namibia
The Cape Cross Reserve shelters around 100,000 seals coming here to reproduce each year. This area is very rich in fishes due to the Benguela current.It...
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Mar 11, 2014  —   Namibia
The Dorob National Park exists only since 2010 and consumes the old 'West Coast Tourist Recreation Area'. The park protects a desert zone where lichens...
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Mar 10, 2014  —   Namibia
The Brandberg Mountains are famous for its numerous rock paintings. As for the rock engravings at Twyfelfontein, these paintings could have been done...
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Mar  9, 2014  —   Namibia
Twyfelfontein means 'Doubtful Fountain'. During colonial time, the farmer who named this water source was not sure if the fountain would flow permanently...
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Mar  8, 2014  —   Namibia
We are in a desert zone and we went to see a forest. Weird, isn't it?In fact, it is about an area where ancient trees now transformed in rock are scattered...
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Mar  6, 2014  —   Namibia
Damaraland is another region of Namibia with a semi-desert climate. The landscapes are magnificent and there are nevertheless some animals well adapted...
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Mar  3, 2014  —   Namibia
Here is the second post on the Kaokoveld. You can see the first part by clicking the following link: part 1. Epupa Falls are located on the Kunene River...
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Mar  1, 2014  —   Namibia
The Kaokoveld is a huge region in northwestern Namibia. The region is sparsely populated, and few roads are accessible with a small car. There are a lot...
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Feb 22, 2014  —   Namibia
The Waterberg Plateau is a curious rock formation in the middle of a pain. It is a sandstone plateau 50 km long by 16 km large. The plateau is divided...
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Feb 18, 2014  —   Namibia
We spent 3 days in Etosha Park. All books say that it is better to visit in the dry season to spot the animals easily. Despite the fact we were in the...
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Feb 15, 2014  —   Namibia
Here, I show some interesting sites that we have visited crossing the northern part of the country. In 1920, this meteorite has been found on a farm land...
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Feb  9, 2014  —   Namibia
Bwabwata Park is located in the far north-east of Namibia in a small region called the Caprivi Strip. It is a narrow strip of about 450 km located between...
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Feb  6, 2014  —   Zambia
This park near the town of Livingstone and the Victoria Falls is tiny. However, it shelters a varied and impressive fauna.This park was the first safari...
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Feb  5, 2014  —   Zambia
Victoria Falls are very impressive even though they are quite difficult to photograph. Depending on the season, the volume of water can be 10 times bigger...
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Feb  3, 2014  —   Zambia
We left Ethiopia on January 10th and here is a post on Zambia. There is a gap of nearly 20 days between these two countries; what happened?After Ethiopia...
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Jan  4, 2014  —   Ethiopia
Of all the tribe of Ethiopia, the Mursis are possibly the most fascinating. They are famous for the lip plate that women wear on the lower lip. Surprisingly...
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Dec 25, 2013  —   Ethiopia
The fauna in the Bale Mountains is exceptional, I am showing the species that I managed to photograph... There are several more species...
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Dec 24, 2013  —   Ethiopia
We spent Christmas time in the Bale Mountains in the end. The park has been a great surprise since the landscapes are wonderful, the fauna is interesting...
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Dec 16, 2013  —   Djibouti
Lake Assal is the most impressive place in Djibouti. It is a extremely salted lake located 153 metres below sea level. In fact, it is the lowest place...
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Dec 15, 2013  —   Djibouti
Djibouti is a desert and volcanic country with a very arid climate and temperatures near 35 degrees Celsius during the day... sometimes even up to 40...
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Dec 13, 2013  —   Djibouti
When we looked at an African map to plan our trip in Ethiopia, we noticed this small and barely visible country. We knew about this country only the name...
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Dec 10, 2013  —   Ethiopia
The Dakhata Valley is nicknamed the Valley of Wonders due to some peculiar rock formations offering nice scenery.This valley of about 12 km is on the...
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Dec  9, 2013  —   Ethiopia
Yes, it is really a wild hyena. These animals have a bad reputation mainly because of the movies depicting them as evil beasts. Personally, I think that...
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Dec  8, 2013  —   Ethiopia
The city is located at the foot of the Ahmar Mountains, and to the north is the huge Danakil desert. At an altitude of 1856 metres, Harar has a different...
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Dec  5, 2013  —   Ethiopia
On the ground of the Addis Ababa University, there is an ethnological museum. In this magnificent building, once the palace of Emperor Haile Selassie...
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Nov 30, 2013  —   Ethiopia
The Tigray is a large region northeast of the country. It is a semi-arid zone known for its magnificent churches and spectacular landscapes. In this area...
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Nov 26, 2013  —   Ethiopia
The Erta Ale volcano is the most active volcano of Ethiopia. This volcano has a lava lake (sometimes two) that is active since at least 1906. Volcanoes...
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Nov 25, 2013  —   Ethiopia
This strange and visually stunning area is made of various minerals such as sulfur and salt.Enjoy the superb photos of this place. Yes, it looks like...
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Nov 24, 2013  —   Ethiopia
The Danakil depression in northeastern Ethiopia is a fantastic region. This zone results from the convergence of three tectonic plates that created astonishing...
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Nov 18, 2013  —   Ethiopia
Axum, it's a modern town, but also an old empire, a culture, and a lot of history. Axum was the cradle of one of the most important civilizations of Ethiopia.This...
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Nov 16, 2013  —   Ethiopia
Ethiopians are in general very nice, but when they are behind the wheel, they are sometimes a bit stupid. The road is blocked by a bulldozer that must...
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Nov 10, 2013  —   Ethiopia
The Simien Mountains have been described by Homer (the Greek poet) as the playground where the Greek gods came to play chess. A very nice way to say that...
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Nov  7, 2013  —   Ethiopia
The royal enclosure would have started when King Fasilidas decided to permanently base himself in Gonder in the 17th century. From that moment, the royal...
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Nov  6, 2013  —   Ethiopia
Ethiopia is really a fascinating country. The landscapes are fantastic and the realms that once flourished in the region are surprising. After Lalibela...
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Nov  3, 2013  —   Ethiopia
Lalibela is famous for its rock-hewn churches, but it is also a very interesting place by itself. The market is one of the nicest we have seen and attracts...
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Oct 31, 2013  —   Ethiopia
Lalibela is a small town at an altitude of 2630 metres where twelve monumental churches have been hewn in volcanic rock. Classed by UNESCO as a World...
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Oct 29, 2013  —   Ethiopia
This road starts at Lake Tana then continues toward Debre Tabor to eventually end up in Lalibela. Almost everywhere in Ethiopia, landscapes are fantastic...
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Oct 28, 2013  —   Ethiopia
The religion in Ethiopia is very present in everyday life. Ethiopians seems to be very religious, and there are an astonishing number of churches everywhere...
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Oct 27, 2013  —   Ethiopia
Bahar Dar, located at the southern tip of Lake Tana, is a nice town with many palm tree-lined streets and a nice walk along the lake's shore. We stayed...
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Oct 23, 2013  —   Ethiopia
Many people wonder about what is there to see in Ethiopia. Those that are 35 years or older may remember images of hunger broadcast in the eighties. Others...
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Oct 13, 2013  —   Ethiopia
In the north, Axum is well known for its huge stelae. However, other sites with more modest and less well-carved stelae are present in various sites around...
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Oct 11, 2013  —   Ethiopia
Dorze is the name of a village, but also the name of an Ethiopian tribe. These people live in the Guge Mountains and the most obvious characteristic is...
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Oct  7, 2013  —   Ethiopia
Hurrah! Ethiopia! On the photo, we are at the border of Kenya and Ethiopia (according to the GPS). What a road! But great scenery!We didn't reach that...
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Oct  4, 2013  —   Kenya
After some hundred kilometres in very arid regions, we finally reach Lake Turkana. On the photo, one can see the road that goes down toward the lake...
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Oct  2, 2013  —   Kenya
In order to reach Ethiopia, we took a road rarely used, via Lake Turkana. Some people told us that we won't be able to get through with our van. Others...
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Sep 30, 2013  —   Kenya
At the beginning of each trip, I present the modifications made on the vehicle. For this big trip, I stopped at Jungle Junction's in Nairobi. In this...
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Sep  5, 2013  —   Québec
Before leaving, I got a very nice surprise from my family. Monique and Jacques had a party by inviting some cousins and friends to their camping in Quebec...