Ethiopia to Cape Town 2013

8 months - with Gitane - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

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

Attractions near Cape Town  —  2014/05/10  —  South Africa

World of Birds The World of Birds is a centre that shelters many species of exotic animals that have been confiscated because they were kept illegally...
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Cape Town  —  2014/05/02  —  South Africa

Victoria & Alfred Waterfront Ah, we finally reached Cape Town, a somewhat mythic city with great praises from guidebooks and travellers. What can...
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African Penguins  —  2014/04/29  —  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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From place to place  —  2014/04/18  —  South Africa

The coast 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...
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Cango Caves  —  2014/04/17  —  South Africa

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Our first days  —  2014/04/13  —  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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Fish River Canyon  —  2014/04/11  —  Namibia

Fish River Canyon 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...
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Kolmanskuppe Ghost Town  —  2014/04/08  —  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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Luderitz and around  —  2014/04/06  —  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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Sossusvlei and around  —  2014/03/26  —  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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Solitaire  —  2014/03/25  —  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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Windhoek, capital of Namibia  —  2014/03/22  —  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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The Spitzkoppe and the Erongo Mountains  —  2014/03/19  —  Namibia

The Spitzkoppe This mountain of 1,728 metres is very scenic and apparently resembles the Matterhorn in Switzerland. It is a very nice region where...
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Namib-Naukluft National Park  —  2014/03/16  —  Namibia

The Namib-Naukluft Park encompasses the Namib Desert and also the Naukluft Mountains. Both environments are very different and magnificent.The Namib Desert...
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Swakopmund and Walvis Bay  —  2014/03/14  —  Namibia

Swakopmund Namibia was once a German colony. Therefore, the city architecture has a strong German influence. For us, it is the nicest town that we...
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Cape Cross Seal Reserve  —  2014/03/13  —  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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Dorob and Skeleton Coast National Parks  —  2014/03/11  —  Namibia

Dorob National Park The Dorob National Park exists only since 2010 and consumes the old 'West Coast Tourist Recreation Area'. The park protects a...
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Damaraland - Brandberg Mountains  —  2014/03/10  —  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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Damaraland - Twyfelfontein  —  2014/03/09  —  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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Damaraland - Petrified Forest  —  2014/03/08  —  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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Damaraland  —  2014/03/06  —  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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Kaokoveld - part 2  —  2014/03/03  —  Namibia

Here is the second blog on the Kaokoveld. You can see the first part by clicking the following link: part 1.Epupa Falls Epupa Falls are located on...
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Kaokoveld - part 1  —  2014/03/01  —  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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Waterberg Plateau  —  2014/02/22  —  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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Etosha National Park  —  2014/02/18  —  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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On the road #1  —  2014/02/15  —  Namibia

Here, I show some interesting sites that we have visited crossing the northern part of the country.Hoba Meteorite In 1920, this meteorite has been...
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Bwabwata National Park  —  2014/02/09  —  Namibia

The Caprivi Strip 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...
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Mosi-oa-Tunya Game Park  —  2014/02/06  —  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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Victoria Falls  —  2014/02/05  —  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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On the road  —  2014/02/03  —  Zambia

Introduction We left Ethiopia on January 10th and here is a blog on Zambia. There is a gap of nearly 20 days between these two countries; what happened?After...
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The tribes of Ethiopia  —  2014/01/04  —  Ethiopia

Mago National Park - the Mursis Of all the tribe of Ethiopia, the Mursis are possibly the most fascinating. They are famous for the lip plate that...
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Bale Mountains - The fauna  —  2013/12/25  —  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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Bale Mountains  —  2013/12/24  —  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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Lake Assal  —  2013/12/16  —  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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Djibouti landscapes  —  2013/12/15  —  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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Djibouti Town  —  2013/12/13  —  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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Valley of Wonders  —  2013/12/10  —  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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Harar - Hyena-feeding  —  2013/12/09  —  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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Town of Harar  —  2013/12/08  —  Ethiopia

Harar, a walled city 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...
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Ethnological museum of Addis Ababa  —  2013/12/05  —  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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Tigray region  —  2013/11/30  —  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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Danakil - Erta Ale volcano  —  2013/11/26  —  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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Danakil - Le Dallol  —  2013/11/25  —  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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The Danakil Depression  —  2013/11/24  —  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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Axum  —  2013/11/18  —  Ethiopia

Northern Stelae field 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...
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On the road #2  —  2013/11/16  —  Ethiopia

From Debark to Axum Ethiopians are in general very nice, but when they are behind the wheel, they are sometimes a bit stupid. The road is blocked...
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Simien Mountains  —  2013/11/10  —  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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Gonder and its castles  —  2013/11/07  —  Ethiopia

The royal enclosure The royal enclosure would have started when King Fasilidas decided to permanently base himself in Gonder in the 17th century...
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Around Gonder  —  2013/11/06  —  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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Around Lalibela  —  2013/11/03  —  Ethiopia

The town of Lalibela 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...
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Churches of Lalibela  —  2013/10/31  —  Ethiopia

Huge constructions Lalibela is a small town at an altitude of 2630 metres where twelve monumental churches have been hewn in volcanic rock. Classed...
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Debre Tabor - Lalibela Road  —  2013/10/29  —  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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Ethiopian Orthodox Church  —  2013/10/28  —  Ethiopia

Ethiopian Orthodox Church The religion in Ethiopia is very present in everyday life. Ethiopians seems to be very religious, and there are an astonishing...
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Bahar Dar, Lake Tana and the Blue Nile Falls  —  2013/10/27  —  Ethiopia

Bahar Dar and Lake Tana 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...
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Muger river and Blue Nile Gorges  —  2013/10/23  —  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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On the road #1  —  2013/10/13  —  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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Dorze and Chencha  —  2013/10/11  —  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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Introduction to Ethiopia  —  2013/10/07  —  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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From Lake Turkana up to Ethiopia  —  2013/10/04  —  Kenya

Lake Turkana After some hundred kilometres in very arid regions, we finally reach Lake Turkana. On the photo, one can see the road that goes down...
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Going to Lake Turkana  —  2013/10/02  —  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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The vehicle  —  2013/09/30  —  Kenya

Jungle Junction's At the beginning of each trip, I present the modifications made on the vehicle. For this big trip, I stopped at Jungle Junction's...
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Nice surprise  —  2013/09/05  —  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...
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