The Ancient Egyptians buried their dead on the west bank of the Nile as that is where the sun went to lay its head at night. Following the path of the sun across the sky, Morgan decided to go via the West Bank border which was said by most to be the quieter and better option.
Mention Sudan and ideas of civil war quickly come to mind. Conflicts between the north and south of Sudan continue to rage to this day between different ethnic groups seeking to gain power. It is not listed as a popular tourist destination and indeed is still in its embryonic stage when it comes to tourism, yet it offers a great deal of hidden gems.
In the mid 1980’s, Bob Geldof brought Ethiopia to the worlds stage with his Live Aid concerts and Band Aid record. But when it comes to Ethiopia the list of things that now make it famous are endless. This is a country where the east African rift carved the country in two, creating beautiful mountains, high plateaus and highly active volcanoes in its wake.
I spent the evening at a camp site at Explorers, full of young student adventure seekers, hanging on the bar trying to look cool until it dawned on them that I am probably older than their fathers. Funny thing age…you definitely don’t feel the way you are portrayed the mirror.
I have had a dream of doing a trip like this ever since I read about Euart Grogans exploits back in the colonial times, when trips like this were funded by the National Geographical Society. In fact 2 of my dogs are named Shackelton and Nimrod.
When I arrived I was very apprehensive about riding in the city with its insane traffic and mayhem on the roads, however by now I had got the feel of it and decided, if I can't beat em, join em. Kampala traffic is now a breeze!
There is a beautiful Ugandan proverb that says…”Caution is not cowardice; even ants march armed, and this was certainly the case when it came to the next 10 days.
This incredible lake is like a magical scene from the Italian Lake Como combined with Nepalese terraced hills. The shoreline meanders like a weaving snake through little inlets and encircles a total of 29 islands. One of these islands has a bizarre history, that of Akampene, or “Punishment Island” as it is where unwed mothers were banished to live out their days in starvation.
On arrival into Kigali, I suddenly noticed that Glenn was no longer visible in my rear view mirrors so I did a quick double back. Sure enough, Glenn’s bike had died, right in the thick of the traffic
Not surprisingly, our intrepid bikers were riding in it, which in normal circumstances would have been manageable – had Morgan not lost rain gear.