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.
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!
When I first climbed Kilimanjaro with my Dad in 2002, we were told that by 2020, all of the glaciers will be gone. It struck me this morning on my morning run, that we are now IN 2020 and the question is, have all of the glaciers gone.
Rwanda is known as The Land of a Thousand Hills for good reason. It is home to massive national parks, three volcanoes, a landscape awash with green hills and the famous and endangered, Mountain Gorilla.
Not surprisingly, our intrepid bikers were riding in it, which in normal circumstances would have been manageable – had Morgan not lost rain gear.
“The riding is nice but its all tar at the moment, no choice, however the scenery is spectacular with thick bush lining the road in places. As for the heat, the best investment I made so far is running tops, as I soak them with water and then put them on; they keep you cool for miles.”
WILD AFRICAN QUEST - 4 23 December 2019 “Here we are on the magnificent Chobe river after a long day in the saddle, rehydrating as you do. We have hippos in the background and we just encountered the most amazaing, amazing thunderstorm. Tents and sleeping bags are still dry so all good and we are … Continue reading CHILLING ON THE CHOBE
To access Tibet you need three permits, a Tibet Travel Permit, Aliens’ Travel Permit, and then tourists also need a Frontier Pass (or Border Pass) Then, if you want to trek above Everest Base Camp, e.g. trekking to Advanced Base Camp (ABC, at an elevation of 6400 meters), Rongbuk Glacier, etc., you will have to apply for another permit, a Mountaineering License issued by China Tibet Mountaineering Association.