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// Nikon D7200 | -2,06724 : 29,35607 | alt. 1509m

At last we left Kigali for good, and we drove west to the south tip of lake Kivu.
Mostly premium highway, and it became a bit boring. The landscape is amazing, hundreds of green hills all around…. it would be a shame not to explore it….
As always, worst idea ever 😀
The road changed into a trail, which changed into nothing…. the landscape was stunning, we crossed a few villages who never saw a foreigner, maybe not even a vehicle, and this would explain why bridges were getting smaller and smaller until it became a couple of logs over a ditch….. nope I’m not crossing that. So far I was focus on the road, and I didn’t realize I lost Eiji and Chizu ! Damn !
I backtracked a bit to find the best way out, and I started to climb slowly to wait for them. From there, the radio should have a good range, but I could not reach them.
I had to wait there for 10min before I could spot their landcruiser in my mirror, all good. I kept going, not easy road, but I finally made it back on the motorway.
No one behind me…. I waited a bit, a few hours, and then the sun went down…… I went to the nearest hotel on the coast with internet to find where they are with their gps tracker.
We managed to get in touch via emails, and they got lost somewhere in the mountains, they had to backtrack a very long way to find the main road….
I felt bad about that one…..
Next day, I drove just a bit further to a big hotel by the lake. Fantastic view ! And this is where I met again with Uwe, and new travelers passing by, Laura and Julianne. Very nice time with them at this place, and next day, Eiji and Chizu finally arrived !
Well, they looked really upset about the whole journey in the mountains, and said they don’t like this country and they want to leave it as soon as possible….. That’s a bit too early for me, I don’t feel like I’ve see this country at all yet, and I decided to stay…..
Next morning they left without saying goodbye….

Meanwhile, more travelers came, including Laura and Rodrigue, which I met in the mushroom farm back in Malawi. Overlanders meeting are always great, simply because we have so much in common.

Back in Kigali, my friend Yann told me he was going to participate in the Huye rally as copilot, and since I’m staying a bit more in Rwanda, I proposed everyone to go there and attend the event, it could be fun !
Uwe will join me later for the race, and Julianne is looking for a ride to Huye, well, perfect, time to hit the road again !

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Starting a friendship with a thermostat

  // Nikon D7200 | -1,94093 : 30,06518 | alt. 1440m Time to cross the border, we applied online for an evisa (3 days process) to Rwanda. Surprisingly here, the whole immigration process for both sides takes place in one building ! How convenient ! With Tanzanian and Rwandan customs sitting next to each others,…

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Tanzania

  // Nikon D7200 | -4,91037 : 29,59877 | alt. 771m Since Tanzania (and east Africa in general) is promoting internal business for tourism, going to any park with my foreign car, as a foreigner, will cost me a few hundreds dollars, this is why we won’t spend much time in those countries, everything…

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Mbeya

  // Nikon D7200 | -8,8852 : 33,31994 | alt. 1380m Back again on this terrible dirt road below Mushroom farm, but this time way slower, the noise from the front axle is painful to hear, and I’m just afraid of losing my front wheel…. Back on the highway, we made a stop at…

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Mushroom Farm

// Nikon D7200 | -10,58662 : 34,13493 | alt. 1094m Time to visit the most famous place in Malawi, the mushroom farm near Livingstonia. We are not really sure why, but everyone keeps talking about it, and it just seems unmissable. Just a quick drive from here, but we knew the last…

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Nkhata bay

  // Nikon D7200 |34.30428 : -11.61205 | alt. 516m Two days drive, a night in the bush high up in a forest (and some fresh air for the first time since a while), just enough to remind us how we miss bush camping. As much as I enjoy parties by the beach…….. I didn’t come…

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Cape Maclear

  // Nikon D7200   |-14.031 : 34.83053 | alt. 494 m First impression is not always the best, and can be misleading. This is what happened when we arrived in Cape Maclear. We made it 2 hours before sunset, crossing the back of the village, which looks like a slum… and then, once on the beach,…

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Summit of Malawi, Mt Sapitwa

  // Nikon D7200 |-15.94856 : 35.59056 | alt. 3002m The plan is to drive south of Malawi as far as we can, and then slowly make our way north to Tanzania. So here we are in Likhubula, next to Mulanje, the most popular trail head on the west side of the famous Mulanje massif. A…

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Luangwa national park

// Nikon D7200 |-13.18397 : 31.72271 | alt. 543m Finally, we left Lusaka. En route to Luangwa national park, we stopped in Katete, but it’s not an easy job to find a place to sleep in Zambia ! There is people or fences everywhere !!! And I had enough troubles with the locals while bushcamping,…

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Lusaka, Zambia

  // Nikon D7200 | -15.41104 : 28.30464 | alt. 1281m Here we go Zambia ! You just drive by the waterfalls, and here is the border ! On the carpark, tons of palm oil have been poured down…. the smell is terrible, our tyres are full of it, same treatment for our shoes….. Good…

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