Rift Valley, Kenya

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Brian and Nicole, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya — June 7, 1998


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Photo by Azaroafrique

Pokot girl, Kenya — 1998


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Todd and Nicole at the Crater Lake Game Sanctuary, Naivasha, Kenya — June 5, 1998


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The leopard sighting, Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya — June 6, 1998

Thinking we would witness a rare leopard sighting, we off-roaded down a steep slope only to find Breakfast stalling out moments later. For half an hour we tried to restart her stubborn engine, but to no avail. As the sun was setting, we began to hear the cries of hungry nocturnal animals beginning their evening hunt. Desperate, we attempted the ridiculous: winching our 2-ton car out of this funk using the crap-weight-tested rope you see here. The wench did power on but no sooner did the rope let out a loud “SNAP!” and broke in half. We were about to give up when one of us decided to give the ignition key one last try, and boom, Breakfast came back to life. Such was her way— she was probably just enjoying the sunset.


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U$D 10 ticket for Lake Nakuru National Park, Kenya — June 6, 1998


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Crater Lake Game Sanctuary was our first game reserve, Naivasha, Kenya — June 5, 1998


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Steam vents at Lake Bogoria, Kenya — July 13, 1998


 
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Thousands of flamingos, Lake Bogoria, Kenya — July 13, 1998


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Our tent has failed, Lake Bogoria, Kenya — July 13, 1998


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Well, let’s make dinner and some music instead, Lake Bogoria, Kenya — July 13, 1998


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After dinner we still can’t fix the tent, Lake Bogoria, Kenya — July 13, 1998

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Countries visited - Africa 1998 - 1999

Africa route map

Our scehdule

I am not sure how it all got started. It wasn’t a magical spark of lightning that began the cataclysm, nor was it the supreme words of a higher being sending us on our way. Somehow, though, the powers of the universe contrived enabling our journey through the Heart of Africa.

It began quite innocently as an alleged trip to Bulgaria and Romania. This idea was eventually vetoed and placed “on hold” for future girlfriends. Zap—a long awaited spark was kindled—The Middle East: Yemen, in particular. And the visas were applied for, the air tickets purchased; and on a fine March 4th day we were on our way aboard a gleaming Air France 747 en route to Cairo, Egypt, via a five day layover in France.

We never did make it to Yemen, nor the Middle East for that matter; we headed South, instead, into the Heart of Africa, and what follows is the story of events as they unfold.

Egypt Ethiopia Eritrea Botswana Tanzania Madagascar Namibia Zambia Kenya Zimbabwe South Africa Uganda Malawi Mozambique