Johannesburg, South Africa

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Ramatlabama Border Control, Botswana — December 15, 1998

This was one of my favorite borders crossings.


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Fixing tyres, the road to Johannesburg, South Africa — December 15, 1998


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The Uruguayan girls, Pretoria, South Africa — January 21, 1999

These girls turned us on to our first sips of yerba maté tea. They later gave us a bag of the stuff and a nice gourd to drink it from.


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Fear and loathing in downtown Joburg, South Africa, December 5, 1998


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Fear and loathing in downtown Joburg: Part II, South Africa, December 15, 1998


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Johannesburg Skyline, South Africa, December 15, 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