The Peponi staff and Jane were so happy to see us again,  so special it  was like we were coming home.  


Set up camp together in same spot we had left a week ago.





chatted, laughed,  and of course Tickey cooked.  Shared our experiences, memorable highlights of our individual  travels. 


Three days of connecting. Heaven.
We met some more lovely fellow travellers in Peponi. Sue had driven all the way from Port Elizabeth to join her family in spreading their mothers ashes in Kenya. She was on her way home again, driving all the way on her own. An incredible lady!
Also met a couple from UK, Scott and Helena with wonderful stories to tell about their travels. Scott had a nasty spider bite which had caused his leg to swell. He was going to Moshi to have it treated at a hospital.


17th of May. Norway’ s national day. 
We had intended to enter Kenya via the costal border and Mombasa. We were advised rather to go straight to Nairobi via Arusha as there was lots of shit happening in Mombasa .
So we left in the direction of Arusha once again, first shopping in Tanga for vegetables and yogurt from Tanga Fresh and a coffee break.


On the way we met this Chinese cyclist.


He had ridden all the way from China, through Asia and North Africa. 19 thousand kilometers in only  15 months! Incredible, he was so happy to have some company.
Back again up beautiful mountain pass amazing vistas to Irente Biodiversity Farm once again.


Keith, an amazing connector, gobbled his supper with us and then off to connect with Peter. Thought I was a connector,  but Keith rocks!
Off early to a friend of Keith and Ticks living in Arusha, Roger Farren with connections all over Africa . Staying with Roger was an absolute treat, so hospitable,  without airs and graces, it was as we had known him forever. A few days were spent in Arusha while Keith had some work done to his Hilux and we visited a much needed laundry.  We sadly said goodbyes to Roger and his assistant, “Quick”. She had lived in different countries in central Africa most of her life and her parting words to us were “please don’t drive through Sudan “. Then we were off again, this time to Nairobi.
The trip through the border was without hassle.


I was able to obtain a temporary import permit for my Patrol for a period of 30 days.


After an easy run we arrived on the outskirts of Nairobi in what turned out to be the traffic chaos  event of our whole trip. Even worse than Dar! Nearing our destination we got separated from Keith in the traffic and went on our own to our hosts, Karen and Vishal. Their address could not be found on the GPS, but we navigated to  a restaurant nearby. There, Google maps came to our assistance with a detailed map of the area and we found Karen and Vishand’s address. While chatting excitedly with our hosts on the stoep we heard Keith’ s van next door at the restaurant and we were soon re-united…..

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Author: Ian & Solveig's Overland Adventures

Although we never achieved our original goal of reaching Norway overland through Africa, our experience was so unexpectedly rewarding that we've not been able to settled down again! So we added new destinations to our lust for adventure. We hope that you will join us in sharing new exciting places and encounters with the amazing people we meet along the way.

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