Wednesday, 31 August 2011

Staying South of the Haimish Line

David Brooks contemplates the camping experience in Kenya and Tanzania, and in his musings, introduces the lovely concept of "haimish"... I think Germans would call it Gem├╝tlichkeit...

Recently I did a little reporting from Kenya and Tanzania before taking a safari with my family. We stayed in seven camps. Some were relatively simple, without electricity or running water. Some were relatively luxurious, with regular showers and even pools.

Track where we are...

Well, track Roger's car, the Rally Organiser.  We should be somewhere nearby, all being well...
Go to this site and then:
Username:  afriod
Password:  mg

Then click on the little car in the left column ("Assets") which will show you Roger's MG.

Tuesday, 30 August 2011

Yikes! We'd better get to Egypt pronto....

.... if we want to visit the Pyramids, the Spinx and Sharm Al-Sheikh....

They'll all be shut down if this guy guy gets his way....

Adel Shehato, a senior official in Egyptian Islamic Jihad ... said that if the mujahideen came to power in Egypt, they would launch a campaign of Islamic conquests aimed at subjecting the entire world to Islamic rule. Muslim ambassadors would be appointed to each country, charged with calling upon them to join Islam willingly, but if the countries refused, war would be waged against them. He also described the nature of the Islamic state to be established in Egypt: there would be no trade or cultural ties with non-Muslims; tourist sites at the pyramids, the Sphinx, and Sharm Al-Sheikh would be shut down "because the tourists come [there] to drink alcohol and fornicate," and all tourists wishing to visit Egypt would be required to comply with the conditions and laws of Islam; all art, painting, singing, dancing, and sculpture would be forbidden, and all culture would be purely Islamic.
Kissing it goodbye?  Hope not....

Another report here.
What at time for us to be arriving in Saharan Africa, in the wake of the "Arab Spring", but in the Fall....

Saturday, 27 August 2011

All ok for the Aussie campers

I was asking Gordon (owner of the 1968 Ford Mustang that I'm "co-piloting" as they say in South Africa) whether he thought our little "pop-up" tent was big enough for him and me, which he does -- "looks ok" he says -- and led to an exchange of emails, Gordon  to Roger (the race organiser)...

How self sufficient do we have to be regarding camping. Do we have any food and cooking facilities provided or are we expected to 100% sort ourselves. Need to get camping gear next week end and want to know if I get stoves pots pans etc.

Good one. There is a night near Marsabit where we are expecting to camp. The next night at Moyale the same thing. Then the first night into the Sudan the same thing and also the three nights north of Khartoum. Being a large group of people I have said we must camp as facilities in these areas are very limited if anything at all.

However, at Marsabit there is a Catholic Mission that has a few rooms, in the village are a few rooms and the same goes for Moyale and the Sudan. I am taking a sleeping bag and a popup tent in case but I am not doing any cooking stuff as I reckon I will find a meal when needed and all the food, cooking apparatus, utensils is a hassle.


In OZ we eat Witchety Grubs or Kangaroo when it gets desperate – like the concept – get a goat on a spit! The Beer is the real problem and getting it cold another!

Friday, 26 August 2011

Is this tent big enough for two big Aussies?...

Update: Gordon's response, 27 Aug:

Looks OK bring it along. We will have a look if it's too small I will grab another. I will be in CT Wednesday and will pick up the car, buy some tools (there are no tools not even a jack in the car) and head to Segefield which is 5 hours down the coast. Will be back Friday. I will be staying in the Hotel from Friday. On the week end I will finalise camping gear, so if you want to lend a hand feel free. I thought a ground sheet, two camping chairs, and I will have to check with Roger re cooking etc. Not sure how self sufficient we need to be.
Just checking with Gordon, if the tent below really is big enough for the two of us.... Gordon has said that it should be small as possible, as most of the boot is taken up with extra fuel tanks, but still.....
If not, I've just time to rush down to the local outdoors shop to pick up something a bit roomier:

Peter with "the tent", backyard Siena One, Hong Kong, 22nd June 11

A week to go...

... till I depart Hong Kong for Cape Town, via Johannesburg.  Arriving there at 11:25 am on the 3rd September, picked up by Samier Saliegh a contact of my old sailing mate Pit's, then to Pit's place for a few nights, then over to the Leisure Bay Resort Hotel, where there's a Braai (aka BBQ) with Press, on the evening of the 5th, before our departure on the 6th September.

Note from Steffen that he's now got a co-driver (aka "co-pilot"...) and will be joining us. For a while there, was thinking/hoping that one of my mates might take that seat.....  Steffen's cars and teams below, in his email of 25/8:

Steffen and his team
Hello Roger, (and the rest of our team :-) )

I just want to inform you that I found a co-pilot at the last second. His name is Walter Teetz and he will join us from Windhoek to Nairobi. He will stay with me in the Twin rooms which were already booked as you said. Walter is the owner and the chief mechanic of Orion Motors. I think, he will be a good part and also a kind of security of our team. Then we have 2 good qualified mechanics in our team.

Friendly regards to all,

p.s. See you in Cape Town, and then lets hit the road!!!!  8-)