Since we arrived at Kenya’s coast, we’ve been enjoying the warm Indian Ocean at Diani Beach, close to a town called Ukunda in the Southeast of the country. In 2001, Domi already spent a summer vacation here for three weeks.
Tomorrow we’ll pass Mombasa and drive to Kajire Village to visit our good old friend, Micah Mbogho Kitatu. After that we’re going to head further inland to Nairobi.
A couple days ago we stopped by in Kitonga, Tanzania. We asked at the “Starcom Kitonga Comfort Hotel” if it is possible to park there for the night. They answer was “yes” and its director, Abel H. Vegula, even invited us for coffee and internet.
We spent with him the whole evening chatting about all different kinds of things. It was a real pleasure to get to know Abel. Next year he’ll hopefully come to Europe – to Switzerland for his studies and to Austria to follow our invitation.
On our way heading through Tanzania, we got the chance to visit the Mikumi National Park. Although we had very bad weather with heavy showers while traveling this country, we were satisfied to spot again so many animals.
Last week a South African newspaper called “Rekord East” published a story on our trip. The article was written by Ané Roux, who we met while staying in Pretoria.
Correction on this: India was not the most impressive country we’ve visited, but it definitely had one of the most horrible traffic we’ve ever faced. And Herbie’s World Tour started out in September 2009 – so we are on the road since more than three years.
After we left Malawi and its homonymous lake, we entered the United Republic of Tanzania. There we stayed at a campsite in Tukuyu, managed by a local charity organization that provides free education to young people.
Back on the road we spotted two Volkswagen Beetles, sitting next to the street. Today we reached Kitonga and tomorrow we’ll be heading further east towards the coast in order to eventually cross the border to Kenya besides the Indian Ocean.
Herbie is almost driving alone on Malawi’s lakeside roads – maybe as gas prices are pretty outrageous compared to what people are able to earn for their living. Today we stopped by Nkhata Bay, staying for a little while at “Big Blue Star Backpackers”.
Another country where we had to freshen our poor Portuguese, that we learned while staying in Angola, was Mozambique. We entered that beautiful country coming from the Kruger National Park passing Maputo, its capital, and heading north to Malawi.
Mozambique offers gorgeous beaches, friendly people as well as a clean environment. As long as you stay on the main route, the street conditions are pretty okay, except those countless potholes on some highway stretches, especially towards Malawi.
Before we crossed the border to Mozambique, we visited the Kruger National Park in South Africa. After spending an entire day driving through the park and spotting all kinds of animals, we stayed for the night at the campsite of “Crocodile Bridge”.
South Africa was a welcome break from touring the rest of this continent. We really enjoyed traveling through here. And the Kruger National Park was just another piece of nature we love so much. We were very excited to discover all these exotic animals.
Today we left Pretoria for good, after spending precious time there, and headed to Sabie, a town quite close to the Kruger National Park, we want to visit tomorrow. After that we’ll cross the border to Mozambique, traveling north again.
For the next several weeks we’ll be touring across Africa all the way towards Egypt, from where we want to take a ferry to Turkey in order to drive back to Europe as well as Austria, which we call home. Follow Herbie tripping back north!
Domi spent Saint Patrick’s Day with our friend Wernher and his father Ludwig Hartzenberg at the former Formula One track of Kyalami, close by Johannesburg, watching a classic car race. They got there by driving two of their Porsches.
At Kyalami you can even walk into the pit stops, meeting the race cars as well as its drivers, just as Hermann Kluge with his Porsche (see below). Honoring the number “53”, also two Volkswagen Beetles were taking their chance on the track.