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- Print Length: 213 pages
- Publisher: Matador (24 July 2012)
- Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
- Language: English
- ASIN: B008OX0KRI
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- Word Wise: Enabled
- Average Customer Review: 7 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,498 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Appointment in Zambia Kindle Edition
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Easy to read and very informative, the author paints an interesting picture what Africa was like during the Seventies. Love the breakdown stories and the interactions with the locals - those are the key elements of any road trip!
In Sept 1970, Ross and Sara left Edinburgh and travel to Algeciras in South Spain, to take a ferry to Ceuta and the culture shock was immediate. Soon after Morocco into Algeria, their car gave wheel noises and a leak from gear box. They had had already problems with the clutch and the fan belt. Soon they were travelling through the desert, with camel train on the side of the tarmac road near Lahgouat. South of the Tell Atlas Mountains, the real Sahara starts. There were very few signs on any kind of road. At El Golea, they registered their car. The corrugated road had badly shaken the car and them, on this Tademait Plateau (Hamada). With the car's low road clearance and no shovel, they soon get stuck in a sand river. Sand was everywhere under the front bonnet.
Sun,heat, dust, sand and silence were testing their energy. On 27th Oct, they left Tamanrasset for Agadez, hoping to go in a convoy with a large Mercedes truck. They repeatedly got stuck and the road was invisible due to coverage by sand. Using the compass, they just headed South and arrived in Zinder. After Sara, it was Ross's turn to have bowel problems. As they entered Nigeria, the roads were better and people spoke English. Now there was added dangers of reckless drivers and mosquitoes. At Lagos, their car got full service. They left the City with slime, squalor, dust, heat, flies and beggars. (Not much has changed 30 years later) Before Cameroon, they had to pass the battle zone of Biafia. Roads were no better as they had lake-size puddles and holes. They crossed a river into Congo on a raft made of 4 canoes and planks, driven by 16 men.
By now due to mosquito bites, Sara's legs were swollen and infected. They were exhausted by Congo's muddy pot hole roads. Their car suffered too. Into Uganda, their 10th Country of journey, they crossed Albert Nile and saw their first African big games. Passing through Kampala and Jinja, they crossed into Kenya at Tororo, just missing Idi Amin's take over of power. After enjoying the views of the Great Rift Valley, they arrived in Nairobi. After good rest and repairs to their car, they left for Tanzania crossing the border at Namanga. They enjoy the majesty of Mt Kilimanjaro and take the main road (Hell Run) towards Arusha, Dodoma, Iringa, Mwega and crossed into Zambia at Tunduma. After 8 weeks journey, 12,000 miles, they arrive in Chingola, 2 stones lighter in weight, on 4.12.1970. Their car was in a sorry state. Their stay in this copper-belt area was to be for 3 years.
Some other books of interest are:-
(1) From Cape to Cairo, Grogan, 1902 (2010)
(2) With My Wife Across Africa, Col Statham, 1924
(3) Our African Winter, Doyle, 1928 (2009)
(4) Empty Highways. Pearse, 1935
(5) Our African Adventure, Morden, 1945
(6) Auto-Nomad Through Africa, MacArthur, 1951
(7) On Foot Through Africa, Campbell, 1994
(8) Sahara, Michael Palin, 2002
(9) Crossing the Heart of Africa, Smith, 2010
(10)A Journey Through Time in Africa, Peeters and Velsen, 2015
Having born in Kenya, I found this book interesting.
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