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Peace in Srinigar, north India
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We wake to the call to prayer. It is soft and faded, as if the muezzin is far away. The sound is like the colour of Dal Lake, soft and shimmering, betraying a vast, unseen depth beneath.

“We have all day, what do you want to do?” asks my partner, Alison, over breakfast. We scoop vast amounts of Gujarati thali into our mouths with our fingers – long-grained white rice, spicy vegetables, curd, yellow fried dhal, and a thick, creamy lassi (yogurt drink). The lassi is saturated with sugar.

Dal Lake stretches before us. It is the tourist attraction of Srinigar, the winter capital of the north Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistan and India are, technically, still at war over the area. Masses of Indian soldiers gather at dirty, hovel-like barracks. There is a soldier, a gun half his length slung casually over his shoulder, spaced every 20m on the pavements.

Twenty years ago the wooden house boats of Srinigar were crammed with tourists. Today, we watch Indian families bargain over ice-creams on the land before taking a shikara (water taxi) back to palatial mansions moored in formation, row after row of absolute luxury. A Thai couple strolls passed the restaurant, hand in hand. There are few tourists. Not even half the houseboats are occupied.

Life here happens on the lake. Even the Srinigar post office is a wooden houseboat, stately and old. It reminds me of colonial times.

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Holy cow, Chamba
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The town of Chamba is one of India’s oldest cities. It is said that as Buddha preached the way to enlightenment, 2,500 years ago, he passed Chamba. He was welcomed by the ruling prince of the state, and made many converts.

The town sits on a ledge above the Ravi River. The river is grey with melting snow, slipping off the great sheets of ice that cap the surrounding mountains. Below are dark green pine forests, splashed with the bright, luminescent green of rice fields.

The Chamba valley is cut off from the neighbouring Kangra valley by the Dhauladhar mountain range. It is cut off from Kashmir by the Pir Panjal. It was ruled for centuries as the princely state of Chamba, founded in 920AD by the raja (ruler) Sahil Varman. The state survived for 1,000 years, falling to the British in 1845. It is the oldest state in north India.

Chamba is an ancient city slowly slipping into the dust of time and decay. The streets are dusty, narrow alleyways lined with rotting rubbish. Mounds of refuse pile every corner. Holy cows graze on the rubbish. The alleyways stretch up into the surrounding mountains, sloping into dilapidated homes, beautiful colonial-style wooden buildings rotting into oblivion.

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In the shadow of Swayambhunath
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The massive Buddhist temple of Swayambhunath dominates the skyline of Kathmandu. It rises from a hill to the west of the Nepali capital, a mass of white dome and gold stupa. The temple is affectionately known as the “monkey temple” after a troop said to guard the site. Legend has it that Kathmandu Valley was once a great lake (geologists confirm this). The hill Swayambhunath stands on is said to have “self-risen” (“swayambhu”), like a lotus from a lake. It is also said that the great Buddhist Emperor Ashoka visited the site over 2,000 years ago. King Manadeva began building a temple here in 460AD.

Today the stupa of Swayambhunath rises from a sea of square, three-storey buildings. A kora (holy circuit) of Tibetan Buddhist stupas and prayer wheels ring the base of the hill. Elderly Tibetan pilgrims circle the hill in a clockwise direction, muttering prayers and working their malas (prayer beads). The old women wear the traditional Tibetan long black bibbed dress over blouses, with colourful striped aprons. They spin the prayer wheels clockwise, streaming prayers for the happiness of all sentient beings to the four corners of the world.

We have walked four kilometres through the chaotic and dusty streets of Kathmandu to get here. The pilgrims pay us no heed. We walk around the massive colourful stupas – some are 15m-high – at the base of the hill.

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Lilongwe to Dar es Salaam, the trip gets easy
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                                                                                                                                       (Written in Dar es Salaam)

As I write this the sun is setting, the muezzin is calling the faithful to prayer here in central Dar es Salaam, and Alison, having done a load of hand washing (we have not seen a washing machine since Tsumeb, Namibia, several sighs all round), is parceling out the sweet meats bought from the small (about the size of a single garage, with the door to match) shop in Mosque Street, just off Libya Street where we are staying.

Alison is also testing the might of her flip flops against various sized cockroaches. Apparently this only gets worse.

Travelling from Lilongwe to Dar es Salaam went from the totally absurd (although not nearly as bad the Lusaka to Lilongwe leg) to the sublimely easy with a magnificently timed rescue by a universe-sent angel and inspirational information source – who goes by the name of Clive.

Some facts about Malawi: It is one of the smallest African countries we have passed through, 118,484 square km, at least a third of which is claimed by its lake –Lake Malawi – which stretches 500km along its eastern border with Mozambique. It is also one of the poorest countries we have travelled through so far, and ranks far below its neighbours on the United Nations development index.

Having said that though, the supermarkets (we found one or two in Lilongwe) were much better stocked that those of Zambia and the village markets had more of a variety on offer than the usual cabbage, onion and tomato spiced up with fish. Most of the products available (other than the fresh fruit and vegetables from the markets) are manufactured in South Africa – and, as in Zambia, cost twice as much as a result.

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 Lake Malawi, Nkhata Bay

Malawi also has its own chili sauce, Nali, which is piping hot and comes in various flavours – from spicy chicken to just plain chili.

Malawi is cleaner than Zambia too.

The most famous (and most famously lost) colonial explorer to visit Malawi was David Livingstone. He reached Lake Malawi in 1859, and named it Lake Nyasa. The Christian missionaries (they have had a huge effect in Africa – Christianity is profuse and loudly sung, kind of like what I imagine the Baptists to be like in the south of the United States, it’s all hellfire and brimstone and sin) followed soon after.

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From Cairo, Day 166
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It is freezing cold. I never thought it would be so cold in a desert but here in winter, it is cold. Jersey, scarf and beanie weather, thermal underwear. My fingers ache when I type and my body cringes when I wake up in the morning and stick my hands out from under the covers. I am not amused.

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 Hathor Temple

The flight from Nairobi was, apart from a guy at the back getting raucously drunk and throwing up in his seat, uneventful. It was a stop over in Khartoum, which almost broke my heart. The Cairo passengers were not allowed off the plane, in theory, but I sneaked onto the stairs and looked out into the darkness and smelt the sultry, hot air and fell in love with the place.

The streetlights hung yellow against the three ancient cities that make up modern-day Khartoum. Where the White Nile meets the Blue Nile there is a bridge connecting the three, and I have always wanted to stand on it and watch the colours of the two rivers meet. When I looked out the window later on I could see the Nile below, glowing in the moonlight, with nothing but the desert darkness surrounding it. One day I will return.

Arriving at Cairo airport we had the first of what I have officially named our Visa Escapades. On a South African passport, you are entitled to a 30 day visa issued at the Egyptian border or Cairo airport. There is a visa fee but this is wavered for South Africans. So we get to the immigration counter and the official demands to see our visas. There ensues a long and exhaustingly repetitious dialogue about why we do not have visas. Our side of the conversation mostly going “but we are South African, we do not need a visa”, and his side of the conversation going “where is your visa?” as he dramatically thumps his fist on our passports in intimidation. But he was such a pompous man that it was hard to take him seriously.

After half an hour of waiting on the sidelines, without our passports and watching everyone else (who obviously had visas) file passed us, the immigration officer beckons to us and stamps our passports – for a seven day visa. Seven days. I have never experienced a problem like it before.

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Overlanders.org

This site will be for the hosting of trans-continent trips free of charge. It will focus the concept that travelers would email the build up to the trip (vehicle preparation, etc) and then the journal which I will prepare and post on this site, with pictures of course. Each traveler will would get a two tier webpage off the main menu (see example). This will give the traveler a live website, where they just need to send an email on their travels. And the best part is that they will not have to try and create a website after the trip.

Although this site focuses on trans-continent trips, I will also host short trips from around the world. Once there are a few trips from a person, I shall group them together. But I will be concentrating on the extended trips, and supporting the travelers. 

I will also migrate any existing trip sites. This is mainly for those that have completed their trip, and now do not want to continue maintaining their existing site.

If you have trip report of Sub-Sahara Africa, and have trip reports to contribute, I can strongly recommend posting them on http://www.overland.co.za. Overland.co.za is dedicated to overland travel in Sub-Sahara Africa. Unless specifically request not to, all Sub-Sahara Africa trips will also be forward to overland.co.za. This website is not intended as, nor will be in competition to overland.co.za.


 Please contact me on siteadmin_at_overlanders_org  if you are interested.

 

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It is 6am and I am more worried about having got up at 6am after working a night shift than I am about the fact that I am up at the crack of dawn to go shark cage diving. This worries me. I amusingly worries a friend of mine too, who at 1am this morning was humming Jaws music every time he passed my desk and his parting shot was “maybe I won’t see you tomorrow, a Great White could look at you and think ‘auderve’”. Well, I had thought of that.

ImagePick up for the trip to Gansbaai was 7am outside the Table Bay Hotel at the Waterfront. Mini-bus driver Dirk was moustached, cellphoned and spent the two hour drive talking into his phone at full volume, one hand precariously on the steering wheel taken off to change gears at 120kph while overtaking. He was unflappably brilliant, just the right person to pick up grumpy tourists in the early hours of the morning.

I must admit, for all my bravo in booking the trip, I was a bit doubtful about this shark cage diving thing. Shark attacks are big news in the Western Cape and a lot of people have (loudly) blamed the shark tour operators for luring the sharks into the shallower waters of the coast.

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(written March 21)

Inoculations:

Serious trip preparations (that is, it became more than just day dreaming) began at the beginning of January, when myself and Alison made an appointment at the Netcare Travel Clinic here in Cape Town and began the long, long, long process of inoculations.

I had ripped Alison off for ages before, telling her how she had to have all these injections (she is scared of needles) and how I was all set because I had had all the shots before. Turned out all my inoculations I had for Asia (almost three years ago) and the Middle East (10 years ago) had expired, and I needed everything but the Hep A. Go figure.

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                                                                                                                                             Written in Mumbai, India

Namaste. I hope you are all well and having an amazing day and have the possibility of an awesome weekend ahead of you.

ImageI am still in Mumbai and just to let you all know, I have been to Bollywood, on the set darl, the desired subject of several shoots for a popular national television series - and I expect you all to treat me with the respect and awe my newly founded social standing incurs.

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                                                                                                                                              Written in Beijing, China 

Hey, hope you are all having an amazing day. I know I emailed last week, but I decided to do a mail on Beijing before I headed out into the great wide unknown of the rest of China. Mainly because I don't think I will be able to get access to the Imageinternet for quite a while. And thanks for all the mail. Please forgive me if I don't respond that timorously - just know I will reply when I can and I really love you for mailing.

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I am going to see a Nepalese rhino. There are only 800 left in the world and I am going to see one, riding into the jungle on the back of an elephant. I am determined. So determined, I have braved the chill of a Kathmandu autumn morning to catch the bus to Sauhara, the closest village to the Royal Chitwan National Park and home of the Nepalese rhino.

It is 5.30am when I make it, bleary eyed, to the bus station - an informal linear space carved out of the city's main street by a number of hulking masses of buses parked bumper to bumper. I have been in Nepal for three months and I have learnt this: the traffic is a nightmare insane whirl of taxis, cycle rickshaws, pedestrians and animals, but nobody, and I mean nobody, argues road space with a bus.

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2 Africa

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