Sunday, August 04, 2013

Africa 1973

40 years ago today, I left London after 2 1/2 years to head home to Australia and being contrary as always, with everyone heading the Kathmandu, Afghanistan route, I decided to head off through Africa instead, a journey of 4 1/2 months.
There were 18 of us on the SIAFU trip, manly Aussies, but a couple of Kiwis and Americans, a few Brits and a Frenchman. We traveled through T8unisia, Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad, Central African Republic, Congo, Zaire, Rwanda and Tanzania to Kenya, where the trip officially finished. Several of us continued on through Rhodesia - now Zimbabwe, and onto South Africa and from there I came home.
There were lots of adventures, desert breakdowns and oil rig saviors - funny how they always knew where we were, mud and holes in the road so deep that 2 trucks could be stuck down the hole at any one time and lots of money changing hands attempting rescue to set the trucks on the way. As we left Algeria we were awoken early to the sounds and sights of waves of Russian MIGS on the way to the Yom Kippur war, we camped in the midst of wandering animals in game parks, spent time in a pygmy village, and met some amazing people and saw some amazing sights, certainly a trip remember