Friday, April 27, 2012

Congo Overland - Kinshasa to Lubumbashi

Into The World
No matter what the obstacle - closed borders, unknown routes - overlanders will always find a way around.  In this particular instance, the ability to be issued with a tourist Angolan visa is constantly proving to be difficult and time consuming.  This does present the opportunity to find an alternative route...

During the early 1990's, a well established route was known heading from West Africa across Central Africa and eventually into Uganda.  My post, The Lost Routes, goes into more detail and more recently the well published adventure of Frederik and Josephine inspired many with their daring adventure North.

Sunday, April 1, 2012

Gorongosa National Park, Mozambique

'A place where Noah left his ark' was our destination in November 2005.   Gorongosa National Park is located at the Southern end of the Great Rift Valley in Mozambique. I recently watched a film about the park which has prompted this post.

Entering the country from the North had been a relatively easy experience, and as the diary recalls, we were the only vehicle passing through the remote border.

The National Park was originally established as hunting reserve but after many years it's popularity turned to one of tourism.  Fauna and Flora were abundant in this secluded country until the difficult civil war broke out.  Thirteen years of war, often centered around the park, had a devastating effect on the wildlife.  In 2005, evidence of the war was still visible in the old tourist camp however the staff were very motivated after receiving a financial grant to begin the rebuild process.