Jon Clark - In the beginning

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Trip End Jun 12, 2006


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Saturday, November 19, 2005

Well 4 weeks to go before taking off for a 6 month adventure, so far my first 2 destination are looking a bit dodgy. The Ethiopian government just shot 30+ people for protesting last Junes elections and arrested the opposition leaders on treason charges. As if that wasn't enough they have started amassing troops on the border with Eritrea! Uganda have just arrested their opposition leader on treason and rape charges and now the military have taken them away to a tribunal. On the bright side they aren't shooting protesters there (yet!).

Nobody said Africa wasn't going to be interesting!

Below is the planned itinarary at this point in time!

Ethiopia for approx. 1 month
I will head north to Lake Tana, Blue Nile Falls, Lalibella, Simien Mountains. Maybe Aksum and the Bale Mountains.

Fly to Uganda for approx. 1 month
Places of interest include Ruwenzori Mountains for a 5 day hike, Queeen Elisabeth NP for hippos and crocs, Biwindi to see the gorillas, hike up Mt. Sabyinyo in the Mgahinga NP that borders Zaire, Uganda and Rwanda and probably spend a couple of days on Lake Bunyoni.
Other posibilities depending on time Murchison Falls NP, Jinja, Ssesi Islands on Lake Victoria and Kibale for the Chimpanzes.

Tanzania next for approx. 3 weeks
Hike Kilamanjaro or Meru, probably do some safari or possiblely a hike at the Ngorongoro Crater or the Serengeti and some time on Zanzibar

This takes me to about mid march, I have the following I'd like to do
before mid May and meeting Erica in South Africa - Mozambique island, Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta in Northen Botzwana (Chobe or/and Moremi wildlife reserve for canoing). Perhaps about a month in Namibia - Atosha NP, Skeleton Coast, Sossusvlei dunes (the real red sand dunes), Fish River Canyon.

The final month in South Africa with Erica and some of the following - Cape Town, the Garden Route, elephants in Port Elisabth, the Drakensbergs, Kruger and then Durban and home.


Let's see how much that changes!
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sunberrykid
sunberrykid on

jonny good luck!
wonder when you'll make your first post! very exciting :)

grewal_rachel
grewal_rachel on

Little Sis & Co
Good to have you in the UK for Christmas - hope you have found your Uncle Jon travel label of use. We should be out sledging here tomorrow - will you be hitting snow out there ? Have e-mailed you - missing you and wondering what the world out there is like.
Lots of Love xxxx Ps - we all love Erica.

zind
zind on

happy new year my fat english friend
I wish you the best, but is it necessary ? You begin this year in Ethiopia...2006 but as if you were thousand years ago... I'm with in my dreams (whouah!), and hope you the best...eager to hear what's up over there...François.

nfitzpatrick
nfitzpatrick on

hey fat boy where are you?
come on man write something! :)~

arintoul
arintoul on

moosey
MooooooOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOoooooose!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

shaunmccarron
shaunmccarron on

SunLife
Day 15 here in Africa. I should have 'runs' away from that goat milk.

Love the blog. Look forward to more entries. Folks here at SunLife wishing you many more safe and happy days.

Shaun

helsbells0
helsbells0 on

Watcha Coz!
R U in Uganda yet? What have you been up to????????

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