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News August/September 2015              (Nairobi/Kenya, 9/30/2015)
Website statistics:   'Webalizer' has been shut down in February 2013. 'Google-Analytics' is now the current counter.
                        'Google-Analytics' showed 19'829 pageviews during September. The visitors come from 233 countries!
                        ('Google-Analytics': August = 21'308 pageviews / July = 18'703 pageviews)
                        'Logaholic' shows now the following figures in September 2015: 17'623 visits / 81'749 pages
                   ('Logaholic' August = 19'154 visits / 87'237 pages; July = 17'941 visits / 84'779 pages)
                                  Record day since 12/17/1998 = the birthday of our website: on 11/5/2007 = 13'407 visitors and 787'456 hits ('Webalizer')
Since our armed assault in the night of July 31st, to August 1st, 2015, again two months passed by. Slowly we get readjusted
to the different sounds at the campsites is it from suspicious barking of dogs or from "stumbling" watchmen with their flashily
LED torch. At the same time we have driven 1'760 miles [2'800km] through two more countries: Tanzania and now Kenya. As
we visited both of the East African States thoroughly back in 1991 and because according to our view   they "didn't improve
since then considerably" but only "increased in price extensively" (without fail we have been disappointed in many 'departments'),
we didn't go anymore to the main tourist attractions (Serengeti/Ngorongoro/beaches, etc.). The real nice national parks became
for "non-African" tourists (i.e. whites) nearly unaffordable, at least with an own vehicle. Anyway, it is striking that the pricewise
discrimination increased in a huge degree since our visit back in 1991, according to the motto "the white has money"! We paid
at many places a multiple of a local, although the latter often drove a "better" car than the likes of us. Slowly we get the
impression that traveling as an individual wants to be limited group tours can be easier controlled.
Thus we arrive at our "current" activity: Bureaucracy at no end! While the southern African states seem to like tourists, it looks
to us that this is no longer the case since Tanzania. We then received except for the former Portuguese colonies of Angola
and Mozambique an entry visa at the border, if it was not even visa-free. Kenya just introduced on September 1st, 2015, the
e-visa, a process that isn't without complications. Of course, a lot of information can be checked much better; unsurprisingly it
didn't work and has been "temporarily" suspended. A bit more to the north lies Ethiopia, which is demanding nearly invariably
from all travelers that the visa has to be obtained  in the homeland, respectively country of residence. "Nearly" was used in our
case, because we were classified as "nobles", presumably because we are listed in the Guinness Book. Certainly we didn't
receive this "honor" just like that, but because an Ethiopian journalist who likes to do an interview with us, had connection to the
Minister of Foreign Affairs. The Sudanese visa would be easier to get in Nairobi, but it expires after two months, which is too
early for our planned visits in the Horn of Africa. Hence, the only options remain in Addis Ababa/Ethiopia or in Djibouti both
versions won't be easy to crack!
Fortunately Liliana's hearing problems were easier to solve. She wasn't able to follow conversations properly for some time
already. We assumed that either her hearing worsened, or her hearing device Phonak that she bought nearly five years ago in
Singapore conked out. Because Nairobi has a branch office of the Swiss company, Liliana made an appointment resulting that
her eardrums could be laid open again what enabled a new adjustment of the devices. Now she is able to follow again every
"talk show".
Our four (!) LPG gas bottles could be refilled here in Nairobi, although each bears another system, respectively thread. Here
we have seen the advantage of East Africa more to the south or in "white" countries this would never have been possible.
Unfortunately we also find that nowadays there aren't anymore the same kind of "African Travelers" we met  e.g. here in
Nairobi 24 years ago. While it was at that time 'Madame Roche's Camping', it's today the 'Jungle Junction JJ's', where the
north-south and the south-north overlanders meet. The west-east alternative, which led back then through challenging Zaïre
and Uganda, doesn't exist anymore it's simply too dangerous to cross DRCongo. Either one chooses the western Trans-
Africa version from Morocco via West Africa to Nigeria and afterwards "somehow" onwards to Namibia. or one drives the
eastern option through East Africa. Regarding road conditions both versions might have the same challenges however
bureaucratically (the visa red tape) Western Africa is somewhat more difficult: It is not "only" Ethiopia and Sudan (both only
difficult if approached from the South) that require running around for paperwork, the West offers the three problematic
destinations of Nigeria, Congo (DRC) and Angola. Therefore also here in the East, like in Southern Africa, there are parking
places where "tired" Transafrica Travelers are able to lodge their car and fly back home, respectively interrupt their trip
otherwise. In the "old days" once the crossing of the continent started in North Africa one was forced to continue to the
far South (or vice versa). As a consequence real long time travelers with their corresponding different psychological attitude
became a rare species actually a pity! Instead more and more "travelers" are just hanging around and try to survive somehow
without money, if possible at the expense of a third party, because the situation in their homeland doesn't motivate them
anymore. Is this probably also a reason that the host countries are restricting more and more the entries into their territory and
as a consequence put almost unsolvable problems into the way of serious travelers?
                                                                     Tanzania/Mbuyuni: Baobab Valley
After the above mentioned critical comments, our planned itinerary looks as follows: North to Moyale and over to
Ethiopia, afterwards to Djibouti. If the security situation for Somaliland looks promising (currently it does), we wouldn't
exclude a visit of this "not or not fully recognized state" (analogue Abkhasia, Nagorno Karabakh, Transnistria and Taiwan).
After having seen this East African corner we shall continue northwards to Sudan, if we should get somewhere the visa.
And now a novelty: At the top of this page "website statistics" (2nd line far-right) it's possible to click on 'countries' to see
from where the visitors of our website are originating since April 1st, 2010 (e.g. Germany 1st place = 225'321 visitors
Tuvalu 233rd place = 1 visitor). 5½ years ago we started with "Google Analytics".

New Reports/Pictures
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1 Report
(July-Aug. 2015)
Malawi/Nkhotakota: Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015 on the campsite of the Safari Beach Lodge
  • Armed Robbery in Malawi on July 31st/August 1st, 2015
  • South Africa
    1 Report
    (Jan.-April 2015)
    3rd Major Repair
    of our LandCruiser (due to two broken side shafts)
    South Africa/Clanwilliam: Once more a broken side shaft
    2 Picture Galleries
    1 Report
    (Sept.-Oct. 2014)
    Angola/Leba Pass: 6'053 ft. high pass between Lubango and Namibe
    Part 1: September 26th to October 4th, 2014
    Part 2: October 4th to 22nd, 2014
    30th Anniversary of being on the road
    2 Picture Galleries
    (July-Sept. 2014)
    (Oct. 2014-Jan. 2015)
    Namibia Part 1: from Walvis Bay to Windhoek
    Namibia Part 2: :from Windhoek to the Angolan border, back again and on to South Africa
    Namibia/Walvis Bay: Dune No. 7
    Cape Verde
    1 Picture Report
    6 Picture Galleries
    (Nov. 2013-May 2014)
    Cape Verde: Girl from Praia
    Island of Santiago (Report)
    Island of Fogo
    Island of Brava
    Island of São Nicolau
    Island of São Vicente
    Island of Santo Antão Part 1 Eastern Side
    Island of Santo Antão Part 2 Western side
    Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 22 - Sept. 1, 2013)
    Transnistria: Lenin in front of the parliament building
    Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 21/22, 2013)
    (Sept. 1 - 4, 2013)
    Moldova: Trebujeni - a typical Moldovan village near Orheiul Vechi
    Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 17 - 21, 2013)
    (Sept. 4 - 22, 2013)
    Ukraine: Roksolany along Dniestr-Liman: The churches with its 'golden' domes can be seen everywhere
    Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 5 - 13, 2013)
    Abkhazia: Pebble beach of Sukhumi
    Picture Gallery
    (July 9 - 17, 2013)
    Nagorno-Karabakh/Stepanakert: The Monument 'Tatik u Papik'
    2 Picture Galleries
    (July 2 - 9, 2013)
    (July 17 - 22, 2013)
    Armenia: Haghpat Monastery near Alaverdi in the North
    Armenia part 1
    (from the Georgia border at Bagratashen
    to the Nagorno-Karabakh border near Goris)
    Armenia part 2
    (from the Nagorno-Karabakh border near Goris
    to the Georgia border near Gyumri)
    Picture Gallery
    (June 13 - 24, 2013)
    Azerbaijan: Baku: Flame Towers
    3 Picture Galleries
    (June 4 - 13, 2013)
    (June 24 - July 2, 2013)
    (July 22 - Aug. 5, 2013)
    (Aug. 13 - 15, 2013)
    Georgia: Mtskheta and the Svetitskhoveli Cathedral
    Georgia part 1
    (from the Turkish border at Sarpi
    to the Azerbaijani border near Lagodekhi)
    Georgia part 2
    (Tbilisi + from the Armenian border at Ninotsminda
    via Kazbegi, Kutaisi to Zugdidi before Svaneti)
    Georgia part 3
    (Svaneti + Ferry to the Ukraine)
    Picture Gallery
    (May 28, - June 4, 2013)
    Turkey/Southeast-Anatolia: Kurdish Village Soguksu with Volcano Tendürek
    3 Picture Galleries
    (May 2013)
    Iran: Picture of Ayatollah Khomeini in the Nasir-al-Molk Mosque in Shiraz
    Iran part 1
    (Ferry Port Bandar Abbas-Shiraz-Persepolis-Pasargad)
    Iran part 2
    (Pasargad (excl.)-Yazd-Esfahan)
    Iran part 3
    (Esfahan (excl.)-Chelgerd-Hamadan-Sanandaj-Orumiyeh)
    5 Picture Galleries
    (Jan. 28, - March 29, 2013)
    Part 2: Sohar-Muskat-Rustaq-Nizwa
    Part 3: Sur-East Coast-Isl.of Masirah-Dhofar
    Part 4: South: Salalah & Srndg. (Dhofar)-Nizwa
    Part 5: Western Hajar Mountains
    Oman/Musandam: View to the bay Khor an-Najd, southeast of Khasab
    2nd Rejuvenation
    Picture Gallery
    (Bodywork: Aug.-Oct. 2012)

    Miri/Sarawak/Malaysia: Dismantling the roof rack on the occasion of the second "rejuvenation"

    Report of the second overhaul of 
    our LandCruiser in Miri/Sarawak
    - the East Malaysian province
    on the island of Borneo
    3 Picture Galleries
    (Dec. 2011 - May 2012)
    (Saint-Denis & surroundings-West Coast-Salazie-
    La Paix-North Coast-Takamaka-Dos d'Âne)
    Réunion part 2
    (Les Makes-La Fenêtre-Saint Louis-East Coast-
    The Volcano-Grande Anse)
    Réunion part 3
    Cilaos-Grande Anse-Le Maïdo-Saint Pierre
    Réunion: View from Cap Noir/Dos d'Âne (near La Possession) into the Cirque de Mafate
    4 Picture Reports
    (Sept.  - Dec. 2011)
    Madagascar/Morondava: 27 years 'on the road', here in the 'Allée des Baobabs'
    Madagascar part 1
    Madagascar part 2
    Madagascar part 3
    (Ambalavao-Isalo N.P.-Tuléar-Ranomafana)
    Madagascar part 4
    3 Picture Reports
    (July - Sept. 2011)
    Mauritius 1             (with car)
    Mauritius 2                (with car)
    Rodrigues Island    (without car)
    Mauritius: Typical steep mountains rising from the sugar cane fields
    Sri Lanka
    3 Picture Reports
    (March - May 2011)
    Sri Lanka/Dambulla: Buddha in the Golden Temple resp. Cave Temple
    Sri Lank part 1
    Sri Lank part 2
    Sri Lank part 3
    United Arab Emirates
    3 Picture Galleries:  (with car)
    (Nov. 20th, 2012 to Apr. 29th 2013)
    1 Picture Gallery:  (w/o car)
    (Feb. 19th, to 27th, 2011)
    1 Picture Report  (with car)
    (February - May 1999)
    UAE: 3rd Visit part 3   (with car)
    UAE: 3rd Visit part 2   (with car)
    UAE: 3rd Visit part 1   (with car)
    UAE: 2nd Visit (Dubai-Sharjah) (without car)
    UAE: 1st Visit   (with car)
    United Arab Emirates: Souk of Sharjah
    3 Picture Reports (w/o car)
    (Feb. 9th, to 19th, 2011)
    1 Picture Galleriy  (with car)
    (May-June 1996)
    Dicksam Plateau/Socotra Island/Yemen: Forest of Dragon Blood Trees
    Island of Socotra East      (w/o car)
    Island of Socotra South    (w/o car)
    Island of Socotra West     (w/o car)
    Pictures from Yemen Trip (with car)
    Papua New Guinea
    5 Picture Reports
    (Aug.  - Oct. 2010)
    1) Milne Bay - (Port Moresby)
                    - Mt. Hagen - Lae
    2) Mt.Hagen Cultural Show 8/13-15/2010
    3) Lae – Madang – Goroka
    4) Goroka Cultural Show 9/17-19/2010
    5) Goroka - Mt. Hagen - Kumul Pass
                    - Mt. Hagen - Goroka - Lae
    Mount Hagen/Papua New Guinea: Huli Wigman from the Southern Highlands at the Mount Hagen Cultural Show 2010
    Indonesia 2010
    3 Picture Reports
    (March  - June 2010)
    Medan/Sumatra/Indonesia: Indonesian Serenity
    North Sumatra  Report  (March-April 2010)
    West-Sumatra  Report    (May-June 2010)
    Southern Sumatra  Report    (June 2010)
    Picture Report
    (Nov. 2009 - Jan. 2010)
    Tongatapu Island Nuku'alofa/Tongatapu/Tonga: Royal Palace
    French Polynesia
    3 Picture Reports
    (Aug. -Oct.  2009)
    Tahiti/French Polynesia: One type of Tahiti's main flower with many names - Frangipani, Plumeria, Tiare
    Tahiti 1st part  Picture Report  (Aug.-Sept. 2009)
    Tahiti 2nd part Picture Report  (Oct. 2009)
    Moorea Picture Report   (Sept. 2009)
    Cook Islands (without car)
    Picture Gallery
    (Aug. 2009)
    Rarotonga Island Cook Islands/Rarotonga: Beauty from the South Pacific
    American Samoa
    Picture Gallery
    (July 2009)
    American Samoa: View from Pago Pago towards the 1'718ft. high Rainmaker Mountain (Pioa Mountain)
    4 Picture Reports:
    (April-June 2009)
    Island of Upolu: 1st part
    Island of Upolu: 2nd part
    Independence Day  June 1st, 2009
    Island of Savaii
    Apia/Samoa: Coat of Arms of Samoa in front of the Government Office Building
    3 Picture Galleries:
    (Jan.-March 2009)
    Suva/Fiji: Guard at the Parliament House
    1st part: Island of Viti Levu (Jan.+Febr. 2009)
    2nd part: Island of Vanua Levu (March 2009)
    3rd part: Island of Taveuni (March 2009)
    2 Picture Galleries:
    (1st visit: July 2008)
    (2nd visit: Dec. 2008-Jan. 2009)
    Vanuatu 1st visit (without car)
    Vanuatu 2nd visit (with car)
    Vanuatu: Boeing 737-800 of Air Vanuatu at the airport of Port Vila
    New Caledonia
    3 Picture Galleries:
    (Aug.-Oct. 2008)
    New Caledonia: Nouméa and the St. Joseph Cathedral
    1st part: Grand Terre: Nouméa + South (Aug.2008)
    2nd part: Grand Terre: North #1 (Aug.+Sept. 2008)
    3rd part: Grand Terre: North #2 (Sept.+Oct. 2008)
    New Zealand
    6 Picture Galleries:
    (South Island: Febr.-May 2008)
    (North Island: May-July 2008)
    1st part: South Island (Febr.+March 2008)
    2nd part: South Island (March 2008)
    3rd part: South Island (April 2008)
    4th part: South to North Island (May 2008)
    5th part: North Island (May+June 2008)
    6th part: North Island (June+July 2008)
    New Zealand: South Island - typically
    1 Picture Gallery:
    3 Picture Reports:
    (1st visit: Febr. 2008)
    (2nd visit: Nov. 2010-Jan. 2011)

    Philippines: Ricefields near Sagada/Mountain Province/Northern Luzon

    Philippines 1st visit (without car Febr. 2008)
    Philippines 2nd visit (with car):
    Luzon (South)-Mindoro-Panay  (Nov.-Dec. 2010)
    Negros-Cebu  (Dec. 2010-Jan. 2011)
    Bohol-Luzon (South)  (Jan. 2011)
    3 Picture Reports:
    (Oct.- Nov. 2007)
    1st part: Kaohsiung-Kenting-Taitung
    2nd part: Taitung-Southern Cross-
    Island Hwy-Siraya NSA (Zengwun Reservoir)-Alishan-Sun Moon Lake -Taroko-Suao-
    Hualien Hwy-Taipei
    3rd part: Taipei-Taitung-Kaohsiung
    Kaohsiung/Taiwan: God of War at Lotus Pond
    Timor-Leste (East Timor)
    2 Picture Reports:
    (May 2007)

    Oecussi/Timor-Leste: Landscape East of Oecussi-'Town'

    Exclave of Oecussi
    Indonesia 2006/07
    1 Report + 6 Picture Galleries:
    (Sumatra-Java: Sept.-Dec. 2006)
    (Bali: Jan.-March 2007)
    (Lombok, Sumabawa, Flores: April 2007)
    (Sumba, West Timor: May+June 2007)
    (Sulawesi:June+July 2007)
    (Tana Toraja (-Land): June+July 2007)
    (Kalimantan: July 2007)
    Sumatra-Java    (= Report)
    Lombok, Sumbawa, Flores
    Sumba, West Timor
    Tana Toraja (Toraja-Land)
    Ke'te Kesu near Rantepao/Sulawesi/Indonesia: Traditional Toraja village
    Picture Report
    (Sept. 2006)
    Brunei (Borneo): ’The 'Ali Saifuddien'-Mosque at sunset in Bandar Seri Begawan
    3 Picture Reports:
    (Sarawak: 1st visit: June-Aug. 2006)
    (Sabah: Oct. 2006)
    (Sarawak: 2nd visit: Nov. 2006)
    Picture Gallery:
    (Borneo-Trip: Sept.-Nov. 2006)
    Sarawak part 1 Northeast (Miri)
    Sarawak part 2 South (Kuching)
    Borneo (Sabah, Brunei, Sarawak, Kalimantan)
    Sepilok near Sandakan/Sabah/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Orang Utan Rehabilitation Center
    1st Rejuvenation
    Picture Report
    (Engine/Body: June-Aug. 2006)
    (Transmission: Sept. 2007)

    Miri/Sarawak/East-Malaysia (Borneo): Overhaul of our LandCruiser in 'Full Swing'

    Report of the first overhaul of 
    our LandCruiser in Miri/Sarawak
    - the East Malaysian province
    on the island of Borneo
    Myanmar (South) (without car)
    Picture Report
    (May 2006)
    Myanmar: Waiting for customers in Kawthoung
    2 Picture Galleries:
    (1st visit: Nov. 1993 - Jan. 1994)
    (2nd visit: Nov. - Dec. 2005)
    (3rd visit: Febr. - April 2006)
    Thailand: Ho Phra I-Suan Temple in Nakhon Si Thammarat
    Temples, Pagodas, Shrines

    People, Beaches, Nature

    Picture Report
    (February 2006)

    Laos: The ’Patuxai’, the Laotian replica of the French ’Arc de Triomphe’ in Paris

    Picture Report
    (January 2006)
    Vietnam: Two women cultivating a rice field
    Picture Report
    (December 2005)

    Cambodia: The main temple of Angkor Wat with its five towers viewed from the hill of the ’Phnom Bakheng’ - Temple

    Malaysia (West)
    Picture Report
    (Oct. - Nov. 2005)
    (May 2006)
    Malaysia: The four minarets of the ’Sultan Salahuddin’ State Mosque in Shah Alam are visible already from far
    Picture Gallery
    (September 2005)

    Singapore: Merlion - the Land- and Trademark of the Lion City

    Macao   (without car)
    Picture Gallery
    (September 2005)

    Macao: The ’St. Paul’ ruin is an inspiring sight also at night

    Hong Kong
    2 Picture Galleries:
    (1st visit: September 2005)
    (2nd visit: Dec. 2007-Jan. 2008)


    Hong Kong 1st visit (without car)
    Hong Kong 2nd visit (with car)
    Hong Kong: From ’Hong Kong Peak’ we get an excellent view of the ’skyscraper jungle’
    The visit of 6 countries with and 1 island without our LandCruiser Middle East
    The visit of 10 countries with and 1 without our LandCruiser Southeast Asia
    The visit of 4 countries with and 1 islandl without our LandCruiser Indian Ocean
    The visit of 4 countries with and 1 without our LandCruiser Far East
    The visit of 14 Pacific Islands with and 1 without our LandCruiser

    Pacific (Febr. 2008-Jan. 2010 + Aug.-Sept. 2010)

    The visit of 13 Caribbean Islands with our LandCruiser

    Caribbean (June 2003-Dec. 2004)

    + added from the United Arab Emirates:

    Fairytale Wedding in Dubai   (March 1999)

    + added from a earlier visit to the USA:

    Las Vegas  (Millennium change)

    + added from our Arabian Peninsula round trip:

    Pictures from Yemen (May-June 1996)

    + Flashbacks of our Worldrecordtour:

    Pictures from "all the continents" (Oct. 1984 - April 1997)

    + Follow-ups about Toyota-Experiences:
    Encounters resp. "Ups + Downs" with
    Toyota Companies since 1982
    On July 7th, 2005, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 150 countries the car's
    600'000th Kilometer - very prosaic in front of the post office in Cayenne/French Guiana.
    On June 10th, 2009, we were able to celebrate after a journey through 163 countries the car's
    400'000th Mile - in a beautiful landscape in the West of the island of Savaii/Samoa.
    Are you interested into the LandCruiser History, prepared by Toyota Motor Sales USA and taken over by
    Toyota Motor United Kingdom? (after some loading-time please klick "IN LEGEND" and afterwards "HAIR TO MAGELLAN"


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