Grit and Matthais, who were also on the ferry, and are taking 5 months to do a similar trip to ours in a gigantic land-eating, ex-Swedish army ‘tank’
Abdullah, our guide in Libya, along with the guide we had in the fantastic Roman ruins of Leptis Magna. We sampled the delights of his dates and Laban while he experienced our culinary expertise (or not!) in pasta with tuna in tomato sauce
The mad Libyan, who was trying to invite us to eat at his house, but Abdullah was having none of it! He loved Glyn’s sheepskin, and although the policeman at this checkpoint prevented him from sitting on Cathy’s bike, he managed to get a leg over on Glyn’s without anyone looking until it was too late. Classic!
Gavin and Catkin Barlett, the New Zealand and Brit couple on their way down under in a Camel Trophy support vehicle landrover
Desi, the helpful receptionist in Gonder who showed us around and helped in all sorts of ways. Mad about Arsenal, as is most of Ethiopia, he says that football is more precious to him than life itself!
Jean and Lucas, the Dutch/Belgian couple who we met in Gonder, and whose misfortune it was to run over a child in Ethiopia
Dereck, a fellow biker and Jungle Junction fantatic who has been travelling the world for, oh, he can’t remember how long – four years probably! Full of mad stories, and a highly entertaining character.
Exaud Nassary, our very friendly and competent driver on the Ngorongoro safari. He was so good at game spotting, he’d pull up the car, swing round in his seat, and spot a crested eagle on a bush 50 metres away. How he ever saw it, I will never know.
Claudia, Thomas and little Leon; who we first met in Lusaka and then bumped into again in Livingstone, at the campsite that they’d recommended. Having already ridden on bikes for 8 months from Kenya to Cape Town five years ago, Claudia and Thomas then decided to travel through Africa via the west coast route. They’d been on the go for a year when we met them.
Heidi and Craig. We first crossed paths when we crossed over the Luangwa River suspension bridge. But we only properly met whilst at Cholwe Adventures campsite in Livingstone. They were from South Africa and were taking the opportunity to check out the rest of southern Africa, travelling by camper van and having a whale of a time.