We’ve done it – crossed Africa – but not Cape to Cairo, instead East to West. We left the warm Indian Ocean in Mozambique around 5 weeks ago. Now we’re at a very cold Atlantic after we took a long, forced detour to Swakopmund for diesel.
Swakopmund can best be described as a very, very, weird, windswept, sandswept, harsh, cold coastal town. Although the detour bordered on torturous – the route crossed the line from gorgeous desolate moonscape to utterly boring and stuck there for 3 hours …somehow we loved the stopover. We gorged ourselves on German savouries and apple strudel with ice cream, and felt the cool salt air of the Atlantic on our dusty bodies.