Monthly Archives: December 2011

Cameroon

The roads entering Cameroon, if you can call them that, were an absolute mess. The 30km of rutted mud tracks from Ekong to Etu took us 3 hours and this was the dry season. It would have been completely impassable in the wet.

The road improved marginally as we continued to Bamenda in the western highlands. We rejoined the main route from Nigeria and hit the motorway, brand new tar with awesome twisties through mountain passes and tropical rain forest. Amazing riding

Brand new tar in the Cameroonian Highlands

Motorcycles in Africa

All of the bikers out there will no doubt be familiar with KTM, the well known Austrian off-road motorbikes. However, most will probably be unaware of KTM’s presence in Africa, they are massive out here. KTM appears to have a completely separate product line which is more suited to the hard African conditions. They are extremely popular, travelling through Mali it seems as though everyone has one.


The latest automatic “Power K” model from KTM

Tobeni

That’s what I would call the unified region of Togo, Benin and Nigeria when I become president of the world, but let’s just keep this as the title of the blog post for now.

After our extended stay in Accra (and my short visit to SA for Gareth and Carrie’s wedding), we did the 188km journey to Lome, Togo. To us this was exhausting, so we decided to take the next day off. We stayed a couple of nights at the Hotel Gallion and explored the city. We perused the massive city market and made a visit to the famous fetish market, where you can buy all manner of dried animals for your white magic and Voodoo rituals. Apparently all the remains are derived from animals that have died from natural causes. Apparently.

Ghana, the land of milk and honey

We had been looking forward to Ghana for quite some time; it’s safe, stuff works and finally we will be able to converse with people in English. Ah, the land of milk and honey.