The Great Escape (Kenia)
Thursday, January 01, 1970 (00:33:22)

Posted by spainsun

Foto & Text by Neil & Sue

We cruised south apprehensive of how we were going to dodge the border. We had two waypoints from Tim and Clare De Wits website plus a write up from Dennis Wilson's African Edventure. The Ethiopian border Police are located in a small village called Hadu at 4d38.867'N, 36d11.550'E.

To add an extra dimension to our escape, the villagers of Hadu are nomadic, moving between water holes, the waypoint was from the last August - would they still be in the same place? People had passed north and south paying bribes varying from a few dollars to $100 dollars. Having managed to extricate such huge sums of money - would they settle for anything less? Both the De Wit's and Dennis had bumped into the border post paying $7 dollars and $13 respectively. Dennis' account however is a little more dramatic with tales of being driven into the bush under the watchful barrel of an AK47 to carry out the transaction out of sight of colleagues. The Danish couple who had done the runner from the Blue Nile Sailing Club in Khartoum had refused to pay $100 bribe, turned round, bumped into a missionary who told them to drive round the border post through the dry river bed. They had given the Police about a 5 km wide berth.

Armed with this information, the waypoint of where the track leaves the main east west road at 4d44.850'N, 36d10.483'E and heads south to Hadu we were buzzing with anticipation.

On the road south we passed numerous people carrying their wares to market...

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