Do Not Take this Road to El-Karama by Chris Harvie

By Chris Harvie

Uninterested in tragic tales, Chris Harvie units out to work out thepositive facet of the 'Dark Continent' and to take pleasure in its existence andlaughter. don't Take This street to El-Karama is the entertainingaccount of an epic highway journey that takes him from hishome outdoor the Kruger nationwide Park to the banks of theNile in Uganda – and again again.In his haphazard and just a little eccentric travels, Harvieencounters missionaries and mechanics, locals and ex-pats,rascals and rogues. Delving into his personal combined British andSouth African id, he attempts to fathom – in his trademarkwitty and sardonic type – the post-independence nationalcharacter of the southern, significant, and east African countriesthrough which he and his partners pass.Delightfully opinionated, brimming with fascinating facts,questionable remark and doubtful speculations, this bookis crucial analyzing for somebody with greater than a passinginterest in Africa, trip, background and other people; in an excellent read;or simply...

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It was too risky and the memory was too vivid of Mike’s and my last joint visit, with its quiveringly angry near fist-fight that was only broken up by Moira rushing out and halting us in our tracks with a loud Irish ‘Boys, boys, boys. ’, moments before Mike would undoubtedly have killed me and torn me limb from limb with his bare hands. This was the seminal moment in our friendship, which had taken us through the Mababe Depression (a physical feature, not a state-of-mind) to Chobe, where we’d sat around that fire and where the elephant calf’s death had led to our decision that we would undertake the Great Journey on which we were now embarked.

The headman had very kindly spared us putting up our tents by moving out of his hut, so that my travelling companions, Rupert and Alex, and I could stay in it. It was exceptionally comfortable, sleeping in piles of grass on a mud-and-dung floor. In fact, it was probably the most comfortable night of the trip, which had multiple traumas associated with it, not least of which was when Alex lost his arm to a crocodile (but survived to receive a medal from the Queen of England for bravery, which I am sure went a long way towards making up for the missing limb).

We now decanted it all. Before we had set out, there had been a fair amount of competition between the two vehicles, only occasionally spilling over into overt rivalry when one of us thought of something really essential that the other didn’t have, like a toaster that fitted on a gas burner, or toothpicks, or an egg-holder. Although we weren’t racing, the time had at last come to demonstrate our prowess at getting our tents up in the most efficient manner possible, showing the other vehicle up without making it too obvious.

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