Clear - Complete!
Some numbers: Two months, Twenty-Seven countries, Fourteen thousand nautical miles, Countless memories!
Finals Perpignan, the end of the adventure. Wow!
Snow on the hills, back to Winter!
Coasting in to Europe, Two months after leaving!
Mallorca in the winter sunshine
Coasting out from Algiers, our last view of Africa...
Short finals to Algiers International, our last African landing!
Oil and Gas, Algeria's financial powerhouse
Early morning sun over the Sahara
In Salah, hot and windy.
Human traffickers - carrying people across from Niger into Algeria (and then Europe?).
Arlit Uranium mine - the world's largest, and Niger's 'only' source of income.
Prehistoric tomb, approximately 6000 years old (easier to see from the air than on the ground).
Agadez Mosque, fourth holiest place in Islam.
David, Kelvin and Philip apply for the post of Imam (unsuccessfully).
Agadez Camel market (and everything else with 2, 4 or no legs!).
Refuelling, the old fashioned way...
Tricky Bitch with one of the 10+ B747s behind - used exclusvely for HAJJ pilgrimages.
Bringing an AK47 to the party - armed escort in Port Harcourt.
In the world's capital of fakes, where better to stay than a fake Marriott!
Landing at Port Harcourt, with a Boeing 757 at the other end, on the runway, waiting to takeoff - lights on! Glad to say he waited until we were clear.
Welcome to the wonderful craziness of Nigeria!
Visiting Howard's rig, 'Magellen' - not sure what they made of the impromptu flying display!
Do we really have to leave? Really?
Africa's Eden, aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah...
Breakfast? This way please...
A last taste of absolute luxury before hitting the most expeditionary part of our entire African journey.
Gate Guardian at Principe airport - seen better days (although all the avionics still complete).
Temporary import document using 'Tricky Bitch' as the aircraft official identification! :-)
...and a bit of TLC for Tricky Bitch
Five barrels of the good stuff!
The beach at Pointe Denis, a great spot to do nothing for a few hours...
Crossing to Pointe Denis for the day.
Sunset looking out from our Libreville hotel. Day off tomorrow, heading to an island for lunch!
Crossing the Equator again, back to the north. Kenya (our Equator crossing point southbound) seems a very, very long time ago.
Elephants on the beach in southern Gabon. This is the only place in the world where they go 'surfing'!
Leaving the planes in the weeds, off to supper.
Sunset activity: Low flying a Congolese beach in formation with a second float plane. Magic!
David, Kelvin and Philip watching Sam depart in an ultralight floatplane. Will he come back...?!
A dusty Kingair that's been here six years so far.
We were here in 2011, and again now in 2013.
Perhaps the plane will be gone by then, watch this space...
Tricky Bitch having a vent pipe reattached, got to keep this pilot cooooooooooooooooooooooool.
Africa's tree, the baobab.
Arriving in Zambia!
Okay, the village, not the country...
Marmotte for supper anyone? Freshly caught by this small boy - poor beastie.
A truly African lightpost!
David checking the airstrip, last used over FORTY years ago! It's going to need a little work, even to get the Maule in...!
40 years ago this church clock stopped ticking, the village has been deserted ever since. The locals are only now begin to take an interest again...
Bingu Waterfalls in full flow, awesome
The view out over the Atlantic, waiting for a cold beer and a fish to come!
Flying low up the Angolan coastline to Sumbe
Low flypast the Tundaleva, into the clouds...
Seen in Lubango, the world's perfect car (for a couple). Now, how do I import these to Europe?????
Kids at the Mirador - guess how Kelvin showed them what he wanted them to do!
Road to Leba, Top Gear's never driven a road like this one!
Lubango from above
View to airport from Christo Rey
David choosing a very, very dangerous place to go for a pee
Cristo Rey, Lubango's answer to Rio...
Kelvin getting intimate with a local. They wanted to dress him in white shirt and chinos, I have no idea why :-), but then security came along...!
Sunset from the hotel
Cheese and Wine party, Angolan style!
Tundaleva, Lubango. Sheer cliffs dropping over 4000ft!
A very, very hairy caterpillar
Tricky Bitch! Philip gets expressive!
Mokuti airstrip, gateway to Etosha!
Nice idea, but little chance of success!
End of the southbound, slightly more exciting than planned and a bit of a scratch on the wing.
Ten days rest, then we head north!
Philip taking the new Yamaha Tenere for a spin, mmmmmmmmmmmm, very nice. Thank you to Alec Salley, and see you again soon!
The view from my room, always good to wake up to an elephant!
Comments in CC's book from Trans-Africa 2011!
Back again in 2015, insh'allah
Tailwheel off for a proper African repair!
The Indian ocean, seen from Mozambique's Vilankulu!
Oops, though no serious damage luckily!
Low-flying the Malagasy coastline, sorry, couldn't resist!
Departing Mahajanga, heading south then out west to Mozambique.
A couple of Malagasy fishing boats in the lagoon
A couple of AN2 Antonov for sale, going cheap... :-)
N889Z 'the banana' tied down for some serious storms!
Dawn breaks on Mayotte's south east corner
Taking the ferry from Petite to Grande Terre
Picture says it all. Wow!
View from hotel room - aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaah.
Giraffe from the air! (I was too slow to get the elephants - and it's best not to circle and annoy them)
Don't forget the thorns, to stop hyena eating the tyres
The view from my tent, with the migration in the distance - tens of thousands of wildebeest and zebra, quite incredible.
Our Mess tent
Anyone seen Livingstone?
Our Serengeti camp
Hm, think I'l fly around that...
A baboon, scratching his...!
On top of the Masai rock. When hit, it makes a noise like the Rank Film gong - and was used to warn the villages of attack.
Very close encounters of the elephantine kind
Steady there boys, I'm not dead yet. Vultures being patient, very patient...
Simply stunning landscape, neither photos nor words can really capture the enormity of the Serengeti
Bat-eared Fox, very cute
Zebra at a watering hole
This lioness couldn't move for having eaten too much. The vultures in the background are finishing of what is left.
Cheetah mum teaching her two cubs how to hunt (Thompson gazelle).
On the ground, bush strip in the Serengeti
A Maule in her natural environment!
Ngorongoro crater, and the rim airstrip - bushplanes only!
Field patterns in northern Tanzania
The highest mountain in Africa and the highest free-standing mountain in the world (19,341ft amsl).
Flying over the Mara, en route Tanzania
Masai living, a family boma on the Mara
The heart of African Aviation (well, particularly the bar!).
A short pause before we head for the Serengeti tomorrow.
Fresh oil, richly deserved
Repairs in the shop!
Safely at the parking after an exciting arrival (which closed the airport completely for about 10 minutes!).
After 15 years in a box... !
And another, this'll be the Rift Valley...
And a slightly larger mammal, with obelix! ;-)
Rescued baby Duiker, very cute
School airstrip, very handy when you also have a strip at your house!
Harvesting at almost 7000ft
Farmers start young in Kenya
Preparing 27 tonnes of grain for transport. Though not in the Piper!
Kenyan dawn, now back to bed...
View from the terrace, beer in hand...
One for the Maule fans!
Landed at the private farm strip in Kenya. Flat rolling fields of wheat and maize - only it's all happening at over 6000ft!
Short finals, at 6600ft!
Crossing the Equator!
Rock outcrop on Uganda border
Dirt strip just inside Kenya.
Over the highlands, approaching Loki.
Heathrow trolley a long way from home!
Dawn over Juba.
Children taking communion
Juba's cathedral - the new South Sudan is Christian - as opposed to it's Muslim North neighbour.
Small mosque in Juba
Tiny corner-shop mosque, maximum occupancy 10!
Car insurance for South Sudan. The picture used is clearly from Wales or Cumbria, and taken sometime in the 1980s!
+44C Just what we need!
+40C, so our present spread is 56C (from -16C over the alps). Only other place which might be hotter is the Sahara on our return north in March...
Defence line North Sudan and new South
IL76 departing Khartoum at dawn
Supper with friends
Khartoum apron, lots and lots of old Russian stuff (mostly still flying, surprisingly!).
Not everything goes smoothly...
Maule and Antonov at Khartoum airport
Sunset over Nile
On the ground in Africa, and immediately into 40C...
Nobody home in Navigation Office.
Crossing the Nile
Aswan by night
Dawn departure, first leg into Africa and the real beginning.
Arrival in Heraklion, start point...
Valletta by night
Finals Malta - directly over the beautiful old town
Beautiful at 11000ft.
Suits on, ready to head over the sea to Malta
A well stocked kitchen! Thank you Suzie and Jonny!
Approaching Cannes - it was much nicer on top!
Overhead Les Deux Alpes...
An OAT of -16C (in Fahrenheit, that's bloody cold!).
Gin-clear VMC on top
Philip enjoying the sunshine, dressed for the cold
We climbed through the cloud (at -6C) and popped out into this - can't ask better than that!
Never Say Never (Maule MX7) says goodbye to N889Z...
Maule central, Charleroi
Brrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr. Frozen ice on wings, we abandoned to try again tomorrow!