Day 91: Thursday 3 February 2011. Sheraton Hotel,
Abuja. N09 03.745 E007 29.102 Distance driven 0 km
We had a busy day with visas, but very successful. We can't put in
the applications for our Angolan visas until Monday so we thought we would
try for both Cameroon and Congo before the weekend. We went first to the
Cameroon High Commission and saw Big Momma, a fitting description for a big
jovial lady overflowing her desk. Their normal service is for submissions
in the morning and collections the following afternoon. With a bit of
sweet-talking she agreed to try for the same afternoon and we had to phone by
We then visited the Congo Embassy, just down the road and saw Mary.
Dependent on when we could bring in the passport, she agreed to process the
visas quickly. Big Momma came up trumps and we had our Cameroon visas by 1500.
The Congo Embassy is only a short walk down the same road but when we got there
it was closed. We managed to get in past the guard with a machine gun and
got to see Mary who was quite embarrassed to be dealing with us after hours but
said we could collect the visas tomorrow morning at 0900! Fantastic!
Then back to the Sheraton for Happy Hour in the bar and a braai with Andrew
and Claudia, two Belgian and one German motor