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The End

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We arrived back in Canada over a month ago now, so this final post is long overdue. The time lag does at least allow me to confidentally assert that we left Africa parasite-free, as I’m sure you were all positively aching to know.
The final leg of our trip took us through the fynbos of South Africa’s Western Cape region;…

The Last Post… CAPE TOWN!!

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We made it to Cape Town!

Cape Town and Table Mountain from the water

In general keeping with our tardy blog posts, this news is a little overdue. We reached Cape Town at the start of December and tucked Ambi away in storage in Stellenbosch. On 12th December I flew home and after watching my plane take off from the…

Mossel Bay to Alexander Bay…doing the West Coast

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We were 3 weeks at home before we were back on the road again. We drove from Mossel Bay to Witsand to say hello to the children. They have a very nice undercover area available for us to camp. Troi slept with us in our tent and loved having us there to wish him the best on his first day…

Nine Days in the Kgalagadi

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January 19-28, 2014

We spent nine days in the Kalahari, or the Kgalagadi if you prefer. I think most of the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is technically semi-desert rather than desert; it’s sandy and dry, but there is some vegetation (mostly grass) and occasional light rains.

There were two thunderstorms when we were there, and distant clouds almost always showed flickers…

Namibia: On the Coast

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Swakopmund
The road to Swakopmund is a grey, dusty road, surrounded by grey, dusty plains, and it goes on and on with hardly a bump or a curve to enliven it. Eventually, however, a sign for Swakopmund appears; and shortly afterwards a fork in the road, and an old museum with a train out front; and then, far to the…

Namibia: Two Deserts, No Dessert

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Jan. 3-8, 2014

The border crossing between Botswana and Namibia was astoundingly painless. When we entered Namibia, we pushed our passports across the counter to the official, who took Darren’s and began filling out the requisite paperwork. The woman at the exit counter opposite, where there was no line, got up and took my passport in order to speed up…

Kenya to Cape Town

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Ever wanted to do something so bad you’ll go to stupid lengths to get it done… well that just about sums up this trip.
Heading south from Kenya to Cape Town in a Beast of a Land Cruiser, this is my journey.
Ten leaving dos, tragic circumstances, engine repairs, convoy leaving without me, being hit by a bus, coincidences, heroes…

Further Travels in Botswana

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Dec. 27, 2013-Jan. 3, 2014
From Nata we were going to Maun, one of northern Botswana’s larger towns, but we took several detours on the way.
Chapman’s Baobab
I suppose Planet Baobab whetted our appetite for large trees, because we allowed ourselves to be lured thirty kilometres off the main road for this one. The track cut across flat, grassy…

No Festivities in Botswana

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Dec. 21-26, 2013
Our second pass through Botswana cut across the upper half of the country. We started at the Kazungula border post in the northeast and drove south to Nata, then cut west to Maun and north to Shakawe.

Our route through Botswana. Much of the country is sparsely populated desert, which is why there are relatively few roads.…

The Fate of the Bushmen

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Our route through Botswana was pleasingly obvious: we would enter via the north east border town of Kasane, traverse south west through the huge Chobe and Okovango National Parks, and then take a long straight road west through the Kalahari Desert and into Namibia. This path would take us through the wild north using off road tracks and safari trails,…

Final budget summary – Africa

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After much work, we finally have put together a budget summary from our amazing adventure.  We hope that you find it helpful in planning your own African adventure.
As a reminder, our adventure was broken into 2 stages:
Stage I: Europe and North Africa, October 2012 – February 2013

Europe was expensive to travel through, with high fuel prices, 3…

Namibia

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When we entered Namibia I was finally able to see if my loving and conscientious caring of “Jules the Malaria Patient” had paid off in Uganda by becoming ill. Some would argue that my affliction was even more dangerous and life-threatening than malaria, but this blog post, although belated, is proof that I am alive and have a constitution only…

25th November, Upington

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Yesterday, we bounced out of the Kalahari Desert into South Africa: The only country in Africa considered part of the first world. A land of fine wine, tough biltong, rugby, beautiful scenery and Charlize Theron. Even twitching is a cool pastime here, and the animal count includes everything from lions and rhinos to penguins and orcas.

A helpful overview… Purple is…

Namwi Island Resort

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We left Nambwa after spending a wonderful 3 days there and headed towards Katimo Mulilo, we were looking forward to visiting a place called Hippo Lodge, we had been going there for many years and were really looking forward to chilling in the bar on the mighty Zambezi.  We first stopped in at the Pick n Pay in Katimo to…

Nambwa Community Camp

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Nwamba Community campsite @R160 per night (2 nights)
We headed out and stopped at the local supermarket and bought a few softdrinks and then headed for the Garage to fill up the water tanks. The place was pumping with stacks of South African vehicles around buying a few supplies from the supermarket at the garage and filling up with fuel. …

Muhangu Lodge

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Mahangu Lodge @ R180 per night (3 nights)
We arrived to a lovely campsite on the river incidentally campsite number 3 and watched the elephants over the river in the afternoons.  It was wonderful to watch the Coucals playing in the reeds and the starlings going about making noise.  It was time for a long overdue oxtail so I got…

Khorab Safari Lodge

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Khorab Safari Lodge and campsite near Otavi @ R210 per night has only 2 campsites each with their own ablution and lapa with table and chairs and a braai.  It is an okay campsite close to the main road so extremely noisy and we woke many times during the night with trucks and vehicle all night.  We left after coffee…

Ngepi Camp

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Ngepi Camp @R190 per night (2 nights)
After phoning ahead after been turned away from Mahangu and Ngepi saying they could help us but only on a bush campsite for the night and a riverfront site the next day we decided to spend 2 nights there.  Upon arrival we checked in and were told that site 12 was ours for…

Sandton Craft Market

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It was opening day!  When we arrived, there were still powertools and powermen wandering around putting the finishing touches on the new Sandton Craft Market.  Not all the stalls were occupied yet, and the crowds hadn’t yet discovered the market, tucked away off Nelson Mandela Square next to the Sandton Library.
It gave us a chance to savour some of…

Apartheid Museum

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For years we have wanted to visit the Apartheid Museum, and we made it a priority this time.  It is an enormous museum, and while they suggest setting aside 2 hours for a visit, that certainly wasn’t nearly enough.

The temporary exhibition was about the life of Nelson Mandela, but unfortunately was laid out very badly, and we never worked…

Relaxing in Jozi

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Our time in Johannesburg – known as Jo’burg or nowadays even Jozi – has been an interesting mix of relaxing and active. Most importantly for us, though, was to rest and recover and catch-up on our sleep.
It is interesting to be in Jozi after travelling through Africa. It is such an interesting mix of African and western cultures, with…

Visits in Jozi

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After months on the road, we are quite enjoying the modern conveniences – a “normal” bed, a roof over our heads, our own bathroom, hot running water and internet access!  Our definition of luxury has changed over the year – it is incredible how easy it is to keep us happy now
It is carnet renewal time.  From the UK…

Botswana – Land of Giants

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We had been warned about long queues, being hassled by fixers, money changers and souvenir salesmen, and general African bureaucratic border bollocks when entering Botswana on the ferry from Zambia. Having some time to kill as we didn’t need to be at work the next day we thought we would risk it. About the only problem we had was having…

Catching up in Jozi

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And so our rest and recovery continues …
Despite the fact that we are in Jozi in early Summer, we haven’t been experiencing the typical scorching temperatures that we expected.  In fact, it has been on and off drizzle for a few days – exactly what the parched African landscape needs.  The most enjoyable of all – according to Viking…

Fact sheets added!

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We have now uploaded all the fact sheets from the countries we have visited so far.
Please download them and use them – that’s what they are there for
Enjoy!!…

31st October, Opuwo, Namibia

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I’m once again trying to write an entertaining blog post beneath the distracting cacophony of chirrups and tweets of the various beautiful birds fluttering around me. Needless to say we have now reached our penultimate country, Namibia, and as we expected, it is hot and a little less expected… stormy!

We crossed the border from Zambia to Botswana via the…

A Place of Dry Water

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Africa, a continent of magic. Often referred to as the “Birthplace of Humanity”, it is a land that has drawn me back again and again. Of the many fascinating regions of this vast continent, one of the most compelling is Etosha National Park, set in North-central Namibia. Etosha means “place of dry water”, an excellent description. The semi-arid savannah, full…

Namibian Nomads

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Our arrival in Namibia was inauspicious. Having taken the off road track from near Gunmare in Botswana (quite a bold move in wet season), we bumped and swerved our way to the small shack which marked the border. A brief view of register revealed no Brits had been this way in a year (kudos!), and after teaching the unfortunate army…

Time for R&R

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While we were in Augrabies, we realised that we were both exhausted.  Physically exhausted and mentally exhausted.
We had planned to continue onto a 4 days offroad trail along the Orange River, but when the reports we read talked about corrugations on the roads (just had 4 days of that in Kgalagadi) and talcum powder dust (had too many days…

Information updates: GPS waypoint files and visas

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We are working hard to add useful information to the blog – the sort of information that we would have loved to have when preparing for our adventure! Thanks to Viking Explorer, we have now added:
 
Visa information:
Please refer to our “Obtaining Visas” page for information about all the visas collected so far.  There is also a tab…