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Africa 2013.

This post will be an introduction to the almost two months we spent in Africa. I really do not know where or even how to start. I could cop out and say, “OK, I will start at the beginning”  but I do not want this to be just a narrative.

Africa, in case your geography is bad, is really big. This was my fifth trip to the continent and I have yet to see but a bit of it.

map of Africa

This illustration should go a long way to convince you just how big Africa really is.

Our flight from the UAE took is to Johannesburg, South Africa.  We arrived just a couple of days after Nelson Mandela was put on life support in Pretoria.

Madiba

This statue of Madiba (Mandela’s tribal name) is in the Joburgh airport. It was the first of many we saw in the country. He is wearing an iconic Mandela shirt.

We got to know the Joburgh airport pretty well. Our flight path went Joburgh/Windhoek, Namibia/Joburgh/Livingston, Zambia/Joburgh, then a lot of overland until we were back in Joburgh and flew to Capetown, then back to Joburgh and back to the UAE.

In between all these flights we saw impressive landscapes.

Sossusviel

A huge sand dune in the Namib desert in a place called Sossusviel. This is just one of hundred of huge impressive dunes.

Awe inspiring natural wonders.

Victoria Falls

A very small portion of one of the seven wonders of the world, Victoria Falls

More mammals than I could count.

lions in Kapama

Lions in the Kapama Private Game Preserve

And we were treated to  many many beautiful species of birds.

 

I believe this is a Martial Eagle

This is an African Fish Eagle.

We crossed some memorable lines.

Tropic of Capricorn, Namibai

This crossing was in Namibia.

We also got to an end of the earth.

Cape of Good Hope

The Cape of Good Hope became an instant scratch off on my bucket list. I cannot count how many times I read about it in history books and novels. Being there was quite a moving experience.

We also drank a whole bunch of beers.

Bone Crusher Darling beer

This brew, called Bone Crusher Darling was one of many to be had at the South African brewing museum.

We danced with the natives.

We went to a village and participated in the ceremony of the hunt. The songs they sang had the best Bass section I have evr heard.

We went to a village and participated in the ceremony of the hunt. The songs they sang had the best Bass section I have ever heard.

And we spent a whole lot of money.

ZImbabwe money

Yup, Trillion, with a T.

 

So this post is just a brief introduction to our Summer in Africa, 2013. I am planning about a dozen more.

At this point I would like to thank Southern Eagle Travel and Tours and ATI Holidays because they both took very good care of us. I highly recommend both of them, and I am not paid to do this.

Stay tuned and I will take you on a vicarious safari and hopefully you will book one yourselves someday.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2 Responses so far.

  1. stefania says:

    I desired to thank an individual for this great read!! My partner and i definitely enjoying every little bit of it I have you bookmarked to check out new stuff an individual post

  2. Charles Freman says:

    Thanks for sharing this journey with us. I have been living vicariously through your various posts and photos.

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