Traveling without a detailed itinerary can be exciting and the best way to experience a country. It can also be foolish and even downright dangerous, as we learned on our recent trip to Lesotho.
Wedged between Zimbabwe on one side and South Africa on the other, the Tuli Block is a narrow strip of land on the south-eastern edge of Bostwana. It is where we finished up our Botswana road trip, and despite the crippling effects of a drought, it is also where we had some of our most exciting animals encounters to date.
My favorite African animal is the rhinoceros, so I was very excited that our first night’s stay in Botswana was that the Khama Rhino Sanctuary. Khama is a wildlife sanctuary east of the Kalahari that is committed to saving the quickly vanishing rhino.
There is a place in the middle of Botswana that is unlike anywhere else on earth. It covers an area the size of Connecticut, and it is as featureless and devoid of life as the surface of the moon. These are the Makgadikgadi Pans, one of the largest salt flats on earth. It is also where we spent a night as far removed from the rest of world as is possible on this planet. Continue reading “Makgadikgadi Pans”
I have struggled to describe the places we saw in Namibia without resorting to comparing them to other places, both real and fictional. So for this last installment, I am just going to give in to the urge, in the hopes that it helps provide a sense of the amazing places we visited.
Lüderitz is as unlikely a town as they come. Wedged between the endless sand desert and and vast Atlantic ocean, it is a fisherman’s town with the facade of a Bavarian village.
Southern Namibia is home to the most desolate, dramatic, and stunning landscapes I have ever seen. It is a land of contrasts, where German influences blend with African culture, where the desert collides with the sea. As we travelled around the country, it truly felt as though we had reached a hidden corner of the earth, or had landed on a different planet altogether. I could not get enough of this surreal place.
Driving from South Africa to southern Mozambique is an awesome adventure and a great way to experience the country. But in order to have a relaxing holiday and avoid becoming stranded in the wilderness, a good deal of preparation is required. I’m not much of a planner, but luckily I’m married to one. Here are a few hints that we learned along the way to make your trip as smooth and enjoyable as ours was.
When you cross the border from South Africa into Southern Mozambique, the roads don’t just get bad. They cease to exist, along with potable tap water, grocery stores, and many of the other modern conveniences that we enjoy in South Africa. So too does the stress and commercialization that comes along with life in a relatively developed country. Instead, you’ll find natural beauty, lovely people, and a slower, more relaxed pace of life.
Cici and I had an incredible time in Mozambique last weekend. This video provides a small taste of the adventures we enjoyed. Check back soon for Cici’s full account of sandy beaches, grilled prawns, the boozy local cocktail, and our 4×4 escapades in the country with a machine gun on its flag.