What an exciting weekend we’ve just had! A relaxing country getaway, a charming old mining town, and a quick safari – we did a lot in just 3 days. Continue reading “Weekend Wanders”
My parents made the big trip out to visit us, and we didn’t let them have a moment of rest. As they had already been to South Africa twice before, we decided to take them along on a road trip to Botswana. For two days, we drove north through the middle of the country, across the Kalahari Desert. It was the end of winter, the dry season, and the great Kalahari was desperately parched. The landscape was nothing but flat, dusty plains as far as the eye could see. We would go hours without passing a single town, the only signs of life being forlorn donkeys and cattle, and even they looked achingly thirsty.
1000 years ago, a city formed where no city had existed before. On the top of a steep rocky outcropping, a king lived with his many wives.
Each day in Hwange National Park, we were woken up before sunrise and led out on a walking safari through the bush. Our guide Thembe led the way, with a rifle at the ready, and the rest of us followed behind in single file.
On the western edge of Zimbabwe there is a place that that it is literally teeming with wildlife. Hwange National Park, the second stop on our Zimbabwean Safari, is the epitome of African wildness.
If South Africa is known for only one thing, it is the incredible wildlife that roam its lands. Yet in the four months since Spencer and I moved here, we had yet to spot much more than lizards and house pets in the city. So with the arrival of my sister and nephew, it was time to head into the bush.