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.
Back in May, we visited the Bushbabies Monkey Sanctuary just out side of Hartbeespoort, North West Provice with Rebecca and our nephew Jacob. Set in an enclosed forest on the side of an escarpment, the sanctuary is home to dozens of squirrel monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchins, and lemurs. Most of the residents were rescued from the illegal pet trade, or adopted from homes of owners who got tired of having a monkey around the house. They were cute, curious, endlessly entertaining, and most of all, mischievous.
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.
We have been off the grid for the last few weeks on a Zimbabwean safari with Spencer’s parents and siblings. It was a trip of a lifetime, and I am so excited to share it all. The adventure started at the seventh natural wonder of the world, Victoria Falls.
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.
There is only one way to reach the town of Luderitz by car. It is a 125 km drive west from the nearest town of Aus, and for the entire length of that drive, there is virtually nothing but sand as far as the eye can see.