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Reflecting back on my journey through Southern Africa

In order to bring full closure to my blog series,  Africa Geographic contacted me asking me a few questions about my time on the road. These were my answers:  Favourite country you visited?  Wow, it’s so hard to choose one

The last leg of my epic journey

Date: 30th January I awoke to a cold, windy, wet Lesotho, it has rained all night but am hoping the road is not too slippery. My car wouldn’t start and eventually I had to use jumper cables but was soon

SA’s rarest birds and Africa’s highest pub

Date: 26th January 2013 I only have 7 days left till I am back with my spawn, very aware I need to make the best of these last few days of no responsibility and peace and quite. Leaving Zululand behind I

Raconteurs, mad artists and so much to see!

Date: 21th January 2013 So I left Johannesburg – or “Jozi” (named after me of course) – at sparrow and headed out to the hectic highways with the morning traffic, countless speedy Gautengers and me. I think I have lost

Up close and personal with Elephants

Date: 18th January 2013 After my relaxing stay at the awesome Limpopo Lipadi Game Reserve in Botswana I followed  Simon and Lizz into South Africa and left them on the N1 highway, turning off to Bela-Bela where I am staying

It's Raining Wild Dogs and African Bullfrogs at Botswana's Limpopo Lipadi Game Reserve!

Date: 14th-17th January 2013 Location: Limpopo Lipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana I left Grasslands Lodge and drove to Planet Baobab (Gweta area) for the night, a half way stop off to Limpopo Lipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve in

Botswana's Beautiful Beasts and Bushmen

Date: 6th to 12th January 2013 Location: Maun, Botswana to western central Kalahari, Botswana I arrived in Maun at around 16h30ish where I was meant to be meeting my friend Mike Penman.  I had no address, a few key locations that I

New Year's Eve at Victoria Falls and Botswana's Beautiful Makgadikgadi Pans

Date: 30th Dec 2012 – 5th January 2013 Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana So I arrived at the the Stanley & Livingstone safari lodge, to be greeted by super friendly staff and checked into the… Honeymoon suite!

Christmas Spent 'Rocking Out' in Zimbabwe

I arrived at The Bulawayo Club – an ex- gentlemen’s club turned boutique hotel, situated in the heart of historic Bulawayo. It was built for those successful businessmen, miners and ranchers among the then settler community. The materials for fittings

It's Raining Reptiles and Amphibians!

After 11 months we finally got what we were all waiting for – our first big rains! Sixty millimeters of sweet rain in a welcome downpour was more than enough to stir the souls of any self-respecting animalcule even remotely

In search of Mozambique’s Green-Headed Oriole and Camping out at Zimbabwe’s Chilojo Cliffs

Date: December 2012, 14th to 21st. Location: Mozambique’s Gorongosa National Park to Zimbabwe’s Gonarezhou National Park The most wonderful thing about this trip is the surprises it has in store for me. Just when I am doubting myself and thinking of

Mozambique, Island Style

Date: December 2012, 5th-14th Location: Mozambique, Medjumbe Island After leaving Lake Malawi I headed towards Mozambique. Normally when crossing a border, the two countries’ border posts are next door to each other. In this case the Mozambique border post is

Hungry Elephants and the Fruits of Temptation

Location: Mkushe, Zambia to South Luangwa National Park, Zambia. Date: November 2012, 25-30th  I left Kapishya early-ish to get on the road headed to Mkushi where I stayed at the Forest Inn for a night. I needed to break up the

The many creatures of the Namib Desert

Day 10: October 24th – A day bashing around the desert… So I went on an absolutely fascinating tour with one of the most enthusiastic persons I have met in a long time. Tommy, from Tommy’s Desert Tours. The car

Paddling with the seals in Walvis Bay!

Day 9: October 23rd  – A wet n’ wild day! Today I woke up and drove back to Walvis Bay to meet up with Jean Meintjes – my guide for the morning. We took a 40km drive out to Pelican’s

Thoughts of Cancer while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn

Day 7: October 21st 2012 – Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn… I packed up the Land Cruiser in the morning but couldn’t start it. This has happened to me a couple of times since I started driving her, I’m not

Namibia: Land of Diamonds, Ghosts and Oysters

Day 3: October 17th 2012 – Exploring Diaz Point I’ve decided I need to work out a system in my car – I don’t know where anything is and to find small things is a huge mission! I wanted to

Ready for lift-off: Packing up and learning to drive a 4 x 4!

The last couple of weeks heading up to departure (the 14th of October) have been slightly chaotic and quite confusing. I have always been one to put too much on my plate. Besides all the paper-work that needed to be

My life as a photographer

I started taking photographs in 1982, my first camera was a little Bell and Howell half frame. It was my first love. I love cameras. Not only do I feel comfortable behind the lens but I feel safe too. I suppose

The story behind my story

In my last post I told you about my first husband, Pierre, the photographer who died from an aneurism while out running on the streets of Paris. Well, just a couple of years before that tragic incident, we travelled across

Josie Borain in Africa

My name is Josie Borain. I’ve been a wife, a widow, a divorcee, a supermodel, a photographer and a mother. I was born in ’63, grew up in a leafy white suburb in Johannesburg, and I was never very good at

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