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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 country as they all had a little something …but I would have to say I […]

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 on my merry way down to the Wild Coast. I drove to Kokstad – great […]

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 headed into the hills above Pietermaritzburg, to Creighton, to be exact.  My truck’s dodgy lights made […]

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 my edge for fast moving city life, so hoping the pace in Zululand is a […]

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 at the luxurious Zebula Country Club. I hooked up with Sean Hensman from Adventure with Elephants. Sean’s […]

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 was unable to find on my GPS, zero airtime AND my car had started smoking […]

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! What a surprise, so comfortable I don’t think I need to go anywhere for a […]

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 like the roof tiles, lights and faucets, were imported from overseas. This remarkable establishment has […]

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 resembling an amphibian. By nightfall, frogs were everywhere and for at least a day, Marataba […]

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 a few kilometres away from Malawi. I began to panic and thought I’d missed the […]

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 trip to South Luangwa as the road is long and the driving tough – full […]

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 that we did the excursion in is an old but strong Land Rover that was […]

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 Point through the salt pans and then found ourselves on another planet – Animal Planet […]

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 sure why as Lisa (the owner) never has a problem starting it. Anyway, Leroux eventually […]

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 open a can of sardines last night but couldn’t find my can opener, so I’ve […]

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 certified and photocopied, the new tires for the car and the service, I am also […]

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 I have become a bit of a camera snob…a bit like one of those oh-so-irritating […]

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 North Africa – Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco. We were in a Land Cruiser that Pierre […]

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 school. I moved to Cape Town, started modelling, and entered a jet-setter world of grace, […]