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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 […]

Reaching Mozambique

Grim faces woke up in the early morning of what had been a very wonderful few days’ sail up the coast. None of us really wanted to really believe it, but our engine had again stopped working, and we were now at the mercy of the wind and currant, sitting just shy of our destination […]

Great Ruins of Zimbabwe

Date: December 2012, 22nd –24th Location: Great Zimbabwe Ruins Today I went to see the Great Ruins of Zimbabwe. They are beautiful large structures of mortar-less walls dating back to the 11th century. A must-see if you are in the vicinity, but make sure to take a guide as there is little on offer in […]

Lo Entropy and the Crew are Back in the Game!

Expeditions have a way of bringing out a side of people that we might not see otherwise, and which renew our faith in each other time and again. They bring out the selfless actions that expect no reciprocation, people that are willing to go out of their way to lend a hand, often at their […]

In Love with Lake Malawi

Location: Lake Malawi Date: December 2012, 1st-5th After a 6am start I reached the Zambia/Malawi border crossing. It was a relatively easy process but I did discover the hard way that there is no getting around paying for the third party insurance which they sell at the border. I thought it unnecessary since I have travel […]

Head to Head with Zambezi Sharks

Having faced an uphill battle in our first two weeks, our luck has begun to change. We have identified the problems with the engine and we have acquired a very talented cameraman. Richard is from the Good Picture Company, making all of us look good and adding a wonderful energy into the team. We have […]

Facing Into the Storm

After a delayed start, we’d eventually loaded everyone and everything onto the vessel in the bluff harbour. The excitement of beginning our adventure could hardly be quelled by anything. At least that’s what we thought… We sailed out of the harbour, perched contentedly on the bow with the Durban stadium lights behind us.  After such […]

The Amazing Bats of Kasanka National Park

17th-21st November Having spent one brief night at Stanley Safaris I was yet again on my way, this time up to Lusaka (guided by the garmin as there is still no sign of my map). The drive was a feast for the eyes – roadside stalls selling crafts, and veggies, fruit trees brimming with fruits […]

Thieves, Chiefs and Okavango dreaming!

9th -14th  November  A spot of bad luck. One of the great things about this road trip is seeing how the terrain changes. Heading into the Kavango region and things are looking a lot greener than the warm hues I left behind. Unfortunately, all this beauty has been slightly marred by theft. In Rundu, a […]

What does it take to plan an expedition?

Expeditions are never easy, no matter how romanticised they seem. Some examples of comments we recieve when we talk about what we are doing: ‘Oh boy, sound’s like an amazing adventure’, ‘You are going to have so much fun’ or ‘I wish I could come along’. All this is true, but only in part. Anyone […]

In search of the Cinderella Waxbill

4th  – 8th November – Northward! I’m moving on to greener pastures these days, heading up north to the Kunene River on the Angolan border. Did I mention the veterinary fence? It runs from the ocean all the way into Botswana. It’s a badly maintained, roughly 60 year old fence which elephants knock down periodically. […]

Talking technology

“It’s not that we use technology, we live technology “ – Godfrey Reggio What really makes technology so fun is it’s ability to take an idea and evolve it into action. Don’t get me wrong – that is probably also its downfall, the scope it has to be both terrific and terrifying at the same […]

The Human Ocean expedition begins!

Beneath the warm coastal waters of tropical and subtropical East Africa lie some of the richest coral reefs in the world. Spanning many hundreds of kilometres, they’re home to an incredible array of fish communities and support millions of people surviving off the coastline. Within these systems are large networks of marine protected areas (MPA’s), […]

Life-changing moments in the presence of a rhino, a giraffe and the Himba

Day 15: October 28 – Sleeping under the stars! Today we drove out to the camel patrol team from Save the Rhino Trust, who’s job is to spend three weeks in the bush and one week back home. They are a nomadic group who set up camp and monitor the rhinos’ movements while ensuring their […]

Bush Cooking, Ancient Carvings and Saving the Rhino!

25th October – Day 11 – Trying to cook in an Eco-cushion… I drove up to Twyfelfontein, and had my first real solo camping experience. While I’m not too jacked up on my camping skills these days, I did travel for 9 months on a motorcycle through Australia and New Zealand and we camped every […]

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 […]

Inspired by Sossusvlei

The amazing solitude of Namibia – particularly the Sossusvlei – has inspired me beyond explanation. And so I’ve put down a few of my favourite quotes, paired with images from my journey through the vlei. It sums things up far better than I could in words. Enjoy! “Why has the pleasure of slowness disappeared? Ah […]

Sossusvlei: Playing in the dunes!

19th October: Day 5 – Arriving in Sossusvlei… I woke early, packed the car and for some reason looked up at the roof rack to see how all the things on the roof were doing. Lucky I looked as the ratchet strap around the two tyres had come loose. I went on to the roof […]

Wild horses couldn’t drag me away!

Here are a bunch of photos from my encounter with the wild horses of Aus in Namibia. These horses have adapted over the years to the extreme Namib conditions. There are various theories as to how these horses ended up here in the first place, as they are not endemic to the area. The most […]

7 questions to ask when planning a safari in South Africa

Planning a safari can be a daunting task. There are countless places to go, lodges, parks and tours on offer, so making a decision is not always as easy as one two three. Here are a few common questions and answers to help narrow down your search. Is it better to visit a private reserve […]

I do Africa: the best and worst of times

Somewhere along the silent mass of Nile water flowing all the way to Egypt, something snapped. Maybe it was the time we were spending with our overlanding friends, and what is to us their magnitude of comfort and gadgets, or maybe it was just time. Whatever the reason and despite our happiness to be back […]

Africa Geographic Art Safari

Africa Geographic reader Sara Glendinning recently participated in one of our Art Safaris in Botswana – here’s what she had to say about it…

Frikkie reaches the top of Everest!

The summit with Vaughan at last! Well, there it is. More than 12 months ago, Frikkie decided that he would be the first Wild Dog to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and all his efforts were finally crowned with success on the morning of 24 May 2010 at 8:00 when he stood on top […]

Frikkie nears the summit

Frikkie contemplates yet another bowl of soup. All else being equal it seems as if the summit is within the team’s grasp, all the preparatory work having been done. Hopefully the summit will be ours on 24 May 2010 (the same day Sean and I summitted in 2006). It has been a long, hard slog […]

Frikkie meets donkey en route to summit

Frikkie meets Burro Maybe it was chemical but they never really got on – Frikkie and Burro, that is. Burro is a Mexican donkey (see above) also going for the summit of Everest without oxygen. The two of them literally bumped into each other in the streets of Zhangmu during the team’s recent R and […]

Frikkie reaches the North Col (7050 m)

Checking out Camp 2 from the North Col.   The last day at Base Camp before our second rotation was interesting to say the least. Everyone in the team (*or* so we thought) had taken a shower, knowing full well that we would not be able to do so for the next week *or* so. […]

Frikkie’s Amazing Everest Adventure update

First view of Everest The team took on provisions in Shegatse for Base Camp. An interesting experience – plenty of frenetic activity and animated bargaining. Frikkie has a voracious appetite particulary for meat, always studiously avoiding his vegetables. As a result he was not allowed at the meat market (see picture) as it would simply […]

Frikkies Great Everest Adventure – a message from Vaughan

12 Apr, 10 – 07:02 Lhasa is now a memory and a particularly favourable one for Frikkie as he really did enjoy himself on his last night there, partaking of a traditional Tibetan meal followed by a show of Tibetan dancing. His third helping of fried sheep’s lung did raise eyebrows, however. “Don’t knock it […]