Nov 2, 2018

Remembering 60,000 Forced Goodbyes – South Africa

Sometimes I see the face and not the soul.

Shawn Colvin

Cape Agulhas 1849 lighthouse. 
Most southern on the African continent.
From the large city of Nairobi, Kenya, we end our trip in another city virtually the same size (3+ millions) but with a vastly different feel = Cape Town, South Africa.  After ten+ weeks and nearly 9,000 miles (14,500 km), we have crisscrossed ten countries; been on eleven safaris; exposed to the atrocities of the Rwanda genocide; seen the source of the Nile, the longest river in the world; been drenched by Victoria Falls, one of the seven natural wonders; drifted over the smooth waters of the Okavango Delta; witnessed the beginning of the largest wildebeests and zebras migration in the Serengeti; boarded down tall sand dunes; saw incredible sceneries and met kindhearted people everywhere we went.  

Oct 14, 2018

Just Dune It – Namibia

Admit your errors before someone else exaggerates them. 

Andrew V. Mason, MD

Spitzkoppe (pointed dome), the incredible ‘Matterhorn’ of Namibia
And we continue our journey along the nearly endless sand dunes of Namibia.  Although infrequent plants poke through the sandy landscape, it doesn’t feel empty or without life.  I feel like it speaks to me on a different level.  Sparseness doesn’t equal emptiness or lack of meaning.  It evokes a sense of smallness and humility, a sense of respect and appreciation, a sense of peace and quiet, much needed in today’s world.  We are in the heart of the great sand sea of Namibia, land of superlatives.  I smell salty air even though I am surrounded by sand… miles from water, it is a bit surreal…

Oct 8, 2018

How Many Horns Are On Your Grave? – Namibia

The answers you get depend upon the questions you ask.

Thomas Kuhn

Himba woman wearing an ‘erembe’ (crown) on her head
Sculpted from cow or goat leather, worn once married or with first child
Various loin-skirts hanging on wall behind her
In Africa, donkeys are ubiquitous.  Carrying rowdy kids, the accidental bug-searching-birds, or supplies on their overused swaybacks, they move slowly along roads with no guides in sight.  Some are tied together by the neck, others left to roam singly, all casually eating as they go, none resting.  Their mellowness makes me want to slow down and take more time experiencing each of the African scenes developing along the seemingly endless road to Namibia.

Sep 11, 2018

Sanctuary for the Senses – Botswana

Why settle for a five-star hotel…
…when you can sleep under a thousand-star sky?

Loesje

Pair of baobabs at sunset – Okavango Delta
Seldom mentioned as a place of tourism, Botswana is the ‘safari purist’s paradise’.  Government guidelines of ‘high quality – low impact’ or ‘low volume – high value’, allow for a wonderful and authentic wild experience to anyone visiting.  They are one of the staunchest supporters of environmental policies in the world.   

Sep 10, 2018

It Is Not About Aphrodisiacs – Zimbabwe

Be extraordinary, enjoy the ordinary.

Unknown

White rhinos protected 24/7 by armed guards with shoot to kill policy
Baby will stay with mom for three years
Leaving behind the lions with captivating personalities and the stately Great Zimbabwe Ruins; we hike to see white rhinos and San (replacing the pejorative term for bushmen) cave paintings; we drive to the famous Victoria Falls with their incredible surroundings; and we observe a rarely seen lion kill while preparing to kayak the Zambezi River.