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.

Sep 5, 2018

Beautiful Rainbow of Chaos – Zimbabwe

Those who expect to reap the blessings of freedom must…
undergo the fatigue of supporting it.

Thomas Paine

Two Shona rondavels near the Great Zimbabwe ruins
hidden among large boulders 265 feet above
A World Heritage Site since 1986, built in pre-colonial times
I asked our driver Patrick; how old he was.  It fit the conversation at the time, family, kids, average life expectancy, health, etc.  He said, very matter-of-factly, that he didn’t know.  He could be 58, 59, or 60 depending whether he listened to his sister, his school, or his internal clock.  His deceased mother didn’t keep records.  To Kenyans and probably most Africans, this is not that important and many times when that question is asked of older generations, they just brush it off or give an answer they think you expect, not necessarily a true one.

Jul 17, 2018

Malawi – Land, Malawi – Inland Sea, Warm Heart of Africa

Diplomacy is the art of saying ‘nice doggie’
until you can find a rock.

Will Rogers

Pumping water with Malawi girls
After about 15 gallons I was toast
Malawi, two-third land and one-third water thanks to Lake Malawi, the ninth largest lake in the world, clear proof of the immense size of the Great Rift Valley!  ‘Discovered’ in 1859 by the British missionary-explorer David Livingstone who called it ‘The Lake of Stars’ referring to the thousands of fishing boats adorned with small prow lanterns, drifting across this ‘Inland Sea’ at night. 

Jul 4, 2018

The Allure of a New Ocean

I want to do to you
what springs does with cherry trees.

Pablo Neruda

Uluguru mountains, Morogoro, Tanzania

We see ads everywhere claiming, ‘It is the ultimate earning machine!’ – What could it be?  Is it mysterious?  Have you guessed yet?