A new post for a new adventure! Well overdue. Not that I haven’t had many adventures since 2013 – just the adventures have been a little more dispersed and there are several posts owing here – very outstanding, you might say. But never too late to resume and what better than a trip to Heliboogie 2017! Will be meeting my sis there to watch our lil’ brother do his thing….. to give you a preview, here is Simon at 2’15” in the bright orange squirrel suit, in last year’s Heliboogie.
I have wanted to climb Mt Kilimanjaro since I can’t remember when, and I have no idea why. Possibly something to do with the many documentaries on Africa I watched as a child. Long before I went trekking in Nepal or climbed in the Andes, Kili was on my list of things I really hoped to do one day. Well the day came! Continue reading →
Ever since I read Paul Theroux’s Dark Star Safari, I have wanted to travel on the Tazara Express – the railway line from Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania to Kampiri Mposhi in Zambia, built by the Chinese in the early 1970’s. Whenever I mentioned this to anyone in Kenya, I was promptly told I was mad and given a zillion reasons why I should NOT take this train. It was deemed unsafe and unreliable and I was sure to get robbed! The trip could take anything from 2 days to a week, depending on how many times the train derails! Continue reading →
Was I scared? Hell yes! The Microlite is really a hang glider with a lawn mower on the back! You are just dangling there in the open air, wobbling about. It feels terribly flimsy! My adrenaline was racing and my body tense the entire time, but I highly recommend it! Continue reading →
I am so far behind with my posts, having climbed Mt Kilimanjaro and visited Zanzibar, travelled across Tanzania and Zambia on the Tazara Express, flown over the Victoria Falls in a Microlight and been on a river cruise in Chobe National Park in Botswana….. but I will put this one up for now — it is today’s little adventure, on Livingstone Island, at the top of the Victoria Falls, but best not watch it if you are scared of heights!. Enjoy!!
Sitting in the airport café, Ruth says to me “Don’t you think it a bit ominous there is a black out in an international airport? Too true – aren’t airports supposed to be secured against such things? Isn’t’ an emergency generator supposed to kick in at some point? I pondered the effects this might have on the control tower, but before I had time to dwell on this point, a loud “fuck” echoed across the café. We both glanced across at a well-dressed white businessman typing away on his laptop in the booth next to us. No – surely not! But yes – there it came again: “Fuck”! Or was it “farck”? No – definitely “Fuck” with a long drawn out American vowel and the volume to match. Continue reading →
I was very lucky to enjoy an exciting three days of outdoor adventure activities together with 60 year 10 students from Brookhouse International school, where I have been staying as a guest. We set out on Friday morning and after driving along very bumpy, pothole ridden roads, we arrived at the Savage Wilderness Camp in time for lunch. What a beautiful surprise it was! Right from the moment I arrived and saw the lush green idyllic grounds along the banks of the fast moving Tana River, to the moment I left, completely exhausted, I was super impressed. Continue reading →