Happy Birthday Jenna from Chobe River, Botswana

It was rather exciting to know that one year ago my daughter was exactly where I am now.  I decided to make this video message for her 25th birthday. The video features a walk around the Victoria FAlls then on an outing to Chobe National Park, first on a river cruise and then on safari.  This involved going through a spot where 4 countries meet – remarkable!  Also I have never seen so many hippos in all my life or been so close to any!  Enjoy! Chobe National Park is very special!

 

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Victoria Falls from the air

IMG_0710Was 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

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Fun on the Zambezi River

Joyce about to boardApart from visiting the Victoria Falls, I had a lot of fun on the Zambezi River.  The Sunset Cruise, known more commonly as “The Booze Cruise” was wonderful.  The cost was $60US which included great food and as much as you could drink in the 3 hours we were on the water. I am not kidding! I enjoyed gin & tonics all the way. Continue reading

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On the EDGE!! Livingstone Island

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!!

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Gorillas in Uganda: a lifelong dream fulfilled…

MVI_1012Sitting 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

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Tsavo East National Park

IMG_0683“Jambo!”

I slowly opened my eyes and looked up through thick fly wire netting sown into a heavy green canvas window, momentarily confused about where I was.  A wide toothy grin on the face of a young man greeted me with another “Jambo” whilst pouring tea into a white cup and saucer on a small table outside.  “Jambo” I replied sleepily, “Mzuri”. Continue reading

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Nairobi National Park

IMG_0198What is so amazing about Nairobi National Park is how close it is to the city!  It is quite surreal taking photographs of giraffes and rhinos in the wild with city buildings in the background.  What foresight it was to have set aside this precious land for the wildlife. Continue reading

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