Blogs from Africa - page 11


Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town May 4th 2015

Waking up on our last morning in Cape Town was kind of disappointing, partly because we had 1 day left to see the infamous Table Mountain and it was cloudy. Table Mountain is one of the highest vantage points in Cape Town sitting at 3500 feet and is one of the most photographed icons of the city. This is a mountain were you would prefer seeing it on a clear day. There are two ways you can get to the top of this mountain, one being a 3 hour hike to the top, or a short five minute ride on their famous areal cableway. The only problem being if the weather or wind changes the cableway will stop running and you will be forced to hike down, or sit patiently for it to reopen. Table Mountain ... read more

Africa » Kenya » Rift Valley Province » Naivasha May 4th 2015

Not an overly exciting week, so here's a short one... Sunday May 3rd Not much going on .. Typical day back - did some laundry and hit up olive for a light lunch of samosas and beers. Monday/Tuesday Walked into the slum a few times this week with beatrice… she gets a lot of chatty friends to the point where I had to ask if she just knew everyone or what - turns out they're mostly asking her if I'm her new husband. Especially weird for guys to help women, so me carrying the cabbages and falling as I walk up a slippery mud hill certainly helped seal the deal in their minds that I'm clearly in love with her haha… Wednesday Headed into nairobi around 9 to get to the Indian embassy with Girl. She ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town » Camps Bay May 3rd 2015

Today we had no real plans to do anything in particular. At breakfast we discussed taking the hop on and hop off bus tour as it headed around the entire city. You know, the big large red double decker ones, where you can't help but look touristy. I had never been on one before and Jared mentioned only experiencing it once in London. As always the price was reasonable and it stopped at some of the stops we were interested in seeing. One in particular was Table Mountain. Lucky for us the bus stopped right by where we were staying so it was extremely convenient. Once on the bus we thought instead of Table Mountain we should go to Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens to see the new Canopy Tree Walk that was just built and completed ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Eastern Cape » Port Alfred May 3rd 2015

Een blog over mijn 21 dagen durende roadtrip van 10 April tot 30 April die via Route 62 naar Kaapstad leidde en via de Gardenroute terug naar Port Alfred. Dag 1. Samen met 8 meiden; Naomi, Milène, Jenneke, Cheryl, Eileen, Jentine, Elisa en Hester en ik op roadtrip geweest. 10 April vertrokken we vanuit Port Alfred, op naar onze eerste stop: Jeffery’s Bay. Met 2 witte VW Polo’s reden we over de bekende wegen langs Port Elizabeth naar Jeffery’s Bay. We verbleven hier in Ubuntu backpackers. Het voelde nog niet echt als vakantie omdat we allemaal eigenlijk al een keer in Jeffery’s Bay waren geweest voor een weekendje weg. ’s Middags hebben we lekker op het strand gelegen en boodschappen gedaan voor een lekkere braai ’s avonds in het hostel. Dag 2. Lekker een ontbijtje in ... read more
Bij de struisvogelboerderij
Struisvogel voeren

Africa » Malawi » Southern » Cape Maclear May 3rd 2015

Dag iedereen, Wij zijn uiteraard altijd op zoek naar de meest afgelegen bestemmingen, maar wij hadden nooit verwacht dat Malawi zoooooo afgesloten was ! Op vele plaatsen gewoon geen elektriciteit en internetverbindingen zijn ook maar sporadisch voorhanden. Wij zullen ons uiterste best doen om wat foto's op de blog te krijgen. Plannetje hierboven geeft slechts een ruw idee van onze trip. (Gecorrigeerd 16/05/2015) Voor meer verhalen zullen jullie even langer geduld moeten hebben :) If you want to understand how it works overhere, you will have to stop thinking like an European... It took me 10 years! (Patrick) Vrijdag 24 april 2015 : Vertrek Zaterdag 25 april 2015 : Aankomst in Lilongwe Patrick, onze begeleider, komt ons in de luchthaven oppikken. “It doe... read more

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini May 2nd 2015

A brief insight into my travel partner for the second half of my travels in Tanzania: During my week in Mwanza I met a man named Gudlak (pronounced “Good Luck”) who was assisting with the acute care clinic. Gudlak is the man. He is 32 years old and was born and raised in Arusha, Tanzania. He supports his daughter, parents, and various nieces and nephews by doing seasonal survey work in the bush for Rutgers University. He traveled to Mwanza with a friend of his who had studied anthropology at said university and was associated with Lighthouse Medical Missions. Seeking to improve my Swahili and learn more about this intriguing guy I started chatting him up whenever I got the chance and soon found that he used to lead climbs up Kilimanjaro as well. I shared ... read more

Africa » Swaziland » Manzini May 2nd 2015

Safari I’d like to preface this post by saying that I wrote this in a huge rush and weeks after the fact. It’s basically just word vomit. This is essentially the case for every blog that I post and I hate that I don’t have the writing ability or the time to really do these experiences justice (the main reason I never posted for the couple of months I was in Mexico). If it wasn’t for my responsibility to inform all of my generous donors about what I’m up to I’m sure I’d be too frustrated and distracted to write about this trip as well. So that being said, if you’d really like to hear about anything specific or get a less garbled account of my time in Africa, or Mexico for that matter, just ask ... read more
Some strange, long-necked animal...
"Mzungu becomes African"
Serengeti Selfie

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town May 2nd 2015

As we checked out of our hotel, we drove down the main street of Franschhoek and noticed a street market that was going on. So we parked and decided to take a walk on the streets for shopping and culture. The market was really cute, they had stands set up, as well as food and coffee available. There was even a DJ playing Kenny Rogers and Dolly Parton. After an hour or so we decided to make our way to Camps Bay. Once we arrived at Camps Bay we realized that we were the only guests staying at our boutique hotel, Vetho Villa. This boutique hotel is right off the main drag and has approximately 7 rooms. We originally booked a small room, but convinced the receptionists to show us all the rooms and in the ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Franschhoek May 1st 2015

First off I have a correction to make. I quoted gallons for gas which should have been liters. It was still reasonably priced but completely different. Sorry for the error. Today we are headed off to the Winelands, in particular a place called Franschhoek. Along the way we stopped at St James Beach to take a picture of the colorful beach huts located on the beach. We have no idea why there are so many of these huts on the beach, maybe to store items, surf boards, or even rescue gear. There is a huge Surf School that was located across the street, and we saw about a hundred surfers braving the cold shark infested water. After taking a few pictures on St James Beach we headed north on the skirts of what is called the ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Plettenberg Bay April 30th 2015

I peered out the window as we drove past the impoverished townships on the Cape Flats. Smoke was billowing out of a cluster of corrugated iron shacks, adding to the brown haze sitting directly above the slums. The haze was almost symbolic – a ceiling of pollution trapping the inhabitants below in their poverty. What greeted me in Stellenbosch was almost the complete opposite. Here was a leafy suburbia of manicured, tree-lined avenues dripping with wealth. It was like what you’d imagine if the golf club at Augusta was extrapolated into a town. Stellenbosch is famous chiefly for two things; the vineyards that surround it, and the university that makes up half the town. I felt like I had been dropped into an American college campus town, the sort that you’d might see on American Pie. ... read more
Stark Conde Estate
Lookout Beach, Plettenberg Bay

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