Blogs from Africa - page 12


Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Merzouga October 14th 2015

Budik nastaveny na 6/30 ale nakoniec padam z postele o 7/00. Zachod moc nesplachuje,no co uz, budu mat na mna spomienku. Rano premavka na ceste ziadna, dve auta,ani jedno sa nadomnou nezlutovalo a nezastalo mi. Skusam stopnut skolsky bus (na neakom fore som cital,ze zastavuju ludom), sofer len zamaval rukou a nic. Toto gesto znamena,ze ma nemoze zobrat, pouzivaju ho skoro vsetci, vratane taxikarov. Po 20.min slapania konecne dalsie auto. Zastavuje mi moderny jeep. Vodicom je miestny guide, ktory vezie svojho kamosa do mesta do skoly. Cestou sme videli jedno auto v priekope. Vysadzaju ma pri hoteli oasis, ktory je oproti stanovisku dolmusov/ grand taxikov. Na hlavnej ceste zastavuju busy do roznych destinacii. Kedze mam este cas, smerujem na ranajky na omeletu do znameho prostredia. Davam si ju z dvoch vajec. Opat mega dobra. Najedeny smer ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Mpumalanga » Kruger National Park October 13th 2015

It’s been about 3 years since I posted on this blog, but that doesn’t mean I have stopped travelling! Since then I have been on safari in Tanzania, completed my master in Amsterdam and travelled to many new places around Europe. Not to mention a couple of Aussie East Coast trips; the first with my Aussie friend Katerina who I met in Sweden and the second with my friend Tiffa who is Venezuelan, but living in the Netherlands. Now a new journey has begun in South Africa! I can’t decide what flight I enjoy more: Brisbane to Europe or Brisbane to South Africa. On the way to Europe I usually experience two stopovers. The first is usually in Singapore and the second somewhere in the Middle East. The whole trip is about 24 hours with the ... read more

Africa » South Africa October 13th 2015

13 October 2015 We moved northward 70k to the Letaba rest camp and took several diversions whilst marvelling at the beauty of the landscape and the diversity and number of animals we saw.... read more
An elephant family making for the water
Elephants enjoying the water and a crane standing unconcerned nearby
A leopard guarding its antelope kill which was in the tree above it

Africa » Swaziland » Ezulwini Valley October 13th 2015

The place we were staying at in Swaziland was a pine plantation owned by Lindsey's cousin Heather and her husband Sakari. Heather and Sakari had kindly let us use the place but unfortunately they could not be there. Having arrived in the dark and discovered that our accommodation had no electricity we had the interesting tasks of trying to find light and make a meal, not to mention more mundane things like finding the bedroom and bathroom. Heather had foreseen that electricity might be a problem as their power is generated through a micro-hydro-electric power plant which crucially depends on the water level of the farm's dam. As the wet season rains had not arrived on time, by the end of September, the dam was very low. She had prepared by leaving out candles in wine ... read more
Farm House
Giant Insect

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Todra Gorge October 13th 2015

V noci ma 2x zobudili susedia, najskor som sa zobudil na buchot na chodbe a neskor na napustanie vane (?). Rano sok, elektrika nikde, som zvedavy nakolko sa mi nabila baterka do fotaku. Mobil si veru dnes nedobijem, mam len 35%. Ranajky boli oproti inym ubytkam dost slabe. Jeden chleba, maslo, dzem, cierne olivy, 2dcl dzusu z flasky, kava s mliekom a trojuholnikovy syr. Polku chleba, olivy a syr som si zabalil na cestu. Na recepcii kupujem predrazenu vodu za 10D, ak som dobre rozumel chuj pytal 20D. Nasrat ty aj tak si dost zarobil. Bohuzial predajci vonku este neboli rozlozeny tak ina moznost nebola ale pochybujem,ze by sli s cenou nizsie. Moji spolubyvajuci si sli tiez kupit vodu, hovorim im ,ze riadne draha. Pytaju sa kolko, 10, este raz sa ma pytaju na cenu ci ... read more

Africa » South Africa October 12th 2015

12 October 2015 We drove 150k to the Orpen Gate of the Kruger National Park to start a 4 day journey northwards through the Park which is the size of Wales staying on campsites within the Park. The day consisted firstly of a 50k drive to the site partly on tarmac roads and partly on gravel tracks most of which had become corrugated by the traffic and secondly a three hour sunset safari with a guide . We had previously been told that the thing to do on safari holidays is to spot the big five animals, rhino, buffalo, leopard, elephant and lion. Surprisingly enough we saw them all on our first day ever in an African National Park and for the record I have included pictures of them all although in some cases the photography ... read more
Our first animal sighting, a group of Zebras
And then some giraffe
Impala were very common

Africa » Swaziland » Ezulwini Valley October 12th 2015

After the excitement of leaving Johannesburg, it was nice to be on the open road. It had taken us a couple of hours to get out but now we felt free. Gauteng, the province which contains Johannesburg and Pretoria, lies in the High Veld, a large flat expanse high above sea level. The road we travelled went mainly through endless farmlands. The landscape had gently rolling hills covered in yellowing grass or corn. The only exception was the sharply rising slag heaps, putting stark piles of rock in the midst of flatness. Some of these were well established and had bushes and trees sprouting. Tractors went up and down the green fields kicking up red dust as they went. I found the drive quite monotonous as the scenery didn't change that much. About 50km from the ... read more
Oshoek/Ngwenya Border Post
Swazi Flag
Entering Swaziland

Africa » Morocco » Meknès-Tafilalet » Todra Gorge October 12th 2015

Ako som predpokladal majitel este spal. Tak som trosku na recepcii zakrical, pochvili sa majitel objavil, davam mu dohodnuty obnos a smer bus. Dnes je pondelok, takze je tu dost velky trh. Cela hlavna ulica je zapratana stankami, kde su rozne blbosti, jedlo. V bus kancli este nikto nebol. Tak cakanie na provizornom sedeni pred vchodom. Po par minutach konecne prichadza predajca listkov. Ukazujeme mi nech si sadnem, musi nazhavit pc. Cakam v mini cakarni. Ludia si uz zacinaju kupovat listky tak idem aj ja k okienku. Opat mi ukazuje nech si sadnem (ang nehovori). Presne na cas 8/30 prichadza lokalny bus. Predajca listkov na mna mava nech idem do busu. Aaa konecne chapem co myslel, listok sa kupuje v buse. V den odchodu sa v kancli kupit neda. Zvnutra je bus spinavy ale pohoda. Po ... read more

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe October 11th 2015

Fourth week teaching Sunday Shelby and I went into Lilongwe to go to an Indian food festival at the safari or woodland park. Unfortunately we should have got tickets beforehand, it was ticket only and they didn't sell them on the door. As we were in the mood for Indian food we hitched into the main town to Sana, near the old town shopping complex. The guys that picked us were very chatty, and not until Shelby asked what they did, did they mention they were a taxi cab. Shelby is very good at deflecting requests for payment, saying that we had no money, which was why we were hitching and we wouldn't have accepted a lift if we had thought we had to pay. She's also good at deflecting requests for her phone number, and ... read more

Africa » South Africa October 11th 2015

11 October 2015 Much of South Africa consists of a vast plateau called the Highveld averaging1500m in height. In the Drakensberg there is an escarpment dropping 1000m to the lower eastern part of the country called the Lowveld. We spent the day driving 90k along the escarpment visiting waterfalls, viewpoints and interesting geological features. We stayed in the Blyde River Canyon one of the largest in Africa.... read more
A pinnacle in the forested escarpment
This famous view over the escarpment is called God’s Window
Lisbon Falls on the Blyde River

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