I love to travel. I take way too many pictures and I enjoy filming my adventures so I can share my experiences with friends, family, and fellow travelers. I try to record practical information to help hopeful travelers understand the logistical aspects of each location. Happy travels!

Africa » South Africa May 13th 2014

For anyone considering doing an overland tour here are my thoughts: I think overlanding is probably the best way to get around Africa. But know what you are signing up for. I chose Africa Travel Co because it is among the most economical options. Going into the tour I knew that it was a "participation tour." We are expected to pitch our own tents, help with cooking, do our dishes, etc. It is in no means glamourous. But I truly enjoyed the experience. The guides are there to facilitate the tour - they are not there to teach you or give you and history or information other than the logistical needs of each stop. The particular tour that I chose: Victoria Falls to Johannesburg with ATC was a wise choice for this time of year. We ... read more

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Stellenbosch May 12th 2014

Rather than do a day or overnight trip to Stellenbosch we decided to rent a car and have the freedom to choose which winerys to visit. We rented a car from Avis for 2 days for $76.00. We originally only planned to spend one night in Stellenbosch but it was very quickly apparent we would need two. The wine farms, surprisingly, have very limited hours on the weekends. We arrived at our hotel around noon on Saturday and immediately left to get in a few tastings. Our first stop was the Waterford Estate. WATERFORD: For R70 (or roughly $7.00USD) we chose the 'Waterford State Experience.' This included 6 wines, 3 of which were paired with chocolates. The wines are delicious. The first was the Waterford Estate Rose-Mary. Absolutely delicious. It was very light with only a ... read more
Kleine Zalze

Africa » South Africa » Western Cape » Cape Town May 10th 2014

We packed up our tents for the final time and loaded up in the truck and set off for Joburg. Our drop off point is Mufasa Hostel in rural Joburg, the guides encourage you to stay here but we opted to stay closer to the airport because we had an early flight the next morning. We snagged a great deal at The Aviator hotel which was lovely. The German girls and American boys were staying at the neighboring hotel so they joined us for dinner and final farewell. In the morning we got to Joburg airport early. We decided to store our big backpacks and sleeping bags at the bag port - no reason to lug them around Cape Town since we fly back to the states from Joburg. We stayed at The Glam hotel in ... read more
Cape of Good Hope
Boulders Beach

Eggs and Bacon for breakfast! yippee. What a treat. Once again we packed up camp and loaded onto the truck. The morning we spent on the Panorama Route around Blyde River Canyon. We got off the bus at three different points with anywhere from 30minutes to an hour to explore. And of course souvenir shop. Before arriving at our campsite we stopped off at a mall to use the ATMs and buy water/snacks/alcohol. Then we arrived at Gecko Bushcampers campsite. It felt like Jurassic Park - electric fence surrounding the property. Of course the 8 year old girls with us got electrocuted. A few of us opted in on the night game drive through Kruger Park. And I am so glad we did. It was incredible! Many of the animals are nocturnal, or because of the ... read more
White Rhino
baby hyenas

Africa » Botswana » North-East » Francistown May 4th 2014

The next two days were full driving days as we made our way toward Kruger National Park in South Africa. Saturday we woke up early, packed up camp, and hit the road. I am easily carsick so I basically just listen to music and nap most of the time. I attempted to continue teaching friendship bracelets but that quickly made me feel nauseous. Ourcampsite this night felt like Santa Fe. Red dirt and cacti everywhere. There were outdoor bathrooms and showers. It was a nice enough campsite but hot. The pool was not so great so we posted up in the bar. Dinner was some kind of beef stew with veggies and rice. Since we were mostly hungover today we were somehow still tired. After dinner we snuggled up in our tent and watch an episode ... read more
the truck
Blyde River Resort campsite
Blyde River Resort campsite bathrooms

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta May 2nd 2014

The delta was INCREDIBLE! I was very fearful of this part of the trip. I had read some horror stories online about hippo attacks and even one documented crocodile attack. But those are the 1 in 1,000,000 occurrences. (We can NOT live in fear!) The delta was sublime. From camp we boarded a speedboat, with our day packs, water, tents, and sleeping bags, for an hours ride to the mokoro point. Here we met the polers and loaded all our gear into the mokoros. It was a scorching hot hour and a half ride to our campsite but it was so beautiful and peaceful swooshing through the reeds and waterlilies. When we made it to camp we set up our tents and ate a pasta lunch. Because of the intense heat the day time is mostly ... read more
mokoros in the delta
sunset in the delta

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Maun April 29th 2014

This morning breakfast was at 5:00am so we woke up at 4:30am to pack up our tents (by flashlight. slightly challenging). It is an 8-9 hour drive to Maun and we want to get there in daylight to set up camp. We saw a beautiful sunrise on our drive. The roads are endlessly bumpy (good thing we read online to pack sports bras. For real.) We stopped a couple hours into the drive for a pee break. Meaning find shrubbery you can squat behind. We had to disembark the bus at a random point along the road to sterilize our shoes again. Everntually, after many naps, we made it to Maun. We stopped in town for an hour before arriving at the campsite. We were instructed to each buy 5 liters of water to bring with ... read more

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Chobe National Park April 28th 2014

Today we are off to Chobe National Park in Botswana. We had a 7:00am breakfast and we are expected to have our tents and bags packed before breakfast. We woke up at 5:45am so we could hopefully shower. Luckily the water supply had replenished. After a quick breakfast of bland cereal and untoasted bread we were off to Chobe. It was a short drive from Vic Falls but we had to cross the Zimbabwe/Botswana border. It was simple enough. However we did have to take all of our shoes off the of the truck and walk them over a disinfectant mat which is supposed to protect from foot and mouth disease. Shortly after we arrived at our campsite. We quickly set up camp, made sandwiches and set off for Chobe National Park. Chobe has the highest ... read more
bath time
elephant love!

Africa » Zimbabwe » Victoria Falls April 27th 2014

The 16 hour flight from NYC to Johannesburg was, surprisingly, not too bad. It went by rather quickly; there was a very decent selection of movies; and the wine was flowing. Fortunately the flight was not full so we had some space to spread out, stretch, and nap. After a quick layover in Joburg we were off to Victoria Falls. It was a small airport so the customs line was quick and painless. We received a Visa at customs in exchange for $30 USD. And we were on our way. We were met at the airport by a driver who would take us to our campsite. It was very humid out and quickly began to rain. Fortunately we were staying in a "chalet" that night and would move into our tent the following day. We had ... read more
cheetah attack
Victoria Falls
Victoria Falls

Africa April 25th 2014

Africa has long been among the top destinations of my ever growing travel list. Fortunately my friend Amanda knew this and contacted me to plan a trip together. I have been told by many travelers the best way to see Africa is to do an Overland tour. Africa is a HUGE continent and not easily navigable. There's a huge array of overland opportunities and it was a bit overwhelming to choose the right one. When it came down to it we had 2 criteria. We had a very specific time frame and we wanted the most economic option. We ended up choosing Africa Travel Company and doing the Victoria Falls to Johannesburg trip. It is an 11 day camping trip. They are called "participation" tours because everyone is expected to pitch their own tents and lend ... read more

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