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Africa » Namibia » Sossusvlei July 21st 2012

On arrival back in Windhoek from Swakopmund, I picked up the hatchback Kia, we were planning on taking down to Sossuvlei. That night at the hostel I was staying at, I met Kiger, the American girl I had arranged to go down with. The next morning, just before we were going to pick up Andrew, another American, we had a big problem with the car, in that wouldn't start. This was a bit of a disaster, because we only had one night down there and in order for it to be worthwhile, we needed to get going early. We walked back to the rental agency, who gave as a replacement, after we had to wait for the guy to get out of bed and come in. We did end up getting an upgrade and an automatic, ... read more
Dune at Sossuvlei
Sunset near Dune 45

Africa » Namibia » Swakopmund July 18th 2012

As I had my trip to the Sossuvlei arranged, I had enough time to take a bus out to Swakopmund for a few days. This was pretty straightforward and the journey took about 4 hours, although the Atlantic Ocean was visible from about 40km away as we approached the end of the Namib deseret. There I found my hostel Desert Sky, easily enough. It had been freezing cold at night time in Windhoek, so I had elected to stay in a dorm once again, even though the temperatures were a lot higher in Swakopmund, in the end. Swakopmund is a small town right on the Atlantic Coast. Like Windhoek, there is a very German feel to the town. It is almost like how the Bavarians would do coastal town if they had a coast. This surreal ... read more
Beginning of Sunset
From Bottom of Sandboarding Dune
Me with Board

Africa » Namibia » Windhoek July 16th 2012

It was another full day on the road getting from Maun to Windhoek. I was up at 7 a.m. to pack my tent away, which was one of the coldest experiences I have ever had. I thought my fingers were going to fall off from frost bite. As I said in the previous post, Botswana public transport is not too plentiful, so I made sure I was on the bus to Ghanzi at 8.30 a.m., where we arrived at around 1 o'clock. To get to the Namibia border, I needed to get to a place called Charles Hill. After some confusion, as to whether the bus was actually going or not, I managed to get on a bus, which arrived in Charles Hill at around 5. Charles Hill is the very definition of a one horse ... read more
Christus Church
Two Similar Leaders?
San Market

Africa » Botswana » North-West » Okavango Delta July 14th 2012

Getting from Livingstone to Maun, Botswana was quite an epic trip. It began with me going to the local shared taxi stand with, Reto a guy from Switzerland I had met. We found a taxi going to Kazangula, the border town with Botswana, but had to wait about an hour for it to fill. To pass the time I played some draughts with some bottletops with a few locals. At the border, getting stamped out of Zambia was straightforward. But to get over to the Botswana side we had to take a short ferry ride, then walk up 500m to the immigrationo office. After getting stamped into Botswana, my next challenge was to try get a lift to Maun. Public transport in Botswana is scarce at best. This meant hitchhiking was my best/only option. I had ... read more
Elephant in Delta
View from Old Bridge
Spotted by Zebra

Africa » Zambia » Livingstone July 10th 2012

The journey from Lusaka to Livingstone took 7 and half hours. It was fairly comfortable, but quite monotonous with the scenery unchanging the whole way down. I stayed at Jollyboys Backpackers, which is the most popular one in Livingstone and is one of the busiest I had stayed at in Africa. One funny thing about my stay here was the incredible amount of Irish people staying here. I must have encountered at least ten different groups of people in the few days I was here. Livingstone is a busy enough town and is 8km away from the Victoria Falls, but it is difficult to imagine if there would be anything there if it wasn't for the constant stream of tourists that come to visit the falls. It has seen an upturn in its toursim in recent ... read more
Vic Falls
After Sunset
Me & Vic Falls

Africa » Zambia » Lusaka July 8th 2012

To get out of South Luangwa back to Chipata by public transport would have required me to catch the one minibus going that direction at around 8 p.m. and then, to get to Lusaka, I would have had to wait at the bus station overnight for the first bus to go. Needless to say I wasn't over enthused by this prospect, so when I found out a South African family camping beside me were leaving the same morning, I shamelessly asked if there would be any chance I could get a lift with them as far as Chipata. They said it was no problem and I was spared the above nightmare. The next morning as I journeyed with Ernest and his family, I discovered they were in fact living Lusaka, my next destination. I couldn't believe ... read more
Cairo Rd
Somebody still Loves Gaddaffi
Chinese Influence

Africa » Zambia » South Luangwa July 4th 2012

I apologise in advance for beginning this entry with yet another moan about my trials and tribulations with public transport in Africa. However, the majority of this entry will be about 3 fantastic days I spent at the Croc Valley Camp right outside the South Luangwa National Park. In between chilling out by the pool in the perfect sunshine, I managed to get two game drives in. But first about my experience of getting up there. To get to South Luangwa NP by public transport is not easy. There is one bus a day that goes the from Chipata to Mfuwe, the nearest town to South Luangwa NP. I left Lilonwe at 7 a.m. to make sure I got this bus. I ended up getting over the Malawi - Zambia border, with very little hassle and ... read more
Elephants Crossing River
Sunrise at Croc Valley
Zebra Crossing

Africa » Malawi » Central » Lilongwe July 1st 2012

The day I decided to leave Cape MacLear for Lilongwe was a Sunday, which is never a good day for travel in Africa. It was made even worse by the fact that Joyce Banda, the country's new female president was visiting Monkey Bay. Despite getting up early, myself and Dmitri from Belgium, had missed what was supposedly the only pick up going to Monkey Bay to Cape MacLear that day. After a while of asking around, we eventually found another pick up to take us to Monkey Bay. From there, we were put on another pick up to the junction of the road, heading towards Dedza. At Dedza, we were told we could get a bus to Lilongwe. At the junction we found a pick up going to Dedza. We waited an hour and half, in ... read more
Kids on Pick Up
Waiting on Pick Up

Africa » Malawi » Southern » Cape Maclear June 29th 2012

I got quite lucky, when I got back to Salima after leaving Senga Bay, as there was an Axa bus, which had come from Lilongwe going to Monkey Bay, at the station, waiting to pick up passengers. Even though I had to stand for the first part of the journey, this was a much better option, than the minibuses I had to take the previous day. We got to Monkey Bay just over 3 hours after leaving Salima and I was hopeful of spending the afternoon by the beach at Cape MacLear. I should know by now not to get my hopes up like this when relying on transport in Africa. Between waiting for a pick up to fill up, then go driving back and forth through the town looking for more passengers, getting all their ... read more
Cape MacLear Beach
Kids on Main Street
Another Sunset Shot

Africa » Malawi » Central » Senga Bay June 27th 2012

I got up quite early the day I eventually decided to leave Nkhata Bay. The only problem was that I wasn't certain where I was actually going to go! I wanted to head south to Cape MacLear, but having not been up in time to catch the 6 o'clock bus there, I was fairly certain that this wasn't possible in one day. I ended up hanging around Mayoka Village for a while longer, so I could get a boat across to the bus station, as opposed to walking up the hill and down again. When I got to the bus station, I found a bus that was going to Salima. I decided I would get on this, as Salima is quite close to Senga Bay and I figured that this might be a good place to ... read more
Senga Bay
Local Mechanic

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