Cichlids, Sailboats and Souvenirs – Nkhata Bay and Lake Malawi

Lake Malawi and Nkhata Bay - Lakefront Leisure “A lake carries you into recesses of feeling otherwise impenetrable.” - William Wordsworth The bus drops us off on the side of the highway, and we’re not exactly sure which way to go. An an ex-pat couple working for an international NGO pulls over and offers to drive us to a guesthouse. On the way, we learn that many of the westerners in Malawi work for NGOs, and the rest are backpackers traveling overland across Africa, like us. The guesthouse in Chitimba is [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:03:57-07:00October 29th, 2018|Categories: Africa|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Swahili Dhows and Zanzibar Ferries – Tanzanian Island-Hopping

Swahili Coast Island Hopping - Tanga to Dar es Salaam by Dhow and Ferry “It is not worth the while to go round the world to count the cats in Zanzibar.” - Henry David Thoreau A contrast is immediately apparent upon crossing the border from Kenya to Tanzania. The paved road gives way to a dirt track, and concrete buildings with tin tops are replaced by mud huts with thatched caps. We are in Tanga, and decide to island-hop down the Swahili coast Dar es Salaam. We are always looking for adventure and [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:05:31-07:00October 1st, 2018|Categories: Africa|Tags: , , , |0 Comments

Etosha National Park – Safari Across The Salt Pan

Salt Pan Safari - Namibia's Etosha National Park “I never knew of a morning in Africa when I woke up and was not happy.” - Ernest Hemingway After a two day bus odyssey from Livingston, Zambia and through the Caprivi Strip, we arrive in Tsumeb. We organize ourselves with a rental car, tent and cooking utensils, and set off to explore the various waterholes of Etosha National Park. A Gemsbok (Oryx) joins a herd of Elephants In the vast salt pan in northern [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:07:17-07:00August 27th, 2018|Categories: Africa|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Marrakesh And Fes – Morocco’s Imperial Cities And Their Faux-Guides

Morocco's Imperial Cities - Marrakesh And Fes “Serendipity was my tour guide, assisted by caprice.” - Pico Iyer Our guidebook describes the faux-guides in Marrakesh and Fes as some of the most persistent people in the world. But, after Thailand's hotel touts, India's rickshaw pedalers and Turkey's shoeshine boys, we figure nobody can faze us. Dancers and Drummers at Djemaa el Fnaa The Faux-Guides of Marrakesh and Fes In Marrakesh, we choose a hotel overlooking the Place Djemaa el-Fnaa. A few would-be guides approach [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:09:04-07:00July 23rd, 2018|Categories: Africa|Tags: , |0 Comments

Fins Up – Great White Shark Cage Diving In South Africa

Great White Shark Cage Diving - Fins Up In South Africa “You're gonna need a bigger boat.” - Chief Martin Brody (Jaws) Day breaks over a cloudless sky - we couldn’t have asked for better weather. We had seen Southern Right Whales breaching in Hermanus, and hope to see another one of the ocean’s great creatures. We take the shuttle to the skipper’s house in Gaansbai, where breakfast and the boat are waiting. Shortly afterwards, we reach Dyer Island - home to a colony of Cape Fur Seals. These creatures are [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:28:03-07:00May 21st, 2018|Categories: Africa|Tags: , , |0 Comments

Under African Skies – Safari In South Luangwa National Park

Game Drives in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park “If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again.” - Karen Blixen Border Crossings and Riverbanks The police stop us after we cross the Malawian border. Apparently, the trailer’s tires are bald. Our driver protests and asks the officer if he's seen the condition of the tires on the overloaded minibuses that pass by regularly. With a “crocodile smile” across his face, the officer suggests we cut our losses before he takes exception to [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:32:59-07:00February 26th, 2018|Categories: Africa|Tags: |0 Comments

Diving In Dahab – Red Sea Adventures On The Sinai Peninsula

Red Sea Adventure - Scuba Diving in Dahab “The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.” - Jacques-Yves Cousteau Commandments and Coral Reefs Thou shalt not step on the coral. That must have been the eleventh commandment, lost to the world atop of Mt. Sinai. The nib of land that separates Africa from Asia is legendary, both in biblical lore and regional conflict. Scuba diving in Dahab on Egypt's Sinai Peninsula offers some of the best underwater adventures in the world. The Gulf of [...]

By |2019-02-22T21:34:38-07:00February 5th, 2018|Categories: Africa|Tags: , |0 Comments