Africa

Cape Town

Posted by on Apr 25, 2013 in Africa, Play-by-plays, South Africa | 0 comments

Cape Town

After Shengani dropped us off at the Ashanti Lodge in Greenpoint, we began the tedious, but important process of cleaning up, and putting ourselves together aesthetically. While Greenpoint is not quite the center of Cape Town, it was a great location for going on runs along the water and its proximity to the Victoria and Albert Waterfront was very useful. I know for the finicky readers, what I just said is equivalent to appreciating being close to Times Square in New York (which makes me shudder), but hey, I was a tourist and standards were low! Sadly Yus and I had only three days in Cape...

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Wine Tasting in Western Cape

Posted by on Apr 24, 2013 in Africa, Play-by-plays, South Africa | 0 comments

Wine Tasting in Western Cape

The first thing we did in Cape Town, after reveling in the luxury of beds, linens, wifi, and malls (MALLS!!!) was go on a wine tasting tour obviously. Sparky from Highlanders set everything up for us, and for 500ZAR we had transport, tastings at 4 wineries (one that also included a cheese degustation), and lunch (with more vino, of course). In general, South Africa is known to grow chenin blanc as its main white varietal, although sauvignon blanc and others are also produced. As for reds, the Bourdeaux blends and the South Africa’s signature varietal, Pinotage (combination of pinot...

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South Africa: Orange River and Cederberg

Posted by on Apr 19, 2013 in Africa, Play-by-plays, South Africa | 0 comments

South Africa: Orange River and Cederberg

Only two sleeps separated us from the end of the tour in Cape Town and the mood became bittersweet. We’d gotten so used to putting up and taking down tents, our chores, and naps in the truck that the idea of not having all that became foreign. Before we would have to say our goodbyes, we still had one night at Orange River and one in Cederberg. Our first night in South Africa was on the bank of Orange River. We had the afternoon to relax, so some of us went swimming in the river, some kayaked, and others chilled in the shade–it was a scorching day. Most of the campsites after...

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Namibia: Deserts and Dunes

Posted by on Apr 18, 2013 in Africa, Namibia, Play-by-plays | 0 comments

Namibia: Deserts and Dunes

The second half of our Namibian adventures consisted of adrenaline rush activities in Swakopmund, desert scenery, and sunset viewings. We spent two nights in the ocean-side town of Swakopmund but I could have done 1-2 more. This definitely had to do with the beds we got to sleep in. Yes, it was in an 18person dorm, but they were beds! Suffice it to say we wanted a break from tents and camping. I can vouch for Amanpuri Lodge‘s mattress quality, but it is a bit of a walk from everything. Aside from the added luxury of beds, Swakopmund was a nice town to walk around, chill at cafes, eat...

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Namibia: Game Meats and Game Drives

Posted by on Apr 17, 2013 in Africa, Namibia, Play-by-plays | 0 comments

Namibia: Game Meats and Game Drives

Entering Namibia was like coming back into the Western world. The border post is fancier. The toilets are stocked with paper and soap, and the supermarkets are huge and have anything and everything you want. I even found hummus! There are more German speakers than I’ve seen anywhere else, save maybe for Germany itself, and all the towns definitely still show signs of German colonial influence with the architecture, draft beers (crappy bottled beer is getting annoying),and even vestiges of colonial clothing. We only spent a couple of hours in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia, but the...

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Botswana

Posted by on Apr 14, 2013 in Africa, Botswana, Play-by-plays | 0 comments

Botswana

Botswana, one of Africa’s fastest growing economies, has a lot to offer including Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta and since our time in Africa is winding down, we’re looking to get the most out of it. Chobe National Park is the third largest national park in Botswana and it covers a vast area of over 4,000 sq miles. It is very famous for its large concentration of animals, especially elephants, and for its beautiful Riverfront. On our first day at the national park we did a game cruise along the Chobe riverfront, which was a refreshing change from our normal game drives. We...

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