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Victoria Falls to Serengeti National Park [Traveller Photographs]

Tuesday, January 8th, 2013
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One of our happy campers, Robyn Preston, shared her 21 day Victoria Falls (Zimbabwe) to the Serengeti National Park (Kenya) experience with us in photographs. This Falls to Serengeti overland trip offers so many stunning moments in Africa, we're so glad Robyn wanted to share them with you. Thank you Robyn!

Victoria Falls to Serengeti National Park in Photographs

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Above: Sunset on a game drive in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

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Above: Two fishermen on their way to check their nets one evening on the Luangwa River, Zambia. This river is one of the major tributaries of the Zambezi River and one of the four largest in Zambia.

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Above: A traditional dhou sails the waters in the harbour of Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. This is the view from the ferry across to Zanzibar.

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Above: The eyes of the Yellow Billed Hornbill watch from a branch. These birds are found in southern and eastern parts of Africa and are often seen perched in the acacia trees.

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Above: A masai tribesman shows off his jumping skills. The masai dance, or adumu, is performed by the men of a village to show strength and stamina. This photo was taken during a tribe visit in Tanzania.

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Above: This gnarly buffalo in the Serengeti appears to be docile. In fact the buffalo is one of the most dangerous animals in Africa due to its unpredictable nature.

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Above: Serengeti National Park, Tanzania, is one of the most famous parks in Africa. This is a scene showing the wildlife harmonising together amidst the endemic acacia trees.

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Above: A baby elephant stays close to its mother for protection. Seen on a game drive in the Serengeti National Park, Tanzania.

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Above: One of the most elegant African animals you will see on any game drive is a giraffe. They are found in many parts of Africa. There are several different species which are distinguished by their specific patterns.

All of Robyn's photos were taken on the Falls to Serengeti overland trip. Check out our other trips and tours or talk to one of our consultants who would be glad to help you plan a trip to suit your budget.

 

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls [Traveller Photographs]

Friday, December 14th, 2012
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The Best of South West Africa overland trip is a 20 day journey that starts in Cape Town and carries you up North into Botswana, and eventually ends at Zimbabwe's majestic Victoria Falls. Get a taste of this trip's beauty from the photo journey below. A huge thank you goes to our client Robyn Preston who has been kind enough to share her moments in Africa with us.

Cape Town to Victoria Falls in Photographs

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Above: Robyn's favourite optional activity on her overland tour was quad biking in the Namib Desert, Swakopmund, Namibia.

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Above: Robyn enjoys a stroll through the waves on the beach of Swakopmund, Namibia. There are also lots of nice restaurants on the waterfront with views out over the ocean.

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Above: The Himba tribe live in a village at Kamanjab, Namibia.

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Above: A herd of zebras cross a plain looking for pasture in Etosha National Park, Namibia.

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Above: The Red Hartebeest of Etosha National Park, Namibia. These animals are nomadic, moving around to find new pastures. When startled they can run at a maximum speed of 55 kph.

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Above: The waterhole at Halali Camp in Etosha National Park, Botswana, is one of the most endearing places to sit in the evening where you can be at peace with the wildlife in their domain. It's an unforgettable experience.

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Above: The natural granite arch found at Spitzkoppe, Namibia. A favourite camping spot for overland travel companies. It's a lovely walk up to the arch. It's absolutely stunning to just sit and take in the scenery.

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Above: A baby Chakma Baboon snuggles up to its mother.

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Above: Sunset cruise on Chobe River, Botwswana. A relaxing experience with a glass of wine while you admire the wildlife along the banks of the river.

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Above: Two cubs bond during the walk with lions  activity at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe. During the walk with lions it is possible to touch them which is so special.

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Above: Robyn on a walk with lions near Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe.

All of Robyn's photos were taken on the Best of South West Africa overland trip. Check out our other trips and tours or chat to one of our consultants if you need help to find an African adventure to suit your budget and needs.

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Central Africa Family Loop Tour in Photos

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012
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The Central Africa Family Loop Tour starts in Johannesburg, takes you through Africa and back to Johannesburg in 22 days. On this adventure you get to experience some of Africa's most sought after attractions and destinations like Victoria Falls, the Okavango Delta and Kruger National Park. They say a picture paints a thousand words, so instead of writing a 10 000 word article about what you can experience on the Central Africa Family Loop Tour, Maik Duijvesteijn has given us the opportunity to show you in photographs.

Thanks go to our happy traveller, Maik, for sharing his photos with us. Maik, we're keeping your overland truck seat warm until you decide to return to Africa.

Ten Central Africa Family Loop Tour Photos

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Above: Sunset in Okavango Delta

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Above: Elephant feeding in Kruger National Park

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Above: Taking a makoro trip through Okavango Delta

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Above: Crocodile in Chob National Park

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Above: A natural African waterfall in Blyde River Canyon

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Above: Jawing Lion in Antelope Park

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Above: Gorgeous horizon in Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve

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Above: Lions bound to receive their meal in Antelope Park

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Above: Walk with Lions - Antelope Park

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Above: Maik enjoys the view at Victoria Falls

All of Maik’s photos were taken on a the Central Africa Family Loop Tour. Also check out our other trips and tours or talk to one of our consultants who would be glad to help you plan a tailored trip to suit your budget and your needs. Share your photos We love receiving traveller photos and videos that we can share on our website. Drop us an email and share your experiences with us, and with the world.

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Pre and post costs for an overland safari on a budget

Tuesday, August 28th, 2012
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There are a number of things to consider before simply setting off on your next safari. Certain bits and pieces need to be sorted. If you are looking to plan a safari on a budget then here are a few recommendations and must-do’s to keep in mind when looking at pre and post safari costs.

Pre Safari Cost

Pre-Payment

Pre-Payment is usually required upfront for most tours and self-arranged, tailor made safaris. When planning a safari on a budget keep in mind that the earlier in advance you book and pay, the more chance you have of getting a decent discount with early bird rates. Pre-booking also means you can properly plan your safari on a budget by knowing that the basics are covered before you depart.

Passport & Paperwork

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Above: Don't forget to take into account the cost of getting a passport. Photo by Benjamin Earwicker

If you are travelling in from abroad you will need to make sure your passport is valid and that you have a visa to enter the country you plan on visiting. The cost of a new passport and the cost of a visa will depend on where you are coming from and where you plan on going to. When planning a safari on a budget, make sure you're applying for the correct visa as you cannot get a refund.

Animal Arrangements

Before departing for travel in Africa, ensure that your pets are taken care of by booking them into a kennel for the time that you are away. If you are planning a safari on a budget then the more cost effective option might be to get an animal sitter. Getting an animal sitter can save you money. Simply make sure you get an animal lover, leave enough food and your contact details.

Flights

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Above: Book flights early to snag the best deal. Photo by NiteLife

As with accommodation and other bookings, the earlier you book your flights, the cheaper you will find them. Planning a safari on a budget would mean that every penny counts and planning ahead means you can save money by booking your flights in advance.

Travel Together

On overlanding adventures there is no need for car rentals. Travelling together reduces fuel costs, making for a great safari on a budget option. Overlanding means you don’t need to worry about when to fill up, the cost of fuel going up overnight or changing a tyre if you get a flat. That's what the experienced, well-trained overland trip staff are for. Overlanding saves you time and money, allowing you to safari on a budget.

Malaria Medication

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Above: Don't forget to purchase malaria medication. It's a life saver. Photo by dima v

You will need to get malaria medication and start treatment prior to leaving for travel in Africa, to explore this awesome land and discover the magic of safari. Many reserves and national parks in Africa are high malaria areas and medication is exceptionally important. Ensure you take it prior to your departure; continue throughout and for as long as required after your return. There is no room for leaving out this important cost, even if you are looking to go for a safari on a budget.

Park Fees

Before entering a national park or game reserve you will be required to pay park fees according to the length of your stay. Park fees will depend on where you are staying and what size vehicle you are entering the park with. Some countries will not allow park fees in local currency if you are an international guest and US dollars will be required.

Post Safari Cost

Since most of your safari will be prepaid and the costs paid up in full before your arrival, that means that post safari costs are minimal, if not non-existent. The only thing you'll have to worry about is buying gift bags for those trinkets and gifts you bought for loved ones along the way. Now that you're up to speed on the pre and post safari on a budget costs, why not check out the overland trip expense example for the 14 day Swakopmund to Victoria Falls overland trip.

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Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour- Tamzyn’s Travel Diary Part 8

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Epic, wonderful, spectacular - words that fall frighteningly short of what the feeling of wanderlust accomplished presents... Read on for the final tale of Tamzyn’s 21 day Cape Town to Vic Falls overland trip. Zimbabwe campsite

Day 22: Victoria Falls

Today is my last day at Victoria Falls and reaching the end of my Overlanding Africa trip is very disheartening. I keep thinking that this tour cannot get any more exciting, any more wonderful or any more spectacular and then I wake up and something else comes along to prove me wrong! An overlanding trip is absolutely the greatest African adventure!

Vic Falls Gorge Swing

Cliff-Diving Head First

We are going out with a bang and opted for the many hair-raising extreme activities on offer around Victoria Falls. There is so much for us to choose from: lion walks, elephant back safaris, gorge swinging, bungee jumping, grade 5 white water rafting, and helicopter flights over the falls. In the end we decide to toss our logic out the window and opt for the gorge swing, zip-line and flying fox package; or as was eloquently put by one of my overlanding tour buddies “to jump head first off three platforms down a bottomless gorge for no other reason than to scare ourselves sh##less”!

Flying Fox

The gorge swing is the highlight of the day! We look like a group of mentally insane patients; climbing up onto our hands before being pushed off the platform and diving 70 metres head first, along the cliff face before swinging out above the furious brown waters of the Zambezi River below.

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Park

After all that monumental adventure we have the afternoon left to walk along the length of the roaring white waters of Victoria Falls and appreciate the different viewpoints of Mosi-oa-Tunya: The Smoke that Thunders. The seemingly endless curtain of water gushes with immense power and force rushing down the side of the steep chasm at over 545 million litres per minute and sending a towering cloud of spray spiralling up into the air. We are so dumbstruck by the sight of Victoria Falls, we don’t even notice that we are all soaked from head to toe in the shower of spray.

Booze Cruise Boys Group Photo

Day 23: It’s Hard to Say Goodbye

It’s a sad and difficult farewell to my new found friends and the overlanding truck, the flight from the airport marks the end of my awesome adventure filled overland journey from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. I saw some fantastic sights, experienced and explored more of Africa than I could have ever dreamed of and met inspiring and friendly locals - as well as making a bunch of new friends and amazing memories. These have only fed my wanderlust for overland trips through Africa.

To find out more about overland tour trips in Africa contact the OverlandingAfrica team or post your comments below. You can also check out the Cape Town to Victoria Falls Tour Itinerary and the next available Overlanding tour dates.

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What You Didn’t Know about the Great Wildebeest Migration

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Wildebeest Crossing Mara River Great Migration

Are you dreaming of a front row seat to Mother Nature’s most dramatic play of survival, death and life - playing out in front of your gob smacked eyes on your Kenya adventure?

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Overlanding Africa lets you in on fascinating facts for you to better appreciate the Great Migration on your Kenya holiday or Overland trip.

  • Each year around 2 million Wildebeest and over 1 million Zebra, Eland and Gazelle undertake the daunting Great Migration between the Southern Serengeti plains in Tanzania, and the Masai Mara plains in Kenya.
  • Thousands of Wildebeest die, either drowning in the flooded Mara River, breaking their legs after jumping down cliffs or falling prey to hungry predators.
  • The enormous herds gather at the waters edge trying to find the courage to cross the dangerous Mara River. It takes only one Wildebeest to jump in and then the rest will follow; crossing at up to 20 000 Wildebeest per hour!
  • Predators like Lion, Hyena, Wild-dog and Leopard follow the Wildebeest, Zebra and Gazelle to the Masai Mara plains thus creating the greatest game concentration anywhere on earth.
  • After about 3 months of relaxing and grazing on the Mara plains, the herd leaders begin to smell the Serengeti short rains. This usually occurs at the beginning of November (however the exact dates and times vary from year to year) and lead their herds across the Olduvai Gorge back across to Tanzania.
  • The herds arrive back in the Serengeti Plains just in time for calving season, usually in late January through mid March, when over 80% of the Wildebeest give birth over a period of a few weeks.
  • Less than half the calves born survive past their first Great Migration crossing, falling easy prey to predators.
  • The Great Migration takes place continuously, there is no exact schedule and it can all vary depending rainfall.

Booking your seat at the Wildlife Extravaganza So you want a ticket to the greatest game viewing show on earth, but don’t know if you can afford an ultimate Kenya safari experience? Hi there welcome to Overlanding Africa! We are masters of everything from a budget Kenya trip to epic Overland adventures - all organized just for you to experience the Great Migration without having to sell your kidneys for the memories! For more information on any of the Overland trips you can visit our overland tour page, contact one of our friendly Overlanding Africa experts or post your comments below.

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Cape Town to Vic Falls Overlanding Africa Travel Diary Part 7

Monday, April 11th, 2011
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Tamzyn's 21 day Cape Town to Vic Falls Overland trip continues in full force. Read on for the penultimate account of this epic adventure.

4x4 safari in Chobe

Day 19: Chobe National Park

Botswana’s Chobe National Park is where we are headed today. Elephants literally line the roadside on our way to the park, so close to our Overlanding truck we can almost reach out and touch them. We come across two breeding herds with their adorable babies in tow. After our ten-hour overlanding truck ride we arrive at our Chobe camp site and spend the afternoon exploring, reading and enjoying the cool waters of the pool. Tantalizing Treats Trymore (the official cook) whips up a scrumptious meal of sadza (maize map) and peanut butter relish which we all wolf down greedily before listening to the next day’s itinerary. Then we all spin off to find a quiet spot under the star studded sky and listen to the hippos and hyenas calling to us from the other side of the fence. Aside from a few camp sites, nothing else is fenced in Chobe and you can often see herds of elephants, buck and even the odd lion walking down the main street. How frickin’ cool is that!

Cape Buffalo Chobe

Day 20: Chobe National Park

We have an early start this morning for a 5:30 am game drive through the Thebe Area of the Chobe National Park, and we are spoilt for choice with some of the insane game viewing. Hippos, elephants, Cape buffalo, crocodiles, impala and baboons, we get to see it all and plenty of it! The Chobe National Park is one of the best game viewing areas left in the whole of Africa and is home to the biggest surviving elephant population. We all can’t believe how lucky we are to be appreciating this buffet of wildlife in such a lush setting.

Mopane Worms

After lunch we walk into the Village of Kasane and explore the local markets and food vendor stalls lining the streets. There is a variety of local cuisine to try, but I can’t quite wrap my head around biting into a dried fish head and so opt for a Mopane Worm instead. They are a bit salty and taste like sardines. So much for being a vegetarian…as they say: ‘when in Rome...’!

Campsite in Chobe National Park

Cruising the Four Borders

Our sunset cruise takes us to the meeting point of the four borders of Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia and gets us up close to an enormous elephant bull wading on the river bank. It is fascinating to watch the herds of elephants greeting each other, playing in the shallows and protecting their babies from the lurking crocodiles. You get such a sense of the intelligence, gentleness and strong family bonds of the herds. We even see a crocodile try to sneak up on a baby elephant- it’s exciting stuff!

Day 21: Victoria Falls

We cross our final border into Zimbabwe today. It’s an hour’s drive to Victoria Falls and as we round the corner we can see the impressive spray and mist clouds rising up from kilometres away. Victoria Falls in full force

Exploring Victoria Falls I meet Sunshine, a born and bred Rastafarian local who offers to show me around Victoria Falls on an exclusive personal tour. He leads me around the local arts and craft market, introducing me to his friends and their stalls crammed with curios and hand crafted wares. Everyone is extremely welcoming and accepting and keen to show me their sculpting, beading and weaving skills that their parents have passed down to them.

The Big Tree

Sunshine and I then hike along the banks of the powerful Zambezi River, which is in full and furious flow at the moment. He shows me the local fishing and swimming spots before we head off to see the Big Tree of Victoria Falls. The dramatic 16 metre high baobab is around 1,500 years old and could easily take twelve people to form a chain around it. The tree is like a map to the history of the town with carvings from as early as 1930!

Watch this space for the final installment of Tamzyn's epic adventure. [Read part 8 here] For information about Overlanding in Africa or to find out more about this trip, contact the team at OverlandingAfrica.com

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Cape Town to Vic Falls Overlanding Africa Travel Diary Part 6

Saturday, April 9th, 2011
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The Okavango Delta, yet another highlight on Tamzyn's 21 day Cape Town to Vic Falls overland trip, the good times just keep rolling in.

Day 16: The Okavango Delta

We’re in the Delta!

Mokoro riding through the Okavango Delta

We had an early start, left our overlanding truck behind and after an hour’s 4x4 drive arrived at the poling station to load up our mokoro’s (local canoes made from hollowed out trees) and set off into the unfenced bush of the Okavango Delta. Our mokoro poler, Elijah Daniel, was very friendly, knowledgeable and quite skilled at poling our large butts and luggage through the cool waterways and Okavango Delta channels. All we had to do was relax and enjoy the lily pad lined waterways, run our fingers through the cool water and listen to reeds swish along the side of the mokoro. Life on an overland trip sure is tough!

Elijah Our Okavango Delta Poler

Nature Calls in the Bush

We set up our Okavango Delta camp under the shade of an enormous sausage tree and got shown the bathroom: a spade, a hole and a roll of toilet paper.  We were camping proper bush style and loving it. The Okavango Delta is the world’s largest inland delta and its different habitats and labyrinth of waterways and lagoons support a wide variety of animals, from hippos to wild dogs, elephants, rhino and lion.

Learning to Drive a Mokoro

Then it was our turn to try a hand at being a poler! Our antics had the polers in stitches and they soon had to come to my rescue and keep reminding me how to steer!

Learning how to pole through the Okavango delta

There were a few wobbly starts and some of us spent a lot of time stuck in the reeds, but once we got the hang of it we were racing excitedly across the shallow pool, crashing into each other and steering round the reeds.

Sunset Safari Okavango Delta Game Walk

After we half-heartedly made our way back to the banks and handed over our poles we headed off to explore the grassy plains and try our luck at spotting some game. Bolly, our guide, knew plenty about the spoor (animal tracks) and plants that we found, teaching us the various uses of wild sage and how to make palm wine.

Mokoro ride at sunset through the Okavango Delta

Day 17: The Magical Okavango Delta

This morning we hopped back into our mokoro’s and steered our way to another island for our second guided walk through the golden grasslands on which we saw giraffe, a duiker and a honey badger. But that didn’t beat walking thigh deep through the water channels and getting our shoes stuck in the thick mud.

walking safari in the Okavango Delta

A Village Visit

We also visited the nearby village of Xaraxao and tasted Chibuku/shake shake (Sorghum Beer) before chasing down and catching the chicken for our dinner pot. A

Mokoro Cruise in Hippo Pool

After a quiet afternoon around camp, catching up and reading our books we packed our drink of choice and poled our way to Hippo Pool to watch the sun sink below the glittering water and light up the lilies. It was a fitting end to an unbelievable overlanding trip into the Okavango Delta. Great conversation with the polers, stunning waterway views and wildlife spotting - the Delta is paradise on earth!

Dancing Around the Fire

Back at our bush camp, our polers treated us to songs, story telling and traditional dancing around the roaring fire. Then it was our turn to entertain them, although our rendition of “Yellow Submarine” and “In the Jungle” was more of a torture than a show!

Day 18: Celebrating my Birthday in the Okavango Delta

Zebra's in the Okavango Delta

I turned 22 in the Okavango Delta and I couldn’t think of a more idyllic setting or better birthday present than this Overland adventure. On our early morning walk we got up close to a herd of zebra running through the plains and across the watering hole.

Back to Reality, Almost

We were all extremely sad at having to pull down our tents, pack up our mokoro’s and leave the magical Okavango Delta. I even tried to convince Elijah to keep on rowing and help me learn to live like Robinson Crusoe surviving on water lily soup and palm wine, but he wasn’t interested.

Truck ride back from the Okavango Delta

Bottoms Up in Maun

Elijah and some other polers met up with us in Maun and showed us around the sleepy town and it’s shebeens, before we carried the party back to the bar at Sitatunga camp site and danced our last Maun night away. Stay tuned for Tamzyn's penultimate post...

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Cape Town to Vic Falls Overlanding Africa Travel Diary Part 5

Friday, April 8th, 2011
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The Overland truck treks up through Etosha and into Botswana, wildlife is more plentiful and truck life is becoming second nature on Tamzyn's 21 day Cape Town to Vic Falls overland trip.

Day 13: Etosha

It’s a quick drive to the Namutoni gate of the Etosha National Park and within minutes we are surrounded by hoards of game. Centered around the shimmering silver pan, the Etosha National Park covers over 22 000 sq kilometers and is home to the Big 5, as well as a number of rare and endangered species (including the Black Rhino).

Zebra Crossing Etosha Game Park

We are all bouncing around the truck madly pointing out the fascinating game as we drive past journeys of Giraffe, herds of Zebra, plenty of Wildebeest as well as tons of the McDonald’s of the African plains (Impala). We are even lucky enough to chance a sighting of the elusive Leopard, which walks straight out of the bush past our Overlanding Truck and off down the road. Awesome! 

Leopard Etosha Pan Game Park

A herd of Buffalo visits the floodlit watering hole at our campsite. We watch them quietly drink from the pool before it starts to rain and we dart past the jackals scampering around and into the cover of our tents.

Day 14: Rundu

Swim for Your Lives We wake up with a swimming start, our tent having been transformed into a watering hole in last night’s downpour. Still we weren’t as bad off as some of the other overlanders who spent the night on the truck after being rained out of their tents!

Overland camping not always luxury

Off to Rundu

After a seven hour drive, some of us choosing to pass the time with a little help from Uncle Bells, we arrive at Rundu on Namibia’s shared Angolan border and not far from where we will cross the border into Botswana. As we are driving, the landscape changes dramatically around us, from grassy golds to lush greens whilst Nguni cattle line the streets and people dressed in dark coloured prints appear along the roadside. We knew we were getting close to the Botswana border! We set up camp on the banks of the Kavango River and although there are supposed to be some monster crocs and hippo’s around we don’t manage to spot any.

Rundu crocodiles

Instead we enjoy our drinks whilst looking out from the deck overhanging the river and listen to the chorus of reed frogs and the engine of the sunset cruise boat as it chugs by.

Day 15: Maun

Hippo Hollers

We heard a hippo on the banks near our campsite last night whilst we were lying in our tents. Woo-hoo, I wouldn’t trade that sound for the world! Botswana Baby, Yeah! A quick trip and we cross the border into Botswana. The roads are long and flat reaching out into the horizon. We drive past herds of livestock running across the road every 100 metres. Tons of goats, sheep and cattle and they aren’t afraid of our overlanding truck. The surrounding bush is thick, lush and green with ominous rain clouds gathering like grey candy-floss across the sky. Maun We arrive at the Sitatunga Campsite, the base for our Okavango Delta Mokoro trip, and unpack before heading off into the town of Maun to browse the local markets for the afternoon.

Sitatunga Campsite outside the Okavango Delta

Maun is the fifth largest town in Botswana, although standing in the middle of the main street you can see from one end of the town to the other. I found some killer hot and spicy chilies at the vendor market, as well as some cool looking safari hats! We spend the rest of the night dreaming about what the Okavango Delta had in store for us on this dream vacation. TIA (This is Africa) and I am enjoying the hell out of it. Can’t wait for the Delta!

Stay tuned for the next entry from Tamzyn's Overland Diary.
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Cape Town to Vic Falls Overlanding Africa Travel Diary Part 4

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011
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Approaching the half way mark in her 21 day Cape Town to Vic Falls overland trip, Tamzyn's affection for the Namib Desert, the creatures that inhabit it, and her overland truck, grows.

Day 10: Spitzkoppe

We spent our final morning in Swakopmund walking through enchanting streets, visiting the market squares, soaking up the German-styled architecture and crashing seashore views of the paved palm tree promenade. I gulped down a piping hot cup of local coffee from one of the many quaint coffee shops whilst looking out at the fog-covered pier and saying goodbye to Swakopmund.

Mars Landing in Namibia

Spitzkoppe Mountain Ranges

After a winding, scenic five-hour drive through the Namib Desert, our Overland truck arrived at the Spitzkoppe community campsite to explore the towering granite peaks and crazy rock formations of Africa’s Matterhorn. We set up our campsite and then hiked off on a guided expedition through the mind-blowing beauty of Spizkoppe’s striking 700 million year-old peaks; the lunar ridges rising up out of the barren flat desert landscape giving me a sense of alien perspective.

Hike up the Kopje at Spitzkoppe

James, our local tour guide, showed us the fascinating San rock paintings and told us about the rich history of the Bushman, how to use the plants to survive off the land and taught us a few choice Damara phrases and games. We climbed the kopje behind our campsite and watched the changing light and sunset colours dance across the sky.

Dancing with the Stars

Sunset at Spitzkoppe Campsite

We then returned to camp for another punch night, carried on the back of songs while we watched the energetic dancing of a local entertainment group performing around our roaring fire.

Bush Camping

After dinner we climbed the kopje again to spend our night under the clear canopy of stars, drinking in the fresh African air. This is why I came Overlanding! We settled in for the night, blessed with expansive views across the bush and out toward the towering peaks in the distance. The absolute stillness of the night tricked us into believing we’d found solitude, that is until the rumble of a snore rattled the still bushveld air and brought us back to the present. (Handy Tip: If you are planning to sleep outside in your sleeping bag, strip down to your undies. It actually keeps you warmer. Huh, who knew?)

Day 11: Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park

There is something so magical about waking up on the mountainside to a sunrise. We heard a noise in the middle of the night which sounded like a growl and Johan swore he saw an ominous shape, turns out it was probably a donkey!!

Cheetahs, Cheetahs and more Cheetahs

Arriving at the Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park we got our pictures taken with the three (sort of) tame cheetahs before driving into their main camp of ‘wild’ cheetahs for frenzied feeding time.

Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park

It was chaos as donkey meat went flying and we watched the cheetahs battle each other for the biggest pieces. We got some amazing photographs though! My heart melted for the cheetah that is blind in one eye, but still fierce and giving it horns. The park has seventeen wild cheetah, three tameish cheetahs and a fearless fox terrier (Voksie) who commands the lot. Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park was started when Tollie, a cattle farmer with a pesky cheetah problem caught a pregnant cheetah. The litter brought in tourists and they decided to convert the farm into a cheetah conservation project.

Cheetahs Fighting Otjitotongwe Cheetah Park Namibia

Licking Warthog B**ls

We beat it back to the campsite bar for a cold Namibian beer and some well deserved games of pool. The losers had to lick the stuffed pair of warthog balls hanging on the wall, though this wasn’t nearly as demanding a forfeit offered by the stuffed bull-elephant’s fifth leg.

Day 12: Australia Day

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie

Australia Day in Namibia

We celebrated Aussie Day today with an Aussie style breakfast of vegemite on toast!!! We all got into the spirit covering ourselves in flags, bandana’s and tattoos of the Aussie flag before bundling back onto the truck and bounding down the rocky Namibian roads. We arrived, hot and dusty, at the Etosha Safari Lodge just outside of the Etosha National Park and all dove straight in to the cool pool where we spent the rest of our afternoon chilled with cold beers, glorious sun and good books. That night we made Dampa (Stokbrood - 'Stick Bread') round the braai. Recipe:

  • Flour
  • Water
  • Salt

You wrap it round a stick, cook it in the open fire and then enjoy with cheese, syrup or honey. YUM! We all almost took off running when we mistook someone snoring for a roaring Lion, and then we decided to film it for laughs tomorrow. Life on safari, is there anything better? Stay tuned for the next excerpt from Tamzyn's Overland Diary.

[Read part 5 here]

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