Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 58 Gariep River to Cederberg Mountain, South Africa

Thursday 18 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Wine Tasting, Billiards

Today we moved onto Cederberg Mountain which for most of the group would be the last night camping, for me I was booked in hotels or upgraded tenting for this leg so it is not a big deal for me but for others it was time to reflect on the last 2.5 weeks on the road about to come to an end. It took us about 7 hours to get to our destination made a little longer by an issue with the truck that meant we had lunch on the road instead of as planned at our destination.

Continue reading

Posted in Travel, World Trip 2017 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 57 Fish River Canyon to Gariep River, South Africa

Wednesday 17 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Getting into South Africa

Today we moved into South Africa the final country of this trip and tour. The landscape started having subtle changes, there were still desert areas but occasionally green patches started and definitely near dams wineries. The dry heat was starting to fade into just heat as the climate slowly changed, still you don’t want to get caught in direct sunlight without water. Just before the border we stopped off for some shopping an got to seeing thatch huts for the locals.

Continue reading

Posted in Travel, World Trip 2017 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 56 Sesriem to Fish River Canyon, Namibia

Tuesday 16 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Fish River Canyon

Today we faced a 600 km drive across Namibia. Despite this and the at times very bumpy drive the time appeared to fly as we got to watch the amazing harsh landscape in front of us and the occasional animal that somehow survives in this environment.

Continue reading

Posted in Travel, World Trip 2017 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 55 Sesriem, Namibia

Monday 15 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Climbing Dune 45, Hiking to Deadvlei (the Dead Valley), Namib-Naukluft Park Canyon

An early morning pickup from my hotel just before 6 am so we could get into the National Park the moment they opened the gates which was critical to avoid the worst of the sun and heat in the desert across the day. Our driver got us though the traffic and to Dune 45 before most of the other vehicles that were in the line ahead of us.

Continue reading

Posted in Travel, World Trip 2017 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 54 Swakopmund to Sesriem, Namibia

Sunday 14 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Flamingos, Luna Rock formations, Tropic of Capricorn

Today was a long travel day but that doesn’t mean we didn’t get to see and experience more of this unique country. About 5 minutes out from Swakopmund the temperature rose quickly and never really dropped under 30 for the rest of the day and night. I know they say in the desert the temperature can drop quickly but it didn’t during my visit.

Continue reading

Posted in Travel, World Trip 2017 | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 53 Swakopmund, Namibia

Saturday 13 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Dolphin Cruise, Fork n Nice (Fish & Chips vendor)

Today I had selected a dolphin cruise option for my stay in Swakopmund and three tour members joined me; Gaelle, Rita and Isabelle. As we were being picked up at 8 am our crew organised for lunch at 7.30 am. It turned out the tour operator was running late and had to sent a personal driver instead of the bus to pick us up. The 20 minute drive to the port / pier still meant we got their in time for the 9 am sailing time.

While this was called the Dolphin Cruise there is never a guarantee of dolphins and today we did miss out on them but instead we got wonderful seals including some who boarded our boat and we got to interact with. I even got to pat two of the very friendly ones 🙂

Continue reading

Posted in Travel, World Trip 2017 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Africa Trip 2017-18: Day 52 Brandberg to Swakopmund, Namibia

Friday 12 January 2018. Photos.
Highlights: Spitzkoppe landscape and rock paintings

Despite having a comfortable room I got little sleep last night due to the group bonding session next door and the 5.35 am alarm today. This meant the unusually for me I did doze off a few times when crossing the amazing Namibia landscape. I couldn’t however but be impressed whenever I did look out the truck windows and this started from our first landscape stop just for photos.

Continue reading

Posted in Travel, World Trip 2017 | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment