Living in Africa affords one great opportunities for travel, and I’ve been lucky enough to be able to take advantage of that.
My latest excursion took me to the continent’s south, specifically, South Africa, Botswana, and Zimbabwe. I spent the first few days exploring Cape Town and then set out on an overland safari trek from Johannesburg through Botswana and ending in Victoria Falls. I can’t really think of any way to describe it outside of the usual cliché adjectives. Amazing. Beautiful. Stunning. Fantastic.
I won’t bore you with the details, but here are some highlights of the trip:
- Upgrade to business class on my first leg of the trip (from Addis to Dubai). Leg room! Tablecloth! Free champagne! Thanks, Emirates!
- Cape Town. All of it.
- Bush camping in the Okavango Delta.
- Lions! Lions!
- Availability of snack foods. Chips, nuts, fruit snacks. Amazing.
- Our safari nicknames: collectively, we were the Snack Pack, though we each had individual “bush names.” Mine? Wildebeest, because I could never see the damn animals without my glasses. Apparently, they have poor eyesight, too.
- Warthog meat. Holy delicious.
- Soweto bike tour. Awesome way to see the township.
- Apartheid Museum. Intense.
If you’d like to see some pictures, here’s my album on facebook. It was definitely a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and one I probably wouldn’t have taken if I weren’t living in Ethiopia.