Next Stop, Botswana

We arrived in Windhoek, back in civilisation again and back to luxury, a real bed in some actual accommodation for the night. We started with a walk around town – which didn’t take all that long – learning about the history of Namibia. The buildings we were shown were quite new, displaying modern designs and…

Etosha National Park

It wouldn’t be Africa if I didn’t dedicate another couple of days to a national park for more game drives. We arrived at Etosha National Park in Namibia, home to four of the big five alongside too many springbok, zebras and elephants to count. We encountered those three so often that we got to the…

Hiking Around Spitzkoppe and Brandberg

The drive started with grey, rainy skies, heightening my fears of camping in the rain. However once we left town and hit the middle of nowhere, the sky cleared up, the sun came up and we sat struggling in the heat once again. Our first stop was Spitzkoppe, the giant granite formations of Namibia. Our…

Time Off in Swakopmund

After experiencing the zebras at sunrise that morning we packed up and jumped back onto the truck, excited for the lodge in Swakopmund that we were making our way to and the beds that came with it. I had grown used to the thin mattresses and my pillow made of clothes, but nothing beats a…

What I Really Expected of Africa

Now this, this is what I expected of Africa. Through our panoramic windows on the truck all you could see was desert. It looked like a still from The Lion King and felt like the inside of a jackhammer with the same sound effects. For hours at a time we were subjected to a road…

Crossing Into Namibia

We were held up for a couple of hours at the Namibian border for no valid reason – just Africa things. On the other side the scenery changed; it became more vast with rocky mountains and not much else to look at while we sat on the truck for hours at a time. We were…

My Second Group Tour

There were 17 of us that boarded the Nomad Adventures truck destined for Victoria Falls. We slowly got to know each other over the first couple of days and I had more faith than I had in my first group. No big personalities and surprisingly, I was the only Australian and the only person with…

A Sense of Familiarity Back in Cape Town

Arriving at the airport I was popular within the carpark, Uber drivers who must not understand the concept of Uber were waiting at the entrance to harass anyone around, asking if they needed a lift. I did things the right way and booked mine on the app, dodging them all as I walked over to…

Raining in Durban

Arriving in Durban on Sunday morning we were greeted by the most rain they had seen in a while resulting in some newsworthy floods. We were staying in Addington right near the beach although not that that mattered much given the weather. We had some final group drinks together before half retreated to bed, in…

St Lucia and a Homestay in Zululand

We were nearing the end of the tour when we arrived in St Lucia and tensions were rising. Unsurprisingly, considering there were 14 of us of all different ages and backgrounds that had been put on a bus for a week and forced to spend all our time together. It was bearable of course, and…