Beautiful Okavango Delta…we shall never forget beautiful delta

A nice change of pace, the Okavango Delta is the 1,000th place to be listed on as a World Heritage site. This swampy inland delta doesn’t flow into any sea or ocean. Every year, flood water spreads over the 2,300-5,800 square mile area to create a unique ecosystem. It was refreshing to be surrounded by …

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How to save the rhinos, according to Ian

Disclaimer: A majority of this information and opinions have been taken from Ian’s talk at Matobo National Park. I recorded his talk and transcribed it for use in this blog post. I have not checked facts and statements online due to limited time and internet connectivity. Rhino survival has been questioned for decades now. First, …

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Hwange: the classic African experience

Currently: Reminiscing about last night under the stars watching elephants be elephants Back into Zimbabwe after a curiously long border crossing, we made it to our next destination of Hwange National Park just in time for a sunset safari, the first of three drives in the matter of 18 hours. Our local guide's heritage is …

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Chobe: A hippo here, a buffalo there, elephants everywhere

Currently: Bouncing around in the bus on our way to Hwange National Park after a morning of napping  Botswana, you really know how to welcome people. To cross the border into Botswana, we had to step onto this squishy pad in this nearly empty black bin to clean our shoes. The squishy pad allegedly contained …

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Politics and rainbows at Victoria Falls

Currently: Enjoying the last of our leisurely start surrounded by… oh just a measly 27 tents at the Victoria Falls Rest Camp. At our pre-departure orientation, our tour leader Ben mentioned one thing that I wanted to talk about. He told us never, ever to bring up politics with the locals. Violence and politics go …

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