South Africa’s journey from apartheid to freedom

One of my favorite things to do is go on free walking tours in every city I travel to. In Cape Town, I opted for the Apartheid to Freedom tour to learn more about the history that binds the city together so strongly. Before the tour began, our guide shared a quick introduction into the …

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One prisoner’s story of surviving Robben Island

It’s funny. The heart of Cape Town and the history that I wanted so very much to learn about was actually about seven kilometers off the city's shore on a desolate, isolated place known as Robben Island. Robben Island is infamous for being the place of the informal battleground against the apartheid movement. The island’s …

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A stroll along Fish River Canyon followed by a South African wine tasting

Our last real tourist attraction in Namibia was the massive gash in the earth known as Fish River Canyon. We drove all day to our campsite, where we were promptly told not to leave any food out for the baboons who willingly tear you limb for limb if you get in their way. Thanks for …

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Overlanding, the Namib Desert, and some tree graveyards

Onwards to our desert experience, we stopped for a quick photo stop at the Tropic of Capicorn. We then moseyed on down to our Namib Desert-adjacent campsite for the night to prepare for another sunrise adventure.   Back up three weeks… What exactly is overlanding? Many people aren’t that familiar with overlanding, so I figured I’d …

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Swakopmund: More than a German colonial town

Swakopmund is the little Germany of Namibia. Sophie and I immediately saw the heavy German influence from its paved streets to its half-timbered houses to its grocery stores. This town is known as the adventure capital of southern Africa. Having already checked sky diving off our bucket list, Sophie convinced me to sign up for …

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A visit to a Ju/’hoansi San community

Disclaimer: A majority of this information and opinions have been taken from Ian’s talk on the bushmen at Matobo National Park. He said he’s worked with and studied the community for about 40 years. I recorded his talk and transcribed it for use in this blog post. I have not checked facts and statements online …

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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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