Category Archives: Around Africa

Chumbe Island

If you’re a regular reader of this blog then you know how I feel about islands. Our friend Lori who we met in Lalibela a few years ago told me that if we were going to Zanzibar we absolutely had to … Continue reading

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The Elephant Café

I almost didn’t go to the Elephant Café. When Kim first suggested it, it didn’t sound like anything I’d want to do. Pet the elephants, then have dinner at the elephant place. It was crazy expensive and sounded like a classic tourist … Continue reading

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Dinner train

We’re back Zambia again, where we’ve checked in again at the homey ZigZag lodge on the edge of Livingstone. Right across the street from the lodge compound we can see these beautifully restored passenger train cars. This is the Royal Livingstone Express … Continue reading

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Victoria Falls

On our last day in Zimbabwe Andreas and I took a walk through town to Victoria Falls National Park, a protected area that runs along the cliffs opposite Zambia. They have put in a wide paved sidewalk just in from the … Continue reading

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Adventureland

We’re in Zimbabwe now. A new day, a new adventure. My travel confidence had been shaky since the sudden onset of previously undetected cataractaphobia (I just made that up) a couple of days ago. What better way to recover my inner Livingstone than a morning mini-safari followed … Continue reading

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The Devil’s Pool

Hoo boy. This was a thing. A very scary thing. The scariest thing ever, as far as I am concerned. I don’t frighten very easily. Or at least, I sometimes find that the things that scare other people don’t scare me … Continue reading

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Z tour with Mr. and Mrs. P

This evening we embarked on a long-awaited winter holiday with our friends Kim & Andre P.  We’ve got all kinds of great stuff planned for the next three weeks. Truthfully, most of it was planned by Kim. In our family, I am the … Continue reading

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Gorillas in the mist

Andreas was planning to visit from Cairo over the long Easter weekend. “Hey,” I said. “Let’s go to Rwanda!” What better place for a weekend getaway? If you haven’t been there, Rwanda would likely surprise you. It is a beautiful country … Continue reading

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Spice island

I spent the last part of my spring break week in exotic Zanzibar. Zanzibar is what put the “zan” in Tanzania when the nations of Zanzibar and Tanganyika united in 1964. Zanzibar is an archipelago of two large and several … Continue reading

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Safari in Tanzania, part 3

On my fourth day in Tanzania we visited Ngorongoro Crater. It’s a sort of garden of Eden for wild animals – a volcanic caldera with a small lake at its center. At the end of the day we drove back … Continue reading

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