Category Archives: Africa

Nelson Mandela 1918 – 2013

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And off again…

I woke up with a sense of dread on Saturday morning; the prospect of 11 flights before the end of the year suddenly overwhelmed me (or to be more truthful, frightened me). I love travelling. I hate flying. (Two statements which … Continue reading

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Africa (BBC1)

Africa, the latest David Attenborough programme on the BBC. I’ve only watched two episodes so far, Congo and Sahara, and although very different, they’re both excellent. In Sahara, I was mesmerised by the sand dunes and how their movements were captured over the … Continue reading

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Botswana and Zambia – Moremi Game Reserve (June 2012)

In Moremi, we got lucky and had our best sighting of a leopard, ever. We saw plenty more: kudus; red billed francolins; impalas; velvet monkeys; a troop of baboons; hippos; buffalos; steenboks; bee-eaters and little bee-eaters; hornbills; guinea-fowls; waterhogs; tsessebe … Continue reading

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Botswana and Zambia – elephants, Moremi Game Reserve (June 2012)

Moremi gave us many more elephant sightings… and experiences. A herd passing the edge of our camp, with lots of little ones. Elephants spraying dust on themselves. A bull drinking. A little elephant copying his elders by trying to shake … Continue reading

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Botswana and Zambia – elephant herd (June 2012)

So amazing to be able to watch the herd walk past. The matriarch. The hierarchy. The little tiny ones protected by the family. The bulls at the back, keeping us in check. Elephants are everywhere…

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Botswana and Zambia – elephants, Savuti National Park (June 2012)

Elephant dung. Elephant footprint (with the other half’s foot for comparison). Elephant skeleton. The skull is a big honeycomb which, I learnt, helps keep the weight down. And… an elephant rock painting.

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Botswana and Zambia – Savuti National Park (June 2012)

I loved Savuti. The wildlife was good but not as good as Chobe. Still. I loved our camp, the dry landscape and the dead trees, the remoteness  and wildness. As we were leaving the park, our truck got stuck in the sand. … Continue reading

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Bostswana and Zambia – Chobe National Park (June 2012)

Chobe National Park is known for having the highest concentration of elephants in Africa. Strangely enough, we only saw a couple on our early morning drive. But we saw loads of other animals: a hyena; buffalos (charging our truck); giraffes; … Continue reading

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Botswana and Zambia – elephants, Chobe river safari (June 2012)

Straight from crossing the border back into Botswana, we found ourselves on a boat safari. The wildlife was staggering. We saw so much. And all so close to us. Being on a boat gave us a totally different perspective of … Continue reading

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