Zimbabwe Part II: The Smoke That Thunders (Victoria Falls)

It had been a long flight in darkness from London so I was happy to see the sunrise over Africa because it meant there was only a few hours to go before we landed in Johannesburg.  The year was 2001 and as the cabin crew were about to serve breakfast the Virgin Atlantic Captain spoke …

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Zimbabwe Part I: When a freedom fighter fights freedom

We had pulled over on the side of the road minutes after crossing the border into Zimbabwe.  The cab of the truck was surrounded by police who were collecting a fine from our driver for an infringement.  Except there was no infringement and this was a bribe not a fine, something that everyone including the …

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Botswana Part III: On Safari in Chobe National Park

Elephants were everywhere and as far as the eye could see.  Next to us they looked huge as small herds made their way past us to the river for an evening drink.  In front of us they looked smaller and glistened black in the late afternoon sun as adults and babies frolicked blissfully in the …

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Namibia Part VII: Goodbye Desert. Hello Humans.

Giant meteorites, vast sinkhole lakes and beautiful minerals characterise the road between Etosha National Park and the Botswana border.  We weren't to see any of these on the two full days we had left in Namibia after we left Etosha National Park but there were plenty of interesting experiences nonetheless. Our first day out of …

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