Tanzania Part I: The Long Road to Dar es Salaam

The two-day drive to Dar es Salaam started with a predawn breakfast at our Chitimba campsite on the shores of Lake Malawi.  A bright light illuminated our outdoor breakfast, tricking various large bugs that it was daylight so that us bleary-eyed travelers were periodically startled by dive bombing insects.  Our destination that day was Iringa …

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Zambia Part II: On Safari in South Luangwa National Park

The sun had already set as we wearily finished putting up our tents on the banks of the Luangwa River.  We had just completed a 9-hour drive from Lusaka and were looking forward to a cold beer at the bar.  Suddenly a tree full of baboons next to us went crazy with barking sounds, quickly …

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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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Namibia Part III: Giant Dunes & Bad Behaviour

As a spectacular dawn broke over the vast red desert plain I was making my way back from the bathrooms, toothbrush in hand and keeping a sharp eye out for snakes and scorpions.  We were at our campsite near Sesriem for two nights meaning we could take a break that morning from packing up our …

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American Road Trip: Magnificent Montana

I don't know about other people but I always get stressed when I'm asked where my favorite place in the world is.  There are so many variables that it is impossible to answer accurately and I don't want to give a half-assed answer to such an important question.  For example, the Lake District is one of …

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