Tag Archive: southern Africa

Jun 18 2015

Cheetah Conservation Fund

At the start of our week long visit, when driving north from Windhoek to Etosha, we saw the signboards for Cheetah Conservation Fund (CCF). I had been in contact with them years before when living in the UK, but hadn’t realised where they were located in Namibia. Now I knew. We made a mental note …

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Jun 17 2015

My favourite surprise

Our days in Etosha were drawing to a close. We still had one full day before we started the extended journey back to Windhoek to catch our flight. And it turned out to be a very special day. The morning dawned glorious and golden – and rather chilly – as it had most days. Our …

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Jun 16 2015

A day of birds

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I woke up warm and happy for the first time in Etosha! I had a failed negotiation with Viking Explorer the night before. I thought, being the kind, caring man that he is, he would be only too happy to relinquish his Norwegian sleeping bag and take my North Face sleeping bag. I wanted to …

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Jun 14 2015

A magical day in Etosha

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That first night in the park (and I think the second too!) I froze. The answer to “how cold can it really get in Africa in Winter?” is VERY! Despite a very good quality winter sleeping supposedly temperature rated to -7C, my newly purchased fleece blanket tucked inside, full thermal base layers AND a beanie …

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Jun 13 2015

Northwards … Etosha here we come!

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I eased into consciousness, snuggled warmly under the duvet. The events of the previous day all but forgotten. Today, we could start on our holiday. Now, we would never recommend anyone to visit Namibia for 1 week. It is just too short to see very much, the distances are far and the driving can be …

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Jun 12 2015

Not the start I anticipated

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I stood forlornly gazing at the lone burgundy wheelie bag circling in front of me on the otherwise empty baggage carousel. A bag that unfortunately wasn’t mine. Sigh. Not exactly the start I had anticipated to our Namibian adventure. Sigh. Last time my bags were lost, it took the airline 5 days to reunite me …

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Mar 21 2014

On my own … part 2

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Up early the following morning, I faced a long day of driving to reach Hermanus. Before setting off from Bun Clody in Hanover, I gave a guided tour of the vehicle to my wonderful hosts and my new friend Mfundiso – all of whom were interested and fascinated by our home on wheels. I do …

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Mar 19 2014

On my own … part 1

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After many months of dithering about what to do with the vehicle, it seemed that returning the vehicle to the UK was the best alternative. As Viking Explorer had already returned to corporate life, the task was left to me to arrange. I was quite surprised at the reaction of family when I announced that …

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