Seeking Petrol For The End Of Lake Kariba

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Driving in Africa is a different experience. When I take a look at GoogleMaps everything is flat and roads are solid lines. It gives off the impression of “ah, this will be a piece of cake!” That is a serious misconception. Sitting comfortably at a lodge in Victoria Falls we knew it was time for an adventure in the African bush. The goal of this particular journey was to drive around the fourth largest man-made lake in the world, Lake Kariba. We would be traveling through Zimbabwe. The drive would take us roughly 800 kilometers and there was no guarantee we’d find petrol … Read More

Five Must See Places in California

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Must see places in California

There is probably no other state in the United States that offers holiday goers as much as California. From picturesque beaches to purple fields on mountaintops to the snow-capped Sierra Nevada Mountains – California has something for everyone. It’s no wonder that Americans and international travelers alike flock to the state for their vacations. Go ahead and rent that corvette and check out some of these California vacation rentals for the perfect trip in the United States. Five Must See Places in California Kings Canyon National Park Kings Canyon National Park is well known for its never-ending valleys, distinctive rocks, and towering trees located near … Read More

Africa Camping: The Basic Camping Checklist for Overlanders

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Whether you’ve chosen to self-drive Africa or join in on an overland safari, chances are you will be camping in Africa at some point. Africa is not as developed as the rest of the world meaning hotels, guesthouses, and hostels are few and far between. We’ve had a lot of trial and error with basic camping and Africa, but here are our top recommendations to get you through Africa camping!  The Africa Camping Basic Essentials A comfortable tent: We bought our tent at Cape Union Mart in Cape Town before we left. We opted for a 3 person even though there are … Read More

Victoria Falls Accommodation: 10 Reasons to Stay at Victoria Falls River Lodge

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Victoria Falls Accommodation

Looking for the perfect Victoria Falls Accommodation? On the banks of the mighty Zambezi River is the secluded Victoria Falls River Lodge. Set among the wildlife in the Zambezi National Park, but still deep enough in the bush to go undetected is the ideal lodge to experience Victoria Falls from. Here are 10 reasons to stay at the Victoria Falls River Lodge in Zimbabwe.  The Room (or house) When we first were shown our room at the lodge we were blown away by the size. The room was monstrous with a king size bed,  sectional couch, coffee bar, indoor and outdoor … Read More

How Not to Overland Africa: The Day We Drove the Wrong Way

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By the time we reached the Malawi border I fell to my knees and almost kissed the ground. We’d had a rough couple of days driving in Zambia after discovering we had driven 1100 kilometers in the wrong direction. The result was a total re-route to our trip in Africa. The border post felt like a miracle because there was zero information on this border post, anywhere! I’ll start from the beginning with hopes that no one will make the same mistake we did. Driving in Zambia Lusaka We spent a week holed up hiding from the rain in the … Read More

Overland Vehicle Equipment and Gear List for Traveling Africa

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There is no perfect overland vehicle equipment or gear list when it comes to traveling Africa. What items works best in one overland truck may be worthless in another. However, there is no denying that what you pack in your overland vehicle is essential to the success of your trip. I spent a lot of time researching, shopping, and traveling to reach a gear list for an overland vehicle. This is the basics of what we’re currently carrying in our truck. We’re in the midst of an overland trip from Cape Town to Nairobi. We just set out on our greatest adventure … Read More

Tongabezi: A Stay to Remember at One of the Best Lodges in the World

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Eco Lodge in Zambia

When we arrived at Tongabezi we knew that for a few days our troubles associated with overland travel would all be forgotten. It was needed after a very rough time at the Kazungula Ferry crossing. Overlanding with your own vehicle in Africa is not always easy, to say the least. The friendly Zambian staff greeted us with a refreshing aperitif and told us not to worry about anything and led us to our home for the next few days. Each room at Tongabezi has its own appointed valet. This personal valet watches over you and your room and makes sure you have … Read More

What’s the Deal with Travel in Zimbabwe?

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Traveling in Zimbabwe

We debated about traveling to Zimbabwe on our overland trip through Africa. We had heard rumors of fuel shortages, cash restrictions, power cutoffs, and harsh police roadblocks. However, this is Africa, and we decided it was in our route and could not be missed. We had received word of hour long queues at the ATM’s and bank goers only being able to withdraw $60 at a time. So, before we crossed the Vic Falls Border we stopped in Livingstone, Zambia and made sure we had more than enough cash to get us around Zimbabwe. Zimbabwe’s currency has completely collapsed, so they have … Read More

20 Things to Prepare for Travel in Africa

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Africa Travel Tips

There really isn’t anything quite like traveling around Africa. From the completely (sometimes shocking) cultures, to the vast wildlife, to the mesmerizing landscapes Africa travel is sure to captivate your heart. I’m already crying tears of sadness for the day I have to leave this wonderful continent, but getting used to traveling Africa sure hasn’t been a walk in the park. Here are 20 things to prepare you for Africa travel! Traveling Africa? Be prepared for people everywhere Instead of millions of cars on the road in Africa, you’ll find people. Unless we are on a rural African road there … Read More

The Ultimate Girls Packing List for Africa

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Africa Packing List

Packing for a trip is difficult. Packing for a trip to Africa can be downright daunting. Whether you’re on an overland safari, on a mission trip, or just traveling around the massive continent here is the ultimate Africa packing list for ladies.  The Ultimate Africa Packing List for Girls Essentials Sturdy Shoes: This is perhaps the most important thing you will need before you get to Africa. A pair of good sturdy shoes! I love my and have been going strong in them for two years! Check out my other recommendations here. I cannot stress a good pair of shoes enough … Read More