Best Place To Go On Safari In Southern Africa

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best national parks in Southern Africa

Deciding on the best place to go on safari can be a difficult decision. I remember when we first landed in Africa and we just simply went to what we thought was the closest national park to Johannesburg. That happened to be Kruger National Park, and self-driving it ended up being one of the greatest decisions we made in Africa. We saw a plethora of wildlife on a self-drive safari and we had no idea what we were doing. Now, we’ve been to every major park in Southern Africa and have countless stories of spotting African wildlife in their natural … Read More

We Sat at a Zanzibar Cafe and got a Different Glimpse into Life There

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zanzibar cafe

We were sitting in a small Zanzibar cafe in Stone Town off the coast of Tanzania. Stone Town is a city with a long history of trading in spices and slaves it brought great wealth to the city, but after the trade stopped everything appeared to freeze in time. We wandered around the hot streets of Stone Town until we started to make us crave something cold. We ventured into the Zanzibar Coffee House, which was humming with activity and had one table left. We were relegated to the table next to the door – a seat that is usually the most undesirable … Read More

The Ultimate Southern Africa Bucket List

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Bucket List Southern Africa

It’s hard to nail down a Southern Africa bucket list. Between Namibia, South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and Zambia there are so many must do things. Visitors can choose from wildlife safaris in the bush to diving with whale sharks in Mozambique. There is just so much to do and see in the massive area. It can feel a bit daunting when you first start coming up with your Southern Africa bucket list.  This isn’t some generic list of places someone’s pulled off of Google with creative commons images. We’ve been there, done it, and checked it off our … Read More

Five Reasons You Shouldn’t Skip Malawi while Overlanding Africa

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Visit Malawi

Besides the fact that Malawi is one of the smallest countries in Africa, and directly on our overland route through Africa, Malawi was a country I knew little about. I’ve met people that had traveled to Tanzania, South Africa, Namibia, and all the other “popular” African nations – but never had I met anyone that had been to Malawi. I knew that I had to visit Malawi while we were venturing around Africa. We crossed over the Chitipa Border Post from Zambia with very little expectations, and what we found shouldn’t be missed by anyone traveling around Southern and Eastern Africa.  … Read More

The Big Five: Animals You’ll Want To See On Safari

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Big Five Animals in Africa

The Big Five Animals The Big Five animals are the following African wildlife: African Lion, African Leopard, Cape Buffalo, African Elephant, and the Rhinoceros. The moniker the “Big Five” refers to the five deadliest animals that were popular with big game hunters. However, it is now more commonly used on safari as the five animals to see. Many game reserves, parks, and safari operators use it as their main marketing term. It’s pretty much unavoidable to go on safari, plan a safari, or even think about a safari without coming across the term “The Big Five.” It’s also one of … Read More

A Christmas Safari at Musango Safari Camp in Zimbabwe

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Musango Safari Camp

As the holidays were quickly approaching we had a debate about how we could make our Christmas in Africa a special one. When we were given the opportunity to have a safari at Musango Safari Camp in Zimbabwe and jumped at the opportunity. Spending a holiday on safari is certain to make it an unforgettable one. After all, any holiday that is spent with wild elephants, exotic birds, and hippos is one to take note of. Musango Safari Camp is situated along the banks of Lake Kariba deep in a valley. Musango is by all accounts in the bush of Zimbabwe and … Read More

Seeking Petrol For The End Of Lake Kariba

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Lake Kariba Can

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

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