Five Reasons You Should Visit 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 Best Travel Pillows for Long Haul Flights: J Pillow, Cabeau Evolution Pillow, Trtl, and More

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best travel pillows for long haul flights

Looking for the best travel pillow for a long haul flight? We’ve reviewed the J Pillow, Skyrest Travel, Trtl Pillow, Therm-a-Rest, and Cabeau Evolution Pillow – all some of the best travel pillows on the market. What does a great travel pillow mean? No more leaning on nasty germ filled windows, no more stiff necks, and no more red eye flights filled with no sleep. It’s time to get a decent sleep on long distance flights. We always pack one in our carry on bags, and they make a world of difference on the body. First things first lets take … 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

What to Pack for Iceland

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What to pack for Iceland

If you’re wondering what to pack for Iceland you are not alone. Before I left for the nordic country I had no idea what to throw in my bag. I was going in the summer time, but what exactly is summertime in Iceland? Would I still be cold? (I mean it is ICE land by the way). Or were all my notions about the country wrong and I would end up sipping pina colada’s for a week?  Before you pack for Iceland it’s important to determine a few questions. What time of year are you heading to Iceland? Temperatures vary … 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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driving in zambia

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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overland gear list Africa

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