Outdoor Showers and Chatty Lions

I took one of the best showers of my life at Nata Lodge. We are talking top five for sure, like that shower you take after running your first half marathon or after Slope Day at Cornell in the pouring rain. Nata Lodge, coincidently located in Nata, Botswana, has adorable and spacious lodges with HUGE…

Cats on Cats on Cats in Moremi-Khwai

Loving all our game drives in the Moremi-Khwai region.   Started with a late afternoon game drive just outside Moremi Game Reserve in the Khwai community area (Khwai concession). The Game Reserve includes no fences, so the animals move freely between the community area and the Reserve. Ninja flipped the windshield down, so you know…

Captain Amber rules the Botswanan Sky

We opted for a scenic tour in Maun, Botswana which was hosted by Mack Air (Maun is the third largest city in Botswana and is the tourist capital). After clearing security, we were escorted to our plane, and greeted by our pilot, Amber. As you can imagine, we were thrilled to have a woman pilot!…

Mokoro rides around the Okavango Delta

Early start to the day listening to the birds, monkeys and other animals.  After breakfast headed out to explore the Okavango Delta via mokoro, traditional dugout canoes used for fishing in the delta. Riding around in the mokoro is very similar to punting, which was my favorite activity in Oxford. In the delta, these canoes…

Checking out the Caprivi Strip

We stayed for two glorious nights at Camp Kwando in the Caprivi Strip, which is located in northeastern Namibia. The first afternoon, we just relaxed around camp and hung out by the pool listening to all the birds. Camp Kwando is gorgeous, the main building consisting of open air reception, bar, restaurant and lounge with…

Five Stars for Victoria Falls

We are driving today, a lot of driving, which is to be expected. We crossed the border not once but twice. First out of Zimbabwe into Botswana and then out of Botswana into Namibia. Soon after leaving Victoria Falls, we saw elephants, small group of giraffe, warthogs and the ever elusive African wild dog just…

Going to visit with Simba and friends

Since my airfare’s booked and my wire transfer to Botswana went through, I’m excited to share I will yet again returning this Africa this summer. Amanda and I are embarking on a 12 day safari through Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Namibia. If you read my blog, you might remember Amanda from previous posts, as she…

What to do with 21 hours in paradise?

We left Madagascar yesterday but felt no sadness as we headed to enjoy some time on Mauritius. Last night we got to our guesthouse in the dark, but were thrilled to know our cute room was right on the water. And of course, I could hear the ocean. Plus the best feature was a huge…

Touring around Tana

We got in from Sambava and were met by our driver and headed back to Hotel Sol for our final night. We enjoyed our night in the hotel, with dinner followed by hot showers. We packed up for our flight the next day and just relaxed. The next morning, we headed out to explore Antananarivo…

Rainforests seem like a great place to visit, but….

We flew up to Sambava for our rainforest trek. The guide told us our plan before we checked in the national park office and laid out our gear and food for the porters. Yockno explained we’d get dropped off in the village, hike about two hours to the forest entrance. From there, it’s about a…

Big Tsingy, big fun.

Another long day of driving. Actually the second day but yesterday I was too sick to even open my eyes in the car. I woke up with a pounding headache and nausea around 2am, with body aches. These delightful, hangover like symptoms remained with me all day until this morning. I just sat in the…

Travelin’ via ferry and caravan.

Long car rides on Safari make for prime blog writing time. Though the bumpy “secondary” roads make for many spelling errors. En route to Tsingy via caravan! We lined up just outside of a bustling village around 1:30pm today. After all the trucks checked in, we were off to Tsingy! I think there’s about 15…