Category Archives: Africa

City of Oaks

Sunday, January 7, 2018 The ship was late docking this morning due to high seas, so we ended up boarding about two hours late. At least we had reading materials and electronics to occupy our time waiting at the cruise … Continue reading

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The Smoke That Thunders

Thursday, January 4, 2018 I’m feeling much better this morning. We did walk to a nearby pharmacy to get some electrolyte powder to mix into our water. I don’t want another experience like yesterday! The grounds are beautiful at the … Continue reading

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Xakanaxa Camp

Happy New Year! January 1, 2018 No game drive this morning as we had a long journey to our next camp, Xakanaxa, in the Moremi Game Reserve. Rains arrived at Mashatu during the night, accompanied by lots of thunder and … Continue reading

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Evening in Xakanaxa

January 2, 2018, evening This evening’s event was a boat ride on the channels of the Khwai River, lined with pampas grasses, papyrus, and waterlilies. The animals don’t eat the pampas grass so it can grow quite tall. Among the … Continue reading

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Morning in Xakanaxa

Tuesday morning, January 2, 2018 Every night I think we couldn’t possible top the experiences of the day, and the next day I am continually proved wrong. We were told to be careful this morning as a bull elephant had … Continue reading

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Pawprints, Poop and Plants

Sunday morning, New Year’s Eve 2017 We signed up for a walking game drive to get a different perspective. Also, we’re ready for some physical activity. Riding in the safari vehicles is great for getting around and seeing many animals, … Continue reading

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New Year’s Eve at Mashatu

Sunday, December 31, 2017, evening. This afternoon, we relaxed at the camp and enjoyed the wildlife just outside our windows. On this evening’s game drive, we spotted a troop of baboons, feeding on and along the road. It was delightful … Continue reading

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First Morning at Mashatu

Saturday, December 30, 2017 To beat the heat, we started this morning’s game drive really, really early – 5:15am. We were rewarded with a beautiful sunrise. The terrain is very different from the game preserve at MalaMala. There is a … Continue reading

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Evening at MalaMala

Still December 28, 2017 The Nat Geo expert, Bill Branch, gave a talk about Africa at noon today. He discussed its geology, both historical (as part of Gondwanaland) as well as current. Unlike many of the other continents, it has … Continue reading

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MalaMala Game Reserve

Wednesday, December 27, 2017 Another long day – up at 5am to catch our ride back to the airport in Johannesburg. We met up with the rest of the group (9 other couples plus two National Geographic reps.) We then … Continue reading

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