Category Archives: Africa

The Ostrich Capital of the World

Tuesday, January 9, 2018 Our ship docked in Mossel Bay, the bay of mussels, this morning. The name dates back to 1595 or 1601, depending on which story you believe. Mossel Bay is part of the Garden Route, of South … Continue reading

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Mother City of South Africa

Saturday, January 5, 2018 This was a long travel day. Again, there were three legs to our flight. First, we returned to the small airport at Xakanaxa where we boarded a 12 passenger plane that took us to Maun. Mark … Continue reading

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Kasane Heat

Wednesday, January 3, 2018 There was a beautiful full moon over the channel at Xakanaxa this morning. After breakfast, we were taken to the airport for transport to Maun where we will reconnect with the DC-3 South Africa airplane and … Continue reading

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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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