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Southern Africa: Memories to last a lifetime

October 28th, 2008

After filling our boots at the Billabong factory outlet shop in Jeffreys Bay, we drove to Port Elizabeth airport and hopped-on a short flight back to Cape Town to spend our last night in South Africa. Tomorrow we head north-east into a different country and continent — the United Arab Emirates in the Middle-East, Asia. […]

Backpacking Southern Africa: Did we need to be apprehensive?

October 24th, 2008

When we first announced to our friends, family and fellow travellers that we intended to travel independently through Southern Africa for just over three months, we were met with a lot of questions about personal safety, exotic illnesses, scary creatures and dire transport. As our trip loomed ever closer, we ourselves were apprehensive about these […]

Africa Insight: Multipurpose soap

September 1st, 2008

In the UK, we have many different detergents for many different uses. For us, we choose a soap on purpose and frangrance. For ourselves, a tea-tree cleansing soap for our faces, a sea-mineral spa-gel for bath and shower, a colour and hair-type matched shampoo for our noggins, an anti-bacterial handwash and perhaps even a exfoliating […]

Africa Insight: Communications suck

September 1st, 2008

As I have mentioned previously, communications have really sucked in the southern African countries that we’ve visited so far. It’s by far the worst in Zambia though. We’ve been here nearly two weeks and have not been able to make or take a call on our Zambian mobile phone SIM card. The network has been […]

You can’t handle the cheese

August 29th, 2008

Following our previous culinary incident in which I was made to feel guilty for a cock-up in the restaurant kitchen, we thought that we would get our next meal from Livingstone’s Shoprite supermarket. I needed a break from the drunk, near-violent Angolan gemstone-smuggler who caught me off-guard as I was trying to buy underwear in […]

The Night of the Spicy Pears

August 28th, 2008

Communications are often problematic in Africa. By communications, I mean both telecommunications and verbal exchanges too. Tonight, we mooched over to the locally-run vegetarian restaurant to give them a second chance to make amends after this morning’s tea-with-ants breakfast incident. Squiffy ordered the Mexican wrap and I ordered the vegetable korma curry. As usual, the […]

Livingstone Island: High falls, high tea

August 27th, 2008

Wanting to continue the trip in style after our visit to Islands of Siankaba, we opted to have high tea on Livingstone Island. This is the island at the very top of Victoria Falls from where David Livingstone first saw the waterfalls and was reported to have said that ‘scenes so lovely must have been […]

Siankaba Village and Nursery

August 26th, 2008

Our main reason for journeying to Siankaba was to visit the village nursery, which is supported by the charity I worked with. At the moment the nursery is run from a temporary structure, but the guys at The U Foundation and Islands of Siankaba lodge are working towards building a permenant school for the children. […]

Livingstone: The Islands of Siankaba

August 25th, 2008

I recently wrote a post about how travelling is not a holiday. Here’s where I start to eat my words (and hopefully not make you, dear reader, too jealous!). We’ve just spent two nights in the most fabulous lodge accommodation, The Islands of Siankaba — voted Livingstone’s best lodge for two years running. So after […]

Africa Insight: Sorry I’m late…

August 22nd, 2008

As a child in the UK, we often used to make up excuses to explain to our school teacher why our homework was late, the classic being “Sorry I’m late, my dog ate my homework!”. The other day, our driver was over an hour late and he apologised: “Sorry I’m late, there were elephants on […]