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Botswana
The Chobe River winds like a deep blue ribbon through the sandy terrain of Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. It supports a thriving community of elephants as well as lions, giraffes, and abundant birdlife. It’s also one of the country's...
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Okavango Delta, Botswana
This vast inland delta fed by the Okavango River comprises both permanent wetlands and seasonal floodplains. It’s a unique, fertile environment that attracts an astonishing variety of wildlife, including hippos, crocodiles, white and black...
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Pont Drift, Botswana
An eye-popping biodiversity of fauna and flora make their home in this vast reserve between the Tuli Safari Area, a national park in Zimbabwe, and the Mapungubwe National Park of South Africa—sharing unfenced borders with both. Along with its...
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Zambezi River, Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
That's me there hanging on for dear life! This was the most exciting and terrifying experience of my life. The guide recognized a certain adventurous spirit in our group based on the fact that we were all serving in Peace Corps in various...
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10101 Mosi Otunya Road, Livingstone, Zambia
Talk about travel balls. This hang-glider with an engine propels you 300 feet above one of the world's seven natural wonders, Victoria Falls, for a view unlike another other. While you may want to sh*t your pants (I did) this is one of the most...
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Livingstone
What more exotic place to bungee jump than off the Victoria Falls Bridge, over the turbulent waters of the Zambezi, just below Vic Falls itself? Though I was at first determined to have my first bungee experience here, I'm not really that much of...
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Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
Quad biking in the Makgadikgadi Pans in Botswana is available from the Uncharted Africa camps - Jack's Camp, San Camp and Camp Kalahari. I stayed at Camp Kalahari (the most affordable of the three) and really enjoyed it's simplicity and charm. Fly...
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Swakopmund, Namibia
Something I never expected to do during five weeks of tent camping in Africa: Ride around endless golden sand dunes for hours on an ATV! Some of these dunes just outside Swakopmund are really high, and for much of the ride we saw nothing except...
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Swakopmund, Namibia
It was our last day in Namibia and we decided to sign up for a sandboarding lesson in Swakopmund. Our two guides took us out to the desert where, after a strenuous hike up the dune, we strapped on snowboards and helmets and rode down the orange...
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We almost missed this gem of a canyon, being so enraptured with the Sossusvlei Dunes and Vleis 40km West. Offering respite from the sun, these canyons faintly reminded me of the walk into Petra. 30m high and at points only 2m wide, we found lots...
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It's as if the earth has sprung a leak. So much of Namibia is dry and dusty as if water there is a secret -- hidden away somewhere in the landscape where people seldom go. Just at the Angola border, the Kunene River, a thick vein running through...
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Muizenberg, Cape Town, 7945, South Africa
South Africa is surf country. Durban and Cape Town produces many world-class surfers and the waves here are world class. I lived in Los Angeles for over 22 years and never had a surf lesson. It is not until I moved across the continent, away from...
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Zimbabwe
Stay at one of the lodges along the shores of Mana Pools National Park to combine your wildlife safari experience (it's one of the best parks to spot wild dogs) with fly fishing and canoeing excursions along the Zambezi River. At Vundu Tented Camp...
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While riding along the Mashatu Wilderness Trail, you might feel a little bit like a meal on wheels. Then again, isn't that the kind of thrill you're seeking when you sign up for a bicycle tour through the bush? From March through November, a Cycle...
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Atlantic Street, Walvis Bay, Namibia
Namibia's shoreline is teeming with wildlife. Pink flamingos graze for tiny shrimps on the beach. Cape Fur seals and bottlenose dolphins swim out in the ocean. Gulls and terns cry out from above. The best way to see these creatures is by kayak...
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Kitesurfing in Cape Town is not for the faint of heart. In the battle to stay upright you're up against strong currents, big gusts of wind, and the icy waters of the southern Atlantic. Did I mention the great white sharks? Anxiety aside, it's a...
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5 Geelbek St, Van Dyks Bay, Gansbaai, 7220, South Africa
The small town of Gansbaai, about an hour and a half from Cape Town, South Africa, is the Great White Shark capital of the world. Every winter scores of these ocean giants descend on the small channel between Dyer Island and Geyser Rock known...
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Wilderness, South Africa
While traveling through Zambia, I met a fellow adventurer who had shipped his paragliding equipment from London to Tanzania to participate in a charity fundraising launch from the summit of Kilimanjaro. While those plans were derailed due to...
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Signal Hill, Cape Town, 8001, South Africa
If you're an adrenaline junkie, Cape Town has many adventures to test your metal- one of the most popular and enjoyable ones is paragliding. I have tried many companies and Icarus is by far the best. Operated by Jaques, a local pilot with over ten...
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Tafelberg Rd, Cape Town, 8000, South Africa
Cape Town’s Table Mountain National Park, which hugs the perimeter of the city, is so popular that the line for the cable car to the top can be longer than a queue for a Disneyland ride. But why stand in line when you can put your feet to...
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Hermanus, 7200, South Africa
Observe, don't disturb. That's Southern Right Charter's motto when it comes to operating their whale watching expeditions just off the coast of Hermanus. Each year, Southern Right Whales (June - November) and Humpbacks (May - December) travel...
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Skukuza, 1350, South Africa
The only public course in Kruger National Park, Skukuza Golf Club is also one of the most dangerous in the world, as there aren’t any fences or barriers to prevent wildlife from coming on to the greens. In fact, golfers must provide a phone...
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Avoca Road, Thornybush Private Game Reserve, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa
Royal Malewane is a five-star lodge located on the 34,594-acre Thornybush Private Game Reserve within the Greater Kruger National Park region. Already quite glamorous, it underwent a refurbishment in 2018 and, in addition to several structural...
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Kapama Private Game Reserve, R40, Limpopo, 1380, South Africa
They say the early bird gets the worm; in this case these early rising lions got the zebra. We did not witness the kill - thankfully for me since zebra have a special place in my equine-loving heart - and these two almost certainly had assistance...
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We arrived at the Mushara bush camp after a long day's drive across the Etosha pan, minds brimming with harrowingly beautiful images of wild animals whitened by the dusty pan. The camp is warm and inviting, with generous seating in its well...
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C40, Palmwag, Namibia
On the way back to Windhoek after a five day Desert Elephant Tracking Experience with Ondjamba Safaris in northwest Namibia, our guide, Dieter, knew that our group was looking to have an authentic experience with the Himba, one of the most...
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D826, Sesriem, Namibia
If you're looking for a place to stay near the famous towering red dunes at Sossusvlei, look no further than Sossusvlei Lodge, located mere feet from the entrance to Namib-Naukluft National Park. Since a visit to the dunes typically involves an...
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C14 & C19 Junction - Unit D, Solitaire, Namibia
“It’s not even a town or a village, don’t call it that; it’s more of a pit-stop, really." Solitaire, Namibia, the pit-stop Moose McGregor calls home, contains nothing more than a general store, a small lodge, his bakery, and the only gas station...
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The top wildlife viewing experience of my life. Hands-down. So wild, remote, unplanned...no other people, no other vehicles. Damaraland is my favorite region of Namibia - incredible scenery, geology, views, stars, and so few other travelers. Stay...
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Zimbabwe
Wilderness Safaris has reinvented the classic Zimbabwe safari in Hwange with the opening of the sleek, sophisticated Linkwasha, where herds of elephants, buffalo, and zebras often drink out of a pan just off the pool deck. The nine-suite camp,...
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Khlong Toei, Bangkok, จังหวัด กรุงเทพมหานคร 10110, Thailand
The old Chinese market, its shop houses painted in bright colors, is one of Bangkok’s most beautiful and fun. As you wander, let your eyes search for crowded noodle stalls, try the famous sweets, or browse stands selling fresh vegetables and...