5 ‘Manly’ things to do in Southern Africa

29 07 2014

There is nothing more exciting and fulfilling than planning an adventure with your friends, and yes there is more out there to be explored than just sharing some beers around the braai stand and watching sport. Southern Africa offers a lot of exciting options when it comes to some good old fun and adventure from quad biking in Namibia to taking a road trip, why not try some of these exciting excursions for your next adventure:

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Have a Laugh at Culture Shock

23 07 2014

Culture shock is that disorientated, depressed feeling experienced by someone when they are suddenly subjected to an unfamiliar culture, way of life, or set of attitudes. It can creep up on you at any stage of your holiday and can leave you dreading every minute. When you’ve built up your hopes, dreams and bank account to go on an exotic vacation, the last thing you want is for something to destroy your holiday, and in some cases… your life.

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Ruth’s adventure to Zambia to share and make a difference…

15 07 2014

I recently had the privilege of spending a week in Livingstone Zambia, atop the majestic Victoria Falls. I didn’t go for all the reasons people usually go to visit Livingstone – the falls, the sunset cruises and fancy hotels or the crazy adrenaline activities. In fact I wouldn’t really say I went to visit. This adventure, I went to share. I travelled approximately 2500km from my home in Cape Town to share with both local Zambian communities in Livingstone and international and local volunteers, and they shared with me too.

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10 07 2014

Chundu Island! …Actually I can stop writing again because with these two words I’ve said it all. Now I have to share my experience of the day otherwise I cannot finish writing…
‘I HAVE CAUGHT A FISH!!!’ (I say this with a big smile on my face while waving my hands). I would like to repeat it again yes ‘ME’, who does not even know how to reel in or cast out a fishing line. After countless times trying to catch a fish and people laughing at me the previous day, I finally caught a fish today and it wasn’t a goldfish… I have caught a big Tiger fish weighing 3kg’s with huge teeth! I am so proud of myself and of course, I have a picture for you. Otherwise no one would ever believe me.

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Life as an Intern at Jenman Safaris!

8 07 2014

Sunny weather, the sound of the workshop team working on the Jenman safari vehicles, the smell of coffee in the kitchen and friendly people welcoming me into the office, that’s how my first day and life as an intern at Jenman African Safaris for the next six months started. Without even realizing it now, 3 months have already flown by and half of my internship is already over. Time goes by when you are learning so much and exploring this wonderful city of Cape Town.


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Into the Wild

3 07 2014

It was 6 o’clock in the morning; and I reached for my clothing and put them on. In the truest sense of the word I smacked some make-up onto my face and of I went to check the accommodation and do some game viewing (believe me, if it hadn’t been necessary for me to make an effort and look good for the accommodation inspections, I would have jumped into the safari vehicle in my pajamas). We did the first site inspection and within the first 30 km I had taken off half of my clothes – it wasn’t that cold as I expected. The thing is, here in the Hwange area it is really freezing at night where temperatures are known to drop to zero or even minus ten degrees. But this morning it was indeed a bit cloudy and therefore the temperature was quite mild. On the way to our lodge we saw wild dogs, which was the first time for me as I had never seen some before and had only heard some scary stories about them.

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Welcome to MOSI-OA-TUNYA – the Southern Skies Tour.

1 07 2014

I’ve decided to begin my blog with the title MOSI-OA-TUNYA (The smoke that thunders), because not only was it the highlight of my trip, but it symbolises everything I experienced on the Southern Skies tour. While I knew my itinerary and what each day had in store, I had no idea what would happen at each of those events. It was like a cloud of smoke that, when cleared, showed a majestic experience. And, let me tell, you Africa is one majestic place.

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Killing our Elephant’s for Government Votes

24 06 2014

A journey of many miles to Namibia’s north-eastern Kunene region, along rough desert roads that require a lot of patience and more than a little luck, is one that offers a reward that makes it worth your while. This reward is the sighting of the unique desert-adapted elephants, whose gently swaying gate and intelligent, wise eyes, make any distance of ragged road a worthwhile undertaking, if only for a single spotting.

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