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February 2, 2016

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls is technically the world's largest waterfall, based on the fact that it is one single sheet of falling water. I saw it in late December, when it is drier there, so I wasn't able to see it in all its glory. Still, I love a waterfall - and once again, wasn't able to capture the full beauty of it, but here are my attempts.

It was a bit cloudy when at the beginning of the visit.

Its name in the local language is Mosi-oa-tunya, which translates to "the smoke that thunders".

The sun came out and we got some rainbow action.

In comparison to wet season, this isn't much water at all - but it was still beautiful to see.

This is the third of the world's great waterfalls I've visited - Niagara in 2012 and Iguassu in 2014. Iguassu is probably my favourite out of them, but this might be unfair since it was winter when I saw Niagara, and Victoria Falls wasn't at full capacity!

January 31, 2016

Makgadikgadi salt pans

Our only stop in Botswana (after a 5 hour hold-up at the border and 12 hours of driving) was at Nata, to visit the Makgadikgadi salt pan. When we visited, the pans were dry with only a few birds and wildebeest, but there are more animals when it rains and they become wet and grassy.

Looks endless, but somewhere over there is the Kalahari Desert.

Bonus elephant on the side of the road! The highway cuts across a national park so you can spot animals when you drive through.

January 28, 2016


Some more safari! We spent two nights in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. The campsites in the Kruger are much more swank than the ones I stayed in in Tanzania - they're basically resorts, with pools and restaurants. Most importantly, they are fenced off, so I slept pretty well without hyenas cackling in my ears. I found, over the rest of the week, that I can handle camping pretty well if there's a fence and a good bathroom.

Giraffes and zebras.

An angry hippo.


A huge herd of elephants on a 40 degree day.

A night drive - we didn't see much, but we saw some baby hyenas!

Bonus pics of where we stayed that night, closer to the Botswana border. It was awesome! Kind of glass pods with beds.

Not generally keen on the idea of an outdoor shower, but this one was really cool.

If I ever have an outdoor pool, the shower will look like this.

While in the Kruger it seemed to be easier to spot animals closer to the roads, I think I still liked the Serengeti and Ngorongoro safari better - I preferred the scenery there!

January 26, 2016


A bit of a misleading title - we only spent one day in Johannesburg, before we started our overland trip up to Victoria Falls. So this post is a little bit of Joburg, and a little bit of what we saw on the way to Kruger park.

The cooling towers of Orlando power station (no longer in use) in Soweto.

Mandela House - where Mandela lived for several years, now a museum.

The Apartheid Museum. It traces the history of apartheid in South Africa, what led to its occurrence and then how it was dismantled. On your ticket, you get randomly allocated as white or non-white, which determines which entry you're supposed to go into.

Three Rondavels on the Blyde River Canyon.

Another view of the canyon.

Bourke's Luck Potholes.

I love how these look almost too exact to be natural!

We could stick our feet into the water to cool down here.

God's Window.