Photos from (the first half of) our Chobe and Vic Falls road trip: http://vanderbilt.facebook.com/album.php?aid=2040734&l=b4a2b&id=4704956
After our animal tracking in northern Botswana last week, Big Red carried us across the Botswana-Zambia border, a seven hundred-yard stretch of the Chobe River. Jumping through the legal hoops to get the car across took a five hour chunk out of our Monday, and the introduction to "real" Africa on the Zambian side of… Continue reading Big Safari Number Three, Part III of III: The Thanksgiving and Zimbabwe trip that weren’t.
With regards to storytelling, traveling stacks the deck. And the kind of "Choose Your Own Adventure" travel that I enjoy (and stresses me out) often provides for particularly fun tales to tell. But what really gets me going, and the reason that I put up with the two-day old pairs of socks and leaky tents… Continue reading Big Safari Number Three, Part II of III: People, Places, Stories, Faces
Back in Botswana, after failing for three straight days to get to Zimbabwe and hitchhike back to Gaborone. More on that later. Big Safari Number Three, Part One: I wanted to see lions on this trip. And by "wanted" I fully mean in the seven-year old, fascinated with big animals, going-to-pout-if-I-don't-get-to-see-lions sort of way. Early… Continue reading Big Safari Number Three, Part I of III: Close encounters of the lion, elephant and hippo kinds
Hello from Zambia - where I still am, in fact. After seeing wild animals (lots of them, and lots of hair-raising animal encounters that would make my mom nervous), then heading to do some white-water rafting in Victoria Falls, I was supposed to head back down to Gaborone with the roommates. But... I didn't. Sorry.… Continue reading I lied
Off to Kasane, Victoria Falls and Chobe National Park until Thursday. Thanks for visiting; come back for pictures at the end of the week. Haguna Matata (yes, that's Setswana. How cool is that?), mark clayton
Mma Machete is old. Really old. Older-than-all-of-the-nations-in-Africa old. But, like with many people, her "oldness" is more about her attitude than her age - compare her, for example, to my grandfather. In human years he might even be older than Mma Machete.* But he has as much fun as any eight year old I know.… Continue reading WHO ahh YOU?