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Travel Adventures: A Bus Ride Like No Other, Lions Included

One of my more memorable travel adventures involved a bus ride like no other I have experienced. Lions worked their way into the picture as well as breakdowns and unexpected night travel. Where you might ask did this happen?  It all started in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. My destination was Iringa 500 kilometres to the west - in theory a seven hour bus ride away. I had flown into Dar es Salaam a day and…

Book Review: Crossing the Heart of Africa by Julian Smith

I contacted Julian Smith and asked if there was any way I could get hold of Crossing the Heart of Africa: An Odyssey of Love and Adventure before it was released. Indeed I could and did 24 hours later. Crossing the Heart of Africa weaves the true story of 19th century explorer Ewart Grogan with Julian's own journey following Grogan's footsteps. Grogan's two year adventure from Cape Town to Cairo in 1898-99 was done for…

33 Interesting Facts About Africa

I love trivia and I hope you enjoy these weird and wonderful tidbits - some of which I learned on my most recent trip to the African continent. 33 Interesting Facts About Africa There are 54 countries in Africa. One of the oldest universities in the world is in Timbuktu, Mali. By the 12th century Timbuktu was home to three universities. Over 25,000 students attended one of the Timbuktu universities in the 12th century. Nigeria…

One of Africa’s Gems: Etosha National Park, Namibia

One of Africa's gems is Etosha National Park located in northwestern Namibia. It covers 4,600 square kilometres making it one of the biggest parks in Africa. It's dominated by a huge white mineral pan full of salt and DUSTY clay. The rest of the park consists of scrub vegetation and some trees interspersed with dozens of natural and man-made watering holes. A number of roads loop through the park and accommodation is available both in and outside the park…

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