Incommunicado in Namibia

This may be a big shock, but the camp sites in Africa have no internet access. I just wanted to let you know that we will be very slow to answer emails and comments sent over the last week or two. I got on for a half an hour today to get a couple of…

Terror on the Caprivi Strip

There is a narrow stretch of land that spans the northern border of Botswana and stretches from Zimbabwe in the east to Namibia in the west. Known as the Caprivi Strip, the area has been controlled by various nations over the years and had long been the subject of heated international dispute. Officially part of…

Up in Livingstone

We chose this hostel because most others in the area refused us due to the fact we have children in the group and because they gave us an awesome deal on our visas (instead of us paying $100 a piece to get the visa we paid $25 each and got three free nights accommodation, two free meals and a free drink)…. They had dorms, a campground (which is where regrettably we would be stayind), a pool, a pool table, a resteraunt, a giant lounge like area with loads of African decor, laundry and basically everything else you could want from a place you’re paying $8 a night to stay at…. In our short three days here we have made numerous friends.When we arrived we set up our tents and immediately people started talking to us. My mom made friends with a dual citizened Australian- British woman and talked to her about passing the borders and ridiculous visa prices…. I talked to my dad who had previously been showing off pictures of our trip around India to one of them, and he said that they were going to give Kieran some streaks or maybe just dye his hair blonde.

The Dispassionate Teenage Safari King

For many people the incentive for a trip to Africa is the wildlife. Thousands of tourists shell out millions of dollars each year to go on safari. They stay in luxurious bushcamps, eat gourmet cuisine, and rely on experienced, armed guides to locate and lead them to the world’s most exotic animals in their native…

North, South, Anywhere You Go There Will be Coins

Coins from all around the world, backpackers from all over the world had put their national coins and other coins that they had from previous countries that they traveled to into that one jug…. So I took them into our room and sorted them into the countries they were from, and into doubles, singles, triples, etc., and just looked at them, like a scientist staring at his experiment. I also took out my coin collection that has hugely developed since Australia ( look back to the “What kind of coins do you have” and ‘ Coins or keychains, both’ to see what it was back then )…. I wonder if when we get back home and I combine all the Australian and New Zealand coins, all the coins that my parents have collected for me that they got on their trips, the ones I have now, and the ones I have yet to get in the future, will be bigger than his.

Aaaaahhhh, Africa!

Who knew Africa was so amazing? Well, a lot of people, but certainly not us. I had to work hard to get Tom to agree to include the continent in our journey. He harbored the usual fears: malaria, AIDS, crime, hippos, but I pressed on. I finally obtained his approval when I convinced him it…