One of the 7 natural wonders of the world, Victoria Falls locally known as Mosi-oa-Tunya, “The Smoke that Thunders” deposits its enormous magnitude of water at the border of Zimbabwe and Zambia. We factored in a day on our overland trip to go see this majestic conglomerate of rock and water because it really is a once in a lifetime thing. A bucket list tick-off if you may. The landscape driving into Zimbabwe was rich, wet and humid – the perfect setting for a scene in Things Fall Apart – Chinua Achebe.
Being our first time in Botswana, everything was exciting. Even the increased amount of roadside donkeys perked an interest. We entered via Ghanzi, a medium sized town NW Botswana. We stayed at beautifully remote camp close to a vulture sanctuary for a night. They have built a hide underground so visitors can watch when they drag the feeding carcass from a neighbouring farm for the vultures. With a strong international funding this programme has been implemented for the conservation of this interesting and relatively private bird.
The next move was to our beloved Okavango, the river that runs through three countries Angola, Botswana and Namibia. We settled along the Okavango Delta, with lush green banks perfect for flourishing flora and fauna. The nearest town is Shakawe, incase you are looking on a map but once we got to our rest camp you couldn’t imagine being close to any sort of civilization. We stayed on the river for about 4 days at a place called Drotsky’s. An incredibly beautiful lodge set up along the river. They have luxury wooden cabins as we’ll as remote bush camps. In a nutshell review – this place is insane, the staff is warm, albeit a bit slow but with the baking African sun wouldn’t we all be?
The thing about remote overland trips is that you spend an incomprehensible amount of time confined in a car. So my advice is to find a copilot that gives you more highs than lows. Someone that lets you dose off without getting mad, keeps you laughing and has the same taste in music. I tried to keep a list of tips… or things that made my life more comfortable while traveling long distances by car.
I should start with a general overview for the next couple posts going live on my blog. Luke & I will have a spent just short of a month traveling Namibia and Botswana with 4 friends from around the world. And overland adventure consisting of bush camps, wild open spaces, animals and changing landscapes. In no particular order I am hoping to share with you some of my favorite places and stops along the way, this trip is about the journey – not the destination.
Driving along the curvature of the Tuscan hills has to be one of my ultimate highlights of our trip to Europe this year. The sheer amount of medieval fortified towns in this part of Italy is crazy. Imagine tiny little villages & an assortment of vineyards and olive groves in every direction your eye can see.