This year Carolyn and I are heading back to Africa! Some new places in countries we have been before and ticking some new countries on our bucket list.
We are heading to South Africa Johannesburg to start. We have previously transited from here but this time we will take a couple of days to look around. A Soweto tour, Apartheid Museum and city highlights. Next we will be flying to Zimbabwe’s biggest nature reserve Hwange National Park for our first Tented Lodge. Not exactly roughing it and keeping with our “Luxiventure” style all our tented accommodation for this trip seems pretty impressive. Our first taste of game viewing since Sri Lanka and we are really looking forward to it. This location and a number of others on the trip offer guided big game walks and night drives which should provide a different perspective!
Next we are heading to Victoria Falls for New Years Eve. We are staying 4 nights at a place called Gorges which literally sits on the cliff edge overlooking the Zambezi river and is a 30 minute drive from the hustle and bustle of Vic Falls town. A bit of a combination of Victoria Falls, local village/city and river game viewing.
Our next location is another new country for us Botswana. Here we will be 4 nights in Chobe National Park on the Chobe river front. Renowned for its diverse and abundant game viewing specialising in close encounters.
From Chobe we will be heading to the Okavango Delta in Botswana. It is World Heritage, the largest inland delta in the world, is a 15000 square kilometre oasis siting in the middle of the sands of the Kalahari Desert… and is at serious risk due to source water diversion in adjoining countries. We have wanted to visit here for a long time. It requires a couple of light plane trips with some significant weight limitations. Specific soft sided luggage with a max of 20 KG per person including back packs! Now for those who travel light… which is most of our families, many will feel this is no big deal. Here’s the problem… the new bags we needed to get, that still work for the other 90% of the trip weigh 5kg empty each. We have approx 20+kg just in camera and related gear! You need to take clothes including wet weather gear. Now we would be close but testing suggested we needed to discard things like even the light weight tripod, some backup gear, etc. No viable options around luggage storage or separate transfer as we can’t return the same way. Given a main concept with this trip is to try and capture some different types of images the right gear is important. Our only “safe” option was to pay for an extra seat on the light planes. Lets just say we really hope the 2 night stay in the Okavango lives up to expectations.
Next we visit Cape Town South Africa and another new place on our bucket list. We will spend 5 nights exploring the area and hope to do a cage dive experience with the Great White sharks.
Our final destination will be the Tanzanian island of Zanzibar where we hope to relax (relatively) for 5 nights in one of the African versions of the Maldives before heading home.