Archives for : January 2013

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Kruger National Park – the home of the Big 5

    They say no visit to South Africa is complete without a visit to Kruger National Park. Our resort offered a little glimpse of what was to come with several hippos in the dam, a herd of impala and a troop of vervet monkeys in the garden.         We went on two game drives in to Kruger. Both were early morning starts and both offered us the chance to see four of the Big 5 – lion, elephant, rhino, buffalo and leopard. The only one that …

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Victoria Falls – one of the seven natural wonders of the world

    We left Botswana and headed north into Namibia where we spent a night on the Okavango River and experienced a tropical downpour. It bucketed down so much we worried the bike would sink slowly in to the soft dirt. It survived.               Riding through the Caprivi National Park (one of the few we are allowed in on the motorcycle) we encountered elephants on the side of the road. They are magnificent creatures.             Our next stop was …

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Botswana – spectacular!

      After a day off the bike in Mafikeng we cross in to Botswana. The border crossing is a breeze. We get our visas and pay our ‘road safety’ tax and we are in. The officials couldn’t be friendlier. In our first 200 ks on the road we are stopped at roadblocks four times and again there is nothing but smiling faces to greet us.                               We spend New Year’s Eve at Francistown but …