“Our overland adventure began in Nairobi, Kenya and ended 27 days and six countries later in Johannesburg, South Africa. David and I have wanted to visit Africa for a while and decided that we had better go before we were too old to pitch a tent. We planned our trip for September when we learned that it is the dry season there so it is easier to spot wildlife and often the animals gather at watering holes."
"We left the end of August and flew from Winnipeg to Zurich, Switzerland and then from Zurich to Nairobi, Kenya. We travelled in a large truck and our group was made up of 22 people from various parts of the world. We camped in tents for 21 nights and stayed in hotels for six nights."
"We arrived in Nairobi and had a free day before our tour began so we visited the Sheldrick Wildlife baby elephant orphanage, a Giraffe Centre, the Karen Blixen Museum, and drove through the slums (made up of 2 million people) where we stopped at a school and donated some school supplies.”
“One of the highlights of our trip were spotting the Big Five (elephant, rhino, buffalo, lion and leopard) and the Ugly Five (baboon, warthog, wildebeast, baribou stork and hyena) on our four game drives through the Serengeti National Park, and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania, the Matobo National Park in Zimbabwe and Kruger National Park in South Africa.”
“We toured a Masai village and learned about the Masai way of life.”
“ We took a ferry to the island of Zanzibar where we toured a spice plantation and the Slave Market and we relaxed on a sunset cruise in a homemade boat called a "dowt". We were also able to shop in Stone Town and snorkel, dive and lay on the beach.”
“When we crossed into Malawi we spent a couple of days camping on the shores of Lake Malawi at Kande Beach. We were able to tour the Mbamba village where their drinking water pump and school lockers were donated by the Canadian government.”
“From there we travelled to Livingstone in Zambia where we went on a Lion Encounter, David bungee jumped of the Victoria Falls Bridge over the Zambezi River and we white water rafted down the class five rapids on the Zambezi River which was both scary and thrilling.”
“We viewed the impressive Victoria Falls when we crossed the border into Zimbabwe.”
“In South Africa, we toured the Shalati Preschool where many orphaned children (due to HIV/AIDS) come for food and to begin their education.”
“After our tour ended we flew to modern Cape Town where we saw the Waterfront, the Kirstenbosch Botanical Gardens, the Green Market, the Groot Constantia Winery, Table Mountain and Camps Bay Beach.”
“Africa is a very diverse continent with breathtaking scenery,
beautiful people and unimaginable poverty.”