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FC: Africa | 2009

1: Leaving July 3 (7:20pm) arriving in Capetown, South Africa July 5 (10:10am). Long trip but... | From the plane | Waterfront | View of Table Mountain | World Cup coming 2010

2: Cape of good Hope and Cape Point...Indian and Atlantic Oceans meet. | Tour Day 1 | Historic LightHouse (1860-1919) Cape Point Peak 249m above sea level.

3: Huge flocks ofCormorants found on ocean rocks everywhere. | First African wildlife... | Male ostrich with his two mates.

4: Shrouded in clouds on the way up but the sun did break through to give us a magnificent view | Table Mountain

6: Day 2 | Traveled 450 km through the Namaqualand region to the town of Calvinia at the foot of the Hantam Mountain range. Passing through Citrus Valley, Winelands and very steep mountainous roads. | grapes and raisins | Cacti | lemon tree | Sociable - Weaver nest | Cacti

7: Our home in Calvinia | Dinner, a 'pleazure' to serve.

8: Day 3 | Augrabies Falls -The Orange River flows into the gorge 56m down. | Quiver tree -used by | Rock Dassie, cousin to the elephant. | Agama Lizards | bushmen to carry their arrows.

9: Springbok | Huge weaver nests! | Relaxing by the falls. | Oryx / Gemsbok

10: Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park (3.6 million hectares) One of the largest African reserves. Did many game drives visiting different watering holes in the area. | Day 4 & 5 | MB and Mariettie at their | Secretarybird | watering hole.

11: Wildebeest | Bustard - heaviest flying bird. (40 lbs.) | Black-Backed Jackal | Red Hartebeest

12: Travel out of S.A. and into Namibia (+500km. day). Namibia imports pretty much everything. | Day 6 | Life is scarce.

13: Fish River Canyon - Second largest canyon in the world. | Nothing commercial for miles and miles and miles.

14: Canyon Village - a beautiful resort built into the rocks. | the bar | Our room...luggage delivered by donkey. | Reception, restaurant, gift shop, lounge...

15: Totally self-sustained place...what a spread! *Spinach torte/cream potato soup *carrots, beets, (cucumber, feta, olives, salads-(potato, macaroni, lettuce)... *oryx, lamb, pork, sausage, mashed potatoes... *wine, creme caramel | main salads | Only the E-Team (Mariette,Maureen, MB, Kembo and myself) enjoyed the experience!

16: Day 7 & 8 | 600 km. drive into the Namib Desert to Sesriem. | Our first zebras | Longest river in Namibia (800 km) Today, a river bed with barely a trickle of running water. | Bridge spanning riverbed.

17: Caught the beautiful singing at the end of mass. | Birds and bees living in harmony. Weaver nest with bee hives. | Lunch stop...

18: First giraffes | Our home in Sesriem... | View from our back balcony.

19: Day 8 | Dune 45 (120 m) | Most photographed dune | Breakfast...mince springbok tosties.

20: Walk up and across the dunes. | The grasses anchor the dune. The dune grows as the plant and sand compete for the sun. | What goes up... | and 5 back!

21: must go down... waaaaay down! | Deadvlei - a clay pan surrounded by the highest dunes in the world (300m). During a drought the dunes surrounded the pan and cut off the river.. | Trees are 900 yrs. old, scorched black by the sun, and preserved by the dryness.

22: Day 9 | On the road again (350 km. day) | Robin, Christine, Stephen, Me, Mariette Back:: James, Linda, Phil, Eunice. | Kembo | Sesriem Canyon | Day 9 | Front: Maureen, Bob, Tristen, MB,

23: Flamingos at Walvis Bay. | Very windy, sand blowing across the road like snow in the winter. | Can't tell where the road ends and sand starts.

24: Swakopmund - spent two days here. City with a small town feel. | Huge Market, but empty...we were pretty much the only tourists. Wish I could have bought more. | Did buy a bead ostrich and a rock carving of the "Big 5". | Front of a bldg. selling local artists work.

25: My day on the dunes... | Day 10 | Robin & James | About 70km/hr. down but a slow climb up! | Middle of nowhere but what a view from the top... sand, the ocean and | city in the distance.

26: Day 11 | Damaraland region: from the desert to vast rugged, rocky terrain. | Their stalls line the roads...selling finger puppet dolls wearing the same horned scarves and bright dresses as the ladies. | Ladies of the Hereros Tribe

27: Bushman carvings carbon dated to 6000 yrs. ago. | Made by Shaman while in a trance.

28: Shipwreck on the Skeleton Coast | Welwitcher- 2 leaf plant that can live for 1500 years. (leaf is split)

29: Our first elephants!

30: Day 12 | "Show?" | Ankles jewelry covers their 'private' parts. | Boys bottom 4 teeth knocked out at age 11 (speech/tribe) | Sheep and cattle, the center of the village and their lives. | Himba Tribe-semi-nomadic, can walk 20 - 30 miles without water.

31: The entire body is rubbed with a cream, which consists of butterfat and ochre powder. | Several hours spent on beauty care, no water involved. | Ladies set out their wares for us to buy.

32: Estosha National Park - drive through the park from the Western to Eastern side of the park. | Day 13 | Kudu | Steenbok

33: Giraffes were plentiful.

34: Okakeujo Restcamp - Our room with a view!

35: The elusive lion! | Rhinos blending in with the rocks. | Dusk. to dawn at the water hole.

36: Day 13 | Watering holes

37: Great Ghostly White Plain of Mirages | Etosha Pans | Guinea fowl | Fishy smell!

38: Halali Restcamp & waterhole | View from our back balcony.

39: Entering the Caprivi Strip. Lots of little villages. (700 km. day) | Termite hills | Day 14

40: Our "innovative" home for 2 nights, tree houses overlooking the Okavango River. | Loved our tree house...one of my favorite accommodations. | Ngepi camp

41: Day 15 | Even I, found the bathrooms cool. Every one is different.

42: Okavango River

43: Skipped the sunset cruise to enjoy the birds | elsewhere...Africa

45: Our bathroom with the waterfall shower. | Day 16 | Kembo and brother Richard

46: Livingstone, Zambia | Victoria Falls- "The Smoke that Thunders"

47: Market stalls | Hard to believe that such slow, calm waters can be the source of such a massive falls.

48: Walking safari... Zambia's smallest park. (60 sq. km.) | Animals don't find you a threat if walking | single file...we don't find them a threat if carrying a big gun! | Charles | Clifford | Day 17

49: Yes, pictures of dung! | Impala | Giraffe | Elephant | Water buffalo | Llala Palm seeds, are elephants favorite food. | Warthog | The tree takes 30-40 years to bear fruit. The seed will germinate 7 years after landing on the ground, but takes only 2 years if it goes through an elephant. | Lucid Bush Willow, dried leaves used | used for tea, fruit as teabags & bark for heart disease.

50: Mopani's fibrous twigs are used as a toothbrushes. The bark refreshes the mouth and prevents decay.. | "Lion Ant"traps. | Asthma Kerum, boiled broth can cure asthma if caught early the smoke is also a mosquito repellent. | Marula tree, Amarula liquor, bark boiled for malaria med. and stomach aches. Farmed in S.A.

51: Giraffes suffer high blood pressure. They sleep from 10 min to an hour a day. Light color due to inbreeding. | 1 or 2 month old.

52: A day in the life. Livingston.e... | electricians | carpenters | local transport | the market

53: Ngozma (African Mama) Restaurant

54: Day 18 | Crossing the Zambezi we enter Botswana heading to the Chobe River. | Huge lineup to get to the ferry...we bypass the line and get on the next ferry.

55: Another beautiful spot...5star accommodation! | Baobab Tree | Catch of the day.

56: Chobe River Cruise huge herds of... | Elephants

57: Bloats of hippos

58: Water buffalo by the dozen.

59: Lots of crocs with one solitary giraffe. and of course a zillion water birds.

60: Nata, Our truck stop lodge. | Day 19 | Hair cut anyone? | Need furniture moved? | Youth singers, a campaign against violence..

61: Day 20 | Limpopo Area, back in South Africa | Last happy hour. | Our 'Buffalo' room. | Local bushmen performed for us before dinner.

62: dAY 21 | Our last day as a group...on to Johannesburg via Pretoria | Kudu

64: Favorite action shots.

65: To the city . . .

66: Train ride to Simon's Town. Well used beaches.... fishing, surfing, playing on the beach...even in the 'winter'.

68: Jackass Penguins, tons of them, fun to watch... no braying to be heard. | BoulderBay

69: Cell 5, Mandela's home for 18 years. | In a 1995 reunion, 1000 ex-political prisoners, led my Mandela, added a rock. | Lime quarry

70: V&A Waterfront and Chiappini Street, Bo-Kaap

72: Set in the year 2020. Cape Town is hot, drought stricken, poor and ravaged. But, so is every city in the world. Fuel shortages, war, environmental disasters and corruption have left people with little hope. Noah, a twenty something, beat up kid on a reluctant mission. Is he a true prophet who will lead his followers to a brave new world or is he another new age, charismatic cult con man? Who will help him when the voices tell him to build an ark? | Noah of Cape Town South Africa's first full-length, original, a cappella musical, sets the Baxter Theater stage. Sixteen of South Africa's best theatrical talent. | 22 Days, 8000 Kilometers,the experience... PRICELESS!

73: A new Adventure begins | A new adventure begins... | Rwanda

74: Arrived in Kigali Saturday morning after an all night plane ride. Was picked up at the airport by Andy's friend Claudia. Spent the day relaxing and reading at their pool. Pedro was leaving for Canada that night.Monday I returned to their house and left late (4am flight) Tuesday morning to Jo'Burg. The kids stayed up so I could get some sleep and woke me to go to the airport. | Hussein, my driver and guide. | Hotel Rwanda

75: Early morning walk, to line up for water. | Motorcycle taxis | A city being rebuilt.

76: Church | Everyone walks...everywhere!

77: Always uphill and with a load.

78: 3 dozen eggs wrapped in banna leaf...plastic bags banned. | Brick factories. | Cattle on route to the Congo. | Honey farming. | 90% of the economy is farming.

79: Ex-poachers Village | My welcoming committee. | Medicine Man | grinding grain | archery | Warriors | Locals enjoying the show | The villagers.

80: The volcano boarders Rwanda, . Congo and Uganda. | Our guides. | It was a beautiful hike.

81: First sighting.

82: "Group 13" 26 members Silverback - Askham (special) 11 wives, couple babies and the rest juveniles.

83: Tree climbing & play fighting | Relaxing after a good feed.

84: Note the babies curly hair.

86: And quite the hike back. | Bought a carved Silverback here.

87: Tembea uone mengi | (Travel widely & you will surely see and learn many new things.)

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