Tagged with mountains

Rwanda: Two days; one thousand hills

Rwanda: Two days; one thousand hills

Rwanda wasn’t on my radar as a place to visit until the end of January, when I started hearing from a few friends in New York about the burgeoning tourism industry there. Rwanda still didn’t make it onto my “Must-see/go/do” list, but by the time I left in February it had been upgraded from “As … Continue reading

Rainbow Nation

Rainbow Nation

South Africa is one of the largest and most populous countries in Africa, and one of the benefits of its size is diversity. The country has beautiful beaches, dramatic mountain ranges, bustling cities, peaceful farmlands, and everything in between. And the population is equally diverse — South Africa is home to people of African, Indian, … Continue reading

Gorillas in the Mist (and Midst!)

Gorillas in the Mist (and Midst!)

The last time that I was in Africa, someone whose advice I really trust told me that I absolutely had to see the mountain gorillas on my next trip, so when I arrived in South Africa in February I already had gorillas on my must-do list. But when I actually got around to planning my … Continue reading

Real Time

Real Time

In mid-June, when I was writing blog entries about places I’d been in mid-April, I promised myself that I would catch up before leaving Gaborone, and I came very close to succeeding — hence, the flood of new posts in late June. Then, I promised myself that I would blog at least once a week … Continue reading

Mountain of the gods

Mountain of the gods

The Tsodilo Hills are located in a remote part of northwest Botswana, in the Kalahari Desert and near the Namibian border. Archeological excavations of the Hills and the area surrounding them indicate that Tsodilo’s human history dates back at least 100,000 years. The main inhabitants have been the !Kung and Hambukushu people, who consider Tsodilo … Continue reading

Daniel in Africa, Part Two: Safari Series

Daniel in Africa, Part Two: Safari Series

For three days of Daniel’s visit, we went on a safari to Serengeti National Park and the Ngorongoro Crater. For the entire week before he arrived, I worried that the safari would be a disaster. A successful safari depends largely on luck, since you are generally driving around a huge area (Serengeti covers 5,700 square … Continue reading

A little more Lalibela

A little more Lalibela

Juliet and I arrived in Lalibela on Good Friday, and went straight to the main cluster of churches, where we saw a sea of white shawls spilling out of the churches and dotting the ledges above. The churches are carved into the mountains and surrounded by narrow passageways and oddly-shaped crevices and then, when you … Continue reading

Axum: History, yes; ATMs, no

Axum: History, yes; ATMs, no

Axum (or Aksum — as with many languages that we transliterate, we found that there often isn’t just one correct spelling for places in Ethiopia) is a small city in Tigrai, the northernmost region of Ethiopia, near the Eritrean border. Tigrayans are ethnically the same as Eritreans, and their first language is Tigrinya, although almost … Continue reading

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Gondar

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Gondar

The ride to Gondar was only about 2.5 hours from Bahir Dar by car, which was a nice change from the previous day’s long bus ride. Highlight: stopping at a market and watching Juliet expertly negotiate a good price for half a cow skin, including some scraps for me. Bahir Dar is known for animal … Continue reading