Tagged with sunrise / sunset

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

You again?

You again?

If you were reading this blog in March and April, you may remember that I extended my first tour of this trip largely because I couldn’t bring myself to pass up a second visit to the Okavango Delta. After that trip, I wrote that I could go there a hundred times and still be taken … Continue reading

Safari Fever: Kruger and Maasai Mara

Safari Fever: Kruger and Maasai Mara

In July and August, I visited what are probably the two most famous national parks in Africa: the Kruger Park in South Africa, and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. I don’t know how these two ended up being two of the last that I visited, but I guess I have been known to do things … 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

More of Mozambique: Maputo, Inhambane, and around

More of Mozambique: Maputo, Inhambane, and around

The highlight of my trip to Mozambique was definitely the Bazaruto excursion, but I also really enjoyed visiting the capital city, Maputo, and the beautiful beaches around Inhambane. Maputo is located in the southern part of the country, on the coast. In some ways, it’s similar to other African cities that I’ve visited: bustling markets; … Continue reading

Bazaruto Birthday

Bazaruto Birthday

I wanted to go to Mozambique in July or August, and the best way to fit it in was to go over my birthday, so I booked the trip without giving much thought to where I would actually turn 30. As it turned out, I got lucky, and my birthday fell right on the highlight … Continue reading

Road Tripping, Botswana-Style

Road Tripping, Botswana-Style

Over the past month or so, I’ve been getting out of Gaborone most weekends, so there have been a few road trips. The big one was a trip to the Tsodilo Hills that I took a few weeks ago. More about the Hills themselves in another post — just getting there and back was an … 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