Last day in Botswana!

The 10 day adventure is very quickly coming to an end! Today was our last day in Botswana. We woke up this morning early as always and hopped in the bus for a 4 hour drive from Elephant Sands to Chobe National Park. The drive was pretty quick compatibly and rather uneventful. We stopped to…




Happy Birthday to me – look, elephants!

Another beautiful day in Botswana with another early wakeup – only this time it was in a hotel! It was a bit of a nice change to not have to wakeup, pack up, take down the tent, haul it over to the bus, etc. so I don’t regret the hotel upgrade at all, especially for…




Out of the Delta!

That was a pretty awesome and intense couple of days!! After another wonderful sleep we “slept in” to 6:30am, woke up and packed up. The pulas very kindly helped us all take down our tents and then we had some breakfast. Right after breakfast we started the loading operation. Everything (everything) that was on the…




Day 2 in the Okavango Delta – a little stroll

Another early morning today, up at 5:30am to get ready for our four hour trek through the Okavango Delta. Still dark, I rolled out of bed after another wonderful sleep (though not long enough) and had quick apple and some toast to start things off. At 6:30am we were loaded into the canoes and sent…




Day 1 in the Okavango Delta

I’m not sure there’s anything quite like looking out at the sky at the stars in africa. Of course I’ve seen stars before but there’s a clarity out here that doesn’t really exist otherwise. But I’m getting ahead of myself. Today we woke up at the Sedia Hotel in Maun after spending the night camping….




Day 4 in Transit

Another day, another 8 hours of driving time! Yikes! Glad this bus is relatively comfortable otherwise this would be a really crappy way to start the trip :p the majority of the long trips happen in the first few days, which is good, but it is a lot of driving. We got up at 5:30am…




On the move. Day 3 starts early

Talk about a lack of sleep! We met at 5:45am this morning in the lobby of the hotel so we could get an early start on the very long drive into Botswana. That sleep by the way…One of the best of my life. Too short but man did I ever need that sleep! Anyway we’re…




Day 2 of the tour, 3rd continent

It’s the end of Day 2 and I’ve now hit 3 continents in 3 days! I think that’s a new record for me. It seems the internet at the Holiday Inn I’m staying in does not wish to cooperate and I don’t have the time or energy to deal with it tonight, so I’m going…




Day 1 in Frankfurt – still awake!

Well I’m exhausted, but still functional! Last night the flight from Toronto to Frankfurt was about as good as could reasonably be expected – better even. I was flying on the new Dreamliner, which is a beautiful plane, and in my row of 3 we had the middle seat empty! Every economy class passengers dream!…




It’s time to fly!

With just under 26 hours to go the backpack is packed (everything fits!), all shopping is done, the hair is cut and I’m ready to go! Last week I did a little pre-trip flying at iFly in Oakville and was surprisingly impressed with indoor skydiving… so impressed that I picked up another visit to help…