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African Safari

Travelling with Oasis Overland, an overland company, on a truck, through Africa. We start in Nairobi and end in Johannesburg 3 months later. We sleep in tents most of the time and cook our own meals.
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  • Day82

    Marilyn's 60's Diner

    February 14 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Having a seriously incongruous moment sitting here in a very pink cafe having brunch with customers who look like extras in a noir movie where Brexit meets Mississippi.

    Marilyn's 60's Diner claims to be an experience of note, with its Cadillacs and Chevys, neon rimmed signage, 50 and 60's decor, and Elvis and Marilyn memorabilia.

    The food is OK too. I had chicken strips in a basket, for lunch. Meh...

    The Diner itself shovels on the detail from the checkered floors to the red and white colour scheme, juke box and sugar shakers. Like the classic diner of the movies this restaurant serves everything from breakfast, cakes and milkshakes to All American cocktails, burgers, hot dogs (with a difference 🙄) and diner style desserts. Yes....
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  • Day80

    Cango Caves

    February 12 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    Visited these caves this morning.

    The Cango Caves are located in Precambrian  limestones at the foothills of the Swartberg  range near the town of  Oudtshoorn, in the  Western Cape Province of South Africa. The principal cave is one of the country's finest, best known, and most popular tourist caves and attracts many visitors from overseas.

    Although the extensive system of tunnels and chambers go on for over 4 km (2.5 mi), only about a quarter of this is open to visitors, who may proceed into the cave only in groups supervised by a guide.
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  • Day78

    Coffee in Gansbaai

    February 10 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Having a coffee in a shaded area in Gansbaai in South Africa. The weather is perfect, a blue sky, hot sun and a strong breeze to cool everything down.

    The coffee is so good I brought a packet home.

  • Day72

    Stellenbosch, South Africa

    February 4 in South Africa ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    Arrived here this afternoon after a very pleasant journey from last night's campsite. We saw Table mountain, first in the distance and then gradually nearer and nearer. Mind you, it's still a long way away.

    Stellenbosch is about 50 km east of Cape Town  and is the second oldest town in South Africa. It was named (like Simon's Town) after the former Governor Simon van der Stel. The town is situated on the banks of the Eerste River ('First River') and has some fine examples of Cape Dutch architecture.

    It is also known as 'Eikestad' ('Oak City') because of its oak tree lined streets. Wines from the Stellenbosch region are known internationally and rank among the best in the world. Stellenbosch is also home to one of the country's oldest established universities with over 25000 students. There is a bustling night life during the university term-time, with many night clubs catering for young people.

    Our next stop is Cape Town where the trip ends for 9 of my fellow travellers; leaving 5 of us to meander along the garden route to Johannesburg
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  • Day70

    Fish River Canyon

    February 2 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    The Fish River Canyon (Afrikaans: Visrivier Canyon or Visrivier Kuil, German: Fischfluss Canyon), is located in the south of Namibia. It is the largest canyon in Africa, as well as the second most visited tourist attraction in Namibia. It features a gigantic ravine, in total about  160  km  long, up to 27 km wide and in places almost 550 meters deep.

    Despite its popularity, there were very few people around and we more or less had the place to ourselves.
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  • Day69

    Naute Dam Campsite, Seeheim.

    February 1 in Namibia ⋅ ⛅ 40 °C

    This is our campsite for the night. Its pretty nondescript and, apart from a tap, a single electric point and a basic toilet block, it's almost a bushcamp. The weather is a bit overcast and a storm is brewing in the vacinity but luckily it passes us by. We prepare a meal and sit around the campfire after our dinner. We head off to bed early because we had a long day are we all feel tired. We also have an early start tomorrow.

    The weather is way too hot for a good night's sleep
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  • Day69

    Sunrise at the Sand Dunes

    February 1 in Namibia ⋅ 🌙 18 °C

    The alarm went off at 4:45am this morning, immediately followed by the thought "are you feckin' mad, getting up at this unearthly hour?" But get up I do, pack away my tent and away we are on the truck at 5:25am to climb a 450 metre high sand dune to watch the rising sun.

    "I hope its worth it," I think to myself and worth it indeed it is.

    We clamber up the ridge of the red sand dune, step by slippery step; 2 steps forward, 1 step back. I make it up the first half where the walk joins another one at an angle. I get up about about a third of this dune when my dodgy knee starts to give way. I sit down and enjoy the sight.

    The journey down is a doddle.
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