Where did your African travels take you?

Dec 28th, 2005, 07:15 AM
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In more than 25 trips to southern Africa I've covered South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, and Swaziland. Except for Malawi, I visited all of these countries more than once, returning to favorite spots and seeking out new ones to become favorite spots. After about a dozen trips to Namibia, I know some of the roads as well as I know the local roads in my home state.

Now I am looking forward to exploring new territory in my upcoming 15 January safari to Tanzania.
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Dec 28th, 2005, 09:40 AM
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1991- London
1993- Jamaica
1993- Lagos, Nigeria to visit family.
1994- Hong Kong and Beijing
1994England,Scotland,Wales and Paris
1994- Puerto Vallarta, Mexico
1994- New York
1995- Albuequerque, New Mexico
1995- Cancun, Mexico
1995- Australia and New Zealand
1997- Cruise to Bahamas
1998- India and Nepal
1999- Tour through England,France,
Switzerland and Italy.
2000- Nigeria
2000- Morocco and Gibraltar
2001- Indonesia (Lombok and Bali)
2002- Turkey
2002- Malaysia and Thailand
2003- Costa Rica
2004- Kenya and Tnzania
2005- Turkey
2006- Argentina
2006- Burma

I've never actualy sat down to write this list, and I'd actually forgotten the order and a few other things which I had to look up. Thanks for the trip down memory lane Cybor!
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Dec 28th, 2005, 09:56 AM
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Wow -- it's so exciting, and impressive, to read about everyone's travels. Before we met, my husband and I had each been on safari in East Africa -- mine was climbing Kilimanjaro, and visiting Ngorongoro, Tanangire, Masai Mara, the Ark, and Samburu. As some of you may remember, we got married in 2003 in South Africa in Matjiesfontein in the Little Karoo while traveling on Rovos Rail from Pretoria to Cape Town, after a stay at Mala Mala, and then we went on to the Garden Route and Winelands, as well as a great stay in Cape Town. We're hoping to celebrate our 5th anniversary with a trip to Namibia and maybe Zambia or Botswana.
For 2004, we spent 3 weeks in November in Italy (Tuscany and Umbria) and Israel, with long several weekends in Paris (it's wonderful having a non-stop flight from Philadelphia to Paris!). For 2005, we spent several long weekends again in Paris, took my mom on her first trip to Paris, spent a week in Provence (no better way to spend a birthday!), and spent a long Thanksgiving weekend in the Veneto and Venice.
We leave for Argentina and Antarctica on Feb. 13, 2006. Our Antarctic cruise is 10 days on the Polar Star. Like Kavey, we will be on a small ship (98 passengers) so we can do lots of landings. I'm keeping my fingers crossed for the "Drake Lake". My husband was on an icebreaker in the Antarctic while he was in the Navy, so he's been through this before! We'll then have a week in Buenos Aires and 2 nights at Iguazu Falls. Kavey -- I'm looking forward to seeing your photos before we go. Unfortunately, neither of us are photographers and, I know this is probably sacreligious on this board, we are actually debating purchasing our first digital camera so we take some pictures in the Antarctic!
We're thinking about another November trip to Italy (Le Marche and Umbria) for truffle season and truffle fairs -- we've both become addicted!
Other truly special places I've been --China and Peru (I think trekking in the Andes and seeing Machu Picchu was one of the most magical experiences I've been fortunate enough to have so far).
Happy travels to everyone in the New Year!
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Dec 28th, 2005, 11:15 PM
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I came on to the board tonight to post another trip report review that I just finished, BUT then came across this thread - such an interesting post that I shall have to respond to!
It was great to see where everyone has been, and where mentioned, it was great to find out where some lived!
My husband Jim, and myself live in Vancouver (BC - Canada), this has been home since moving from the prairies (brrrr) 26 years ago. It will always be home, but that 'vacation' wanderlust spirit is sure inbred in both of us.
We have only been to Africa once (got in my blood on that trip and will not wash out....), but have traveled, mostly by cruise, but some by land to many other places - - -
1970's - all kinds of road trips throughout all of North America - covered most states and provinces from Quebec west to BC.
1980's - became addicted to Florida and California - something to do with Mickey Mouse, kept returning year after year
1992 - first cruise- Vancouver to Hawaii with an 8 day stay at the end in a beach house on west shore of Oahu.
1993 - Hawaii, back to the beach house for 2 weeks with our then 14 yr old son and 2 of his friends
1994 - Mediterranean Capitals cruise - to Spain, France, Italy, Greece, and Turkey with a visit to friends at the end in Zurich, Munich and Frankfurt.
1995 - back to Hawaii with our son and his girlfriend, this time south -eastern shore (Oahu) beach house Lanikai Beach
1996 - Cruise - starting in Hong Kong for a few days, China, Vietnam, Thailand and Singapore
1997 - Back to, you guessed it, Hawaii, north shore of Oahu this time with my mom and dad, our son and three of his friends.
And, as a bonus this year, a Caribbean cruise with RCCL on Song of Norway - took in eastern and southern Caribbean Islands
1998 - Cruise to the Baltic visiting Denmark, Sweden, Finland, St. Petersburg, Tallin, Germany, with a pre-stay in Copenhagen and a post stay in the countryside of England to discover my 'roots'. (I was born there)
1999 - back to Hawaii, north shore of Oahu again, guess you know by now I get addicted to places. This time was the best of all - my husband, my then 21 yr old son, my 22 yr old niece, and 4 more of our son's friends, all 21 also. We had a blast!
Also Jim and I flew to Arizona to meet up with my mom and dad for an RV trip for 2 weeks around the state.
2000- Jim and I flew to Las Vegas to do an RV trip there this year with my mom and dad. Highlight was breaking down in Henderson in some sleepy suburban area and having to be towed back to Las Vegas.
2001- Down Under cruise on Orient Line's Crown Odyssey - pre cruise in Singapore; the islands of Java and Komodo (AWESOME EXPERIENCE!) in Indonesia; Darwin, Cairns, Hardy Reef, Hamilton Island, Brisbane and post cruise in Sydney. Flew to Auckland and wandered around there for 3 days and then came home.
2003 - the most AWESOME trip of our lives to date. (expecting that to change though in June of 06 when we go on safari!) 6 days on land in India from Delhi to Mumbai, then boarded Orient's Crown Odyssey again and spent 45 glorious days aboard sailing from Mumbai to Rome. THE LONG WAY. Ports were Goa (India), Kudo Bandos and Male in the Maldives, (that was an experience - the day the Gulf war started and we are on a 100% Sunni-Muslim island), Praslin and Mahe in the Seychelles, Mauritius, Reunion, and then INCREDIBLE South Africa - a day each for Richard's Bay & Durban,(One day teaser safari's here!) Capetown for three days. Then Namibia (Walvis Bay), followed by 7 days of no land - LOVED that too! Next port was Cape Verde Islands, Tenerife in Canary Islands, Maderia, Lisbon, Cadiz (Spain), Barcelona, Cannes, and finally 3 glorious days in Rome. INCREDIBLE!
2004 - Back to RV'ing with the parents, this time we took in my mom's roots - the Maritime provinces of Canada.
Also, a Christmas grad cruise (son - he graduated as a commercial pilot) from New Orleans to Cancun and Costa Maya (Mexico) and Grand Caymans - Jim and I did the same cruise twice, once by ourselves and then once with our son and 5 of his friends.
2005 - have been sitting on my hands with pins and needles planning this safari in 2006...
This thread is such fun - I love it, I hope more people post to it!
Note to Rocco and Phil about Orient Lines - Phil you hit the nailhead when you said it changed once it changed hands - it sure did. The first time we were on it, on the Australia cruise, it was a 'destination' experience - everything centered around our destinations - the lectures, the food, the shows, and the people also were well-traveled. On the next cruise it was just being converted to an NCL ship, and even though the people were still well-traveled, it had become a mainstream cruise line. It was disapointing, but the trip was so incredible we managed to overlook it!
I am hoping that the Marco Polo hasn't been too affected by the change though as that is our 2007 plans - Buenos Aires to Antarctica, then back to Buenos Aires, up to Rio and down the Amazon to Manaus.

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Dec 29th, 2005, 01:15 AM
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1998: Seychelles
2000, 2002, 2004: Morocco (Marakkech, Ouarzazate)
2002, 2004: Egypt (Cairo, Alexandria, Luxor)
2004: Mauritius
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Dec 29th, 2005, 01:47 AM
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KT I don't think they'll be up before you leave - it takes several weeks for them to get through Alamy's QA and that's where I'm uploading them to.

In the meantime here are the handful I have online:



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Dec 29th, 2005, 03:50 AM
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KT (not to hijack this thread) - I hope you post your Antarctic and Argentina experience when you return. We're booked on Quark's Prof Molchanov (to include the Falklands and South Georgia) for Dec '06 - Jan '07.

As for our African travels - only one trip so far in 2004 - to Botswana (Xigera, Chitabe Trails, Duma Tau) and a few days in Zambia (Victoria Falls). Anxious to go back again and see more of this fantastic continent.
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Dec 29th, 2005, 07:21 AM
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Kavey -- thanks for sharing the photos. eenusa -- I promise to post the trip report after we get back!!
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Dec 29th, 2005, 10:32 AM
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Some interesting reading those lists of fascinating destinations!

I have been keeping a list of travels for many years on a spreadsheet but I also have a column for cost. What an eye opener when I do the autosum at the bottom of that column. For what I've shelled out, I could have bought a big house.

And then I could have spent my time dusting it instead of traveling.

Happy travels to all in the new year!
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Dec 31st, 2005, 03:42 PM
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Happy New Year to all!

I must admit I'm too lazy to work out the years but I have lived in Nigeria (Kano, Lagos and Kaduna, Egypt Alexandria and Cairo, Zimbabwe (Harare) and Namibia (Rehoboth.

I have visted Ghana, Mali, Mozambique, Senegal, Zambia, Malawi, South Africa, Tanzania and Zanzibar.

I would love to visit Eithiopia and to see more of West Africa including Gabon and North Africa including Libyia and Morrocco.
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Jan 1st, 2006, 08:05 AM
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Happy New Year!
Thanks to all of you who were kind enough to share your adventures. It really makes one realize how vast and awe-inspiring our favorite continent is.
Your all wonderful;
More replys are always welcome
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Jan 1st, 2006, 04:21 PM
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1984: Tangiers; Tsavo and Mombasa in Kenya; Cairo; Lagos and Abeokuta in Nigeria
1999: Phinda, Mala Mala, Rocktail Bay, and a few nights in the Drakensburg; overnight and a drive through Swaziland
2004: Botswana - Okavango, Linyanti and the Makgadikgadi; Vic Falls
2005: Makalolo in Zimbabwe, Savuti in Bots, Tongabezi Lodge, Sausage Tree, Tafika and Puku Ridge in Zambia
June of 2006: Namibia and Botswana

Elsewhere and outside of the U.S., I've pretty much covered Europe, China twice, Costa Rica, Australia, Thailand, India/Kashmir and Sri Lanka, Singapore, Tahiti, various resorts in Mexico and Mexico City, Israel.

My favorite place is Botswana. When I'm there I feel most alive...
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