Cape Town to Tanzania 2014

Solo trip for 12 months - Toyota Hiace 4x4 van

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This journey is completed. Consult the map for the entire route.

Back to square one  —  2016/01/14  —  Tanzania

Here is my last blog for this trip. The trip is completed and I sold the vehicle, the fridge, and all the stuff I cumulated for a number of years.I take...
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Amboseli National Park  —  2015/10/20  —  Kenya

I really wanted to visit this park before leaving Africa. The park is famous and you probably already saw a picture of it. Indeed, the iconic photo of...
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Gombe Stream National Park  —  2015/10/17  —  Tanzania

This park is the smallest of Tanzania with only 52 km2. However, it is an important one since it shelters a small population of chimpanzees.It...
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Katavi National Park  —  2015/10/13  —  Tanzania

I wasn't sure about visiting this park since tsetse flies have a reputation for being nasty. In the end, I spent a whole day there. Wow, it is a very...
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Lake Tanganyika  —  2015/10/11  —  Tanzania

Kipili Lake Tanganyika is the second-biggest freshwater lake in the world (in volume). It is also the second deepest in the world.The lake extends...
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Chongoni Rock Art  —  2015/10/06  —  Malawi

Chongoni, near the town of Dedza, is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area shelters 127 rock art sites dating from at least 2,000 years. Of these 127...
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Mulanje Massif  —  2015/10/01  —  Malawi

The Mulanje Massif is a huge granite inselberg rising by an average of 2,000 metres above the plains. The characteristic of the massif is its isolation...
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Majete Game Reserve  —  2015/09/30  —  Malawi

This reserve is a peculiar place. Several species have been reintroduced after going extinct due to poaching. Species (such as the nyala) never existed...
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Lengwe National Park  —  2015/09/29  —  Malawi

Lengwe is a small park that greatly suffered from poaching in the past. Nowadays, several animals are still victims of snares installed by farmers and...
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On the road  —  2015/09/28  —  Malawi

Money in Malawi - the kwacha For the last few years, the value of the kwacha has been going down on the financial markets. In 2010, $US 1 was worth...
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Zomba Plateau  —  2015/09/26  —  Malawi

The Zomba Plateau is a small rocky mountain of about 130 km2. Altitudes can reach up to 2,087 metres with cliffs of 1,200 metres. Unfortunately...
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Liwonde National Park  —  2015/09/24  —  Malawi

It is in this park where animals are the easier to observe in Malawi. I was surprised to observe around a hundred elephants.Of all the game parks and...
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Mua Mission  —  2015/09/20  —  Malawi

The Mua Mission is a fascinating site for three reasons. The mission by itself has a superb church and a hospital. In addition, the KuNgoni Art Centre...
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Nyika National Park  —  2015/09/12  —  Malawi

This large park, located at an average altitude of 2000 metres, is known for its mountains scenery. It is also possible to see several species of antelopes.It...
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Vwaza Wildlife Reserve  —  2015/09/11  —  Malawi

The Vwaza Reserve protects the Vwaza Swamp and Lake Kazuni. Since the reserve is infested with tsetse flies, I stayed near Lake Kazuni at the entrance...
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Livingstonia  —  2015/09/08  —  Malawi

Livingstonia is perched at 700 metres above Lake Malawi. The road to get there is a series of hairpin bends so tight that the last of them is only 4 km...
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On the road  —  2015/09/06  —  Tanzania

Here are miscellaneous photos. A restaurant with a baobab in the middle...
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Lions in the Selous  —  2015/09/02  —  Tanzania

Day 1 Around midday, I went to a picnic site to have a lunch. I wasn't paying attention to what was going on around me.As soon as I opened the door...
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Selous Game Reserve  —  2015/09/01  —  Tanzania

The Selous is the largest reserve of Africa with 54,600 km2. The reserve was once famous for its large herds of elephants. Unfortunately...
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Swahili cities  —  2015/08/28  —  Tanzania

East Africa was known by the Greeks since 400 BC. Important trading posts had been established in the region. In the early part of the first millennium...
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At the border  —  2015/08/27  —  Mozambique

To get to the border of Tanzania, the Ruvuma River must be crossed. It is possible to do so by using the Unity Bridge, which entails a detour of 700 km...
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Quirimbas National Park  —  2015/08/21  —  Mozambique

The Quirimbas National Park is a group of 32 islands. The easiest one to visit is called Ibo Island. It's the only island with infrastructure for low-budget...
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On the road #2  —  2015/08/20  —  Mozambique

A nice camping In Mozambique, there are many kilometres on flat land with few interesting scenery. From time to time, there are little rocky hills...
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Niassa Game Reserve  —  2015/08/17  —  Mozambique

The Niassa Reserve is located in northern Mozambique. It is a vast territory split in a dozen concessions; some are for hunting, others for research...
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Lake Niassa  —  2015/08/14  —  Mozambique

Lake Niassa, also called Lake Malawi, is very well known to travellers on the Malawian side. However, the section of the lake located in Mozambique is...
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Mossuril Bay  —  2015/08/11  —  Mozambique

The Mossuril Bay is located on the continent in front of Mozambique Island. It also has some relics from the Arabs and Portuguese era.Old Naval AcademySummer...
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Ilha de Moçambique  —  2015/08/08  —  Mozambique

Mozambique Island is a World heritage site as selected by UNESCO. It's a small island with 3 km in length and 500 metres in width. This island has a history...
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Gurué  —  2015/08/02  —  Mozambique

Gurué is a picturesque town surrounded by tea plantations and mountains. People in the area are welcoming and smiling. I spent almost a week there, waiting...
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Tonight, I am sleeping at the police station  —  2015/07/29  —  Mozambique

I wanted to sleep on the side of the road like I did so many times, but local people were afraid that I was a thief… Around twenty people, with a police...
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On the road #1  —  2015/07/28  —  Mozambique

A night at a 5-star hotel After spending a night at this luxury hotel, I was telling people that I spent a night in a 5-star lodge directly on the...
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Vilankulo and Archipélago de Bazaruto  —  2015/07/25  —  Mozambique

Vilankulo The Bazaruto Archipelago is a group of paradisiacal islands with white sand and superb clear and turquoise water. These islands are part...
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Diving in Tofo  —  2015/07/14  —  Mozambique

I did several dives in Tofo and I decided to rent a camera and try underwater photography. The visibility wasn't very good for photos and the equipment...
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Tofo and around  —  2015/07/10  —  Mozambique

Ah, here is the famous village of Tofo, known to backpackers for its vibe, beaches, parties, and scuba diving. In season, it is possible to see humpback...
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Ponta do Ouro to Maputo  —  2015/07/06  —  Mozambique

Ponta do Ouro Ponta do Ouro is located at the southernmost point of Mozambique. I was told to go there mainly for excellent diving. It is a nice area...
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Hlane Royal National Park  —  2015/06/30  —  Swaziland

Here is a weird park. It is not very big and is surrounded by a fence. Inside, it seems as if there are three sections each separated by a fence. In one...
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Mantenga Nature Reserve  —  2015/06/27  —  Swaziland

The village This tiny reserve is a good place to experience the Swazi culture. Indeed, the cultural village is far more interesting than the nature...
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A small country  —  2015/06/24  —  Swaziland

The Kingdom of Swaziland is one of the smallest countries of Africa and is ruled by King Mswati III. The latter is one of three remaining monarchs...
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Kruger National Park  —  2015/06/16  —  South Africa

Kruger Park is one of the most famous game parks of Africa like other parks such as Serengeti. Before my very first journeys in Africa, I dreamt of exploring...
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Drakensberg Escarpment  —  2015/06/13  —  South Africa

The Drakensberg Escarpment marks the point where the highveld plunges down over 1000 metres to the lowveld. It is a very picturesque area with a myriad...
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Pilgrim's Rest  —  2015/06/12  —  South Africa

Pilgrim's Rest is a small village established when gold was discovered in 1873. For 10 years, diggers worked on small-scale alluvial claims. In the 1880s...
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Elephant Coast - Mkhuze Game Reserve  —  2015/06/06  —  South Africa

All right, more animals again! Yes, but what a show!Since I had been successful in the last park, I installed myself in a hide and I waited all day for...
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Elephant Coast - iSimangalizo Wetland Park  —  2015/06/03  —  South Africa

This long coastline of 280 kilometres stretches from the border with Mozambique, near Kosi Bay, to the town of St Lucia. All this area is nicknamed the...
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Elephant Coast - Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park  —  2015/06/01  —  South Africa

Despite the number of parks and animals I have seen in the past months, the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park was an impressive experience. As in any parks, it is...
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Durban  —  2015/05/31  —  South Africa

I don't write blogs on cities very often since most of the time I think they are boring and ugly. Cape Town is a notable exception and, to a lesser degree...
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Wild Coast  —  2015/05/28  —  South Africa

The Wild Coast stretches for nearly 350 kilometres from East London to Port St Johns. Contrary to many other places in South Africa, this area is not...
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Garden Route  —  2015/05/23  —  South Africa

Robberg Nature Reserve This reserve protects a 4 km peninsula with a rugged coastline of cliffs and rocks.There is a superb trek on a circular trail...
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Graaff-Reinet, Nieu Bethesda, and Barberton  —  2015/05/20  —  South Africa

Graaff-Reinet This town is nicknamed the 'Jewel of Karoo'. It is the fourth oldest colonial town of South Africa and has a nice architectural heritage...
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Karoo Parks  —  2015/05/18  —  South Africa

The Karoo region is a vast plateau with a semi-arid climate. This ecosystem covers about one third of the area of South Africa. There are some nice parks...
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Tsitsikammma National Park  —  2015/05/08  —  South Africa

Otter Trail In this park, I did a superb hike of 5 days and 4 nights with Anik, whom I have been travelling with for the past few days. Normally...
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Addo Elephant National Park  —  2015/05/07  —  South Africa

In a park that has the word elephant in its title, one would expect to see many of them, but it's not necessarily the case. In guidebooks, it is mentioned...
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Wild Coast - Bulungula  —  2015/05/04  —  South Africa

Bulungula is a small and remote village on the Wild Coast accessible by a bumpy gravel road that is annoying to drive. Once at the destination, we were...
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Malealea  —  2015/05/01  —  Lesotho

Malealea is another pretty village of Lesotho where several activities are possible. There, I did a nice trek in a magnificent gorge.I did the trek with...
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Semonkong  —  2015/04/29  —  Lesotho

Semonkong (Place of Smoke) is a small mountain village where horses are all around. Most villagers get about using this animal and it gives the impression...
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Dams in Lesotho  —  2015/04/25  —  Lesotho

Katse Dam A huge hydroelectric project is currently going on in Lesotho. It has started some 10-15 years ago and should go on for another 10 years...
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Ts'Ehlanyane National Park  —  2015/04/22  —  Lesotho

It is the only park I have visited in Lesotho. There, I have done a nice trek of about 15 km through nice scenery. Lesotho's climate is quite unpredictable;...
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Landscapes of Lesotho  —  2015/04/21  —  Lesotho

Road from Sani Pass to Butha-Buthe Most of the time, people travel from point A to point B to visit the nicest sites of a country. The road is sometimes...
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Sani Pass  —  2015/04/20  —  Lesotho

The previous blog was about Sani Pass. It described the drive up from South Africa to the Kingdom of Lesotho. Now I have reached the small border post...
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Drakensberg - Sani Pass  —  2015/04/15  —  South Africa

The Sani Pass is a link between the province of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa and the Kingdom of Lesotho. It's a spectacular ride around hairpin bends...
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Mountains of the dragon - Drakensberg  —  2015/04/12  —  South Africa

The Drakensberg forms the border between South Africa and the mountain kingdom of Lesotho. This vast region got the World Heritage status in 2000. At...
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Golden Gate Highlands National Park  —  2015/04/10  —  South Africa

The Golden Gate Highlands National Park is a small park protecting part of the Maloti Mountains. It is located north of the Drakensberg Mountains near...
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Kimberley - The Big Hole  —  2015/04/06  —  South Africa

Kimberley was a very important mining town at the end of the 1800. In the ancient volcano, named the Big Hole, diamonds were discovered.Nowadays, the...
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Pilanesburg & Mokala National Parks  —  2015/04/03  —  South Africa

Pilanesburg National Park After a few days in town visiting museums, nothing is better than a going back in an African park. It is still a lot of...
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Johannesburg - Soweto - Pretoria  —  2015/03/28  —  South Africa

Johannesburg and Soweto Johannesburg has the reputation of a dangerous city where crimes are very frequent. As Nairobi in Kenya, the list of crimes...
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Home Sweet Home for a while  —  2014/11/01  —  Québec

I am back home... After 13 months living in my small van and driving in African territory, I was in need of some vacations. You are going to tell me that...
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Victoria Falls in September  —  2014/09/14  —  Zambia

When I came back to Livingstone near the Victoria Falls, I decided to see the waterfalls in the dry season. I wanted to see the difference with the rainy...
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Victoria Falls  —  2014/09/04  —  Zimbabwe

I am back to the Victoria Falls after 6 months of travel. In February, I have visited the falls on the Zambian side. This time, I am on the Zimbabwean...
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Hwange National Park  —  2014/08/30  —  Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park is the largest park in Zimbabwe. It is known for the large quantity of animals it protects and by the considerable density of elephants...
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Lake Kariba and around  —  2014/08/24  —  Zimbabwe

Lake Kariba Lake Kariba is the biggest artificial lake (in volume) in the world. It was created after the Kariba dam was built between 1955 and 1959...
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Mana Pools National Park  —  2014/08/19  —  Zimbabwe

This park is named Mana Pools because of its four waterholes; Mana means four in the local language. However, it is not the four...
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Nyanga National Park  —  2014/08/10  —  Zimbabwe

Nyanga Park is famous for its mountainous scenery, its rivers and waterfalls. It boasts the highest mountain of Zimbabwe; Mount Nyangani at 2592 metres...
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Chimanimani National Park  —  2014/08/06  —  Zimbabwe

The Chimanimani Park is a small paradise for hiking. I spent a few days visiting several locations of the park such as waterfalls. It is also possible...
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Chirinda Forest  —  2014/08/04  —  Zimbabwe

This small luxuriant forest is quite a surprise in an African country. It is a rain forest located at an altitude of about 1500 metres. The forest is...
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Gonarezhou National Park  —  2014/08/01  —  Zimbabwe

The Gonarezhou National Park is part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park. This park covers three countries; Zimbabwe, Mozambique, and South Africa...
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A country in ruins  —  2014/07/27  —  Zimbabwe

Zimbabwe is a country that often gets depicted negatively. A country that suffered from civil war, a country with parks devastated by poaching, a country...
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Matobo National Park  —  2014/07/21  —  Zimbabwe

The Matobo National Park is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It consists in two areas; one is a game park and the other is a recreational park. In most parks...
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Off-road driving of an old van  —  2014/07/15  —  Various

Ha! The joy of having a vehicle on the African continent; great outdoor spaces, 4x4 trails, African animals and the freedom to go where one wants. However...
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Khama Rhino Sanctuary  —  2014/07/09  —  Botswana

The Khama Rhino Sanctuary protects about forty white rhinos and a few black rhinos. Often, in such places, it is quite difficult to see rhinoceros unless...
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Nwetwe and Sua Salt Pans  —  2014/07/05  —  Botswana

Nwetwe Salt Pan Nwetwe is part of the Makgadikgadi Pan that is made of many salt pans such as Nwetwe, Sua and Nxai. This network of salt pans was...
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On the road  —  2014/07/04  —  Botswana

Planet Baobab Sometimes, we discover a nice place where service is excellent and the place itself is very appealing. In Africa, it is sometimes difficult...
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Tsodilo Hills  —  2014/06/29  —  Botswana

The Tsodilo Hills are located north-west of Botswana. If you follow my trip on the Google map, you will notice that I made a detour through Namibia. In...
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Road signs  —  2014/06/24  —  Various

At some point, I had the weird idea of taking photos of road signs that I thought were interesting. The idea took form in Ethiopia because of signs drawn...
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King's feast  —  2014/06/19  —  Botswana

In the previous blog, I was writing about the reasons that keep me doing more game drives. Here is one; these lions have killed this big buffalo and have...
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Chobe National Park - Chobe Riverfront  —  2014/06/17  —  Botswana

I am now along the Chobe River parts of the Chobe National Park.Yes, I am still visiting a park and presenting you with photos of animals. I don't know...
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Chobe National Park - Savuti  —  2014/06/15  —  Botswana

The Chobe Park is divided in three main zones known as the Chobe Riverfront, the Linyanti Marshes, and Savuti. I visited two of these regions and I now...
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Moremi Game Reserve  —  2014/06/12  —  Botswana

Botswana is a fascinating country with most of it almost entirely made of two ecosystems. On one side, there is the Kalahari Desert with its sand, yellow...
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Makgadikgadi National Park  —  2014/06/09  —  Botswana

The Makgadikgadi Park is a desert area part of the great Kalahari Desert. It is a huge land of several dozens of kilometres. The main interest in this...
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Kalahari Desert  —  2014/06/01  —  Botswana

As stated in the previous blog, the Kalahari Desert covers about three quarters of Botswana and there is sand everywhere; it is the largest contiguous...
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Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park  —  2014/05/25  —  South Africa

Kgalagadi Park is a wild land covered with white or red sand where thorn trees survive under a scorching sun. It is part of the Kalahari Desert that covers...
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Augrabies Falls National Park  —  2014/05/21  —  South Africa

Augrabies Falls are created by the Orange River flowing through 18 km long canyon with cliffs reaching 200 metres high. The canyon is the main attraction...
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