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Welcome to Africa!

Imbuya Ore!   Iyida!   Subayeedi!   Dhumilani!   Koree!   Dumela Abuti! (thanks to the nice people at Google for the "Traditional African Greetings"!)

On Friday 9th March 2007, Denise & Aaron will depart LHR T4 for the wonderful lands of Africa, undertaking an eleven-week journey through ten different African countries. Extensive game viewing throughout the journey is all-but-guaranteed, along with a number of traditional African cultural visits and community work. There will also be the chance to undertake some more adventurous activities, such as White Water Rafting and a Shark Cage Dive!

We hope to update the blog weekly throughout the trip, including details of our current location, activities, game viewing and general experiences of rural African life.

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The full tour can be found at, and we have put a brief summary of the trip below...

Tour Summary

Week 1

Kenya - Rift Valley scenic lookout at 8,000 feet high. Nakuru - Kembu Campsite. Uganda - Rain forests, tea & sugar plantations. Lake Victoria & Kampala - Cross the equator , Kabale & Lake Bunyonyi Crater Lake - Kisoro - Mountains of the Moon. Virunga Mountains - trek to Mountain Gorillas. Lake Bunyonyi - canoe to the islands.

Week 2

Owen Falls Dam & Jinja on Lake Victoria Bujagali Falls on the Nile River - white water rafting, grade 5. rapids, sunset BBQ bungee jump, fishing. Volunteer for the local community education project. Kenya - Nakuru Town in the Rift Valley. Kembu Camp working farm - local weavers and school. Lake Nakuru - millions of pink flamingoes. Home to over 400 species of birds, leopard, rhino, zebra, waterbuck & giraffe.

Week 3

Lake Naivasha - on the shore hippos graze in the evenings, black and white Colobus monkeys in the morning. Hell's Gate Park - bike in the park to zebra, buffalo, antelope. Elsamere - Elsa the lion of 'Born Free' fame. Masai Mara National Reserve, amazing scenery and abundant wildlife and the big five. Nairobi try the feast at Carnivore Game Meat Restaurant.

Week 4

Tanzania we arrive in Arusha safari city. Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater - camping for two nights in the parks amidst the animals. Dar es Salaam on the Indian Ocean Coast

Week 5

Dar es Salaam - ferry to Zanzibar Island. South through Tanzania, route takes us past Mikumi Park

Week 6

Lake Malawi - small resorts, sandy beaches, swimming and snorkeling, water-skiing, horse riding malawi chairs. Blantyre the old capital of Malawi. Mozambique - driving through the bush Zimbabwe , Capital Harare, then on to Gweru and the Antelope Park - walk with lion cubs and swim with elephants.

Week 7

Bulawayo - Rhodes Matopos National Park - white rhino Zambia Victoria Falls - Zambezi River plunges 100 metres down a mile wide chasm, lots of adventure activities. Botswana and the Kalahari Desert.

Week 8

Maun on the Okavango Delta , Mokoro trip in a dugout canoe through the waterways. Namibia , Kavango River on the Caprivi Strip

Week 9

Etosha Pan National Park - game viewing in the day and the evenings by floodlit water holes. Kamanjab Cheetah Farm, scratch the big cats behind the ears before watching them chase their evening meal. Cape CrossSeal Reserve a breeding ground for cape fur seals.

Week 10

Swakopmund seaside resort - beer halls, horse-riding, sand boarding on the dunes, deep sea fishing and scenic flights. Namib Desert, famous for its 300 metre high sand dunes.Fish River Canyon, at 85km long and 400m deep. Orange River, the border with South Africa - canoeing. South Africa - Western Cape - sparsely populated bushveld, Stellenbosch - wine tour Cape Town - nestled at the foot of Table Mountain.

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Hemel Hempstead
photo by: Denise