The Tortoises of Prison Island, Zanzibar

Aldabra Tortoise close up Zanzibar

“Hand me your shoes.” The quiet, no-nonsense guide requested with his hands out towards me, gesturing to my sandalled feet. Mark and I had decided that while in Zanzibar, we wanted to venture out to Prison Island, a small island about 5.6 km from Stone Town. It’s home to about one hundred giant, rare tortoises. We were the … Read more The Tortoises of Prison Island, Zanzibar

The Dark History of Stone Town’s Anglican Christ Church Cathedral

memory for the slaves memorial stone town

Stone Town is located on the west coast of the Zanzibar Archipelago. Historically, its geographical location, natural harbour and temperate climate gave the town an economic advantage as a bustling trading center. While Zanzibar is most well known for its spice trade, it once also played a large part in a darker, more disturbing business: slavery. … Read more The Dark History of Stone Town’s Anglican Christ Church Cathedral

Two-Day Safari in Etosha National Park – Day One

zebra in etosha national park

What’s a trip to Namibia without a safari? As amazing as Namibia‘s other attractions are, its safaris are really the big draw for most travellers. Our camp, situated in the heart of Etosha National Park, made it an exceptional spot for game drives. This area of Etosha National Park was especially perfect for spotting wildlife. … Read more Two-Day Safari in Etosha National Park – Day One

Wildlife Lessons at NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Namibrand nature reserve view

Our first overnight stay in Namibia was a very busy one. We set up camp at the NamibRand Nature Reserve, Maltahohe. It’s one of the largest private nature reserves in Southern Africa. To our great delight, this was our campsite for two nights. Gorgeous! I have to say, I loved the bathrooms here. They were … Read more Wildlife Lessons at NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia

Taking a Scenic Flight Over the Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta cessna tour

During our group tour of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe, we had the opportunity to take in a scenic flight over the Okavango Delta in Botswana. I don’t really like flying, especially in a little airplane. But was I going to let the butterflies in my stomach stop me from this cool adventure? Heck, … Read more Taking a Scenic Flight Over the Okavango Delta