Monthly Archive: February, 2011

Knysna and Mossel Bay, South Africa

With a yacht club, boutique stores, and expensive hillside houses overlooking a beautiful blue bay, Knysna reminded me of Sausalito, California.  Maybe that was the problem.  Everything felt so familiar it was boring. … Continue reading

Port Elizabeth and Storms River, South Africa

All the South Africans I’ve met have given the same advice about their country:  don’t miss the Garden Route, a stretch of coastline between Cape Town and Port Elizabeth that encompasses some of… Continue reading

Johannesburg and Kruger National Park, South Africa

Arriving in South Africa was a shock to my system.  An extensive network of paved, well-maintained roads?  An uninterrupted supply of electricity, 24 hours a day?  Excellent English spoken by almost everyone?  Lots… Continue reading

Dar es Salaam and Zanzibar, Tanzania

Central Africa remained a blank spot on Western maps of the world well into the 1800s.  The explorers who eventually filled in the empty spaces – famous names like Livingstone, Stanley, Burton, and… Continue reading

Serengeti National Park, Tanzania

The Ngorongoro Conservation Area extends from the main crater all the way to the border of Serengeti National Park.  On the morning of the third day of our safari we drove across the… Continue reading

Lake Manyara and Ngorongoro Crater, Tanzania

Drained from the Kilimanjaro hike, I spent a couple days relaxing in Moshi while I lined up a safari to the parks in northern Tanzania.  The travel agency at my hotel found a… Continue reading