Introduction to Africa

One rainy day in Sydney, I started thinking about my time in Southern Africa. It was the most stunning driving I had ever experienced in my life, through a continent exquisitely beautiful, dangerous at times, misunderstood by many, and utterly alluring. I opened my computer in my bedroom and began typing in a crazed frenzy of clicking and clacking iMac keys – absolutely everything that I could remember about the adventure. After a couple of days, it was all there; a huge story about my travels in southern Africa.
It was all there, from my thoughts about the moonscape deserts, the night we heard lions outside our tent, the motorbikes on Zanzibar that didn’t have brakes, the machine gun-wielding soldier who inspected our car in Mozambique; even the dodgy hamburger we ate in Maputo. It inspired me to start this blog when I departed on my round the world trip.

We were driving from dawn til dusk almost every day, a colossal distance of about 12,000km (with all our many detours included). Point to point, that’s about the same as driving from Cape Town to Paris.

The route took us through never-ending highways shimmering with midday heat, insect-filled wetlands, tropical paradise beaches stolen from postcards, stomach-lurching mountain passes, and thick jungle that slapped the windscreen as we drove through it.

I am extremely proud to present the Africa that I experienced. Below is the full list of posts in order. Happy reading, and don’t forget to leave a comment!

Preparing for a road trip in Africa
Mars rover
Small towns of Namibia
The lions and the stars
Nairobi Bar
Go go juice
Spiders in the reeds
Chobe National Park
Elephant crossing/Kazangula ferry
The smoke that thunders
Highway to Chipepo
Zombie antelope
Let me tell you about Zambia’s potholes
…And so we left Zambia
Truck stop, Tanzania
The baobab road
Lost on safari
From Dar Es Salaam to Zanzibar
The hotel situation on Zanzibar
Doors of Zanzibar
Scooter death cycles
One luxury hotel on a rough camping trip
Am I in 18th century Zanzibar?
The snake park at Mikumi
Strangers in Malawi
Blantyre to Mount Mulanje
Sand sailing in Mozambique
Praia de Zalala
Negotiating for fish
Tropic of Capricorn
Man down
Zombie cucumber
The worst burger in Maputo
South Africa – The last few days
The final drive to Cape Town



8 thoughts on “Introduction to Africa

    1. There are a lot of assumptions about Africa; diseases and guns and dangerous snakes and all that stuff. But it’s much safer than people think (well, in the southern countries that I visited, anyway). I hope you enjoy my articles!

  1. Derrick, thanks for your visit & comment. Sunsets & sunrises are the focus of my blog! I found one on your site from Namibia. Do you have others? I feature different sunset or sunrise scenes, a new one each month as a featured header (with a mini-bio of the contributor). December was a special honor for a pianist blog follower- friend. I’d like to feature you for February 2017, with your permission! January will feature a photographer from Romania. Please let me know. Your site & travel theme is very interesting. I also like your writing style! Happy New Year! 🎆 Christine

    1. Hi Christine, thanks for your interest in my blog! I’ve got one sunrise photo on this post and another sunset here and a third here That’s the ones I remember off the top of my head, hope you like one of them! Thanks 🙂

      1. Thanks Derrick! I’ve copied them into my gallery, All very beautiful. Let’s see how they crop for the header. I’ll choose the best one. Your travels are amazing. Love to read your blog entries. Happy New Year! 💛Christine

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