Rwanda: the land of smiles (and a thousand hills)

We were loving Africa and didn’t want our time there to end so we booked a flight to Kigali, the capital of Rwanda in eastern Africa. The freedom we have to just change our route on a whim is amazing and I will be sad when it’s over. The country is mainly known for the…

Mountain top moments in South Africa

Today we have a guest post from our good friend Vicky who joined us in South Africa alongside Simon, Ally and Karina. Over to her: I’ve been asked a few times what my South African holiday highlight was.  It’s a really difficult question to answer. Perhaps it was the table top views from Table mountain….

Seeing the magnificent big cats in the Kruger National Park

“What is that!?”, Becki asked the guide as we passed a tree with what looked like a carcass hanging high from a tree. On further inspection it was the hind legs of an impala suspended from a branch. He answered with just one word: “Leopard”.  This is what we had hoped to see in the…

Self-drive safaris, shakedowns and Swaziland

A 700km stint took us from Lesotho back into South Africa and on to St Lucia, on the coast a few hours north-east of Durban. Unfortunately it wasn’t quite the Caribbean island of the same name but it did feel pretty darn tropical after the chill of the mountains; wth pineapples for sale on the…

The mountain kingdom of Lesotho

Within South Africa sits the independent nation of Lesotho (population 2.2m). It shares no borders with any other country, nor has any coastline. This mountainous country (the highest in the world as measured by having the highest low point at 1,400m) is tricky to get around without a 4WD, so we approached it from both the…

Journey through the Capes

After a few days in stunning Cape Town (post to follow when we return to the city), we picked up our trusty Toyota Corolla Quest and headed east. We had booked the car for nearly four weeks so had plenty of time to explore the country before dropping it in Johannesburg. Here are some highlights…

Stellenbosch and the end of the overland tour

We had three nights in South Africa before the overland tour ended in Cape Town. The first night was spent amongst beautiful vineyards at a pretty campsite which was a precursor to our following two nights spent in South Africa’s top wine region, Stellenbosch. On arrival we snuck away from the group and had a…

The deserted deserts of southern Namibia

From Swapokmund, we headed further into the Namib desert which takes up 81,000 sq km and most of the southern half of the country. It was incredible to drive for hours and hours and see the different types of desert scenery pass us as well as no other vehicles on the gravel road. Some old cars…

Northern Namibia: Etosha to Swapokmund

We were very excited about crossing into Namibia and it was the country our tour was spending the most time in (two weeks) so we had high hopes. Our first stop was a cheetah sanctuary where we got very close to these amazing cats. Four cheetahs had been rescued by a couple who had previously hunted them and then…

Waterfalls to hippos: our first four days in Africa

Africa. It’s the only major continent we both haven’t really visited before (discounting Egypt and Morocco) and knew the least about. We always had it on the itinerary but at some points we wondered if we’d actually make it here, but after just a few days, it is already one of the highlights of the trip….

Doing Dubai like a local

We knew we’d be likely to pass through the Middle East travelling from Asia to Africa so made plans to meet up with our good friend Paul, who lives in Saudi Arabia, in Dubai. As luck would have it, his sister lives there too so we had a local to show us around. We upped…

The ghosts of yesteryear in Yangon

Yangon (formerly Rangoon under the British) was the capital of Myanmar until 2005 when, Than Shwe, the leader of the former military regime constructed a brand new capital at Naypyidaw, seemingly as a vanity project. It apparently has 20-lane motorways with few vehicles and not many inhabitants, apart from government employees. However Yangon is the country’s…