Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park

Boat Cruise (Elephant Cruise) Our first activity at Chobe National Park was a cruise on the Chobe River.  The Chobe River acts as a border between Botswana and Namibia.  Our boat was very small, about the size of a pontoon boat, holding 7 people plus the captain.  Because it was mid-afternoon and the hottest part of the day, we didn’t think we’d see too many animals.  How wrong we would turn out to be… The first part of the cruise we did not many animals, mainly a pod of hippos…

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Victoria Falls was one of the more anticipated stops on my trip.  Along with the Grand Canyon and Great Barrier Reef to name a few, it is considered to be one of the 7 Natural Wonders of the World.  Straddling the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe, the area offers a wide array of activities and is sometimes referred to as “the Disney Land of Africa”. Our plan for the first day was to go white water rafting on the Zambezi river, the 4th longest river in Africa.  After…

Zanzibar Part 2 and Lake Malawi

Zanzibar Part 2 and Lake Malawi

Zanzibar and Lake Malawi Paje After having a lovely time at Stone Town, as mentioned in my last post, I headed over to the East part of the island, known for its peaceful beaches in contrast with the northern towns of Kendwa and Nungwi. Paje is known foremost as a kite surfer’s paradise, due to the very strong winds that are always present.  Dozens of kites dotted the coast dipping in and out with the wind current.  While I’m usually down to try just about any adventure activity at least…

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town, Zanzibar

Stone Town, Zanzibar, had been one of my most anticipated stops on my trip.  I had only heard great things about this island-many comparing it to paradise.  I can gladly say that I do agree with those sentiments, and I had an enjoyable and relaxing 8 days on the island, which easily could have been extended.  Since I had the luxury of spending over a week on the island, I decided to divide my time between the main area of Stone Town (3 nights), Paje on the east coast (2…

Diani Beach

Diani Beach

Diani Beach After Nairobi, I headed to the Kenyan coast, for some much needed relaxation.  The Mombasa area is known for its great beaches, and I decided to spend my time at Diani Beach, about 30 kilometers south.  Diani Beach is known for its turquoise waters and white sands, a truly picturesque coastline. I arrived to Mombasa from Nairobi on a night bus, getting there just after sunrise.  After sharing a taxi with 2 Germans, I arrived at my hostel for the next four days, South Coast Backpackers.  South Coast…