Overlanding Africa: The Pros and Cons

Overlanding Africa: The Pros and Cons

For those of you who did not know, I participated in a 3 week overland trip (commonly referred to as “overlanding  Africa”) from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to Johannesburg South Africa, with the company, Africa Travel Co, or ATC for short (website link here).  Overland trips are extremely popular in Africa, due to the extreme rural areas, large distance between national parks/areas of interest and a somewhat undeveloped tourist infrastructure.  Combined with the mainly outdoor/adventure activities and beautiful scenery for camping, they are a good option.  Some other popular companies…

The Dried Up Okavango Delta

The Dried Up Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta in Botswana was was one of the places I was most looking forward to after Victoria Falls.  Unfortunately, the experience fell a bit short due to Mother Nature.  We were lucky (read: unfortunate) to experience both a heat wave, as well as a drought in our 3 days and 2 nights we were in the Delta.  We were able to keep relatively good spirits throughout the experience however, and I hope one day to be able to return with more favorable conditions. The Delta receives its water…

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…