From January to March, I lived a dream. For 60 days I studied wildlife, conservation, track and sign, trailing, bird calls, animal behaviour, etc, all while living in a tent, away from reliable phone reception and internet, under the punishing African sun and nights full of stars. I awoke at 4:30 each morning, went on … Continue reading FGASA Field Guide Course
Work hasn't been easy for this expat living in South Africa. But I'm about to start an exciting new chapter...
“Summer” is an abstract thought in Iceland. As I write this, the wind is blowing with a chill of five degrees Celsius, just over 45 degrees Fahrenheit, and it’s the fourth of August. I’m looking out over the expanse of the Highlands – the lesser-visited central region of the island – while the wind does … Continue reading Iceland: a post from the road
There is one redeeming quality in a 24-hour stomach flu: it only last 24 hours. When we awoke on the 14th morning, my husband was finally feeling human again. As you might recall from my last post, he had gotten violently ill the previous night (at 2am) and nearly scared a hippo to death with … Continue reading Botswana blog: days 14-15
When we last left off, after days 10&11, our speedometer failed. To fully explain, we have to go back to day 11 when we left Chobe and the trouble began. The video below was taken on the road from Chobe, before trouble found us: Day 11: Departing Chobe for Maun After our amazing morning of successfully … Continue reading Botswana blog: days 11-13
From December to March, Botswana is a birder's paradise. The country plays host to nearly 600 species of bird, although you would need to be an avid and experienced birder to see everything. That said, there is nothing like waking up next to the Chobe riverfront to the sounds and movement of hundreds of birds. … Continue reading Birds of Botswana
On the south east coast of South Africa, along the Elephant Coast, there is a campground called Mabibi... On the south east coast of South Africa, along the Elephant Coast, there is a campground called Mabibi. It is the ideal escape, hours from civilisation, across the semi-tropical coastline. Disclaimer: if you dislike finding sand in … Continue reading The importance of spending a week, barefoot, in South African sand
Chobe riverfront and a day in Namibia. Savuti is known as one of Chobe's most iconic and superb wildlife viewing areas. So it was with some reluctance that we got back on the 'road' with Buh-lah-key, our trusty 4x4, to head north. I forgot to mention something in the previous post, which I will briefly … Continue reading Botswana blog: days 7-9