Operation Desert Porn

Writing this headline, I remembered how much I miss editing! Anyways, it is not too far fetched, as I am currently driving through Africas finest deserts, and that quality of nature porn is so high, it regularly makes it into late night Nat Geo or Discovery Documentaries. My face is permanently glued to the window, as we are passing by many different desert topographies in this arid climate, trying to spot the usual suspects; Oryx, Springboks, Zebras or even the odd Giraff. By the way: with exception of the Giraff, Game meat, as they call it, can be found in every restaurant and is absolutely delicious!

“What made you chose Africa?” is a question we all had to answer to in our initial group meeting (that felt a little like an AAA meeting, sitting in a circle and introducing ourselves). I always find these questions funny and can’t help but to gringe and reply: “well, it’s one of the places I haven’t really been to yet, sooo…”, to avoid complicated answers. I have been there though. When I was a kid, exploring some parts of Kenia. And in Egypt, which technically is Africa. 

Coming back here was just a question of time. Too vibrant is this continent not to, too beautiful and grand the landscape, too wild and spectacular the animal kingdom, too archaic the culture and history, too diverse the topography and climate. I almost sound like an Africa commercial. Please turn me off. In any case, the real question should have been: “why did you chose Africa only now?”. Well, I had other priorities and my bucketlist is long.

After spending a wonderful week in now one of my favorite capitals in the world, Cape Town, doing some hikes, exploring the South Cape and its Cape of Good hope with its surroundings, feasting at the local markets and braiing (that’s what they call a BBQ here. Don’t ever call it BBQ! It’s a braii, ok?!), I have decided to go on a overland tour to the famous Victoria Falls. 

My trip will take me to South Africas North Cape, crossing the Namibian Border, through the Namib desert (amongst many more), to Botswana and Zimbabwe. Instead of driving myself, I opted in for a group experience, driving with one of those massive 4 by 4 busses, offered by the popular Nomad Travel Agency. 

I will keep you posted on the events and tell you much more about it in detail. Now, I would like to just leave you with some of the first weeks impressions.

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