Travelling has always been part of my family.
In 1998, when I was about 4 years old, my father received a work opportunity in Gaborone, Botswana. He immediately grabbed the opportunity and went. My mother and I then moved along to this new city in a strange country.
The company my father worked for had branches in many of the Southern Africa stores so he was constantly travelling. By then my sister was born and we were both placed in one of the international schools in Gaborone.
As my father met new colleagues he was able to make enough friends to allow our family to go on holiday on a much smaller budget. He traveled to Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe and to many of the other places in Botswana.
As I became older I started travelling with my father on his business trips.
I saw parts of Namibia, including a large part of Windhoek.When I think back I remember Windhoek as being very relaxed and much quieter than South Africa. At one stage my family and I traveled to Swakopmund, which is a small coastal city on the west side of Namibia. I remember as we drove down a road that had the desert on one side and the ocean on the other. I remember the warm, dry wind blow over the sand dunes and the icy cold wind blow in from the South Atlantic Ocean. I remember as we climbed the sand dunes and rolled down to the bottom, coated in a layer of sand.
Through friends of my father we regularly went to Kasane in Botswana where the wild life is something to be experience. At night while I lay in my tent you could hear the lions roar in the distance and the ground trembled. There are warthogs as tame as dogs that roam the camping areas. The camping areas have chains surrounding them in an attempt to prevent the hippos and the crocodiles from wandering into someone’s camp. The stripped mongoose are plentiful and the river flows by lazily. The atmosphere is that of pure relaxation and wildlife. Across the river is the Chobe Game Reserve that is home to many elephants, buffalo, lions and the occasional leopard.
From Kasane it is about a two hour drive to the magnificent Victoria Falls situated on the border of Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Victoria Falls are a sight to see. The water tumbles over the edge and falls to the earth. The sound is deafening. As you wander along the pebble pathways, you near the edge of the cliff. With sudden gusts, spray is ejected into the air and rains down on you. By the time you reach the end of the path you are soaking wet. It is an amazing experience to have and I would recommend it to anyone. The Victoria Falls are absolutely breathtaking.
In my next post I will mention some of my experiences in Mozambique and South Africa.
Unfortunately I do not have photos of many of these places but I plan to take many the next time I’m at any of these places.