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Just the Beginning

I am an African Not because I was born there But because my heart beats with Africa’s I am an African Not because my skin is black But because my mind is engaged by Africa I am an African Not

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Misconceptions and Lessons Learned

Africa, the dark continent. I had all of these preconceived notions and anxiety about the trip. I am slightly embarrassed to admit they were all incorrect and unfounded. I was fearful. I admit it. I had heard all these stories

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A Picture is Worth a Thousand Words

Planning this trip was an adventure in itself. And while I’m not new to travelling (or planning!) this trip in particular took special considerations, especially when it came to packing. If you have been following our blog, you know we had weight

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Beautiful Botswana

We didn’t disappear. But there is zero connectivity in the area of Botswana we were visiting. Botswana, the final leg of our journey was the country that originally inspired this trip. Botswana is the second flattest country in the world

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Zambia

Zambia was never on my list of places to visit. I had heard Vic Falls was overrated and commercialized. But Bianca from Icon convinced me that if we were going to travel this far it was a worth a stop

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Goodbye Beautiful Londolozi

On Tuesday after breakfast we were invited to join a walk to the nearby Londolozi village which houses a great many of the staff who work at this amazing property. This was a wonderful opportunity to see how the locals

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Tuesday

Tuesday morning started out beautiful and clear. The mornings and early evenings have been pretty chilly, especially when driving around in the open vehicle. I was very happy I had brought a down vest, several scarves and enough long sleeved

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Monday

Monday morning started out cool and overcast as we headed out for the morning game drive. Even though it’s really difficult to pull it together when the knock comes at 5:00 a.m., somehow by the time we’re in the truck,

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Close Encounters of the Spotted Variety

Sunday morning’s game drive was so spectacular, we couldn’t expect it could be topped. Boy were we wrong! We mustered at the truck at 4:30 following afternoon tea. Michael and I were seated on the top seats of the vehicle,

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It’s Dark At 5:00 a.m.

When you turn out the lights in the African bush it is very dark! We couldn’t even see our hands in front of our faces. And it’s still dark at 5:00 a.m. when you get the knock on the door

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Londolozi

A one hour drive from Franschhoek, a two hour wait at the Cape Town airport, a two and a half hour flight to Neilsprut (Kruger National Park), a one hour drive on hard top and a one hour drive on

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Dog Days In Winelands

It rained all day. All day. Heavy rain, misty rain, fog, but a constant, unrelenting rain. Did I say all day? We headed out at 9:00 for the first of what would be six wineries today, plus lunch. Detailed wine

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Dust Is The New Foam

This will likely be our one and only post targeted to serious foodies. We stopped chasing the latest chefs years ago and have become far more relaxed and much less easily impressed by the latest food trends, though we still

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Winelands

Fine wines are made throughout the Western Cape but the geographical triangle between the towns of Stellenbosch, Franschhoek and Paarl make up the main area often referred to as Winelands. There are about 3,300 grape growers and 600 wine makers

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Cape Peninsula

Tuesday was set aside to head south down the Cape Peninsula. Originally our plan was to rent a car and do the drive ourselves, taking in the stunning scenery and meandering to Cape Horn, what we thought was the southern

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Athlone – Let’s Visit Cape Town Part #2

As all of you know, Michael and I began a fundraising effort to assist the incredible organization Dance for All based in the Cape Town suburb of Athlone. This inspiring organization, in existence for 21 years, offers classes in various

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Let’s Visit Cape Town Part #1

Monday morning came fast and we woke up to brilliant blue, cloudless skies and lovely warm temperatures in the 20s. After a delicious breakfast poolside, we headed out for a quick tour of the city proper. I had purchased tickets

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Settling Into Cape Town

After our long journey, we finally arrived at our beautiful hotel, Sea Five in Camp’s Bay, which is a beach suburb of Cape Town, nestled at the base of the jaw dropping Twelve Apostles mountains. This charming boutique hotel is

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Long Days

Flying on points from Toronto to South Africa in Business Class made the 31 hours of travel time worthwhile. We started our adventure on Air Canada in those funky looking pods, which, by the way are very narrow and a

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We’re Off

Our best laid luggage plans have been slightly modified. We’ve decided to check the two 24″ duffels straight through to Joburg to alleviate the shlep factor as well as eliminate any required negotiations due to the fact each duffel may

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Welcome to our travel blog In and Out of Africa

Welcome to our travel blog In and Out of Africa. It’s hard to believe that one year ago I started planning this amazing adventure to celebrate our 25th wedding anniversary. But here we are with only a few days until

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