I can’t believe I am already up to four months on the road!
The last month was the final stretch of our overland ‘Ultimate Africa’ Tucan trip. The month started back in South Africa at Fish River Canyon which is the worlds second biggest canyon before heading on to Orange River which was stunning at sunset and a nice introduction to the country.
We stayed at a vineyard in Cederberg which was a real highlight of the whole trip, the group had an absolute blast wine tasting and just general wine drinking to the early hours. It was great to sample some of the local wine in one of the countries wine regions.
The group split off in Cape Town with most people leaving the tour to go home or carry on to do travelling on their own. It was tough saying goodbye to people I had spent weeks with but so many great memories had with them all.
Cape Town was amazing! I loved it and I cannot wait to return because we only had 3 days there and it really wasn’t long enough. We went to see Table Mountain, Lions Head, The Cape of Good Hope, Boulders Beach, Camps Bay and shark cage diving.
After Cape Town we went to see some caves, we stayed on the coast on the Garden Route at Tsitikama and walked along this scary bridge.
We went to Addo Elephant National Park which was fairly average after all the safari’s we had been on but it’s still great to see loads of elephants together and we saw some cute little baby ones too. A highlight was hearing a lion roaring in the middle of the night.
We treated ourselves to a mountain top bath at Hogs Back before ticking off my 50th country in Lesotho. We stayed at a great campsite up in the hills and spent a few days chilling out, hiking, horse riding and watching rugby.
Back in South Africa, Drakensberg was another chilled out few days in South Africa where we walked, caught up on washing and had an actual bed after upgrading from tent life.
Jo’burg was a welcome break on the tour as we stayed with some of Dan’s friends from London. We went to a nice bar for drinks and a Mexican restaurant, I got my brunch fix and coffee fix and we also went to the incredible apartheid museum which was one of the best museums I have ever visited.
We left South Africa again and went to Swaziland where we spent a few days hiking in the nearby National Park and spotting a variety of wild life. These baby warthogs were everywhere and they were just too cute!
We came back to South Africa again and straight to Kruger National Park which I was really looking forward to but unfortunately it was a massive let down. We only saw one lion in the distance and the total lack of wild life meant we spent hours searching for not a lot. Over the two days we did see around 6 rhinos and baby hyena’s but apart from that it was really disappointing.
We entered Zimbabwe and learnt about the volatile past before going to Bulawayo. Here we went to an International cricket match between Zimbabwe and West Indies which was a lot of fun.
I did a walking safari where we tracked and found rhino’s before going to Cecil Rhodes’ grave and seeing the amazing ‘Worlds View’ which was breathtaking at sunset.
We finally finished up the Tucan trip at Victoria Falls which were superb! Much better on the Zimbabwe side than the Zambia side. They were truly remarkable and it was a great spot to finish up the tour.
Our 76 days on the truck camping were up, we farewelled new friends and headed off on the long journey to the Philippines. It was bitersweet really, Africa has been incredible, the absolute trip of a life time and the memories will be cherished in years to come. But we were definitely done with the camping and we are ready for the next leg of the journey.
We flew from Livingstone-Joburg-Doha-Manila-Palawan so by the time we arrived on the beautiful island of Palawan we were a little jet lagged and welcomed the break.
After this mammoth month we arrived at the beautiful Modessa Island Resort where we will spend a week recharging the batteries, getting a tan and catching up on all the missed sleep. It’s the first time in three months where we will actually stay somewhere longer than 3 days.
What I’ve been reading:
I finished the Long Walk to Freedom just in time for the apartheid museum
Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas – Hunter. S Thompson
The Girl on the Train (in two days because it was that good)
What I’ve loved: Cape Town, shark cage diving, learning – especially in South Africa and Zimbabwe
What I’ve not loved: Saying goodbye to great friends made, the slower pace of the trip, my broken DSLR camera.
Next month: El Nido in the Philippines & New Zealand
You can read about the previous months on the road here: