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Many Adventures of a Nomadic Poet A young poet with Asperger's makes travel his passion, and away he goes...

Trip: Southern Africa

There are [42] stories from my trip: Southern Africa

Photos: Johannesburg

SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday, 22 Jul 2023 | Photo Gallery

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Apartheid Museum

SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday, 22 Jul 2023 | Views [131]

Two months of gallavanting Southern Africa has come down to the final two days. Unfortunately I had only about five days in Botswana because I spent a lot more time than I originally planned in Angola. At the border yesterday I stuck my thumb out, and ... Read more >

Nancy and Botswana

BOTSWANA | Thursday, 20 Jul 2023 | Views [188]

Botswana beckoned, and in Botswana I am. A colourful country this is. Since I spent so much time in Angola and Namibia, my time in Botswana is limited to only a few days. People go to France to go to Paris or to Italy to go to Rome but nobody goes to ... Read more >

Photos: Gaborone

BOTSWANA | Monday, 17 Jul 2023 | Photo Gallery

Botswana's capital
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From Outer Space

NAMIBIA | Saturday, 15 Jul 2023 | Views [115]

Sadly, we're not talking about extraterrestrials here, although I surely hope they discover extraterrestrial life during my lifetime. After all, it would be hard to believe that we're alone in this vast universe. The world's largest discovered piece ... Read more >

A Zoo in Reverse

NAMIBIA | Thursday, 13 Jul 2023 | Views [175]

The Africa of my childhood imagination came to be today. With a private driver I was off into Etosha National Park, which is a land of thousands of animals that are symbolic of Africa. Shortly after entering through the Namutoni Gate, the first animal ... Read more >

Photos: Etosha National Park

NAMIBIA | Thursday, 13 Jul 2023 | Photo Gallery

Wildlife Galore!
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Photos: Tsumeb and Grootfontein

NAMIBIA | Wednesday, 12 Jul 2023 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Serra da Leba

ANGOLA | Saturday, 8 Jul 2023 | Photo Gallery

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Deep Canyons, Winding Roads...

ANGOLA | Saturday, 8 Jul 2023 | Views [78]

...And everything else spectacular you can find in this most spectacular country. On a video call with my mother the other day whilst stopping over in Huambo on my way from Camacupa, I showed her the colourful attire of vendors selling fruit, drinks, ... Read more >

Photos: Tundavala

ANGOLA | Friday, 7 Jul 2023 | Photo Gallery

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Photos: Lubango

ANGOLA | Friday, 7 Jul 2023 | Photo Gallery

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Centre of Angola

ANGOLA | Tuesday, 4 Jul 2023 | Views [178]

Leaving Huambo behind, I wanted to take a trip to the geographical centre of Angola. A minibus would get me to Kuito which, from what I saw from the bus window, looks like an attractive town. Getting to Camacupa (sometimes spelled "Kamacupa") involved ... Read more >

Photos: Camacupa

ANGOLA | Tuesday, 4 Jul 2023 | Photo Gallery

The centre of Angola
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ANGOLA | Sunday, 2 Jul 2023 | Views [49]

Taking on Angola continues, as I'm far from done with this fascinating country. After saying thank you to Camil for hosting me and getting a bifana for breakfast, I ordered a lift via Heetch: Angola's answer to Uber and Lyft, to the outskirts of Lobito.... Read more >

Photos: Huambo

ANGOLA | Saturday, 1 Jul 2023 | Photo Gallery

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Art Deco in Lobito

ANGOLA | Thursday, 29 Jun 2023 | Views [165]

After a night in Luanda to rest up I made my way south again. First I stopped briefly at Miraduoro da Lua and then at a police checkpoint I was picked up by a banker named Gonzalo. He would shout me a sandwich, a couple of beers, and a litre of wine.... Read more >

Photos: Lobito and Benguela

ANGOLA | Tuesday, 27 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

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Pedras Negras

ANGOLA | Saturday, 24 Jun 2023 | Views [193]

I’m still wondering…how the hell was I the only foreign visitor at Kalandula Falls? If it were Victoria Falls I’d be jockeying for space with many other visitors and I likely couldn’t fly Juliett (my drone). Yesterday I ended ... Read more >

Photos: Pedras Negras

ANGOLA | Friday, 23 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

A spectacular series of rocks with practically no visitors
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Photos: Kalandula

ANGOLA | Thursday, 22 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

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Quedas de Kalandula

ANGOLA | Thursday, 22 Jun 2023 | Views [199]

Luanda isn't as bad or as expensive as some people make it out to be, and I certainly felt safer walking round Luanda than round Cape Town or even Windhoek. However, I didn't come to Angola to spend all of my time in Luanda. After quickly arranging ... Read more >

Luanda Highlights

ANGOLA | Monday, 19 Jun 2023 | Views [258]

Luanda gets an unfairly bad rep, and most people who criticise Angola's capital have never been here. Cranes and skyscrapers dominate the skyline but there are more highlights and standout sights than in many other capital cities. The other day after ... Read more >

Questioned and... Appreciated

ANGOLA | Sunday, 18 Jun 2023 | Views [169]

Angola doesn't get many visitors. Most foreigners who are here are working, not taking pictures. Police, soldiers, and the average local wonder why someone would travel from all the way around the world to take a photo of a building. Today ... Read more >

Taking on Angola

ANGOLA | Friday, 16 Jun 2023 | Views [219]

It looks like a creature struggling to be accepted but reaching out and asking for a hug or a handshake; that's what Angola is shaped like. It is one of my favourite country shapes. "Why would you want to go to Angola?" one may wonder. Firstly, it's ... Read more >

Photos: Luanda

ANGOLA | Friday, 16 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

Angola's capital and largest city
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Photos: Cunene

ANGOLA | Thursday, 15 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

Where I entered Angola. Also includes photos from the bus journey to Luanda
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Townships of Windhoek

NAMIBIA | Monday, 12 Jun 2023 | Views [158]

Via CouchSurfing I've stayed almost everywhere in just about every type of accommodation imaginable. From the projects of Upper Manhattan to a mansion used as an embassy in Qatar, I've stayed with all types of people in so many different places. I've ... Read more >

Photos: Windhoek

NAMIBIA | Monday, 12 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

Namibia's capital
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NAMIBIA | Saturday, 10 Jun 2023 | Views [127]

At 55 million years, the Namib Desert is the world's oldest desert as well as being how Namibia derives its name. Synonymous with sand dunes and sun, Sossusvlei is where I'd explore today. I had difficulty sleeping last night but I was up early with ... Read more >

Photos: Sossusvlei

NAMIBIA | Saturday, 10 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

Sand dunes and rich colour
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Photos: Walvis Bay

NAMIBIA | Thursday, 8 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

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Swakopmund and Dune 7

NAMIBIA | Wednesday, 7 Jun 2023 | Views [58]

All good things must come to an end, and that was true again today as I had to say goodbye to Valereis today. She is on her way to Greece for a few days. After a couple of days at her farm, she invited me to her home in Swakopmund and it was a whole ... Read more >

Photos: Dorob National Park

NAMIBIA | Wednesday, 7 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

sand dunes galore
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Photos: Swakopmund

NAMIBIA | Monday, 5 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

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NAMIBIA | Saturday, 3 Jun 2023 | Views [116]

Fish River Canyon is postponed for now. The 5-day hike I booked more than a year ago is off the table for the time being, not due to COVID-19 issues or visa-related issues, but due to badly straining my hip last week. For the past several days I was ... Read more >

Photos: Jakkalswater

NAMIBIA | Saturday, 3 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

Thanks to Valereis, a most spectacular area I stayed at deep in the heart of Namibia
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Photos: IIKaras

NAMIBIA | Friday, 2 Jun 2023 | Photo Gallery

Southernmost region of Nambia
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Table Mountain

SOUTH AFRICA | Sunday, 28 May 2023 | Views [162]

Lion's Head I walked up yesterday, so today I wanted to conquer Table Mountain. Whilst it looks like a giant table from a distance it's anything but flat. Despite Christo's home being in Brackenfell, more than 20 kilometres away, it's possible to see ... Read more >

Lion's Head

SOUTH AFRICA | Saturday, 27 May 2023 | Views [289]

An absolutely gorgeous day it was today. Cape Town is up there with a place like Washington, D.C.; I can spend a few weeks here and still not be bored. There are many great hikes in the area. The two countries I've prepared for most in terms of safety ... Read more >

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