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Welcome to Living Barge Travel Blog!

Welcome to Living Barge Travel Blog!

Welcome to Living Barge – my travel blog which will chronicle my adventures around the world and on my barge, The Rabelo! Feel free to weigh in, ask questions and enjoy the blog!

-Tom Miller

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Our Last Day In Africa

For our final full day on the African Continent we headed to the famous Cape Town wine region.  Everyone told us we had to visit this area, and to be honest I wasn’t that excited to go.  After all we’ve spent the last four summers in France.  Because we love wine so much we’ve tended to concentrate on the French wine regions.  If you are looking for beautiful scenery then the French countryside, especially where there are vineyards ...

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Last Stop – Cape Town and the Cape of Good Hope

Our last stop in Africa was Cape Town.  Originally we had not planned on going there, but all of our friends that had been said we would be foolish to miss it. Two other couples from our group also decided to extend their trip and go to Cape Town with us.  We hired a guide for two days, and were driven to all the sights.

Our first stop was the Cape of Good Hope.  For all the ...

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Hungry Hungry Hippos – Our Last Animal Drive

We saw a lot of hippos on our trip, but they were always in the water.  They are huge, ugly, and are very territorial.  You don’t want to get too close to a hippo.  They have giant nasty looking tusks, and even though they are herbivores they will use their tusks whenever they feel threatened. Even worse, these great big fat sausage like animal can run faster than you. The bottom line is don’t mess with the hippos.

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Close Encounters of the Elephant Kind

I’ve already said that of all the animals we encountered the elephants were our favorite.  This magnificent species is not only physically imposing, but in our opinion they are the most intelligent of all the animals we saw.  There impressive intelligence was most visibly displayed by their highly evolved matriarchal society.

That fact is these beautiful giants in addition to being smart also have character.  The teenage males, as teenagers tend to be, will often display attitude.  ...

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Royal Malawane – The Best For Last

Jane Lee with Town and Country Travel likes to save the best for last, and that would be the Royal Malawane. Though it was our last safari camp it was not the end of our trip. We had already talked to friends that had stayed there, and they couldn’t say enough. Their guest list includes royalty, Hollywood stars, and Wall Street tycoons. This amazing safari camp is located on a private game reserve bordering Kruger National Park.  Our ...

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Victoria Falls and the African Bushlands

Varumba Plains was fantastic.  Everything about this special safari camp was first class.  Our next stop was Livingston, Zambia and Victoria Falls. We were about to take a break from our 5:30 wakeup calls, and do a little sightseeing.  Town and Country had planned a couple of full days for us, though we wouldn’t be getting up at the crack of dawn.

Apparently tourists use to stay on the Zimbabwe side of the falls before Mugabe came ...

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Pay No Attention To the Stampeding Elephants

Our room at Varumba Plains was one of the nicest I have ever stayed in with the food and service up to the same high standards.  The tea served halfway through our morning game drive, and the sundowner drinks provided in the afternoon were always special.  When you throw in a herd of elephants marching through the middle of your afternoon break it soars from special to electrifying.

Our three jeeps had joined up for sundowners and ...

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The River Roads of the Varumba Plains

After three incredible days at Duma Tau filled with rampaging elephants, dancing storks, stunning leopards, and hungry lions could it get any better? Our next stop was Varumba Plains. We didn’t have far to fly as the safari camps of Xigera, Duma Tau and Varumba Plains were all situated in the Okavango Delta.

We hadn’t seen any Wild Dogs yet, so they were still on our list.  We landed at Varumba Plains dirt runway where three jeeps ...

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Oh, Just Another Safari Animal

I have to admit that after just five days of game drives we were starting to become a little jaded.  We had seen so many animals. The typical encounter with the more common animals just wasn’t as exciting.  Now we were looking for those special experiences. When we arrived at our first safari camp and saw the zebras just grazing it was electrifying.  After a while seeing zebras were no longer quite so exhilarating, though still just as ...

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A Rare Sighting and The Dance of the Saddled Billed Stork

When we originally booked our African trip I thought if we were lucky we might have one exciting animal encounter per day. Was I ever wrong. At times we were on overload. It was one heart-pounding episode after another.  I suppose that’s why they say Africa is not for the weak at heart.

Our guide stopped the jeep by a lagoon, and pointed out a magnificent Saddled Billed Stork. Everyone took a few shots. Then we sat ...

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