Posts Tagged 'Travel Blog'

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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The Elephants are Coming! Xigera and Duma Tau

There were many things that impressed me about the trip to Africa that Town and Country Travel (T&C) booked for us.  One thing that impressed me most was how well everything was coordinated.  There was never a wasted minute. When it was time to leave the Xigera camp and fly to Duma Tau we didn’t miss a beat. We went on the morning animal drive, got back in time for brunch, flew to Duma Tau, and then went ...

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Adventures in the Okavango River Delta

When I think of deltas, I think of the Mississippi, the Amazon, and being from California the Sacramento Delta. But the Okavango is different.  It is an inland delta rather than the sea level terminus of a major river. The source of water for the delta is the Okavango River with its head waters in the Angolan highlands. The river flows out on to the Kalahari Desert where it eventually disappears into the sand.  This unique wetland is ...

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Welcome to Africa!

Dubai is a place I’ve always wanted to see, but figured I would never get there. The architecture was amazing.  With unlimited funds available it’s a place where architects build their dreams. Our first stop was the Burj Khalifa. At 828 meters (2,715 ft.) it is the tallest building in the world.  They only let the public up to the 148th floor of its 160 floors. It’s pretty amazing being surrounded by 60 story buildings that look like ...

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We’ll Blow It Up If We Have To!

 We were less than three miles from Clamecy. The weather was perfect for our grand arrival. Okay, our arrival may not have been all that exciting for anyone else, but it was big deal for us. We continued up the Canal du Nivernais, but came to a lifting bridge where we had to stop. Usually there is a VNF employee on hand to operate this type of bridge, but this one was different. I maneuvered Rabelo over to ...

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Clamecy or Bust – Come Hell or High Water!

Before leaving Les Rochers du Saussois we decided to go for a drive. The first stop was a cave with ancient petroglyphs.  They didn’t allow photographs, so you’ll have to excuse the quality of the pictures. I couldn’t use the flash for fear of being caught. At times Lisa gets a little claustrophobic. She was allowed to go inside the cave for a few minutes to see how she would react.  It didn’t go well, so I had to do ...

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A Brief History of Vermenton – The Logging Town of France

We continued on our journey up the Canal du Nirvernais. Kevin said the village of Vermenton should not be missed even though it was three miles off the main canal on an even smaller side canal. I checked the chart, and once again the bridges were too low for us to pass, but that hadn’t stopped us yet.

We were in the heart of the Morvan region, at one time a vast area covered by forest.  Beginning ...

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