Sunday, November 9, 2008

Summary of last Tour

We didn't have internet connection over the weekend - what a calamity!! - but finally we are "connected" again, so I can post some photos today depicting an overview of the tour "covering" 4 southern African countries.

Our journey started on the Zambian side of the Victoria Falls. As you can see, the fall is rather "bare" of water at this time of the year (left) and the weather was - very hot!! (For a "better" view of what the Vic Falls can look like - during the rainy season - have a look at THE MIGHTY FALL, which I posted on 24 June).

This photo (right) depicts what the locals call Mosi oa Tunya: "the smoke that thunders" (the spray from the waterfall on the Zimbabwean side) - as seen from the garden at the Zambezi Sun and Royal Livingstone hotels.

Next on the itinerary was the Chobe National Park, Botswana - famous for its large herds of elephants. We weren't disappointed - elephants were our constant "companions" (left).

South Africa was the next destination. Although the weather (finally) cooled down whilst we travelled along the Panorama Route, we were able to view all the highlights: God's Window, Bourke's Luck Potholes and the Blyde River Canyon with the Three Rondawels (above).

Along the Garden Route, we stopped at the viewpoint overlooking the handsome beach at Wilderness (left). We had great weather with constant sunshine - very different from the weather-pattern constantly "plaguing" this part of the country this year.

Even Cape Town "showed off" its best side - cloudless skies along the Cape Peninsula. The view (right) depicts Camps Bay and (part of) the 12 Apostles as background.

A view (left) over False Bay and Muizenberg as seen from the Silvermine viewpoint on Ou Kaapse Weg.

On to the 4th and last country on the tour itinerary - Namibia. Again, it was HOT (weather-wise AND high-light-wise). The photo (right) depicts the Namib Desert (after which this country was named) with the Brandberg in the background - made famous by the San painting of what is called the "White Lady" (which we now know depicts a man and not a female!!)

This photo (left) is an example of what I find so fascinating about Namibia (and also other southern African countries) - the scenery constantly changes! I took this photo near Twyfelfontein, which obtained UNESCO World Heritage status last year.

Last but not least (for today) - a scene from the Etosha National Park in the northern part of Namibia. Whilst springbok antelopes thirstily drink at one of many water-holes, the Etosha Pan "shimmers" white in the background.

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