Southern Africa 2008

Southern Africa 2008

Ala kulli hali...

Ever since I was a kid and saw that nature show featuring a chimp travelling the African savannah in a jeep, observing the wildlife, I've wanted to go there. And so, since I'm still a kid at heart but have slightly more money, the course is set for those African skies! The amazing nature, the rhythm and music and culture, the big five, the cradle of mankind and let's not forget the sipping of cool umbrella drinks in a hammock hanging from a palmtree by a tropical beach.
Africa, baby!

Off I trot

BeforePosted by Martin 2008-02-14 15:21
And now I'm on my merry. After a Guinness and an espresso I enjoy the calm before departure from Landvetter. Heaps of thanks to Jonna and Steve for the ride. And let me just reiterate: I'm on my merry!

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Pre-departure beverages

BeforePosted by Martin 2008-02-13 23:28
Oi! Had a few pints with me mates today, cause tomorrow off I trot! And as chance would have it, the recently mother-again Jonna is on maternity leave, and will therefore, out of the kindness of her heart, give me a ride to the airport. I'm slightly excited. Let's go!

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One flight down

BeforePosted by Martin 2007-08-27 23:26
And so, with the confirmation of my safari I was able to book flights. Through my travel agent, who offered me a 25 hour trip via Doha and a 21 trip back for roughly SEK8500? Nosireebob, I make my own arrangements, thank you very much. Through Orbitz I found flights clocking in 17 h down, 14 h up and billing me SEK7100. If you want something done, you'd better do it yourself. Anyway, as of lunch, Thursday Feb 14 I'm off, landing in Cape Town in the morning. And then it's Africa, baby! I can almost hear the roaring of the gazelles, the chattering of the crocodiles and the rumble of the jungle.

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Safari in pajamas

BeforePosted by Martin 2007-08-19 14:58
After getting virtually no help at all at my travel agency, I decided to swoop the net for the most reasonable prices, dates and suchlike. I'll book my flight once I have confirmation of the safari booking I did today: 32 day from Johannesburg, via Kruger, Zimbabwe, Vic Falls, Malawi, Tanzania, Zanzibar and Serengeti to Nairobi. Blog Image With that leg confirmed, I'll be off to the on-line flight booking and set this trip in stone. 180 days to go.

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Applying for, and receiving, time off

BeforePosted by Martin 2007-08-13 22:18
A trip starts with a thought. I know that. And after the thought comes an idea, and a plan, and possibly a strategy. And that's all fine. However, to make a dream of far off lands come true one has to find the time to leave. And therefore, as of today, my African trip of 2008 has officially started, since I did as the headline implies.
Sometime around mid-February through all of March I'll be wearing khakis and a pith helmet, hunting* down the big five** and generally be amazed by that awesome continent right south of mine.
But miles to go and all that. Flights, safari bookings, visas and vaccinations has to be taken care of prior to departure, and thus the blogging comes early this year.
And those words heading the 'about me'-column to the right and the 'about the blog'-paragraph above are my feeble attempt at Swahili. With reservations for probable misspelling and less-than-impressive grammar they are meant to mean:

Ala kulli hali... Anyway...
Mwandishi aliyeandika hadithi The writer who wrote the story

The adventure begins at home!
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*) With my camera
**) The lion, leopard, elephant, rhinoceros, and buffalo

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