Life…or Something Like It…In Africa

Hellooooooooo friends! Guess what? I’m back from my 10 weeks of gallivanting around Africa. Did you miss me? I sure missed you. But only a little bit, because I was having a lot of fun traipsing across the continent, waving at children, marvelling at wild animals and soaking up spectacular sunsets.

I thought that rather than get straight back into the recipes I’d give you a little insight into our trip. It’s most definitely not because I have no recipes lined up for you or that my boxes of kitchenware haven’t arrived from the UK yet.

Iain and I had the most incredible time. It’s hard to even put into words some of the experiences we had, so I thought I’d dump a tonne of photos on you rather than go into heaps of detail about everything we saw and did. I’ve narrowed the photos down from thousands to just over 30. They haven’t been touched up in any way because my laptop is sitting patiently in a box somewhere on Australian soil waiting to clear customs and quarantine, but I hope you enjoy them nonetheless.

I will give you a few important details about our trip. In a nutshell, we started in Nairobi, Kenya and finished in Cape Town, South Africa, travelling on two different group tours in between the two cities (see both routes below). We visited nine countries on continental Africa (Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa), then popped into the Seychelles and UAE on the way home (would you believe me when I say that it was the cheapest flight option?!). All up, we were travelling for 75 days and could’ve happily kept going for another 75.

Africa Map

Highlights for me were most definitely the children and the animals. When the kids saw our big yellow truck coming down the road, they would run up to the side of the road to wave and smile at us as hard as they could. They’d go mental when we waved back at them. They were so happy and innocent, despite many of them having very little. I’d find myself not wanting to read my book or watch my movie because I didn’t want to miss out on waving to a single kid we passed and seeing the excitement they got from it.

And the animals. What can I say? They were incredible. We saw all of the Big 5 (lion, leopard, elephant, Cape buffalo and rhinoceros) along with cheetahs, wildebeest, warthogs, hippopotamus, a honey badger, giraffes, zebras, hyenas, birds and various antelopes and gazelles, the list just keeps going on. The elephants were my favourite, but the big cats were the most impressive because they were the most elusive. The best game parks that we visited were Etosha National Park, Masai Mara National Park, Serengeti National Park and Ngorongoro Crater, Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park and Lake Nakuru National Park. Hit me up for advice on them at any time!

Adrenaline highlights include: white water rafting in Jinja, Uganda, walking with lions and swimming metres from the edge of Victoria Falls, both in Livingstone, Zambia, skydiving in Swakopmund, Namibia and shark cage diving in Cape Town, South Africa.

And now we’re back in Australia…but not for long! We had so much fun travelling and we just weren’t ready to settle down and look for jobs yet that we booked flights to Bangkok within three days of being home. We’re going travelling around South-East Asia for 5 weeks straight after my brother’s wedding in mid-November!

But enough chit chat for now. Here is the highlight reel of our time in Africa. And feel free to get in touch for any advice, info or with any questions at all.

White Water Rafting, Jinja, Uganda | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindSunrise, Uganda | Close Encounters of the CookingMountain Gorilla, Uganda | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindWhite Rhino, Lake Nakuru, Kenya | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindZebras, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindGiraffe, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindCheetah, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindZebras, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindLion, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindLion, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindLeopard, Masai Mara National Park, Kenya | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindMasai Village, Kenya | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindElephant Orphanage, Kenya | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindSerengeti Sunset, Tanzania | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindMonkey, Serengeti National Park, Tanzania | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindElephant, Serengeti National Park | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindElephant, Serengeti National Park | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindWildebeest, Serengeti National Park | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindZanzibar, Tanzania | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindChitimba, Malawi | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindChitimba, Malawi | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindChitimba, Malawi | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindLion Encounter, Livingstone, Zambia | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindDevil's Pool, Livingstone, Zambia | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindSunset, Okavango Delta, Botswana | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindGiraffes, Etosha National Park, Namibia | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindZebras, Etosha National Park, Namibia | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindCheetah Park, Namibia | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindSpitzkoppe, Namibia | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindSkydiving, Swakopmund, Namibia | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindDeadvlei, Namibia | Close Encounters of the Cooking KindCape Town from Table Mountain, South Africa | Close Encounters of the Cooking Kind

Please do not use these photos without my explicit permission.

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2 comments

  1. Okay so I’m definitely a bit late in commenting on this, but WOW, thanks for sharing these photos! It looks like you had the trip of a lifetime. I especially love the picture of the cheetahs playing.

    1. Thanks CakePants! It definitely was the trip of a lifetime.

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