Southern Africa: Zimbabwe, Botswana & Cape Town

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Out of this World: Africa

The highlight of my summer – and really one of the highlights of a lifetime spent traveling – was our recent family trip to Southern Africa. We’re just back, and the incredible images are etched in my mind as well as onto thousands of digital pictures.

We wanted to capture every moment, every animal face, every iconic landscape. You’ve no doubt seen the classic images in print: East African safaris with grazing animals and predators crossing the plains of Kenya and Tanzania as far as the eye can see in the Great Migration, or Zimbabwe’s mighty Victoria Falls, the world’s largest waterfall, thundering down.

We experienced the quintessential safari and more. We ventured to Kings Pool and Vumbura Plains in Southern Africa’s Botswana’s Okavango Delta, where leopards looked down from their treetop perches and baboons played in the sun. We traveled to Zimbabwe and stayed at the historic Victoria Falls Hotel, and we were lucky to have top guide, Gavin Ford, with us in Mana Pools, which is one of Zimbabwe’s premier wildlife areas surrounding the Zambezi River. And then it was on to coastal Cape Town for city sophistication, South African style, and a day in the heart of the Stellenbosch wine region. Lunch at the beautiful La Residence in Franschhoek was a highlight, but truly every stop exceeded my expectations.

I offer a hearty shout-out to our trusty guides and good friends from Africa Inscribed, Dylan and Gavin, who created an amazing itinerary for us and who will be visiting Richmond in late March/early April. If you’ve ever even considered Africa as a destination – planning requires at least a year in advance – come meet them! Click here to read more about Africa Inscribed! 

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