For 12 days we explored Senegal– from the concrete and hectic streets of downtown to the serene silence of the Sine Saloum delat, where Baobabs pock the landscape–gnarled roots reaching for the sky. Patiently.
The trees are old. Ancient. Yet they are left alone by the locals. Spared of the fire-pit that serves as they’re stove. But it’s not out of reverence that they avoid being cut. The wood is too moist, and doesn’t burn. It’s how they survive the arid and hot summer months–by conserving water in they’re wood–in they’re bark. And they don’t sprout leaves in order to contain energy and conserve water.
Thanks to booking with points–our flights across Africa were circuitous. From Senagal to Mali to Ethiopia– we finally made it to South Africa, where we went on safari in Kruger National Park. Rhinos, Elephants, a Cheetah, Imapalas, and much more– and some mysterious ant/spider bites! Many stories and photos to show from this segment.
Then we flew from Nelspruit to Cape Town. Table top mountain was clear on the only day we had available to go up it! Luck!
From there the drive was delightful to Hermanus and on to Gaansbai– where we got to partake in one of the top ten world dives/ activities to try once(or more;) in your life– shark cage diving with great whites!
And onto Mozambique– to scuba dive with giant groupers and trek across white desert dunes overlooking emerald waters.
This was the very succinct itinerary– and we’ll be writing the details of each adventure (as indeed there were many) in the first issue of The Expeditioners Magazine.
Stay tuned for lots and lots of stories and videos through The Expeditioners social media, and the upcoming Expeditioners Magazine!
We were lucky to deal with a whole slew of wonderful operators and sponsors:
Lavacore International, Aeris, Hollis, Oceanic, Sharklady Adventures, Villas do Indico, Aguita Canarias, InReach Canada, Lowepro, Kenko, Varanda hotel, Outlook Lodge & Safaris, Budget Car Rentals South Africa