August 18, 2014
Rob did it again! He, with a lot of help from Jean and David two gyro friends, put the icing on the cake of my Africa adventures. At 4:30 pm Thursday with the skies clearing we were in the air in two Magni gyro planes. These are open cockpit tandem cockpit gyros of Italian design – sleek and very stable. We flew out to the coast, saw whales cavorting in the surf, went toward the city of Cape Town with Table Mountain and other peaks describing the far horizon. What a fantastic geographic setting – mountains, plains, sea and city! Flew low and slow over it all and headed back as the sun was setting – coming through the pass between Table Mountain and Lion’s Head. Added the finishing touch and another fantastic perspective on the adventures of Africa. Thank you, thank you all. dee
A few pics here- more to follow in Rob’s Cape Town Post
Ready for Take-off
The “table cloth” on Table Mountain
Cape Town Coastline
World Cup Stadium and Cape Town
August 1, 2014
It is hard to imagine a greater contrast in landscape from the desert and sand dunes of Namibia last week to the flower strewn meadows of South Africa’s Namaqualand where we are now. With our Kiwi friends Brian and Sarah aboard we drove endless miles of parched white sandy desert in Namibia and now we are camped in fields of blooming Namaqua daisies.
Crossing our first section of desert brought us to the forbidding Skeleton Coast, which lived up to its name on the day of our arrival. It was a bleak wintry scene with wild storm tossed ocean waves breaking over the discarded wreck of a stranded cargo ship. Farther along in Namibia we made a pre-sunrise climb to the top of a 1,200 meter sand dune in Sossusvlei and later proved our mettle by getting stuck once again in the sand- and getting unstuck on our own. More desert travels including two flat tires in one day brought us to Fish River Canyon- a mini version of the Grand Canyon. We tried a puncture repair but with minimal success then continued on with crossed fingers and no spare tires. The road ahead was the same section that had caused the two flats so it was with great relief that we finally reached a town just as our right rear tire sank into the pavement. Three new tires and $600 poorer we were on our way towards South Africa.
This section of South Africa is famous for its fields of daisies which usually bloom from mid August through September but we are in luck as they have bloomed early this year and we have timed it perfectly. How pleasant to again be driving through wonderful scenery and colorful meadows.
We have come nearly 20,000 kilometers and Cape Town, the end of our road is not far now.
July 31, 2014
OK, OK… I know I’ve been a real slacker on the blogging.
Thing is we are doing so much and filling each day to the max that there just is not much time left for blogging and since we are camped out most every night we are not near cities with internet access.
Anyway we are now back in South Africa — fully first world– actually after every place else we have been it does not even feel like Africa. Namibia was … interesting… basically a huge empty country. Miles and miles of gravel roads connecting places that in themselves are interesting but driving between them is looooong and booooring. Namibia is the perfect place for a 200 mph airplane.
The sand dunes at Sossvlei were awesome and the Skeleton coast was suitably mysterious and eerie. Pictures to come soon.
We had an awesome time traveling with our friends Brian and Sarah from New Zealand and did all of Namibia together.
Only two weeks left here.
Rob and Dee
July 4, 2014
Our camp in Botswana is on a waterhole and they have dug an underground hide next to the waterhole. You enter a stairway about 30 meters away and walk through a tunnel to the viewing area. I was just now sitting about 20 feet from a small herd of elephants– I was eye level with their toenails.
Here’s a few pics from today.
Leopard stalking an impala
July 3, 2014
Had and awesome time rafting the Zambezi river just below Victoria Falls. The falls are awesome- about a mile wide over the falls then going into a twisting canyon about the size of Glenwood Canyon on the Colorado River. Glenwood gets about 20,000 cfs max max and the Zambezi must be in the hundreds of thousands of CFS. (I intend to find the exact stats soon and post them. After seeing the falls and going rafting I took a helicopter flight over the falls- those pictures soon.
Rob PS sorry for the lousy formatting A few more recent pics- stories to follow: