African Travels

This is a great picture and really describes the Woodsmoke of Africa. We are on the Wilderness Trail in Umfolozi Game Reserve, South Africa. Two Game guides take you for 3 nights into the African Bush. You walk about 12km a day and then sleep in a tented camp at night. There are no fences, beds, or refrigerators. You are alone in the African bush with lion, buffalo, rhino, leopard, and elephant around you. There is no experience like it! During the day we were 50 yards from full grown male lion, 10 yards from rhino, and very close to the blue buffalo. Sunsets are the greatest time of day in Africa. After a long days hike, you come back to warm Mielie bread, tea, and a warm fire to sit around. The rest of the evening is spent around the fire sharing stories over some wine.

Sitting around the campfire at Umfolozi after a long days hike

Sitting around the campfire at Umfolozi after a long days hike

The man featured in the picture below is our game guide, on our first day walking, we ran into an African Buffalo. The most dangerous buffalo are old males that have been kicked out of the herd. They are normally agitated and will charge at the smallest sign of being threatened. Buffalo were the most feared animals by the early hunters that came to Africa because of when they are shot they will charge you. This was quite a scary moment but we managed to stay out of the buffalo’s way.

First day on the Wilderness trail we ran into a Blue Buffalo!

First day on the Wilderness trail we ran into a Blue Buffalo!

Monkeys will be in your kitchen and away with your fruit sooner than you can unpack your bags when coming to Africa! Keep your doors shut because who knows when they will come. They are not the most tidy visitors and have been known to take the odd cell phone or watch — so watch out!

Keep your doors closed; here come the Monkeys!

Keep your doors closed; here come the Monkeys!

When one thinks of Africa they do not think of beautiful beaches. The East coast of Africa is raw, beautiful, and unspoilt. There is very little development on the East coast of Africa, such at Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kenya, these beaches have been left untouched. The water is warm, blue, and wild. Do not expect many people on the beach with you as you head out of the major cities.

Southbroom Beach South of Durban

Southbroom Beach South of Durban

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