Okuhepa Southern Africa

 

Endless beaches along Australia’s coastline, Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia

Endless beaches along Australia’s coastline, Mid North Coast, NSW, Australia

Greetings from the beautiful mid-north coast in Australia. I arrived safe and sound a few weeks back and I am still getting used to Ozzie lifestyle and customs again.  A very big thank you goes out to everyone who followed my adventures and blogs.

Traditional and modern Himba group photo, Omusaona Himba Village, Kamanjab, Namibia

Traditional and modern Himba group photo, Omusaona Himba Village, Kamanjab, Namibia

This means the end of this indescribable funtastic journey has come but is only just the beginning of my travel photos and stories. Without your encouragement, I wouldn’t have been trying half as hard to really show and explain the happenings on that part of my journey.  So, how do I round up this adventure throughout Southern Africa for the past 6 months?  Numbers right? Numbers don’t lie. And there are a few numbers to name.  

Happy faces all around, Khaudum National Park, Namibia

Happy faces all around, Khaudum National Park, Namibia

One number is best to explain in words. In both of my 6 months journeys throughout Africa, I traveled through Mauritius, Madagascar, South Africa, Mozambique, Malawi, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. Never once did I feel threatened by nature, the African wildlife or even fellow humans. And this is the most amazing part of both of my journeys. Most of us are only decent humans, always happy to help each other out,  it’s just a small minority that spoils it for everyone else. I was very lucky that I missed out on meeting any of that minority. Even whilst camping surrounded by lions and elephants, there was no threatening body language recorded.

Countless is another incredible number.

Kids joint in as well, Inhambane, Mozambique

Kids join in as well, Inhambane, Mozambique

Thank you to everyone who was part of this adventure, either briefly or for a week or three, it really was my pleasure to become friends.

The whole Italian equipe combined under the rainbow at Victoria Falls, Zambia

The whole Italian group combined under the rainbow at Victoria Falls, Zambia

 I made many new friends who I am sure to meet up with again. I am still amazed and humbled by friendly welcoming behaviour towards me, complete strangers become good friends. Thank you to anyone who offered a bed and shower, and let me be part of their home and family.  There are countless memories to cherish.

What’s up with chew? Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

What’s up with chew? Moremi National Park, Okavango Delta, Botswana

Countless amazing wildlife encounters with big and small animals.

This one is just too cute, Nxai National Park, Botswana

This one is just too cute, Nxai National Park, Botswana

Elephants sure made the most of it.

Water sharing is caring, Khaudum National Park, Namibia

Water sharing is caring, Khaudum National Park, Namibia

It is such an indescribable feeling to be surrounded by my favorite gentle giants, and I hope that feeling reflects on my images.

Stary night over Kubu Island, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

Stary night over Kubu Island, Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana

The African skies that were spectacular with countless stars most nights.

The sunrise over Doringstraat Waterhole, Khaudum National Park, Namibia

The sunrise over Doringstraat Waterhole, Khaudum National Park, Namibia

Approximately 180 days traveling gave me just as many sunrise and sunsets to watch, either over the ocean, rivers, in the mountains or out in the desert.

The sun looked even more colourful, Khaudum National Park, Namibia

The sun looked even more colourful, Khaudum National Park, Namibia

Most of them have been just a spectacular colourful event.

Moon behind Baobab tree, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Moon behind Baobab tree, Chembe, Cape MaClear, Lake Malawi, Malawi

Along with witnessing 6 amazing full moons as well along the way.

In photo action at Sioma Falls, Zambia

In photo action at Sioma Falls, Zambian

I have taken approximately 15000 photos, of which only a fraction made it into my posts.  My OM-D camera and its easy handling, the water, and dustproof housing worked a treat.  Simply put it is fun to go on photo safaris with an OM-D. 

Even zebra statues have a peculiar look, Botswana

Even zebra statues have a peculiar look, Botswana

I drove my trusty zebra wagon Zimba through 6 countries and covered approximately 16000 km in my travels.  Zimba and I tackled all kinds of harsh African terrain.  Amazingly, we never had a flat tyre. That is the difference very good tyres make. At the beginning of our journey, we had a few technical issues. Thankfully, I wasn’t out whoop whoop and those issues were quickly fixed. Two electrical issues almost had me in strive, but everything worked out very well in the end. Love that car.

Pieter happy for a quick holiday, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Pieter happy for a quick holiday, Walvis Bay, Namibia

Zimba is back in South Africa and will stay with Pieter Adendorff in Newcastle, where he will receive some well deserved TLC. When I will pick him up for another amazing adventure, I just don’t know yet. Hopefully, I can return soon as there is so much more of Africa I want to explore and photograph.

My Australian adventure set up, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

My Australian adventure set up, Coffs Harbour, NSW, Australia

As for now,  I will continue to travel around Australia, taking photos and writing my travel blog. I may also share some old travels such as my Antartica trip. Keep an eye out for them by subscribing to my blog via the button at the bottom of the main page.  Feel free to share my blog with friends and family and I will soon have some cards that you can buy of my photos. Even though the blog posts are about my adventures, I do hope they will be used as a reference for anyone wanting to travel to those destinations. For anyone planning a trip to Africa please contact me here.  

4 thoughts on “Okuhepa Southern Africa

  1. Fantastic stories and your pictures tell a beautiful photo journey of the south african land, the animals and lifestyle of so many different peoples, communities on the land with tribal values still being a way of life,,amazing and wonderful knowing such people still survive in this modern world.,,,,A very entertaining experience reading along your travels and to be taken on a adventure with the awesome photos taken,,,, thanx Ben

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