As we finally close out the Africa leg of our world tour, our Dragoman truck mates reflect on some of the highlights and lowlights, the things we will miss and the things we will be happy to leave behind.
A big part of why I enjoyed Africa so much was our tour guide Steve. His passion for the wildlife really made our safaris a thrill. I don’t think I’d have gotten as much out of the experience if it wasn’t for his enthusiasm. He also had other qualities we enjoyed. 🙂 Many thanks to you, mate!
It’s fitting that this video closes out one big section of our 2013 trip, just in time to make way for the one we’re about to undertake in 2018.
As I write this, I’m sitting in a boarding lounge at Melbourne Airport, about to jump on a plane to finally catch up with Amanda over in London. We’re both very keen to be back together again and start our adventure! The videos going forward will be of our current trip. Anyone who’s followed the blog for long enough know that chronology goes out the window when you work as slowly as I do. 😛
I’ll try to get all our 2018 travel videos done by the end of the year – but no promises! 😉
If you’re on a Dragoman overland tour, one thing you’ll quickly become accustomed to is the regularity with which you must set up and pack down tents, at all times of the day and night. Your tent skills are highly important – they can make or break your enjoyment of the trip!
As such, one of our Dragoman tour mates, Pete, has decided to make an instructional video on how to pack down your tent in the most efficient manner. Well. Maybe not the most efficient – but certainly the most effective!
Thanks once again to Pete for giving us his footage to use. I am glad we could immortalise such epic tent packing skills for future generations. 😀
Our Dragoman tour truck-mate Pete decides he wants to “capture life on the truck” with this video, but not before participating in one of his favourite activities: annoying our tour guide, Steve.
Thanks to Pete for letting us publish your video! 🙂
Back in Kenya now for what was one of Amanda’s top highlights of our Africa trip (being the lover of all things giraffe) at the Langata Giraffe Centre in Nairobi.
Just a quick one in which we take a wander around Lake Mburo National Park (on foot, for the first and only time while on safari) in search of animals.
In this episode we participate in what many said was the highlight of their tour through Africa – trekking in to a national park to get up close to gorillas. We felt so lucky to see this family interact, particularly the youngsters who were extremely rambunctious! We can all highly recommend this experience if you ever get the chance!
We spend some time at Lake Bunyonyi visiting the local “crazy old lady”, as well as the children at the Little Angels school, where the girls give a positively roaring rendition of “Old McDonald” and Pete looks to be right at home with all the dancing.
Yes, I am still posting videos from our trip in 2013. I have many, many more still to go, which can be a bit daunting at times, plus since so much time has passed between then and now, not as many people are watching them. So while the blog is a bit more active over the next few months, it seems like a good time to make a concerted effort to work on them. It’s my way of contributing from home! I’ll be posting them up until I depart, at which point I’ll be filming new episodes. Apologies for the jumbled chronology, but I’m sure you’ll all get by. Maybe I’ll post them up on Thursdays? #throwbackthursday! ;D
Continuing through Uganda, we head to Murchison Falls National Park to go Chimpanzee trekking in Budongo Forest, and for a fantastic wildlife cruise down the river Nile.
As we continue our overland trek in East Africa and cross in to Uganda, our first order of business is a highly important and very public game of mini golf which requires us to dodge quad bikes… but not before we learn about the importance of breastfeeding through the medium of dance.
Also, our truck-mate Deb gets a new ‘do courtesy of the girls.
One for the African animal lovers! In this episode we safari through the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, and have some amazing encounters with the native wildlife. We see some of the big cats up close and get to watch the lions hunt and play.
Also, how cute are baby lions?! SO CUTE! 😀