We’re sprawling on the upstairs deck of our Hwange safari lodge, sipping ice-cold beers and watching impala and waterbuck come to drink from the floodlit pan. We’re waiting for the drum roll that calls us to dinner. Another perfect day in Africa is sliding into night.
Scottish missionary and medic David Livingstone (yes, he of ‘Dr Livingstone, I presume’ fame) may be the first documented European adventurer to have seen the Victoria Falls. But I can tell you that he didn’t see them the best way. Nearly 160 years later, you can go one up on old Livingstone.
Think Lesotho and what do you see? Blankets, ponies and Basotho hats? So do most people. But for me, it’s also about steep snaking passes that take your breath away. You can’t avoid them – and you wouldn’t want to.
When Mozambican President Armando Guebuza visited Pedro Muagura at his home in Mozambique, he asked: 'Why do you plant trees?' Paul Steyn of Safari Interactive magazine
tells the story.
Quiz question: the sun is shining and the sky is blue, yet we’re sopping wet in spite of wearing bright yellow plastic macs. Where are we?
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I'm an independent travel writer and book editor with a passion for Africa - anything from African travel to people, wildlife and conservation. I'm happiest in the middle of nowhere, meeting the locals, trying something new, or simply watching the grass grow.
* Desert highlights of southern Namibia