Monday, July 31, 2006

Skydiving in Namibia

Well since we are in the adventure city of Namibia we figured it was a good time to jump out of an aeroplane. It was amazing as we jumped from 10000 ft over the Namid Desert and ocean. We had a 30 sec free fall and then a 5 min flight down during which time we got to fly the paraschute ourselves. Aleisha jumped just before me but I still landed a few minutes before her, due to the fact that I had a pretty crazy tandem master.
Despite my best attempts I still cant find a computer in Africa that is capable of loading photos onto the web, well it could but our trip would be over before one was finished. So no photos until Cape Town, sorry.

Saturday, July 29, 2006

Namibia - Etosha National Park

Aleisha and I have arrived in Etosha National Park for a couple days of serious critter watching. The place where we are staying is located right in the middle of the National park and has a watering hole that allows for game viewing all day and night long. Last night we saw 8 Rhinos, 1 Lion, 4 Elephants, 800 Zebra and a few thousand Springbok. Tonight we are hoping to complete the big five with a Leopard but time will tell. After that we are off to the adventure capital of Namibia - Swakopmund for some non-critter activities.
Namibia seems like a lovely country and is by far the most developed place we have seen since South Africa. We are looking forward to our next 6 days here.

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

Namibia – Windhoek

We have left Botswana behind and have arrived in Namibian town of Windhoek. It is a city like all other western cities really and quite a change to what we have been use to over the last few weeks. I spent last night under the stars sleeping by the camp fire, luckily there were no critters around. We are off to Etosha National Park tomorrow for some more wild life watching and hopefully we will be able to complete the big five as we have the leopard and Rhino left. We stay in the park itself (which is the size of Kruger National Park) and there are watering holes that we can stay at all night to watch the critters.

Monday, July 24, 2006

Back in Botswana

Hello all!
Well we are back in good ol' Botswana, nice and safe. We spent all of yesterday taking in the sights and mainly sounds of a night in the Okavango Delta. The Delta is a large inland swamp esentially, the water has travelled all the way from Angola in the North and it's stilll arriving daily to surround the reeds in water. Travelling through the delta is quite an experience in itself as the local polers load you up in their tiny little dugout canoe esentially and pole you through the hippo infested waters to your camp site, ours was an island around 1 hours ride into the delta. The Makoros sit so low in the water it is a very disturbing experience. Simon and I were glad to get an artificial one as it didn't leek like the wooden dugouts.
This morning we got up early for a game walk hopefully to see elephants and giraffes, (no one wants to see a predator by foot!).
Fortunately we managed to see wild dogs a little too close, as in they passed behind us by around 10 meters or so. I wasn't too happy with that as the look on our guides face when we told him scared me more than seeing the dogs!
Tomorrow is our last night in Botswana before we head into Namibia, can't wait!

Thursday, July 20, 2006

Zim and Zam

Today was an action packed day. In the morning we took a microlight flight over Vic Falls which was truly amazing. We then popped into the town of Livingstone and went to the local markets. It was quite an experience as everyone wanted to trade anything we had on us and were pretty pushy about it. After the initial shock we soon figured things out and managed to score a couple of nice thing to remember the place by.
After that we went into Zimbabwe for a Lion encounter. It was a captive breeding program which had tours so we managed to walk and play with a number of Lions. Yet another surreal African experience, especially trying to walk from Zim to Zam (Zambia and Zimbabwe) without a guide and dealing with dodge African borders. We made it out in one piece although we were a little concerned at times, the border guy with a AK-47 seemed a little concerned about letting us back into Zim (at the same time completely ignoring all the people who were obviously entering illegally).
We are out of Zim tomorrow after seeing the falls, and back into Botswana. We have some amazing photos of us on the microlights and with Lions and I will try tomorrow to get some up.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006


Well Aleisha and I now in Livingstone, Zambia. It has been a very busy few days traveling through Botswana but it has been absolutely amazing. We have seen a few hundred Elephants as well as countless Giraffe, Impala, Buffalo and Zebras.
We are off to Zimbabwe tomorrow to play with some Lions and then in the afternoon we will have a microlite flight over Victoria Falls.
Unfortunately there is no way to upload any photos of the trip so far as any computer in Africa it too old and slow to do anything without taking a day to do so.
Over the last few days we have used 4 different currencies, currently we are using the Kwacha and I have a 50000 note in my wallet which is worth about $10 US!
We have no idea when we will have internet access again, maybe Namibia, maybe South Africa.

Thursday, July 13, 2006


Well after a very long flight we have finally arrived in Jo’burg. It really is a city of contrast. Everyone we meet is very helpful and friendly but every house has a 10 ft high fence with razor wire and then electric fence on top of that.
We decided the best way to deal with the jetlag was to stay up so we went to the apartheid museum in the city.
Well our tour leaves in a few minutes so I better leave. Next Blog should be in Victoria Falls.

Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Singapore - Changi Airport

Well we have arrived in Singapore and decided that since we have 4 hours to kill that we would try and get out of the airport to meet up with Aleisha's folks. Unfortuatly Aleisha's folks were no where to be seen, but then again this airport is so bloody huge that I doubt we would ever be able to find them anyway (Sorry Sylvia and Tony, we did try). So now its another couple of hours wait and then a fun 13 hr flight to Jo'burg.
Bye from Singapore.

Sunday, July 09, 2006

The final countdown...

Well Aleisha and I are off on Tuesday for our Africa adventure. All there is to do now is pack, I hope everything fits. I also thought I would repost a general map of the route we are going to take. Our plan is to update the Blog when ever we get a chance but I honestly dont know how often that will be.

Saturday, July 08, 2006

Too soft for soccer, too soft for rugby, stick to what you are good at, giving the USA the reach around

Some Australian player trying to give big Kev the reach around

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie, you SUCK, you SUCK, you SUCK!

32 to 15 well what can I say, time to pick yet another bandwagon!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

Nothing like banging your head against a brick wall

For once I am going to blog about chemistry. I have spent the last couple of bloody days trying to make the image below. Looks pretty doesn’t it?

Saturday, July 01, 2006

Olympic Park

After spending far too many hours at work over the last week I decided to have a day off so Aleisha and I headed out to Olympic Park. We had been there before but had never really had a good walk though the whole area. It was a rather relaxing day and we were both surprised by the number and variety of birds in the area. Of course I had to take a few photos while we were there.

Superb Fairy-wren

Yellow Thornbill