Really excited that I found and was able to customize a guestbook for all you lovely visitors to sign in and let me know where you are and what you’re thinking about. So feel free, leave me a note and spill your thoughts or ideas.
This short documentary on a Surf Photographer in the Celtic Isles is amazing. His dedication and love for the creativity of his job and the purpose it gives to his life inspires me and is probably something we all wish we had in our lives! A definite must see.
I am extremely excited. I am officially the new E-Marketing assistant at Overlanding Africa. Yay!
And as if it couldn’t get any better, as part of my job description I am going to be sent on tours throughout Africa from where I will blog and post video’s and photo’s that I and other clients take from some of the most spectacular spots on the planet. Hard life I know!!!!!
I am leaving on my first tour on the 16th of January! Yippeeee!!! I will be traveling from Cape Town through Namibia and Botswana before arriving at the awe-inspiring Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe on a 20 day whirlwind tour of splendour and magnificence with some adrenalin-filled fun mixed in. The tour is aptly called Cape Town to Victoria Falls and is provided by Overlanding Africa.I will keep track of my tours by posting to their website, facebook and twitter pages as well as all my social network pages and this blog- hopefully whilst I am on tour connectivity providing.
I must admit I am a bit nervous, do you ever find yourself terrified that you are going to mess up and get yourself fired? This is absolutely my dream job, I can see myself being happy in this job for the rest of my life. It’s all about my love for digital, travel, Africa and journalism. There is nothing else that I could ask for- it’s now up to me to make a success of it and I plan to.
I recently applied for an online E-marketing postion at a fantastic online travel company specialising in the most incredible overlanding tours through Africa.
Had the great experience of writing a blogpost on one of their tours from Cape Town to Victoria Falls. Must say reading that itinerary definitely got me day-dreaming. They must have liked it too because they have asked me to come down to Cape Town for an interview on Monday the 20th of Dec. Everybody hold thumbs- this really is a dream job.
I have uploaded the article, let me know what you think . Do I have a future as a travel journo? I am also going to upload links to their websites and facebook page. Would be great if you could visit it and give me some feedback on how you found the site and your interfacing experiences with it.
Overlanding through Dunes, Deltas and Falls
- An unrivalled South Western African expedition from the Cape to the great Victorian Falls in 21 days
By: Tamzyn Degoumois (1/12/2010 07:00 am)
The descriptions of an overlanding tour from Cape Town to Victoria Falls sent my imagination flooding with images of spectacular expeditions into the African bush. The opportunity to forge unchartered paths into vast unconquered landscapes reminded me of the fascinating adventures of the first rugged explorers.
So with little more than a simple overland truck, a rucksack of supplies I ( and 29 future friends) embarked on the promise of an incredible voyage of pioneering and discovery across four countries and 5 000 km through the treasure-filled Southern West African region.
Cosmopolitan to Karoo
With Cape Town in the overlander’s rear view mirror we set off eager for the pioneering intrepid journey that lay ahead. We meandered through the winelands of the Cedarburg mountains before setting up camp for our first night under the star-sprinkled sky. Excited, few of us slept and instead we congregated around the “bush television” getting to know the people who would share our travels for 3 weeks.
The next day we were off through the famous Namaqualand flower basin before enjoying a dip in the warm brown waters of the Great Orange River.
Soul Satisfying Scenes
In Namibia our eyes were greeted with spectacular scenes of the Fish River Canyon. The second largest canyon in the world offered up a bounty of arresting scenery and vast lunar landscapes described by one traveler as “beauty your eyes can’t absorb all at once”.
Next was a dramatic sunrise over the world’s largest sand-dunes in Sossusvlei, towering in an infinite array- a gateway to the world’s oldest desert (the Namib). The blazing pink and red dunes peered through the blanket of morning fog as the salty air whipped the inside of our mouths agape in awe.
Beckoning to be explored
Botswana’s rainy season had burst forth in abundant waterways dense with wildlife through which our guides skillfully navigated our mokoros (local dug-out canoes). A thrilling exploration into the world’s biggest inland Delta- the Okavango, brought us within meters of huge herds of wallowing elephants and hippos. Some ladies were brought too close for comfort when a communal bush pee was interrupted by three grazing rhinos.
In Chobe National Park we experienced one of Africa’s magnificent rare sights. Cruising up the river against a backdrop of another kaleidoscopic African sunset, we happened upon an epic scene. Two enormous bull hippos fiercely clashing tusks whilst their bellows of bravado reverberated through the water.
Sampson versus Goliath
The next afternoon we stood marveling at the splendor of the monstrous Mosi-oa-Tunya (The Smoke That Thunders) or 1700m wide Victoria Falls. As drenching spray tore through the sky and a deafening roar filled our ears-the end of our expedition was simultaneously exciting and sad.
After a tremendous 111m bungee we clambered into a white water raft traversing down the Zambezi River rapids. As our guides tossed us from the raft and promptly hauled us back in when a monster croc swam alongside we knew our “ultimate African expedition” was the first of many.