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Jo'burg to the Cape

I travelled with the Adventure Company to South Africa in November. 
For me this trip was full of memories. Starting from the moment I joined the Big Red Truck in Jo’burg and met my travelling friends, to the time we said a sad goodbye in Cape Town.

We were a mixture of Brits, Dutch and Germans and along with our excellent guides, Jerry and Shandle, enjoyed many great experiences together.

Free day at Dead Sea Spa Hotel

We woke up early and rushed to the hotel breakfast because we (well, the kids) all wanted to go on the water slide. So after breakfast Adam, Alex and myself all went down to the Aqua Fun centre and went down the massive slide. We figured out that the best way to go down was on your stomach or on your back with your arms crossed like an egyptian mummy! Before lunch I must have gone down the slide about sixty times!

Flight from Amman to Heathrow

Day 12: 
We spent an extra day at the Dead Sea Hotel. We mainly went in all the pools (again)No rain today though!!! That evening we packed for our 4am start

Day 13:

Drive to Dana, shops and Nature Reserve

This morning we asked our guide for some time to go shopping so we could get presents and souveneers etc. We stopped at place which had a variety of shops (sand shops, furniture and jewellery) I bought a sand (from Petra) filled bottle and got the man to write my friends name in English and Arabic on it. He did this by using glue on the inside of the bottle to write my friends name and then putting in the black sand before tipping any excess away. We then drove and bought food for our lunch at a local bakery.

Dana Nature Reserve, Karack Castle and the Dead Sea

Today we did a lot! We started off with breakfast at the guesthouse, which again was nice but very similar to what we had for dinner the previous night (cheese, olives, bread...). We then drove for about five minutes further into the nature reserve where we transfered into a large jeep - which is the only vehicle allowed in the reserve from that point. After another quick ride we arrived at the start of the cave trail. We walked along narrow paths stopping when we got to each cave to look around it and our guide, Malik told us lots of infortmation. Malik also spoke the best English so far.

Kilimanjaro via the Machame route

I am still living this adventure I did back in September 2007, The trip was supposed to be via the Rongai route but fires on the mountain closed the trail, so we were found a place on the Machame Route. My friend and I had planned it a good 12 months in advance, and picked September due to the lack of rain ( Hopefully ) and we also co-incided it the best we could with a full moon on Summit night, This worked out well as visibility was increased at night.

Wadi Rum jeep drive and Exhibition

In the morning we could finally see where we were : The Mountain Rocks were high and carved. When we climbed up on the rocks you could see the clear blue sky, the strech of desert and camels glistening in the morning sun. We ate breakfast at the Bedouin camp. It was pita,eggs, spices and jam. At 9am we all climbed into two jeeps to take us on a 4hr tour of Wadi Rum. It was such fun! Maybe the equal favourite thing so far (along with Mount Sinai). We stopped off at several places and could run down the gigantic sand dunes before climbing back up and going down them in the jeep.

The Great Train Journey - Dar es Salaam to Selous

The heat is beaming in through the minibus windows, almost blinding me with the intensity of the sun, though not as bright as the variety of colours that can be seen on the streets and roads of Dar es Salaam. Arriving at the train station, I Jumped out of the minibus and was suddenly in the middle of a crowd of people with babies, luggage and food all strapped to their backs! I went over to first class where I hoped there would be more room and somewhere to go to the loo?

The Spice Plantation - Zanzibar

Mmm… the food is lovely, so much so that I am the first one to get a second helping. Spicy meat, rice and bread, what more could I want under the African sun. The Cows at the farm are looking at me in hunger as I devoured my food and I bet there thinking greedy girl. The touring of the spice plantation is intense with the potent smells that were coming from the plants. Suddenly one of the workers climbs a coconut tree singing a tune that I will never forget, ‘Jambo Jambo.’ He then makes hats and jewellery for the group out of leaves and I must say we all look rather fetching.

Paradise found - Zanzibar

Wow, the scenery is fabulous and what a bonus it is because on the way here in the bus the buildings looked half finished and old. In reality I know it’s paradise that hasn’t yet been exploited by tourists. The palm trees and vast beeches remind me of a Caribbean country instead of beautiful Africa, though I am not complaining. In fact totally the opposite, as the sky and water is so blue in colour that it looks like they almost join together. Miles and miles of the Indian Ocean stretch before me and my heart is a bit in love with Africa.