Swaziland

2007 – Swaziland

From Mozambique, I drove to neighboring Swaziland, where my destination was one of the best private game reserves.
Countryside

There are only a few cities in Swaziland, and they are not big. Most people live on the countryside.

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Mkhaya Game Reserve

Mkhaya Game Reserve was established in 1979 by the Reilly family to preserve endangered animals.

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Maputo

2007 – Mozambique

On my tour of the southern Africa, I stayed a few days in Mozambique, one of the poorest countries in the world.
Maputo

Maputo, by the Indian Ocean, is a city with more than a million inhabitants.

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Cape Town

2007 – South Africa

South Africa was base for my 2 weeks holiday in southern Africa in March, 2007. I stayed in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Cape Town.
Pretoria

From what I had read, I expected Pretoria to be "a calm and affluent city with wide, jacaranda-lined avenues". Well, that was the past.

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Cape Town

Almost five years after my first visit to the Mother City, I found that it was still as charming as before.

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Victoria  Falls

2007 – Zimbabwe

I spent one day in Zimbabwe to see one of the most famous attractions in Africa, the Victoria Falls.
Victoria Falls village

Victoria Falls village lies just one kilometer from the falls.

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Victoria Falls

The Victoria Falls are the largest waterfalls in the world, if measured by the total area (width times height) of falling water.

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VIctoria Falls

2007 – Zambia

From Zimbabwe, I crossed the Victoria Falls bridge to see the falls from the Zambian side.
Victoria Falls

The southeastern part of the Victoria Falls are in Zambia.

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Rabat

2003 – Morocco

I had a week holiday in Morocco with Christopher in March, 2003, during the first week of the Iraq war. We visited Casablanca, Marrakesh and Rabat.
Casablanca

Most of the time we stayed in Casablanca - the largest city (officially over 3 million people, unofficially even more) and the business center of the country. My first welcome was being pickpocketed.

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Rabat

Rabat, the capital, is only an hours train ride from Casablanca. It is a smaller city, more peaceful and cleaner. We explored the medina, the old kasbah and government buildings.

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Marrakesh

While Rabat and Casablanca are coastal cities, Marrakesh in in the highland, close to the Atlas mountains. The new part of the city actually look more civilized than Casablanca, but the medina is very big and an interesting place to explore.

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Cape Town

2002 – South Africa

In October, 2002, I visited South Africa. I stayed most of the time in Cape Town, and also travelled to the nearby Cape of Good Hope, Simonstown and Stellenbosch, as well as Sun City and Johannesburg farther away.
Cape Town

I spent the first five and the last five days of my holiday in Cape Town. Table Mountain is contributing to make this city into something special.

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Cape Peninsula

The Cape of Good Hope at the southernmost tip of the Cape Peninsula offers some great views and interesting animal life. Baboons habitate there, and in the ocean there are whales and penguins.

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Stellenbosch

Stellenbosch is the second oldest of the cities founded by Europeans in South Africa. It is located in the country's most famous wine district, just 40 minutes drive from Cape Town. I went there on a day trip.

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Johannesburg

Johannesburg is the largest city in the country. The crime has risen over the last years, and visitors are advised not to walk alone in the center of the city - not even in daylight. When I was there, I also visited Soweto.

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Sun City

Sun City is a South African version of Las Vegas, completed in 1992. The holiday resort is situated a two hours drive from Johannesburg (if you know the way - you definitely cannot navigate by the road signs).

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Pilanesberg

Pilanesberg National Park is located right next to the Sun City complex, and here it is possible to see lions, leopards, elephants, buffalos and rhinos.

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Walvis Bay

2002 – Namibia

I visited this beautiful country in October 2002. The country has some clean and scenic cities, a varied wildlife and lots of space. I tried a tandem sky dive while in Namibia as well.
Windhoek

I arrived in Namibia through Windhoek, but drove off to the coast on the first day. Two days later I returned and stayed over one night. It is a beautiful city, in particular during spring time.

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Namib desert

I started by driving over the highland, through the desert and towards the coast. I also found the special Walwitchia plant, and tried a sky dive over the Namib desert.

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West coast

Walvis Bay and Swakopmund are stongly influenced by the Germans. Walvis Bay is also home of about half the flamingoes of Southern Africa, and at Cape Cross there is a large colony of Cape Fur Seals.

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Roque Nublo

2002 – Gran Canaria

Together with 3 friends from Norway, I had a one week vacation in Gran Canaria, off the coast of West Africa, in August, 2002.
Roque Nublo

We hired a car and drove to the Roque Nublo mountain in the center of the island.

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Mount Sinai

2000 – Egypt

In December 2000, André and I spent two weeks in Egypt to get away from the cold Norwegian winter.
Sharm el-Sheikh

We stayed most of the time in Sharm el-Sheikh at the southern tip of the Sinai peninsula.

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Dahab

One hour by bus from Sharm el-Sheihk is the hippie town of Dahab.

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Jabal Musa

One night we climbed the Jabal Musa mountain, where Moses alledgedly received the ten commandments. We saw the sun rise from the top before heading down again to the Monstery of Katherine.

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