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The best place you’ve ever visited?
There is no better place than the Kalahari – the roar of a lion, the stars and the smell of the first rains. Thunderstorms and the crackling of a fire, a loved one or the conversation of a close friend.
What is the best travel tip you’ve ever received ?
Always pack duct tape and cable ties.
Do you plan trips in detail or just go with the flow?
Planning has never been my strong point. There is always a friend available that can plan everything carefully (thanks Etienne Bruwer).
Which place in Southern Africa do you really want to visit?
I’m keen to head to Zambia, especially the north!
What was the highlight of the trip?
There were many, like the 17 new birds that I could identify, and the desert elephants. But the biggest was definitely the comradery, adaptability and positive approach from my fellow tour members on the difficult parts of the Kunene River and Van Zyl’s Pass.
Any low points or problems?
The low point was definitely the booking money that one Stanley Tjongarero of Spitzkoppe didn’t pay across to the community camp sites of Omauni, Marmermyn and Purros, but which he pocketed himself.
What would you do differently next time?
I would stay longer at places like Drotsky’s Cabins, Kunene River Lodge, Camp Syncro and in the area around the Purros.
Where to next?
The Serengeti and the Ngorongoro Crater in Tanzania (in May this year).