Posts by Dan Hopkins

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What is the KAZA Visa?

You should be aware of the new KAZA Visa if you’re traveling to the Victoria Falls region and want to explore the neighboring countries of Zimbabwe or Zambia.  The KAZA Visa allows entry into participating countries with one visa. Instead of buying individual visas for Zimbabwe and Zambia the KAZA Visa allows entry into both…

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Hiking Namibia’s Sossusvlei Dunes

Namibia is an ideal destination for exploring on foot and hiking the Sossusvlei dunes will take you into a unique and strange landscape.  Sossusvlei is classic Namib Desert scenery with magnificent, apricot dunes sculpted by the wind and set against a cobalt blue sky.  Hiking the Sossusvlei Dunes can be a surreal experience as you…

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What is a Safari Sundowner?

A safari sundowner is simply an African happy hour where you sit back, cocktail in hand, and watch the sun slip below the horizon.  It’s a classic safari tradition dating back to the colonial days.  Sunset is a peaceful time in Africa and it’s also the perfect time to relax, reflect on the day’s events,…

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Victoria Falls – “The Smoke that Thunders”

Victoria Falls is one of the world’s natural wonders and is easily visited on your southern African safari.  The Falls is formed by the Zambezi River as it cascades into a chasm 300 feet deep and over a mile wide.  Since the Zambezi forms the boundary between Zambia and Zimbabwe, about ¾ of the Falls…

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Tanzania Safari Report

I recently returned from an amazing safari in Tanzania where I joined a small group of travel agents who also specialize in creating unique African journeys.  Being on the ground is the best way to learn about a destination and during our 2-week safari I learned a great deal about Tanzania, the logistics of planning…

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A Poem of Africa

I came across this poem of Africa and thought I would share it.  When I first posted the poem I had no idea who wrote it but a reader left a comment saying the poem was written by C. Emily Dibb.  Having camped many nights in the African bush this simple poem captures that feeling…

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Buhoma Lodge, Uganda

Buhoma Lodge in Uganda is the ideal base for mountain gorilla tracking and a spectacular place to spend a few days on a Uganda safari.  Located in the far south-western corner of Uganda, Buhoma is a top-quality lodge and one of only two lodges inside Bwindi Impenetrable Forest National Park, home to the endangered mountain…

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Five Cape Town Adventures

Cape Town is a city of adventures.  Here’s a short list of five Cape Town adventures that will get your heart racing.  This vibrant city is surrounded by spectacular mountains, beaches, and diverse cultures.  You can hike up the famous Table Mountain, take a spectacular drive to Cape Point, grab a bite at one of…

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Etosha National Park – “The Land of Dry Water”

Etosha National Park is a vast, 8600 sq mile reserve located in northern Namibia.  It is one of Namibia’s largest parks.  Situated on the north-west edge of the Kalahari, Etosha Pan supports hundreds of species of birds and mammals along with desert specialists and rarities.  It is a land of endless horizons and shimmering mirages…

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Mokoro on the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is a vast swampland covering over 9,000 square miles of northern Botswana.  Abundant populations of bird (herons, storks, cranes, pelicans) and animals (elephants, hippos, crocodiles, antelopes) can be found here, along with a high diversity of plants (fan palms, date palms, papyrus, mopane).  Moremi Game Reserve is on the eastern edge of…

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