Rising like a memphis above the Ser-engeti
17.06.2010 17 °C
Firstly, let me explain the delay on the long-awaited return of 'Four Likely Lads'. 1) We've had so many dodgy internet connections I've started to yearn for the days of blazing fast 33.6kb dial up. 2) Lately we've had to devote significant proportions of each day writing our 'How to Coach Football' submission to Pim Verbeek in the desperate attempt to salvage South Africa 2010.
This trip has involved some big swings. Nairobi to Durban in geography. 26 degrees in Durban to snow one day later in Clarens, South Africa. And last but not least, the latest swing from the small town art gallery cafe vibe of Clarens to 'South Africa's demented clone of Vegas' Sun City (in an attempt to justify this alarming loss of culture points - wave pool, fake volcanos, and kitsch and tackiness overload- need we say more...)
Here is a pictorial selection of some of the moments to greet us on this journey.
Feeding giraffes out of the hand in Nairobi. Unexpectedly awesome experience.
Steve Parish's son on safari, looking for the next shot for his 2011 wildlife calendar.
Giraffe saying g'day again
Tortoise on the road in the Serengeti
Lion in a tree at Serengeti
This was one of the more revolting scenes of death and scavengery we have ever seen. Around ten wildebeest had drowned in a river and the vultures and this other form of meat eating bird (should be a contradiction of terms) had moved in. The stench was horrific
Stone Town, Zanzibar
Night food market at Stone Town
Moof in chill mode, northern Zanzibar
Obligatory Stone Town sunset shot
Melon and I took a cab ride for 20kms from the Zambian border. The cab ran out of fuel after about 5kms. Cue a guy running from the nearest village with a top up. Too easy
Vern on safari
Village Food, Tanzania
Vic Falls. Due to the unbelievable amount of spray coming from the falls (500m high - underneath was like being in super heavy rain) this underwhelming shot was my best (apart from the ones taken off postcards with macro)
Melon in chill mode, Zambia
Near Vic Falls
Melon and friends. We told you not to get out of the 4x4 mate... did make for a great shot though
This minibus taxi was a few people too full and not in great mechanical shape - but for some reason I felt like someone had my back
With friends in Chipata, Zambia. The best nothing town ever.
Melon turning the commercial tables by doing a deal for his soccer ball with the airport staff in Livingstone. Look for Zambia to improve at the 2014 qualifiers
With more new friends in Umkomaas, South Africa after the opening game. Amazingly friendly locals again.
Moses Mabhida stadium, Durban
Edgy sand art, Durban
Huge pump before the match
Inside the stadium