Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 8 – Swakopmund to Uis

Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 8 – Swakopmund to Uis

 Namib Desert, Namibia ( Picture credit: Terri Turriff) Woke up early morning after a sound sleep last night as the two really ‘heavy’ bus rides took it’s toll on me. Age must be catching up! I quickly organised myself with my luggage and was the early bird at breakfast. I had my first real glimpse of the...
Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 7 – Windhoek / Swakopmund

Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 7 – Windhoek / Swakopmund

Windhoek Railway Station. As expected, the bus arrived Windhoek three hours off the scheduled time. Disembarking the bus, I walked as fast as I could to the ticket office and managed to obtain one of the few tickets that were available for the next destination to Swakopmund. The ticket teller informed me that the bus to...
Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 6 – Cape Town / Windhoek

Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 6 – Cape Town / Windhoek

Scheduled for twenty two hours  The day finally arrived where I will be starting my trip on mainland Africa. Toffar woke me up early and I  quickly organised myself and of course there was the last minute packing panic moments as my clothes dried up the night before. I double checked all my travel documents making...
Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 5 – Mauritius / Cape Town

Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 5 – Mauritius / Cape Town

Exiting Cape Town airport. Normally, I would take a flight at night in order for me to save on accommodation but alas, all the flights to Cape Town from Mauritius that day were in the morning. The promised taxi never came at the time agreed but luckily for me, the owner of the hotel kindly sent me to the airport  but with a...
Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 4 – Mauritius

Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 4 – Mauritius

Blue Bay pier. My last full day in Mauritius was a very short one for me due to the weather again. The plan was to hire a car for a full day as I have not visited most parts of the island. I woke up a bit late today as the night before I had dinner with some of the hotel guests which I got acquainted with. It rained heavily again...
Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 3 – Mauritius

Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 3 – Mauritius

Caudan Waterfront, Port Louis.   Before sleeping last night, I vowed that even a rainy day won’t stop me from visiting Port Louis today but I awoke to a gloomy morning again, dark with overcast low clouds. ‘Could have been more worse’ I uttered to myself. Taking the cue from the movie ‘Labu...
Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 2 – Mauritius

Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 2 – Mauritius

Sunrise at Mahebourg, Mauritius. I didn’t sleep well as the strong winds were crashing against the sliding glass door  that separates the room and the hotel garden (ground floor) but I woke up to an early morning to enjoy the sunrise for a few minutes but then it was blocked by dark clouds that were looming on the...
Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 1 – Mauritius

Southern African Sojourn 2017 – Day 1 – Mauritius

Flight plan KUL – MRU The plan to visit Southern African countries was thought of way back in 1996 when I was living in Cape Town but was only realised in 2013 when I was financially and mentally prepared. Alas, as I arrived Cape Town, someone I dearly loved there, ‘Mama’ Zuleigha Isaacs who was my...
Malaysia 2016 – Kellie’s Castle , Batu Gajah

Malaysia 2016 – Kellie’s Castle , Batu Gajah

Bird’s eye view of Kellie’s Castle. Thirty plus years ago, as a young subaltern serving in the state of Perak, I would on a regular basis pass by an old mysterious somewhat abandoned building, covered with decaying vines and full of undergrowth around it along the Gopeng and Batu Gajah Road. The building which is...
Malaysia 2016 – Kuala Lipis ( Part Two )

Malaysia 2016 – Kuala Lipis ( Part Two )

Pahang Club @  Kuala Lipis As my request for an extended check out was granted, I had time for a good one hours’ rest at the Residence before meeting up my uncle’s nephew Adam, whose family are true Kuala Lipis residents for generations. The place of the meet up was at the Pahang Club. A request that I made...
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