Early bird gets the worm or, in our case, a sunrise with African penguins at Boulder’s Beach. We were greeted at the parking lot by walking penguins and a beautiful sunrise, and fell in love with the Cape Town area straight away.
Safari is truly a dream for nature and animal lovers. We were, as usual, quite lucky with our “game drives”, and got to see the famous big five: Lion, Leopard, Elephant, Buffalo and Rhinoceros. Needless to say the baby animals were so cute! Hope you don’t mind the unusual amount of pictures in this post! Or maybe, it’s the other way around? Stop talking you babbling baboon and show us the animal pictures!
That is the local name of the Victoria Falls, constituting a part of the border between Zimbabwe and Zambia. It’s one of the seven natural wonders in the world, and it truly live up to it. It got a little wet from all the “smoke” and the ponchos were useful. Later that day we went for a dinner cruise along the river and spotted both hippos, crocodiles and elephants.
Our five week tour through South America is coming to an end, but first a quick visit in Chile and Argentina. Just 45 min from the Bolivian border lies San Pedro de Atacama, a city with similar surroundings as the salt flats solely built for tourism. Its highlight is The Valle de la Luna, or Valley of the moon (the official one, in Chile at least, and more impressive than the one in La Paz.), with its unusual rock formations and huge sand dune. We thought this is probably as close to the moon we’ll get in our life, and it was quite cool.
After spending a week in different Bolivian cities that, in our opinion, didn’t have too much to offer, it was finally time for our next big nature experience! Salar de Uyuni, in the middle of the Andes in south Bolivia, is the world’s largest salt flat. It’s the legacy of a prehistoric lake, formed millions of years ago when the South American continent rose from the ocean, that went dry. With 11000 sq km landscape of bright white salt surface, cactus desserts, volcanoes and lagoons with flamingos, we set off in 4×4 jeeps for a three day adventure into Salar de Uyuni. And WOW what a place!! Its apparently a tradition amongst tourists to take goofy pictures with the white ground and blue sky (I mean, what else can you do in a salt dessert). Well, we didn’t want to be any worse!
Unless you climb any of the mountains, there is not that much to do in the highest capital of the world, La Paz. La Paz means the Peace, which is quite ironic since this city has been anything but peaceful over the years. You can still see some of the bullet holes in buildings at the main square.
We left Cusco behind and jumped on to a 8 hour long bus ride to Puno and Lake Titicaca. Since many places in Peru is named in the indigenous language Quechua, we have learnt that if you pronounce it in a western way, the outcome can be something totally different. For example, if you say “caca” in Lake Titicaca wrong, you end up with Puma poo instead of The mount of the Puma (which is the actual meaning of Lake Titicaca). It is the same with Machu Picchu, as it means Old Penis instead of the true meaning Old Mountain when we say it in our western style.