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Africa

We’re back from safari, having enjoyed one of our greatest adventures ever. We enjoyed peaceful sunrises and sunsets at desert watering holes in Namibia, chased (and were chased by) a 12-foot-tall elephant, enjoyed a lovely 300-year-old inn in South Africa’s wine country, saw penguins on our way to the Cape of Good Hope and stood in awe at the top of Table Mountain overlooking Cape Town. Watch for photos and stories in the coming days. In the meantime, enjoy an afternoon at the Moringa watering hole with some of our new friends.

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Etosha

It was an almost surreal experience as we approached the Andersson’s Gate near sunset. We had only a short time to make it to Okaukuejo rest camp before the gates closed for the evening and all human traffic came to a halt in the sprawling Namibian wilderness. We passed a local tribal family outside the stone and iron fence, passing the guard and into an unknown experience that would be life changing. Almost immediately we were surrounded by springbok with their intricate small antlers. And like out of a mystical dream came what looked like unicorn – one, two, a half-dozen bounding in regal splendor across the hood of the car stopping to stare, their grey and black coats of the Gemsbok glistening in the sunset light. Welcome to Etosha!

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The Watering Hole

HALALI REST CAMP, Namibia – That first night we were exposed to the addiction. It sneaks up on you and you fall under its immense power without warning or even the awareness that you should struggle. Had they not posted that dinner stopped being served at 9 p.m., we would never have considered leaving the mesmerizing parade of animals we heretofore had only glimpsed in a zoo.
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We counted 21 elephants, big and small, in this family that spent nearly an hour at the Moringa watering hole near Halali Rest Camp in Namibia’s Etosha National Park.