Johannesburg to Livingstone

Trip Start Sep 15, 2012
Trip End Dec 19, 2012

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Sunday, October 7, 2012

I can't say I was too sorry to leave Jo’burg, but that’s partly because I know I’m going back. I have to finish up a few things there, see the things I couldn’t before, and I have to route back through there anyway at least twice on this trip. It’s not always easy to get between places that appear direct on the map.

I wasn’t sorry, but wasn’t delighted to leave Jo’burg until seeing that departures board at the airport, with all those exotic (for me) destinations: Antananarivo, Maun (both of which will be transit points for this trip); Livingstone (where I am now); Bulawayo, Manzini, Vilanoulos, and Inhambane (which I had to look up).

The main gift shop at the airport is amazing. All the crafts you imagine coming from Africa are there, in well-organized, focused selections. Get in, get what you need for last minute gifts (be it a beaded key chain or a zebra skin), get out. Not as much fun as the crafts stalls at the Rosebank Mall, but far more efficient.

Africa from the air really is beautiful. And empty. Parts are flat, almost unnaturally so. Between Jo’burg and Livingstone, you can see bright red dirt tracks stretching in straight lines all the way to the horizon. Parts are also almost striped (you can see a bit of this in one of the photos below), which I’m looking into, because it’s weird. And anything not touching a river is dry as bone.

The Jacaranda trees, which weren’t blooming yet in Jo’burg, are beginning to bloom here now.
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