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Longstanding subscriber Erik van de Ven embarks on a whirlwind journey through Africa, experiencing everything from Uganda’s mountain gorillas to camping on an island in the middle of Botswana’s Okavango Delta

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In 2008 I started leading group tours from Cape Town to Livingstone for a Dutch company. What I remember most is something I saw on my first trip. Strangely enough, this wasn’t Table Mountain, the Namib Desert or even the mighty Victoria Falls; it was a piece of paper left in the overland truck we had hired for a tour. Written on this was the outline of a 56-day trip from Nairobi to Cape Town. Years later, I caught myself thinking often about that itinerary, so much so that one day I looked it up online and booked myself a place. Finally I was going back to Africa to go camping! And the best part was that this time I would be the tourist.

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