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A Three-Day Bushwalk into the Wild of Mpumalanga, South Africa

A friend of mine, Steve, came to visit for a couple weeks. We found a guide and spent four days camping and doing full-day 20km bushwalks with up close encounters with a number of animals that were 10-50 times our size. The most exciting encounters were the rhinos. >> more

Gliding in a Mokoro Through the Okavango Delta, Botswana

The Okavango Delta is a 15,000 sq km maze of lakes, channels, marsh and islands that is home to lions, elephants, hyenas, wild dog, buffalo, crocodiles, red lechwe and the impressive hippo. >> more

The Long Road to the Kalahari Elephants in Savuti, Botswana

After 45 minutes of chopping trees, moving logs, breaking an axe, falling in the water, losing the shovel and my flipflops in the river, we made it across and saw hundreds of elephants from lone bulls to large breading herds cooling themselves off at watering holes. >> more

Umhlanga Reed Dance Ceremony at the Queen's Royal Village, Swaziland

Tens of thousands of unmarried and childless Swazi girls and women gather at the Queen Mothers royal village in Ludzidzini each year to participate in the eight-day Umhlanga or Reed Dance ceremony. >> more

South African Municipal Workers Trash Towns in Dirty Protest

Over 150,000 South African municipal workers throughout every province went on a one week strike in protest of low wages and trashed cities and towns throughout the country. >> more

Cage diving with Great White Sharks in Mossel Bay, South Africa

After taking some Dramamine and a brief tutorial on “what not to do when cage diving with Great White Sharks” the water was chummed, dorsal fins appeared and we jumped in the cage to get a closer look at these impressive fish. >> more

Malealea Band in Malealea, Lesotho

The only other live entertainment in Malealea is the Malealea – complete with synchronized dance moves and instruments made out a 5-gallon bucket and an old can of turpentine. >> more

Malealea Choir in Malealea, Lesotho

The Malealea Choir provides some entertainment in the otherwise quiet nightlife of this small Lesotho town. >> more

House of Judah Nyabinghi Rastafarian Grounation in Khayalethu South Township, South Africa

Six hours of songs, sermons, drums, dancing around the fire, and chants to Emperor Haile Selassie made for an interesting entrée to the Nyahbinghi Rastafarian way or life. >> more

Riding and racing ostriches in Oudtshoorn, South Africa

These birds are awkward animals to ride. After a bit of practice riding around my friend Bryan and I went to the racetrack to test our ostrich riding skills. >> more
Taking off to some unidentified place in the heart of Africa – somewhere with no electricity, no running water and at least one week’s journey from anything resembling a city has been a long time dream of mine.

My name is John Bradley and in May 2009, I left my job in Chicago, sold my car, moved everything else I owned into my grandma’s basement and flew to Africa. I plan to take roughly one year to overland on a budget from Cape Town to Cairo. I do not have an itinerary; I have no idea where I will be five days from now. My path is guided by the attempt to balance the urge to see and experience as much as I can with the desire to travel slowly and close to the ground.

This is where I will post my stories, photos, and videos as I move along on my journey. Feel free to post comments or send me an email with any thoughts or suggestions.

Current location: Coffee Bay, South Africa

Distance traveled: 42,790 km

Days on the road: 366

(last updated 5/16/10)

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