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We tagged a week's holiday to a business trip I made to California in Sept 2008. We spent a few days in San Fransisco before driving ourselves to Los Angeles via Yosemite National Park and Death Valley. The whole trip (including accommodation) was planned via Google Earth. This was the first time I'd used the 3D drive-through feature and only realised I had the vertical scale set too high as Alison saw the fall from the sharp bends in the road!. I surprised Alison with a trip to Marrakesh on her x0th birthday in 2010. She'd always wanted to go and I'd always said I wouldn't take her. I planned the whole trip as a surprise - she didn't know until the day before departure. I'd prepared an 'Eye-Spy' booklet, booked a few excursions and even bought her a couple of 'shrugs' as Ramadan was finishing while we were there! I was sent out to Libya as a punishment in the hope I would leave, shortly after joining a seismic company in 1981 - as I got married between the interview and joining the company. They thought it was a punishment, but as a good Boy Scout I relished the challenges. I ended up doing 4 three month tours and it took them over 3 years to get rid of me - twice as long as their normal emploment period! I did a 12 month stint running the seismic office in Egypt in 1982-83, returning on holiday in May 1997 - I should have known better travelling there at that time of the year - it was roasting! We visited the Tuli Block, in Botswana as part of our first safari to South Africa in 2006. Our Kenya friends had applied to manage the Tuli Safari Lodge and we were sent to assess it from a customers' point of view. After two cold safaris to South Africa in June we slipped this trip to Dec 2008 in the hope it was a bit warmer. Then I raised the stakes by deciding to safari in Namibia - a country I wanted to visit after reading so many Wilbur Smith books. On the face of it it was doubling up as far as the temperature stakes were concerned - but then we didn't know about the Benguala Current drawing cooling air from the Antarctic. We had an excellent safari flying between Etosha, Damaraland and Sossusvlei. We first visited South Africa in 2006 to visit our friends who had emigrated there. After doing the Johanesburg trips we flew to Sabi Sand, just outside The Kruger and then drove up to Tuli just over the Botswana border. We returned to Sabi Sand the following year (2007) and flew on to Cape Town where our friends had moved to. Our third visit was after our Namibian safari and we took the opportunity to travel along the Garden Route before driving up to Citrusdal to celebrate New Year. After this we toured the Cape.
Map of the World, covering areas we have visited other than East Africa.
This map shows some of the more adventurous countries we have visited over the years (excluding popular European resorts) in between our more numerous East African safaris. Hover your mouse over the balloons for a quick summary of the trips.

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