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6.19.18. Today on the blog, Nata Bird Sanctuary in photos. We were up in Nata last month for an amazing visit to that area and we camped at the bird sanctuary, a community owned trust that is an important migratory stop-over for many species. We were a bit late for the big migrations, but we did see lots of amazing scenery and lots is species, including this yellow-billed stork. Link in the bio. Photo by @cosedivine . . . #nata #natabirdsanctuary #birds #wildlife #botswana #southernafrica #wildlife #makgadikgadi #saltpans #migratorybirds #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #camping #travel #exploretheworld #explore #sheexplores #womenwhoexplore #wander #wanderlust #yellowbilledstork #stork #theworldisamazing #natureisawesome
Welcome to Venturesome Overland! Same great photography and adventure around the world, now with a brand new name. Follow along on the blog, link in the bio. We’re ready to #venturesomemore . . . . #overland #exploretheworld #getoutstayout #exploretheworld #explore #overlander #africaoverland #photography #writing #offthebeatenpath #botswana
Making tracks up in Makgadikgadi. Photo by @cosedivine. . . . #tracks #tiretracks #saltpans #makgadikgadi #offthebeatenpath #overland #overlanding #overlander #overlandafrica #overlandadventure #africaoverland #getoutstayout #getoutthere #explore #wxploretheworld #venturesomemore #wildcamp #adventure #africa #botswana
Today on the blog, this awesome guy, the wildebeest. Also known as a gnu, these guys are all over Botswana. They don’t occur in the numbers they do further north, but they are still pretty amazing. Check out the blog for more details. Link in the bio. Photo by @cosedivine. . . . #gnu #wildebeest #bluewildebeest #wildlife #nature #nofilter #africa #southernafrica #botswana #southafrica #transfrontierpark #kgalagaditransfrontierpark #overland #overlander #overlanding #overlandafrica #africaoverland #getoutstayout #explore #exploretheworld #womenwhoexplore #travel #venturesomemore

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Camel Trophy Land Rovers will catch your eye at Overland Expo West in Flagstaff, too.

Eight months ago we threw too many clothes in a suitcase and flew to North Carolina for our first ever Overland Exposition – OvEx East, 2016.

Western North Carolina and the lushly forested Blue Ridge mountains were new landscapes for us, and we loved every minute – reconnecting with old friends, and making lots and lots of new ones. Asheville is a temple to good food and beer, and the Biltmore Estate is a distinctly unique venue for a bunch of tent-bound off-road hooligans. There were Land Rovers to drive, and adventure bikes to ogle.

As instructors, we shared our experience planning and driving our first self-drive safari in Botswana and Namibia with two groups of very engaged students, and we learned a lot from far more experienced Africa hands like Sam Manicom and Pete Sweetser.

Steve will be back at Overland Expo West next week with the same program. OvEx West takes place in Flagstaff, AZ – a vastly different landscape than North Carolina, but we anticipate the spirit of the event will be much the same.

We’ll look forward to meeting new friends, and learning much more.

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That learning part is extra important because the big news is that this summer we are preparing to really drift.

We are headed back to Africa, but this time for longer than five weeks. Julie won a Fulbright Fellowship at the University of Botswana for 2017-2018. We leave for Botswana the first part of July and will live there through next summer.

Of course, our not-so-secret plan is to spend as much time as we can exploring Africa by 4×4 and sharing those experiences right here on mtdrift.com.

Be sure to stay tuned for more, as things are about to get interesting!

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Twilight – NamibRand Nature Reserve, Namibia.

 

 

 

2 comments on “Overland Expo West and New Adventures

  1. Tobias Mann says:

    I had wanted to go to Overland Expo West this year. I even considered requesting the time off from work and driving down there. I love Arizona and I have some friends I’d like to visit on the New Mexico border. I hope it is a pleasant trip! We are planning our travels for this year. We had some unfortunate challenges this year that forced us to burn more of vacation than we would have liked, so we are going to be limited to shorter weekend trips until the end of September. Glad to see you posting again!

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    1. Thanks Tobias! I’ve been following the saga of your JK, hopefully it won’t give you any more problems! And, sometimes the best trips are local ones – hopefully you can make a swing out west this fall (the best time anyway, in my opinion).

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