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We get passport stamps, Toto gets stickers. Thanks for the hookup, @lasertech_botswana 🌍 #totothelandrover #overland #venturesomemore #overlander #overlanding #womenoverlandingtheworld #overlandafrica #africaoverland #africatravel #africa #malawi #stickers #passportstamps #landroverafrica #alloyandgrit #landroverphotoalbum #landrover #landrover110 #landroverdefender #landroverdefender110 #defender110 #onelifeliveit #best4x4xfar #landroverclassic #landroverlove #landroverlife #traveltheworld #roamtheplanet #adventureisnecessary #startsomewhere
One of my (Julie) crankiest times traveling was in Singapore at the Raffles Hotel. I haaaaated it. It was the worst kind of tourist trap IMO: full of white people indulging in their colonial wet dreams. It was just...wrong. 😣 We never go to tourist stops when we’re on the road, but we did make a Vic Falls, or Mosi-oa-Tunya in the local Zambian language, stop. If you can get past the gift shops and tourists, it’s a lovely walk. The falls are beautiful and it felt so good to be out of the car. But there’s a definite reason we usually bypass touristy areas. 🙄 After thousands of miles through seven countries, it felt strange to be in such a big tourist center. It is super hard to square the tour busses that say “Explorer Club, Africa” and tourists in safari gear with the daily life (and hustle and grind) we’ve been seeing, and that exists juuust outside the city. No shade, but it’s a tiny bit jarring. 🤷‍♀️ It’s not as bad as the Raffles by a long shot. Nature does her thing, thankfully, and that can redeem just about anything. Still, we couldn’t help wondering what the place would look like without all the souvenir shops. 💧 #victoriafalls #vicfalls #mosioatunya #zambia #livingstone #touristtrap #overland #overlanding #overlander #overlandafrica #africaoverland #venturesomemore #selfie #nature #waterfall #waterfalls
Front left coil spring fixed, back left shock needs attention. Lower shock bushing and retaining rings disintegrated. Always check your bolt tightness after replacing parts, kids. 🔧 #overland #overlanding #overlander #overlandafrica #africaoverland #landrover #landroverdefender #landroverdefender110 #landrover110 #defender110 #alloyandgrit #landroverphotoalbum #onelifeliveit #best4x4xfar #landroverlife #totothelandrover #landroverlove #landroverowner
Annnnnd, good night from Zambia. Overlooking the Zambezi. #zambia #zambezi #zambeziriver #livingstone #africa #sundowners #overland #overlandafrica #africaoverland #sunset #river #venturesomemore

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The springbok is the only true gazelle in southern Africa. They are small, highly migratory browsers who tend to feed on the best food they can find – small green shoots after the rains and flowers and buds when those run out. They can go a long time without drinking as long as their food contains at least 10% water, so they’re especially suited for the arid environment down here.


They are smaller than impalas and I’m partial to them – like the gemsbok, they’re decked out in perfect neutrals: black, white, and cinnamon. I like to photograph them and I think that they look as good in monochrome as they do in full color.


The first time we ever saw one was in Namibia, and he pronked when he saw us. Pronking is a form of stotting, which is high jumping common among small antelope, but pronking is spectacular. Springbok can pronk up to ten feet straight into the air. They usually do this when they spot predators and, while we aren’t predators, we were mighty impressed. It is a way of them saying “yeah, I can jump ten feet straight up. I’m fit, and fast, and an all-around badass. Come at me, lions.” This behavior also communicates to other types of animals who happen to be around that predators are nearby. In almost totally flat landscapes, you can’t miss an antelope when it’s ten feet in the air.


We saw quite a few of them in Kgalagadi. Many of the females, who travel together, were pregnant. Males tend to live alone in areas that will attract females, such as stretches of riverbed.

That is where we found one lone male on our drive through the South African side of the Transfrontier Park. He was standing in the dry Nossob riverbed and, though he wasn’t pronking, he was highly alert because he was being stalked by three cheetahs. A mother and twin cubs were making their way towards him. Cars were lined up along the riverbed watching. He couldn’t see her, but he knew something was up. She crept up with studied patience, leaving the riverbed to sweep wide around to get closer. While she studied him, her cubs studied her.

The springbok stood there, flank twitching, ears alert, scanning, scanning. Every now and then he’d move himself down the riverbed, just a bit further out of reach. I have to say, as much as I would have loved to have seen those cheetahs run, I felt bad for the guy – all these people hanging out of cars hoping that he’d get it. He figured out what was going on while the cheetahs were still a ways off and managed to sprint out of there (they can run up to 88km/hr) – living to die another day.


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