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Seems like a good time to share this snap from Tanzania. As our disgraceful so-called president throws a tantrum because he didn’t get his way, it’s worth remembering what kind of people we really are as Americans. Our tax money went to support a road in Tanzania, linking villages together. That same tax money - our money - should not go to build walls to keep people apart. We’re from a complicated country with a complicated and troubling history. But I still believe that the idea of America is a good one. Seeing this sign reminds me that we can choose to be our better selves. We have to do that right now. ✌️ #choosegood #americathebeautiful #roadsnotwalls #tanzania #america #usa #thisisus #unitedstates #buildpartnerships #travel #ontheroad #roadsign #dotherightthing #africaoverland #overlandafrica #overland #overlanding #whoweare #nowall #nowalls #callcongress #stevedaines #greggianforte #jontester @greggianforte @jontester @jontester @stevedaines
Steve and Toto play in the mud in Tanzania. Today on the blog, Tanzania overland tips galore! 🇹🇿 #landroversofinstagram #totothedefender #landy #venturesomemore #landrover #defender110 #landroverdefender #landroverdefender110 #landroverclassic #landroverlove #onelifeliveit #best4x4xfar #landroverphotoalbum #alloyandgrit #defenderdisciples #tanzania #overland #overlander #overlanding #africaoverland #overlandafrica #playinthemud #dirtroad #enlightenedoverland #travel #roamtheplanet
Hedada ibises. We’ve grown to love the ibises here. They are unbelievably loud, with a harsh call. Our first introduction to them was when they would land en masse on our roof and make a racket. Now, we spend evenings on the patio watching them fly home from their day. Of the many, many things I will miss about Southern Africa when we have to leave, watching the ibises go home is at the top of the list. ✨✨✨✨✨✨ #hadadaibis #ibis #southernafrica #africa #gaborone #botswana #birdsofinstagram #birds #wildlife #natureisamazing #natureisawesome #theworldisawesome #theworldisamazing #expatlife #venturesomemore
We love the road food. In Uganda you can get a Rolex, which is a hot, thin, perfectly seasoned omelet laid over a fresh chapati, garnished with small onions and fresh tomatoes, and wrapped up like a burrito. It is magic, magic deliciousness. We stopped in a tiny village and bought one from this kid. Quite the crowd gathered to watch us order, and the cook was shy, but acknowledgement of good food is universal, and our smiles when we took our first bite made him smile as well. 🌯 #roadfood #streetvendor #streetfood #rolex #uganda #chapati #omlet #africa #trynewthings #travel #eatthefood #eattheworld #overland #overlander #overlanding #africaoverland #overlandafrica #streetphotography #roamtheplanet #localcuisine #eatlocal #venturesomemore #travel #wander #wanderlust #tryityoulllikeit #goodfood

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Let me start by saying that I do not like these guys. At all. They’re ugly and scary and huge. The first time I saw one in Mokolodi, just after getting here, my brain was still in Montana mode and I thought I was looking at a black bear. I don’t like monkeys, but I’d take them any day over a baboon.

There is a large troop just south of town and we saw them often on our travels. They cause a lot of problems at campsites, where they can steal food from inside trucks and wreak havoc on ablution blocks. They can also be aggressive. A small boy in Botswana was hospitalized a while back because he was bit by one when he wouldn’t give them his lunch on his way to school. A former Fulbrighter I know, in Namibia, watched one walk into his house, open the fridge, take out a banana, peel and eat it, leave the peel on the counter, and walk out. He started keeping an ax handle around to threaten them with. 

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Everyone loves a Land Rover.

Baboons are described as “very large monkeys with long, equally developed limbs” who forage during the day and rest on cliffs or trees at night. Audubon calls them “dog-headed” with close set eyes under prominent brows.

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In Botswana we see the Chacma baboon, the largest of the five baboon species. They live in troops of seven to 200, which are aggregations of smaller family groups. High-ranking males mate first, but lower-ranking males can secure mates by aligning themselves with female groups and protecting them and their young. Audubon says that females often prefer these “friends” as mates. 

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Our friend Dina from Road Beneath Our Feet loves them, pointing out that no one pays attention to them so they can move and be in freedom. She has a point. But I still don’t like them.

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