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Trip 5 -- Southern Africa
30 October 2001 to 11 December 2001
Of all the continents, Africa contains the largest number of countries, and it thus presented a bewildering array of options. For six-week trips of the kind I usually take, there were essentially three options: the north (Egypt to Morocco), the west (Senegal to Chad, though that would be at a breakneck pace), and the south and east (Kenya to South Africa). This last option seemed the most feasible as far as transport and safety were concerned - it's unfortunate that so many African countries are off-limits due to civil war.
The Kenya-to-South Africa option also allowed me to take advantage of many of Africa's most enticing attractions: the national parks of Kenya and Tanzania, with their enormous variety of animals; Victoria Falls; the sand dunes of Namibia; and the Blue Train.