Published on September 2nd, 20122
Catching Up Series: South Africa 2 of 12
Finally out of the Mongoligan boonies and happily settled into the capital, Ulaanbaatar for a week. Oh so many adventures in the Gobi and horse/trekking in the wilds (no electricity, no running water!) of western Mongolia. Will surely take me wee… make that MONTHS to share it all. Meanwhile, I’m off to explore Ulaanbaatar, and leave you with another installment in the “CUS” series on my solo backpack ’round South Africa.
P.S. Well… O.K. – before I go, leastwise I can drop a quick pic of me and a Mongolian lass churning yak butter:
The second installment in the “Catching Up: South Africa” series: my solo backpack across South Africa and Mozambique in 2004.
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South Africa, Swaziland, Lesotho & Mozambique
(February 20, 2004)
Packing for 42 Days on the Lam…
With little more than a month til blast-off, I now turn my attention to just what “stuff” to bring along to ensure that I remain reasonably comfortable through 8 time zones and 42 days on the lam.
While I have always fully embraced the “Less is Best” school of packing, this particular trip poses a bit more of a challenge than my usual purely tropical adventures.
Oh no doubt the days at Kruger NP and the coast along the Indian Ocean will be plenty warm, but as South Africa is “down-under”, the seasons there are reversed from ours up here above the Equator. So while April/May is Springtime here – down there it will be Autumn and the nights may well be a tad chilly.
Especially so at Lesotho, the “Kingdom in the Sky” where the altitude of the entire kingdom exceeds 3,000 ft. and the Drakensberg peaks tower more than 9,000 feet above the surrounding Republic of South Africa. Furthermore, while I won’t be camping per se, I do hope to stay in some of the local Basotho huts which no doubt can get quite cold. All of which is to say – I best be prepared for most anything, so will need to tuck in everything from shorts to woolen long johns.
Thus, every blessed item listed below – no more, no less – is sure to come in handy as I meander from highveld to low. And best of all – it will all fit comfortably into my trusty 22″ x 13″ x 9″ carry-on convertible backpack (in deep purple of course, now what else would you expect?)
MY “STUFF” FOR AFRICA
Th-th-that’s it folks. An eclectic potpourri of widgets and whatnots to keep body and soul together for 6 weeks on the subcontinent. If there’s anything you think I’ve forgotten, do let me know. And likewise, if you can think of any way of lightening the load, do please tell.
Fast-forward 9 years:
LOL, clearly back then such sweet techno-gadgets like my dear “Kindle” were only in we travelers’ dreams. Imagine… being able to load HUNDREDS of books onto one small gadget (not to mention, enlarge the text, set bookmarks, and a built-in reading light to boot!)
Notice too, the “Swiss Army knife” – in those days one could board a plane with such trinkets in your carry-on. Ditto the “Mace”, which even then was just plain silly – as you’ll soon see in the next installment when I finally came to my senses – what WAS I thinking???
“Travels checks” too would nowadays be pretty useless, but ATM weren’t nearly as plentiful ’round the globe, so they came in handy.
And finally, notice NO LAPTOP, nor netbook, nor even (my now beloved) iPod Touch! Geez, how DID we manage to travel the globe without instant access to facebook and twitter???
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