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Julie and I are back from a wonderful, 25-day safari through Botswana and Namibia, with brief stops in Johannesburg.

We bounced along dirt paths in African jungles for hours every day, and navigated rivers in small boats, viewing exotic animals, birds and plants with local guides.

We visited a rural school, and a tribal village where people live much as they have for thousands of years.

We flew in smalll planes with spectacular views of the mountains and deserts.

We saw lions and leopards devour their prey, as well as baboons, giraffes, monkeys, cheetahs, hippos, rhinoceroses, and elephants. So many elephants. Never got tired of the elephants.

We slept in comfortable tents on full beds, with showers and toilets open to the beautiful landscape outdoors. We woke up and were out on the trail before dawn, with temperatures in the low 40s – all but one of those tents and cabins were unheated – and temperatures climbed above 100 some days. This was in African winter.

We ate copious quantities of delicious food, much of it as good as you would find in any fine dining restaurant. I developed quite a fondness for African porridge with dried fruit. Also, my pants, which fit fine when we left, are now snug; I think it’s because they use metric measurements there.

And now we’re happy to be home.

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