05 Sep 0 Southern Africa Trip LATEST September 5, 2013 By Alex Jackson Touring South Africa 0 What a week its been in the Kaapstad Tours camp. Just about sorted all the accommodation for the journey through Namibia with just Swakopmund and Tsumeb to find. So far I will be visiting Fish River Canyon (photo above) then onto The Desert Horse Inn near Aus. I think that it would be wrong of me to do this trip and not to visit Sossusvlei although I think I may limit my sand riding to the roads…as my Dakar days are very much over. (Before they started) But seriously who would want to do anything other than stand back and admire these amazing dunes. Said to have origins in The Orange River in South Africa sand is deposited into the sea then the tides carry it up the West coast where it become a new sea of sand that is the Namib Desert. I will be heading to the coast for a few days in Swakopmund before heading up to Damara Mopane Lodge and then on to Etosha Safari Camp. Those that know me will also know that this will be one of the highlights of the Namibia leg of this trip as it is teaming with wildlife. It also happens to have a rather nice little bar for those cold desert nights. Seen here it is based on the traditional local drinking dens known as Shebeens. A long ride up to the Angola border will see the beginning of the Caprivi Strip where I will be staying firstly at Hakusembe River Lodge and then onto Namushasha River Lodge for two nights before I cross into Botswana and then on to Vic Falls. As you can imagine I am seriously looking forward to this trip and discovering new places to develop tours for you lovely people. However there is another side to this trip. Whilst travelling I will be blogging/tweeting and generally making a huge noise about the massive problem of poaching in Southern Africa. earlier this week I met with Simon Jones of the charity Helping Rhinos and we are going to be working on building a Conservation Tour in the near future. If you would like to help us make this exploration trip the best it can be then you can donate a small amount on our Go Fund Me page. Those that have already we thank you!! As soon as the details for the Zimbabwe leg of the journey are finalised I will blog it.