To the Cape of Good Hope (and back)

After crossing Africa from Dakar to Nairobi at the end of January, we headed south to South Africa. We spent a week in Johannesburg, then two weeks in Capetown. One of our goals was to see the Cape of Good Hope. We made it all the way to the farthest Southwestern point of Africa, and then we turned around and started traveling up to Europe.  Along the way, we stopped in Windhoek, Namibia and Gaborone, Botswana before shooting up to Addis Ababa in Ethiopia.  I post a lot of pictures that capture some of our memories and some of our deepest impressions.  In the captions you will find commentary to explain where and what touched me about the photograph.  I faced a quandary trying to choose the best photos with the strongest impressions out of so many we took.

 

From African Skies

We prefer to travel overland when possible. Due to the distances, differing bureaucratic visa requirements, and questionable roads and rail, we opted for flying for most of our travel in Africa. As much as possible, we booked daytime flights in hopes of seeing as much terrain as possible. Part of the excitement of Africa is flying on a clear day viewing the vastness of the land.  I captured the following landscapes through airplane windows using iPad and iPhone.  During January to March 2016 we started in Casablanca flying to Dakar (via Madrid). Then we flew on to Nairobi, Johannesburg, Capetown, Windhoek, finally back to Johannesburg. We visited Pretoria by train. Then, we took a bus to Gaborone returning by air. Then, we continued up to Addis Ababa (via Nairobi).  The austere red earth highlighted by mountains, dappled with shadows of clouds, cut by the occasional river fascinates me. The lonely yearning in each of these photos of the distant expanses resonates with me.