South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe


We are a group of like minded folk planning a trip to South Africa, Lesotho, Swaziland, Mozambique, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe between December 2018 – January 2019.

One of our projects is to create a short dance video to include all of the local dance types and language groups we will be meeting (and trying to learn !) along the way; a  South African version of this Senegalese A -Z of African Dance.

If you share our interest in language, culture and the arts and you have a few weeks to spare around Xmas / New Year why not fill in the form at the bottom of this page for more details or email: nigelatoxic@gmail.com and join us for all or part of the adventure; It would be amazing to have you  along !!

Many of you have said you cannot get to South Africa over the Christmas period as you have prior commitments with family and friends so we are making the trip flexible so you can join us for all or part of the journey.

At about GBP30 per day  per person all up this is the cheapest way you will ever get to see Africa and make lifelong friendships with an amazing group of people. Just compare 20 nights travelling Africa in a Landrover with us to 7 nights in Benidorm– which would you choose ?

Please let me know if you have any questions or new ideas to add to the plan!

Read On – it gets more interesting….

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This is a non-profit adventure. Our objective is to interact as much as possible with the beautiful African people, animals and scenery that we will encounter.
We will have Dancers, Musicians, Cooks and hopefully a  couple of Mechanics on the trip.

Approximate Cost Per person *assume split costs by 7 in each Land Rover

Approximate costs include :
  • Vehicle Hire
  • all camping equipment
  • Fuel
  • Border Fees
  • Food Kitty
  • Wild Camping
  • Campsites every 3 nights for showers and battery charging
  • PLUS your name (and your dancing!) on the credits of the video at the end

 

Countries Visited

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EUR

USD

AUD

Kalahari (10 days)
Joburg, Botswana, Namibia, Kalahari, Pretoria, Joburg  £    300  €     344  $          404  AUD     532
PART 1 (15 days)
Cape Town, Lesotho, Drakenburgs, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kruger NP, Joburg  £    530  €     608  $          714  AUD     939
FULL TRIP (36 days)
Cape Town, Lesotho, Drakenburgs, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kruger NP, Joburg, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls), Kalahari, Pretoria, Joburg
 £ 1,000  €  1,148  $       1,347  AUD  1,772

All you need to bring are clothes, cameras and toiletries !

Flights are extra, but here are some indicative return flight costs from Kiwi around that period :
Flights
CNS via DPS  £  1,155
CNS-CPT  £  1,309
CNS-DPS  £     301
CNS-JNB  £  1,354
DPS-CPT  £     895
DPS-JNB  £     854
LON via PAR  £     493
LON-CPT  £     611
LON-JNB  £     552
LON-Par  £       76
PAR-CPT  £     450
PAR-JNB  £     417

Can’t join for the whole trip ? 

The attached spreadsheet is the main planning tool where you can play with dates and vehicle types (it only seems to work if you download it as Excel).

Go to the Sheet called “Summary” and there are 2 options :

a/ Enter the Dates you plan to arrive and leave South Africa

This will tell you roughly where we will be on that day and you can organise regional flights from/to CPT or JNB to join us (see Regional Airports map below)

OR

b/ Select your preferred start and end towns from the pulldown list

This will tell you roughly which day we will be in that location and you can organise regional flights from/to CPT or JNB to join us. (see Regional Airports map below)

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Options include #of people and vehicle type (the Landy is more expensive but carries up to 7 people).
Dates are not yet fixed in stone but I will be there from mid December to mid January, others will be joining and leaving at various stages.
There are a few projects planned by various parties on the “Expedition”, which we are still trying to crystallise into a plan!
In no particular order :

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– Exploring the advanced ancient civilisations of South Africa and sound resonance technologies and hoping to meet up with Michael Tellinger

– Trying to visit as many safari parks as possible, experimenting with the Expedition Drone to find wild animals

– Learning as many local dance types and languages as we can along the way, and making a South African A -Z of African Dance video

– Creating a short music video maybe ? similar to this one made by our friends Dirk and Bettina and inspired by the African scenery and music

Raising funds for some direct action charities in the countries we will be visiting

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Africa Trip Part I

Africa Trip Part 2

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Countries Visited
Days
Cost/day
#Countries
Start
Start date
End
End Date
FULL TRIP (36 days)
Cape Town, Lesotho, Drakenburgs, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kruger NP, Joburg, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls), Kalahari, Pretoria, Joburg
36
 £        28
8
Cape Town
18/12/2018
JoBurg
22/01/2019
PART 1 (15 days)
Cape Town, Lesotho, Drakenburgs, Swaziland, Mozambique, Kruger NP, Joburg
17
 £        32
4
Cape Town
18/12/2018
JoBurg
3/01/2019
PART 2 (20 days)
Joburg, Botswana, Namibia, Zambia, Zimbabwe (Victoria Falls), Kalahari, Pretoria, Joburg
20
 £        30
5
JoBurg
3/01/2019
JoBurg
22/01/2019
PS: If you can’t make this trip why not join us one of our future planned adventures :
May 2019 – France, Andorra, Spain, Portugal
August 2019 : Italy, Sicily, Malta, Sardinia, Corsica
August 2020 : 70 Countries ! yes that’s every country West of the Urals except Vatican City plus Tunisia, Algeria and Morocco .

 

 

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49,000 year old Axes found in Australia


Archaeologists find world's oldest axe in AustraliaEven mainstream archaeology is moving inexorably to the conclusion that maybe, just possibly (only a hypothesis though) humans originated in Australia.

Professor O’Connor said evidence suggests the technology was developed in Australia “after people arrived” (sic) around 50,000 years ago.

“We know that they didn’t have axes where they came from. There’s no axes in the islands to our north. They arrived in Australia and innovated axes,” she said.

http://popular-archaeology.com/issue/winter-2017/article/archaeologists-find-world-s-oldest-axe-in-australia

The Tribe who Killed Ubud


Well said Igneous !

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Healing is a sensation that has people selling their possessions, even sucking their parents dry of money. What are some other things that cause people to do this sort of thing?

To be on the inside of any religion, there are some absurd concepts (the earth is only a few thousand years old) we must accept without skepticism. The healing, new-age, global tribe communities of the world have similar notions at their core. First, you must always believe that you are helping and healing people. You must entirely ignore the transactional reality of the services you offer – along with all of the filth that is tied up in the money that changes hands. Having experienced life in a Canadian ‘conscious community’ where no money is ever involved, Ubud seems like a commercialized amusement park for yuppies. And on a lower and subtler level, most members of these tribes also…

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Maybe we did not all come Out of Africa ?


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DNA research is rapidly coming to the conclusion that maybe not all humans came Out of Africa., and certainly a lot longer ago than the 40-60,000 years previously preached as “historical fact”.

Whether our ‘mystery’ DNA is local or of distant origins, it does seem odd that scientists who have supposedly mapped the entire human genome are still finding traces of a ‘new,’ previously unknown human lineage in our blood.

More details in this article

 

 

 

 

 

9000 year old stone houses in WA


 

There are 2,500 registered Aboriginal heritage sites on the Burrup peninsula and surrounding islands, which are located near Karratha, 1,525km north of Perth.

The area is also home to the US$2bn North West Shelf gas project, the largest oil and gas development in Australia.

The entry to the largest heritage site, a valley containing close to a million rock carvings dating back 40,000 years, is within a kilometre of a fertiliser plant. Last year the WA government removed a large umbrella heritage listing for the peninsula because it complicated development applications.

The research done by McDonald and her team was co-funded by Rio Tinto, which has a mining lease within the national heritage area, and Murujuga Aboriginal Corporation.

More here

 

50,000 year old Mandala


Kimberley Mandala

 

This is one of the oldest mandala like images in the world, possibly created around 50 000 years ago with the Kimberly Foundation Australia dating project still testing to confirm dates … it is painted in ochre on the ceiling at Cyclone Cave, in the Kimberley, Australia. Robyn Mungulu, senior guide stands here and shares the sacred site.
Image: Colin Murty

The Death of Ms Du


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Western Australian police told hospital staff they thought an Aboriginal woman who later died in custody was “faking it”, a coronial inquest has heard.

Ms Dhu, 22, died in August last year after being held at the South Hedland police station in WA’s Pilbara region for unpaid fines totalling $3,622.

She was taken to the Hedland Health Campus three times during her detention after saying she felt unwell.

Ms O’Brien said unbeknown to the people caring for her, by her second visit Ms Dhu was in the process of dying from septicaemia and pneumonia.

The court heard police handcuffed Ms Dhu and took her to the health campus where she “immediately went limp, slumped into the chair and her head and eyes rolled back”.

According to the opening address, nurse Caroline Jones recalled that police officers told them Ms Dhu “was faking it” shortly before she went to cardiac arrest and died.Ms Dhu

On the morning of her death, Ms Dhu was recorded on CCTV footage vomiting in the jail cell and falling backwards and hitting her head on concrete floor.

She died on her third visit.

 

 

The Kolbrin Bible


Kolbrin BibleMany years ago I obtained a copy of the Kolbrin Bible. According to the Introduction, the Kolbrin manuscripts were salvaged from Glastonbury Abbey at the time of the great 1184 fire which destroyed virtually all the buildings and many of its treasures. We are told that the fire was arson intended to destroy the heretical manuscripts in the library, but the Kolbrin manuscripts – which have been considered heretical on many levels – were secretly housed elsewhere at the time and preserved.

Well I never really understood what I was reading until now – Graham Hancock’s analysis is profound … read on

http://grahamhancock.com/whitemany1/

The Day of Silence – preparations for Nyepi


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The drive to the office this morning took a little longer than normal as thousands of Balinese flooded on to the streets making final preparations for Nyepi.

Bali time is normally a pretty flexible concept , but as the deadline for completing the construction of the 30,000+ Ogoh-Ogoh statues around the Island draws near, some obvious signs of sleeplessness were evident :

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Headless statues were being attended to by groups of raucous teenagers, with an application to detail that would put the western Y Generation to shame.

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On the beach at Petitenget the other night we stumbled across one of the more obscure rituals which involves 2 very life like Giants performing a story from the ancient scriptures surrounded by hundreds of chanting devotees all dressed in white. We stood and watched for over an hour and could still not work out how these puppets had been made so realistic – almost convincing ourselves that they were in fact genuine giants.

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Rituals abound, but cameras are not welcome at some of the more gruesome ones so I borrowed this stock footage picture to give my readers a feel for the vibe here.

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On my way home tonight every village was shut down to traffic as the whole population gathered to pray – only us motorcyclists could get through often driving through rice paddies to avoid the jam.

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This is last year’s prize winner in Denpasar.

Tonight we will be in Ubud, the cultural centre of Bali, to witness over 100 Ogoh Ogoh’s being paraded through the streets, many of which have been under construction for months, only to be ritually burned and dumped in a large pit.

Tomorrow is the Day of Silence – no one is allowed out in the streets, no traffic, all flights are stopped and total silence reigns the island, strictly enforced by the elegantly dressed Temple Police.

Happy Nyepi to all friends around the world – I will report back on Wednesday hopefully with some spectacular footage of tonight’s events !

Om Swast Swast Swasti Om

Margaret Atwood


Mmmmm quote from “Surfacing”. One of my favourites. “This above all, to refuse to be a victim . . . I have to recant, give up the old belief that I am powerless.” Does a shift in self-perception have the power to reverse one’s destiny? What factors determine who is and is not a victim? What gives her the power to break free?ImageImage