Out of Africa!

I had a cellular modem, so I was able to work from some exotic locations

Written by Christian Nommesen Hello All, I’m back in America after two wonderful months in Africa. I was able to visit South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Botswana. I spent the bulk of my time in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa. I was tethered to the internet for work full time, but still managed to get out and explore.

I hiked the iconic Table Mountain three times, and the view from the top was well worth it; here, the "table cloth" cascades off it like a waterfall

Before hiking 3 hours straight up, I look a bit more refreshed

My home—and base of operations—was in the city bowl, which is just under Table Mountain and near the sea

Here, I’m looking back at Table Mountain on the way to Robben Island, where the great Nelson Mandela spent 18 years in prison.

The South African flag flies from the back of the boat

It was summer down there, so I was able to enjoy the great beaches…

I made a trip to visit the townships.

and met energetic, happy, people

I have mixed reviews of the food in the townships though.

Here we prepare to eat sheep’s head

But there were plenty of restaurants to choose from

Cape Town was the site of the 2010 World Cup.

Here’s the new stadium at night

I got into a cage and dived with great white sharks.

I was so close I could touch them!

The sharks eat the cute Jackass Penguin.

At Boulder’s beach, you can swim with these little guys

One weekend, I made it out to Stellenbosch, in the countryside. This is wine country.

I stayed at this boutique hostel for $12 a night

I went on a great wine tour.

The wine in South Africa is phenomenal

I took a bottle to the top of Lion’s Head to enjoy a view of the city

The animals that roam the streets are different than in America

I flew into Zambia where I took this shot of the bungee-jumping bridge that connects Zambia and Zimbabwe. Here I also witnessed one of the biggest waterfalls in the world, Victoria Falls.

Victoria Falls

I went rafting down this mighty Zambezi River as well

I got to hang with young lions

Finally, I went to Botswana for a true safari. We saw giraffes, elephants, lions, warthogs, crocodiles, water buffalo, impalas, and many other animals in their natural habitat.

There are 300,000 elephants here in Chobe National Park

On the last day of safari, we saw this male lion in the bush; it was the perfect end to a fun adventure

Peace and Love,

Christian Nommesen