Passports with Purpose 2011

It’s that time again, folks:

The travel bloggers’ annual fundraiser, Passports with Purpose!

In its 4th year, the goal is to raise $80,000 to build two libraries in Zambia.

The raffle will be open Wednesday, November 30th through Friday, December 16th and there are fabulous travel-themed prizes to be won.

My own prize contribution is a great weekend bag from Lug, one of my favorite travel gear companies.

Now…let’s all get to donating, shall we?

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Adventures in Layover Land: Johannesburg

The single busiest airport on the African continent is O.R. Tambo International Airport (code: JNB) near Johannesburg, South Africa. It’s a stopping point for many Southern and Eastern African safari itineraries, as well as many North American flights to Australia and Asia.

In other words, if you’re blazing a big ol’ vacation trail across the globe, you have a pretty good shot at a layover here. Which is good news, because there’s some fun stuff to do, both in and out of the airport.

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Botswana: Dreaming on the Delta – Part Six

Continued from Botswana: Dreaming on the Delta – Part Five

Elephant damage on walking safari in Botswana's Okavango

On safari in the Okavango Delta, it’s one thing to ride in a cozy truck and look out the window.

It’s another thing entirely to step outside and follow a man with a gun into the wilderness.

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Botswana: Dreaming on the Delta – Part Five

Continued from
Botswana: Dreaming on the Delta – Part Four

Our suite at And Beyond's Xudum, Okavango Delta

After three nights, we left &Beyond’s Nxabega (Nn-begh-hah) for another swath of Botswana’s Okavango Delta. After a two-hour driving safari and pontoon boat ride through winding, reedy ribbons of river, at long last we came upon Xudum (Kuh-doohm), an oasis on the land.

Sweet Georgia Brown, but this place was amazing.

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Botswana: Dreaming on the Delta – Part Four

Continued from
Botswana: Dreaming on the Delta – Part Three

Lotus flower in Botswana's Okavango River

As the Earth’s largest inland delta, Botswana’s Okavango is graced with tremendous amounts of water. The Okavango River system fans out like a huge hand, as if welcoming you to come aboard for a sail. (Or, smacking you for being foolish enough to float on a liquid highway for hippos and crocs. Think of it as a Rorschach test.)

One of our greatest joys in Botswana was our time spent on this river, gliding through inlets and lagoons lined with papyrus reeds and scattered with lotus flowers.

*Sigh.*

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