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By: Andrew Pateras

Yet another World Heritage Site

Tags: Africa, Travel, photography

Stonetown, Zanzibar was the next stop on the expedition. This island has not had power for over three months, so I didn’t know what to expect. Walking through the streets at night, I realized that it was a blessing in disguise.  Since there were a very minimal number of lights running on generators, the sky was as bright as I have ever seen in a city. As you look up between the building...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Hakunamatata...

Tags: Africa, travel photography

...is Swahili for “No Worries”. When I got off the ferry this morning in Stonetown on the island of Zanzibar, I really felt like I had no worries.  I didn’t have much planned except a little R&R for these next four days, but today turned out to be one of the best days for photos of the expedition so far. There were children playing, women carrying enormous parcels on...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

A light at the end of the Pollution Tunnel

Tags: africa,travel,photography

I was warned that this next day was going to be a long commute followed by the worst traffic I have ever experienced. I have commuted from the north end of Toronto into the heart of the city for years, how bad could this be? Answer: Toronto has NOTHING on Dar es Salaam.  The literal snail’s pace of traffic was bad, but the apparent zero control on auto emissions made it utterly unbearab...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

You Say “Tan-Zania”, I say “Tan-Za-Ni-A

Tags: africa,travel,photoraphy

As I crossed the border from Malawi into Tanzania, it was like I had transported to a different world. A relatively flat mundane road gave way to windy mountain roads and gorgeous landscapes. The people seemed friendlier and the towns along the main road became more frequent and lively. A long drive day was expected, but what was at the end of the long road was unexpected.  I was informed tha...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Enjoying some “Malawi Time”

Tags: africa,travel,photography

Everything seems to move a little slower in Malawi. It is very laid back and relaxed, something I am not used to, even back home. With all the long hauls and pre-dawn wake up calls, this down time at a beautiful peaceful beach is welcomed.  The wakeup call this morning came late at 5:30. My objective was to see the sunrise over the lake but the overcast sky greyed out a lot of the colours. I ...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Overlanding is Hard Work

Tags: Africa, Travel, Photography

When you are traveling 10,000 kilometres in two months, there are bound to be some long driving days. In the last 2 days, driving time totalled 18 hours. When we arrived in Malawi, the lazy legs and cramped back were well worth it.  Malawi is one of the poorest countries in all of Africa. They have no natural resources and rely mostly on farming to survive.  I have had a chance to photog...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Niagara Falls is a Joke

Tags: Africa, Travel, photography

I have always wanted to see Victoria Falls. I have seen it featured in countless documentaries, including Planet Earth. Standing in awe, getting drenched in mist, I quickly realized that I had seen exactly nothing yet. I had a chance to photograph the falls from a number of angles. The most impressive was the view from across the gorge. The mist faded the falls out of visibility and made for some ...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Death Was Calling My Name... Luckily my Guardian Angel Plugged My Ears

Tags: Travel, Zambezi, Africa, Photography

Since I have rafted the Kicking Horse River in British Colombia and the Mountains of Northern Thailand, I thought why not try the Zambezi? Could it be that much harder? The answer is YES. We are in high water season, so the first ten rapids were closed because they are too dangerous. This should have been an early warning for what was to come. Our morning started with a quick safety brief, a bumpy...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

The Chobe (Not the Lakers Guard)

Tags: Africa, Travel, Photography

The Chobe River is the border between Botswana and Zambia. My afternoon yesterday was in a riverboat, a few metres from Elephants, Monkeys, Crocodiles, Buffalo and Hippos. The Hippos were actually swimming alongside the boat! Families of Elephants looked inquisitively at me as the shutter opened and closed hundreds of times. The large bull chased away antelope, protecting his family as hippos graz...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Into the Eye of the Storm

Tags: Africa, Travel, Photography

In Africa, water is the most precious commodity, except in the wet season which we happen to be right smack in the middle of. In the past two days we have seen what the wet season in Africa truly means. A sunny scorcher, can turn into a fury of lightning and a flash flood of rain in minutes.  Without a cloud in the sky, I was enjoying a dip in the pool at my camp site. In the distance, I can ...Read More