Africa

Travels in Africa

Henry Malmgren stands in front of Mt. Meru.

Kilimanjaro Day 3

Max El: 15247 ft. Total ascent 2056 ft. Camp el: 13080 ft. Distance 10.46k.I woke up to 34F temperatures inside my tent, and quickly realized that it was colder than that outside when I opened up the tent... Read More...

Kilimanjaro Day 2

5.62km (3.49mi) distance. Total ascent 778m (2550ft). Camp Elevation 3845m (12620 ft)Last night was pretty chilly, dropping down to 42 degrees Fahrenheit. The skies cleared overnight leaving a sky full of t... Read More...

Kilimanjaro Day 1

4.5 hours walking. 10.91km (6.78 miles) Final elevation 3016m (9896 ft) total gain 1122m (4689 feet).Day one has been surprisingly easy. I'd expected (and would have been happy) to have gone another two o... Read More...

Chimpanzee Island

A visit to an island in the middle of Lake Victoria, where chimpanzees have been rescued from captivity, and have been returned to the wild.

Mzungu in the mist

Gorilla day today! We wake up early (not so bad due to a favorable 1 hour time change from Uganda) and get driven to Volcanoes National park headquarters. Thank god they've got free coffee available! We've be... Read More...

Hell’s Gate National Park

It's great being back in Africa again. It's about four months later in the year than my last trip, which means that everything is so much greener than it was last time. Against my independent spirit, I've dec... Read More...

The end of Africa

Today we arrived in Cape Town, and marked the official end of our tour. It's been a good 52 days, but I'm looking forward to getting to Italy, and then back home. My 30th birthday was a few days ago, and it c... Read More...

Namibia

Today is our last day in Swakopmund, Namibia. It's a cool little German style town right on the beach. There is a current coming straight from Antarctica, so it's water about 17 degrees. Too cold for swimming... Read More...

Etosha National Park

Etosha is one of the biggest and best parks in Southern Africa. It's main highlight is a huge salt pan that was formed thousands of years ago when the river feeding this area changed course. Now it's a dry de... Read More...
Henry Malmgren standing next to an elephant tusk in Botswana.

Botswana

Botswana was interesting...It's a relatively poor country with a huge AIDS problem. One of our guides mentioned that 2/3 of the population is HIV+ and pointed out that probably about 90% of deaths in the coun... Read More...