Maggie in Africa An overlanding travel blog about a Land Rover Defender named Maggie

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Coffee tour in the foothills of Mt Kilimanjaro

After our amazing week in Zanzibar, we decided to head to one of Tanzania’s most famous destinations: Mt Kilimanjaro. Not being avid hikers, we instead decided to go on a coffee tour in the foothills of Africa’s largest mountain. There are a number of companies that arrange these tours in Moshi – we chose the Kiliman Cultural...

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Zanzibar: fish markets, forests and beaches

Maggie and the team were up for some chilled lounging on the beach after our trip to Ruaha National Park, and so left the road behind and headed to Zanzibar. Zanzibar is a an island off the coast of Tanzania, in the Indian Ocean, 50 km off the coast of the mainland. The...

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Luxury bandas and wildlife viewing in Ruaha National Park

After spending a week on Lake Malawi, Maggie and the team headed north to Tanzania for some wildlife adventure. Our first stop was Ruaha National Park – Tanzania’s largest national park. Tanzania is well known for its wildlife and stunning national parks. A word of warning, however, about self-driving national parks in...

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Border Crossing: Malawi to Tanzania (Songwe)

Crossing the border to Tanzania by road from Malawi was was no problem at all. A visa on arrival, and some paperwork for the car… There is only one overland border crossing from between Malawi and Tanzania at the Songwe river – at Kasumulu on the Malawian side, and 115km south of Mbeya on the Tanzanian side....

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Border crossing: Zambia to Malawi (Mwani/Mchinji)

Crossing the border to Malawi by road from Zambia was was no problem at all. A rather expensive visa, but only some paperwork for the car… on the whole, much less hassle than entering Zambia… Which border crossing to choose? There are, apparently, four overland border crossings from between Zambia and Malawi. The easiest...

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Maggie in Africa donates US$1000 to Project Luangwa in Zambia

HELP US SUPPORT PROJECT LUANGWA! Noel, Marilu and Maggie are pleased to announce that we’ve donated US$1,000 (approx ZMK10 million) to an amazing local charity, Project Luangwa. Project Luangwa is a charity (registered in Zambia, the US and UK) based in Mfuwe, Zambia, formed by safari operators of South Luangwa National Park as...

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A self-drive safari in South Luangwa National Park

After experiencing the luscious Zambian landscapes of Victoria falls, Lake Kariba and the Zambezi, our next stop was to check out some wildlife in Zambia’s amazing South Luangwa National Park. Wildlife fanatics will have heard of the likes of the Serengeti (Tanzania) Masai Mara (Kenya), Kruger (South Africa), Okavango Delta (Botswana), and Etosha (Namibia). But South Luangwa...

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Kazungula border crossing: Botswana to Zambia

The Kazungula border from Botswana to Zambia is a bit of a hassle compared to other borders in Southern Africa. Two hours in the baking heat, a few hoops and US$300 later, we finally entered Zambia… Kazungula ferry border crossing Botswana and Zambia share the world’s shortest border crossing (depending on who you ask)...