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Noel

IMG_3911.jpgI have constantly itchy feet. No its not a medical condition – it’s wanderlust! As a spotty teenager the likes of David Attenborough, and later Ray Mears, gave me the inspiration to want to travel and see the world.

I spent an amazing year of my life in South Africa in 2003 when I volunteered and worked in two national parks: Kruger National Park and the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. Ever since then, I have wanted to see more of Africa. After a brief holiday in Kenya, I knew wanted – no, I needed – to see more of Africa!

In 2009, I bought a Landrover Defender called Maggie and drove her from London, through West Africa, destination: South Africa. I did not know anything about vehicle maintenance. I do not speak French. But I was hooked! It was the most amazing adventure of my life, and at the end I met my wife in Botswana.  Luckily for me she shares the same passion to see the world and keep on looking for adventure.

Now Lulu and I getting ready to set off  – from Botswana to Ethiopia and beyond!

 

Marilu (aka Lulu)

228656_631704806789_3676584_nI got my first taste of Africa when I came to Botswana in the summer of 2008 for a human rights internship. When first I stepped off the plane and into the small, dusty Gaborone airport, little did I know I was to have an experience that would change the course of my life forever! It didn’t take long for me to catch the ‘bug’, and I knew very early on that Botswana was a place that would become part of me.

In August 2010, I returned to Botswana as a full-grown lawyer. After only one week of being back, I bumped into a handsome lad called Noel, who had just finished a journey from London to South Africa in a Land Rover called Maggie, and was settling in Botswana for some time.

My jaw hit the floor and I was powerless to stop drooling – not only because of Noel’s captivating good looks, but because of the amazing stories he told of his journey across Africa. As he retold one story after another, I was filled with inspiration and an inescapable sense of adventure.

I decided two things that day: (1) I was going to make this man mine, and (2) one day we would journey together in Maggie across Africa!

 

6 Responses

  1. Keke says:

    Hi Noel & Lulu
    Thanks for sharing your stories and how you guys met. Its interesting!
    I love and enjoy travelling, so you are motivating me with your Maggie. I am from Lesotho but now in Zimbabwe. Are you still in Botswana,how is it going?

  2. Noel Peries says:

    Thanks Keke for your comment. We are in Namibia now and hopefully will head to Zimbabwe soon, maybe we could meet for a coffee? Noel & Lulu

  3. Ted says:

    The perfect citizen of the NWO.

  4. Marilu Peries says:

    Thanks Ted! While we don’t really believe in the new world order theory, we do like to think we would, if there was an emergence of a totalitarian world government, be very good citizens.

  5. Rob Malcolm says:

    Noel, I have a defender and have been looking to travel to Africa. I’m looking at planning my trip and what I might need. How much did you trip cost and how long did it take to South Africa. I’d love to see a map and what you did.

  6. Noel Peries says:

    Hey Rob, thanks for looking at our blog.

    Trip costs are always a tricky one to write about as it depends on what route you are thinking of? Now I have done two journeys I have to say that West Africa to South Africa is a slightly cheaper affair as I bushcamped alot more in West Africa than the Southern and Eastern Africa journey. Costs rise the more you drive in Eastern Africa if you want to see some of the better known National Parks. My advice is to stick to Southern Africa (South Africa, Namibia, Botswana) for wildlife if you want to keep costs down. We have budgeted around $75 per day but some days are much less or much more depending on what you are doing. It’s good to remember that visa’s are on average around $75 to enter, the more you are self sufficient the easier it is to keep the costs lower. This time around we spent 3 months in South Africa (1 month was spent in Pretoria with friends and getting our Landy overland ready).

    I have lived in South Africa in the Kgalagadi and it’s one of my favourite national parks. If you are heading there please try to book one of the 4×4 trails within the park (3 nights) as it’s spectacular.

    Good luck and let me know if there is anything else we can help you with.

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