After the climb it will be time to stop procrastinating and face the bicycles, and the heat, which will be a major shock since the high temperature in Denver as I write this is supposed to be 2F (-16C). From Tanzania we head south soaking up the culture shock and saying "nice kitty" to any very large felines we encounter. We'll pass from Tanzania into Malawi, down the west side of Lake Malawi and spend some time at the well known Liwonde national park checking out the very large mammal population.
From Malawi, we cross Zambia, and into Namibia at the Caprivi strip, which is the northern end of the Okavango Delta - that African geological curiosity where a number of rivers run inland into Botswana where they simply evaporate. We'll try to avoid doing the same.
Namibia is best known for the famous sand dunes and the skeleton coast, but also the Etosha Pan park - another good place to see large cats and hippos.
From the dunes, we then head south into South Africa and on down to Cape Town, and if we have any extra time, we'll just wander around the wine country along the coast east of Cape Town. Late in May we hop a 747 for Munich and start the culture shock all over again. But at least there will be a lot of gut bier (good beer) to cushion the shock this time.
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(click image for a much larger map with route sketched in)