Grand Canyon: Part Deux

I boarded the expedition vehicle in Cape Town and just by looking at this marvel of machinery, I could already tell I was in for a fantastic voyage. The first stop was a tiny camp on the Orange River. An early morning rise and it is off on a canoe trip looking for water birds and fish eagles. This would be the last oasis we see for several days…

Crossing into Namibia, we began our long journey across the Namib Desert. It was evident immediately why Namibia is the second most sparsely populated country on earth. The expansive desert goes on for what seems like forever. In our 10 hour trek across the expanse, we only passed through two small villages and lunch was served to us in a dry river bed, in the middle of nowhere.

Our destination was Fish River Canyon, which before arriving I knew very little about. Once there it reminded me of a slightly smaller version of the Grand Canyon, only without the Tourists, hotels and shops. There was literally not a light bulb for a hundred kilometres in any direction. It was magnificent.

Our expedition crew had a special dinner planned for us under the stars, starting with a selection of wine and cheeses. I felt spoiled. On an expedition where I was supposed to be roughing it into the great wilderness, we were being pampered for a short time, next to a great gorge and a glorious night sky.

Fish River Canyon

Fish River Canyon

About Andrew Pateras

Andrew has lived in the GTA all his life and a good portion of his adult life has been devoted to sales. He studied Business Information Systems Management at Ryerson University. From there, he worked in sales for tier one organizations such as Hewlett Packard, Epson and Intel. Then as North American Sales Manager for GAP Adventures, he gained even more experience in negotiation and client service. Andrew has been a licensed real estate sales person since 2006. In 2007, Andrew also began a new venture in professional photography. Over the next number of years, he travelled on assignment all over the world. This is why he is meticulous when it comes to your marketing images! To say Andrew's travel and photography experience is extensive would definitely be an understatement. He has journeyed to remote and exotic locations in 48 countries on all six continents in search of adventure and authentic cultural experiences. Whether it is diving with great white sharks in South Africa, in a cage with Bengal tigers in northern Thailand or perched atop a land cruiser, photographing rhinos and lions in the Serengeti, he has likely photographed any holiday experience you can imagine. In 2015, Andrew earned the Directors Platinum award from Royal LePage for outstanding sales performance. Andrew's commitment as your real estate professional is to provide you with the specialized real estate service you deserve. Whether you're buying or selling, contact him with any questions that you may have. His promise to you is that your experience will be both stress-free and enjoyable. His focus is always YOU and the results you can expect from him.

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