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Michael Harmon

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Michael found his first Londolozi track as a sophomore in college when he picked up Boyd Varty’s Cathedral of the Wild. In it, Michael saw a place that embodied his childhood fascination with the culture and warmth of Africa and knew he had ...

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on Train of Thought: a Transcontinental Safari Daydream

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Victoria Auchincloss
Digital Tracker

What a fantastic dream! Not only do the animals and humans, but also trains do not pollute the way cars and planes. This would open a grand area for people to come together and begin to understand how interdependent we are on this planet. Victoria

Irene Henkes
Explorer

What a pity the book is not for sale yet in NL……..

Denise Vouri
Guest contributor

Fascinating! And keep in mind, all great inventions, improvements, research, etc began with a dream……

Joan Schmiidt
Master Tracker

Michael what a wonderful blog

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

I would definitely ride trains through Africa. On my bucket list for years has been the Cape Town to Dar trip

Michael Harmon
Guest contributor

Mine too, Judith – and with the right mix of planning and flexibility (and a few cross-border hops) it can still be done by public train, at least at the moment: Cape Town – Johannesburg – Mafikeng / Lobatse – Francistown – Bulawayo – Vic Falls / Livingstone – Lusaka / Kapiri Mposhi – Dar. Some day… 🙂

Judith Guffey
Digital Tracker

We lived in South Africa (Secunda ) from ‘81 to ‘85. Rode trains as often as possible. The Blue Train and the Shongololo and steam trains. Never got past Pretoria on a train but to go from CT to Dar. I’m going to keep your outline and see if we can make that happen. Mahalo and Mele Kalikimaka from Hawai’i.

Joanne Wadsworth Kelley
Master Tracker

This is so exciting and my hope is that the dream becomes a reality. It’s truly a win-win situation. Wondering what the beginning next steps are to get this train moving?

Linda Rawles
Senior Digital Ranger

What a beautiful vision. The Vartys have done so much, and we all must do at least one thing to make these visions, for Africa and the world, a reality.

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