Pamela MacNaughtan

Tropic of Capricorn!

When I looked at the map of Namibia at the back of Kitonga (our Intrepid Truck) and saw that we’d be passing the Tropic of Capricorn, I was pretty excited. This would be my first time passing this particular tropic and to be passing it in Africa was an added bonus.

“George, are we going to stop at the Tropic of Capricorn for photos?” It was a silly question, I know, but I wanted to know.

“Yes, of course!”

As soon as we all knew that we’d be stopping for photos, there was a small debate over the coordinates of the Tropic of Capricorn in Namibia, which is when Rolf pulled out his GPS unit. 23°26′S 14°27′E Yep, that is where the Tropic of Capricorn is in Namibia, at least that’s where it is THIS year.

Fun Facts About the Tropic of Capricorn

  • Marks the most southerly latitude where the Sun can appear directly overhead -which happens during the December Solstice
  • Currently drifting north, about 15 meters a year!
  • The term Capricorn comes from the Latin words caper [goat] and cornu [horn]
  • Named for a sign of the zodiac
  • The Makara Sankranti festival in India celebrates the day of Sun entering the zodiac belt of Capricorn.

I’m starting to think that I should have some kind of journal to mark travel milestones. Something I can open from time to time to remind of the cool places I’ve been, as well as remind of all the cool places I still need to go to!

Thinking of traveling to Africa?

Traveling in Africa, solo, can be a scary thought -especially for solo female travelers. I’m not saying it can’t be done, it can. What I am saying is that there is nothing wrong with joining a group tour.

For 45 days I traveled from Kenya (Nairobi) to Cape Town with Intrepid Travel. This was my very first group travel experience. At first I wasn’t sure what I had gotten myself into, but as time progressed, I began to relax and fall in love with this type of travel. In fact, I would definitely travel with Intrepid again. 


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