Season 7 started earlier this year, but since those videos only come out on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, Andrew and I have continued to catch up on past seasons.
Season 5 starts off with Noraly in the Netherlands as she prepares to relocate due to covid keeping things restricted in Europe. Instead of taking her bike, Rhonin, which she bought at home, she decides to buy a second-hand motorcycle once she gets to Johannesburg, South Africa. Although the official name of this series is Destination Unknown, I believe many refer to it as the Southern Africa season since that's where she went. (started these notes here on March 12, 2023)
March 2, 2023
watched episodes 1-6 which take place in the Netherlands and South Africa
Noraly bike shops at a place she already researched online, and buys a Honda which she names Savannah
watched episodes 7-9 which take place in South Africa
watched episodes 10-13 which take place in South Africa
Of special interest, she went to a wild cats reserve, a place special to Nelson Mandela's life, and went horse riding
watched episodes 14-16 which take place in South Africa
The Sani Pass ride is just - wow!
watched episodes 17-18 which take place in South Africa
Noraly spends quite a bit of time with the Xhosa people, and we meet an herbalist/healer.
watched episodes 19-21 which take place in South Africa
After these were posted, she took a couple weeks break with a friend who lives in S.A. whom she met in India many years ago.
watched episodes 22-24 which take place in South Africa
We enjoy seeing ostriches and meerkats. Also, Noraly shops and buys an ostrich egg which amuses us as she attempts to cook it. She was told 1 ostrich egg is equivalent to 24 chicken eggs!
The caves she explored were really cool!
Later in the day
watched episodes 25-27 which take place in South Africa
Cape Town (right on the water) is beautiful!
watched episodes 28-29 which take place in South Africa
Her visit to the place with fossils was pretty neat.
watched episodes 30-31 which take place in South Africa
watched episodes 32-35 which take place in South Africa
Noraly was in Diamond Territory, and spoke of fracking in one video. Also, she tried to visit an active diamond mine near the border of SA and Namibia. Cool video of her tagging along with the security team - wow.
watched episodes 36-38 which take place in South Africa and Namibia
watched episodes 39-41 which take place in Namibia
watched episodes 42-44 which take place in Namibia
I enjoyed seeing Noraly herding cattle - and seeing the farm there. Also, there was a neat geological day trip.
watched episodes 45-47 which take place in Namibia
The Namib Desert is so pretty, and I loved seeing the wildlife! How cool to see an ostrich running by, giraffes eating by the side of the road, and a few other animals - wow!
watched episodes 48-49 which take place in Namibia
watched episodes 50-52 which take place in Namibia
Really enjoyed Noraly tagging along with the guys from the Ocean Conservation group, freeing seals from plastics. Also, I really enjoyed the minerals market and seeing topaz, aquamarine, and so forth.
watched episodes 53-55 which take place in Namibia
Lots of cool geological stuff like rock paintings and engravings.
watched the Live Chat from Africa as well as episodes 56-57 which take place in Namibia
What is neat about watching these videos now is that I just started a book from Susan Bauer who worked at a Lutheran Seminary in Namibia with her husband back in the 1990s and early 2000s. She speaks of cities and the desert and even the seal colony and nature preserves that I've seen in Noraly's videos. I really enjoy the timing of reading this book - which my mom read and recommended to me months ago - now while watching Season 5.
watched episodes 58; 60-64 which take place in Namibia
It's a super-rainy Good Friday so Andrew and I started watching some more videos. We saw the Namibia and Angola border as well as some tribal ladies on the road that I'd just looked up the night before based on the book I mentioned above. We hadn't planned to watch so many episodes, but she went to a nature preserve and got to ride along with Esso whose job it is to ride his motorbike to check the level of the watering holes and the fences. So we were able to see zebras, elephants, lions, antelope, giraffes, and black and white rhinos - fascinating!!
watched episodes 59; 65-67 which take place in Namibia and Botswana
Somehow we skipped episode 59 yesterday so I'm glad that one showed up as Noraly took some food and visited the Himba tribe. They showed her how to get the red ochre that they put on their skin, and she gave it a try.
I enjoyed seeing her cross into Botswana because the Number 1 Ladies Detective Agency takes place in this country so I keep thinking I might eventually see Mma Ramotswe and her family and friends! Wouldn't that be awesome? ;)
Later that day because it was a dreary couple of days ...
watched episodes 68-70 which take place in Botswana
Loved seeing hippos, elephants, giraffes, and zebra; and a giraffe darted across the street not too far in front of her in the same way deer do here!
watched episode 71 which take place in Botswana
She rode with James Alexander and some of his friends. He, of Dakar racing fame so ...
watched episodes 72-74 which take place in Botswana
I loved her chat with the two ladies selling traditional food on the side of the road. I love their fencing around their pots of food.
watched episodes 75-78 which take place in Botswana and Zimbabwe
Really enjoyed the kind man who went ahead to get petrol for Noraly when she was running low in her last kilometers in Botswana.
Loved seeing Victoria Falls, the warthogs, and Noraly buying, cooking, and trying mopane worms in Zimbabwe!
watched episodes 79-81 which take place in Zimbabwe
Saw caves and blue water, mountains. Noraly was in the capital looking for US dollars.
watched episodes 82-84 which take place in Zimbabwe
Extremely muddy roads, a lovely waterfall, banana and tea plants. The Zimbabweans were so friendly, and we saw many of them along the road as she traveled.
watched episodes 86-87 which take place in Zimbabwe and South Africa
Saw some impressive ruins in Zimbabwe and then Noraly headed back to South Africa as she ran out of countries she could visit aside from Mozambique which had ISIS activity in the north of the country. After meeting with James Alexander a few weeks back, she looked into rally racing, and decided to be part of that although not the formal racing part.
So, she headed back into South Africa, had her friend Mandy help drive her and Savannah (her motorcycle) to the starting point.
We watched the video where she recapped her ride through southern Africa, and then the first three videos of that Kalahari Rally series (there are 9 of those). We saw her getting ready for it (driving there with Mandy; getting her bike inspected; she showed us other bikes and some cars racing there). Then we saw the Super Special and Stage 1 legs of the race which are across a part of South Africa that borders Namibia and Botswana. I liked seeing people along the route watching the race.
watched Stages 2 and 3 of her Kalahari Rally series which take place in South Africa
watched Stages 4-6 of her Kalahari Rally series plus her Season Finale which take place in South Africa and the Netherlands
In real life, this series ended in October 2021, I believe, and I noticed Noraly started posting videos from Season 6 a few weeks later. Season 6 is where I was first introduced to Noraly so I've watched most of her videos from her times in the US and Canada, but there are many I missed from where she started Season 6 in South America and traveled towards the US. I look forward to seeing those soon.
In the meantime, as I type this on April 30, 2023, Noraly has been absent from her YouTube channel for nearly two weeks as she was taking a break, getting work done on Alaska, figuring logistics and so forth for the next leg of her Africa adventure. In Season 7 so far, she's taken us through parts of Morocco, the Western Sahara/Morocco, Mauritania, and over the border into Senegal. Last we heard from her, she was in Dakar.