I used hike in mountains of SE Australia, Snowy Mountains in NSW, some places in Victorian High country while at school in Melbourne, but in particular my home state of Tasmania with many trips through the Central Highlands including Cradle Mountain during 1980's & 90's in rain hail sunshine snow and wind. In 1994 I nearly travelled to South Africa while the elections were on there in April that year, but decided not to owing to the violence. Just over 12 months later I was able to organise a 5 week trip there including one final week in Zimbabwe, where a close friend was born and grew up before the 1970's Rhodesian Civil War. On 30 Sept 1997 I returned for a fascinating 3 weeks there when the hint of later trouble was evident, followed by 6 weeks travelling to most parts of South Africa again. In August 2000 I had a 3 week late winter trip to South Africa just before the Sydney Olympic Games. In late 2002 early 2003 I returned again with my close friend from Zimbabwe who was dying after some tragic events. I was able to visit Namibia and Swaziland also. I returned to South Africa in late 2003 to scatter my friend's ashes at various places & visit Botswana. On 19 Feb 2006 I returned for my last African trip to visit a 9yo child I sponsored through World Vision in Lesotho. I took the opportunity to include 3-4 roadtrips to Swaziland and Mozambique, right through Kruger NP to Pafuri Gate & Limpopo Province, before returning south through Zululand to my base near Durban. After Easter I set off again for a week in Lesotho via the Drakensburg (Ukhahlamba) and saw incredible isolated mountain country in central Lesotho along the Roof of Africa road from Oxbow to Mokhotlong, before another visit to Malealea Lodge for some pony trekking. I decided to finish this trip by following the Orange River to Northern Cape, drive south to Cape Town, then a final 1700 km roadtrip along coast back to Durban, and spend a final day visiting Soweto before flying home on 11 May.
Lesotho1 Mozambique2 Namibia3 South Africa4 Philippines 5 Swaziland6 Zimbabwe 7 (15yrs ago ok). Philippines slides down ratings after 2012 disasters, thanks to 2GO ferry travel.