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This is part 5 of the puzzle series Around the World in Many Days. Each part is solvable on its own.


Deаr Puzzling,

This time you are going to need some of your chess knowledge. Not a lot of chess knowledge, though – you simply need to know how a single piece moves! Find a path for a knight starting in the lower left corner to cover each unshaded cell exactly once, ending in the cell marked with the white diamond. The grid is eight by eight, because a chessboard has eight lines and eight files and the number eight is significant.

Today I have visited a national park that’s bigger than many countries and seen lions, hippos and giraffes in their natural environment. Can you guess where I am?

Love, Gladys.

Empty grid
Crossword on Penpa+
Knight’s tour on Penpa+ (use the “line / free” mode)

Across
1. Artists who sing "All Along the Watchtower", "Turn the Page" and "Jammin'", for example
4. A letter used in the names of Corfu, Cyprus and Crete
7. Automatic weapons from 10 down
8. A coastal inlet
9. A Pacific island nation
11. A novel by Jane Austen
13. An official language of South Africa
15. A Starfleet officer
17. An Indian king or prince
18. A shah of Iran
19. A type of small deer native to Eurasia
20. An aircraft or ship's personnel
21. A person like Forrest Gump or Doctor Dolittle
22. A disease the Berlin Patient was famously cured of (abbr.)

Down
1. An enthusiast or expert
2. A small jewel
3. Antebellum
5. A relative of Muhammad's on his father's side
6. Animal cells that can be fertilised
10. A name given to Jacob
12. Allocated portion
14. A language spoken in the Caucasus
16. A thriller film by Steven Spielberg
17. Accelerate without the gears engaged


Gladys will return in Who’s in for a Cruising?

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Gladys is at

Ruaha National Park in Tanzania.

The answer to the crossword is as follows:

crossword

Across

1. Artists who sing "All Along the Watchtower"(Bob Dylan), "Turn the Page"(Bob Seger) and "Jammin'"(Bob Marley), for example -> BOBS
4. A letter used in the names of Corfu(Κέρκυρα), Cyprus(Κύπρος) and Crete(Κρήτη) -> ρ-RHO
7. Automatic weapons from 10 down (Israel) -> UZIS
8. A coastal inlet -> RIA
9. A Pacific island nation -> FIJI
11. A novel by Jane Austen -> EMMA
13. An official language of South Africa -> SWAZI
15. A Starfleet officer -> UHURA
17. An Indian king or prince -> RAJA
18. A shah of Iran -> REZA
19. A type of small deer native to Eurasia -> ROE
20. An aircraft or ship's personnel -> CREW
21. A person like Forrest Gump or Doctor Dolittle -> VET
22. A disease the Berlin Patient was famously cured of (abbr.) -> AIDS

Down

1. An enthusiast or expert -> BUFF
2. A small jewel -> BIJOU
3. Antebellum -> PREWAR
5. A relative of Muhammad's on his father's side -> HAMZA
6. Animal cells that can be fertilised -> OVA
10. A name given to Jacob -> ISRAEL
12. Allocated portion -> SHARE
14. A language spoken in the Caucasus -> AZERI
16. A thriller film by Steven Spielberg -> JAWS
17. Accelerate without the gears engaged -> REV

And the Knight's Tour is as follows:

Knight's Tour-animation
(Click to see the static version)

Then,

Reading the letters along the Knight's path gives a string which makes no sense. Then we notice Gladys saying in her letter "the number eight is significant", so we extract the letters in positions within periods of 8-letters (starting from 9th, ignoring the initial position)

VAFZSIOM [R] VZAEERS [U] BIPAAJE [A] ARUIBIF [H] EYCZSRH [A] AWI

and those letters spell where she is.

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