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A superb short vacation where we stayed at the Guernsey Game Reserve, Thornhill Safari Lodge (www.thornhillsafarilodge.com). Thornhill is situated in a premier eco-tourist area with several different animal rehabilitation center. The staff and...
Thornybush Private Nature Reseve, Hoedspruit, 1380, South Africa
Remarkably relaxed, the female cheetah lifted her head from the grass as our game vehicle drew near. Five cubs were playing king of the termite hill, pouncing upon each other. Our morning game drive from Tangala Lodge in the Thornybush Game...
Okavango Delta, Botswana
An experience of a lifetime and one not to be missed when traveling in Botswana's famous Okavango Delta, hiring a poler and cruising its still waters in a traditional wooden mokoro was a definite highlight of the year we spent living in-country....
Ras Kitau Bay, Manda Beach, Lamu, Kenya
On my 5th trip to the Lamu Archipelago, I decided to visit the Takwa Ruins on Manda Island and learn the history of this magical place. I had a wonderful dhow ride on "Hippo" with a great crew of locals who took me through the mangroves to the...
Seaview, Clarendon Marine, 6011, South Africa
This place ROCKS. I've never felt so good about paying an admission fee as this is a sanctuary for injured animals. The place is magical as soon as you enter. Giraffe, zebra, wildebeest, impala, monkeys and 40 other species of wildlife roam free...
There is a sliver of Africa where four countries almost converge: Zambia, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. The Chobe River is one of the many separation points between Botswana and Namibia and it’s also where I experienced one of my favorite...
Gogo Falls Road, Nairobi, Kenya
Located just outside of Nairobi is one of the most unique accommodations...Giraffe Manor. A traditional English Manor settled on the grounds of conservation and breeding ground for wild Rothschild Giraffes combine together to give the guest an...
Sabi Sands Game Reserve, Kruger National Park, Hazyview, 1242, South Africa
I often say I'll know I've made it in the world when I own a claw foot tub. For a few days in 2010, I settled for this white goddess overlooking the South African grasslands of Kruger National Park. After a full day of safari activities featuring...
The 15 tented suites at Sayari Camp are nicely spread out; if you’re staying in one of the outlying ones, as I did, it can be a ten-minute stroll to breakfast. All the more room to enjoy the fixings: rain shower, deep tub, extravagant private...
Leopard tracking turned into a 5-hour marathon adventure. Gideon, a fabulous guide, was trying to pick up signals from any of multiple free-roaming, radio-collared leopards. After 2 flat tires in mountainous, rocky terrain, we were rewarded with a...
For as long as I can remember, I've loved zebras and have wanted to go on an African safari. When the opportunity to go to Uganda arose, I knew that my itinerary had to include at least one safari, if not two or three. While coming back from Queen...
During a trip to West Africa, my wife, daughter, and I arranged to visit to a rather unknown gem in Gabon called Lekedi Park. Lekedi Park is a relatively new animal reserve on the eastern side of the country near the Republic of Congo. The park...
1 Market St, Mossel Bay Central, Mossel Bay, 6500, South Africa
400 kms east of Cape Town, and along the famed Garden Route, is Mossel Bay. A picturesque seaside town, and home to an important shark conservation effort. Volunteers assist researchers with tagging and data collection, with the ultimate goals...
KWS Central Workshop Gate, off, Nairobi, Kenya
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust rescues and houses baby elephants that were orphaned throughout Kenya. Animal-lovers can see these little guys at the Trust's compound. There is a public feeding hour every day, but a visitor can contribute to...
After the best nights sleep, between the best sheet's I've ever slept under, the tracker comes to the tent around 5:30 in the morning so you don't miss anything. After an outdoor shower, breakfast is served outside (tastes better that way)and then...
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