Collected by Rachel Zuckerman
Chobe Forest Reserve, Botswana
To get away from the crowds in Chobe, stay at Ngoma Safari Lodge. It's located on the far western edge of the park. The eight thatched roof cottages are completely spacious but cozy and feature decks overlooking the Chobe River. In 2011, the...
Kalahari Desert Dr, Palm Desert, CA 92211, USA
It’s not always easy to find eco-ethical travel experiences that connect you with a region’s natural and cultural heritage in an authentic, responsible and sustainable manner. So I was thrilled to discover Meno A Kwena Tented Camp, a community...
Thaba Tholo Wilderness Reserve, Lydenburg, 1120, South Africa
It was pitch dark outside as I stumbled to the kitchen tent in search of coffee. One of the research assistants had stirred up the fire and a kettle was heating as we stood around, cradling cold, empty cups in our hands--waiting expectantly. One...
3 Hendrik Witbooi Street, Swakopmund, Namibia
On my recent trip to Namibia, I went on a 5 day excursion with Ondjamba Safaris to track the desert elephants in the Hoanib Riverbed of northwest Namibia. These majestic creatures have learned to adapt to these harsh desert conditions, creating a...
Farm Frauenstein 277, East of Windhoek, Transkalahari Highway, Namibia, Namibia
After a week on safari in South Africa, we arrived in Namibia via the Windhoek International Airport and a long, dusty ride in the dark. We were taken to one of the six chalets that would be our home for the next few nights and went to sleep. We...
The AfriCat Foundation & Okonjima Lodge are located on a vast nature reserve just south of Otjiworongo. If you're driving around Namibia on a personal adventure, this lodge is conveniently located along the way from the capitol city of Windhoek on...
The opportunity to observe a mama leopard at play with her seven-month-old cub within just a few feet from our safari vehicle, was without doubt a highlight of a recent trip to Namibia. It might be easy to think I was just in the right place at...
Petersburg Road Off the R63 to Pearston, Graaff-Reinet, 6280, South Africa
Samara brought a land back to life. Recovered from years of agricultural damage, the beautiful preserve in the Great Karoo will take your breath away. Get here soon to witness the famous matriarch cheetah, Sibella, raise her 20th cub in the wild....
If it's rhinoceros you want to photograph, you can't miss Ongava Game Reserve just south of the border of Etosha National Park. This private breeding facility has black and white rhino and plays a critical part in conserving this species. When...
Karen Hardy, Nairobi, Kenya
At Giraffe Manor in the Karen section of Nairobi you'll wake up to the hotel's namesake animals joining you for breakfast, or perhaps poking their heads into your room as you get ready for your day. A herd of giraffe share the 12 acres of grounds...
Tsodilo Hills, Botswana
Situated within the splendor of the Kalahari Desert in northwest Botswana, this World Heritage site features one of the highest concentrations of rock art in the world. Its massive quartzite rock formations loom from ancient sand dunes to the east...
The salt flats that remain from a once-monumental ancient lake aren’t as perennially lush as more storied parts of Botswana, yet they radiate an extraordinary stark beauty. This off-the-beaten-path area is southern Africa's most essential breeding...
Pont Drift, Botswana
An eye-popping biodiversity of fauna and flora make their home in this vast reserve between the Tuli Safari Area, a national park in Zimbabwe, and the Mapungubwe National Park of South Africa—sharing unfenced borders with both. Along with its...
Though most visitors to Chimfunshi Wildlife Orphanage (http://www.chimfunshi.org.za/) visit for a few weeks or more via an organized university group or long-term volunteer agreement, my renegade, four-night visit was a definite highlight of three...
Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe
The African Lion & Environmental Research Trust (ALERT) is a non-profit research and conservation organization dedicated to the facilitation and promotion of sound conservation and management plans for the African lion. They offer opportunities to...
RT 8, Morondava 619, Madagascar
Having driven from Morondava to this remote row of Baobabs 45 min out of town, I took this picture at sunset as the day came to an end. I thought why not come back tomorrow for sunrise so at 4 in the morning we arranged a driver to take us in the...
Sossusvlei, Namib desert, Namibia...a beautiful land where you can find the oldest and probably the tallest sand dune on earth... One of the magical moment I experienced there was when I joined a hot air ballooning trip over the Sossusvlei. When I...
Kleintuin Rd, Simon's Town, Cape Town, 7995, South Africa
If you're spending time exploring the Cape Peninsula area of South Africa, a visit with the penguin colony at Boulders Beach is a must. They made Boulders their home (wise penguins) in 1982 and you'll be surprised by how residential the setting...
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