In the Midst of a Namibian Desert an Oasis Awaits: Serra Cafema Camp

Serra Cafema main deck

After five days exploring the depths of the desert, it was surreal to wake up to the smell of water. Outside, the Kunene River separating northern Namibia from Angola rushed westward at the foot of my private deck on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. I was a guest of Serra Cafema, the last stop […]

The Rare Desert Lions of Namibia and the Man Who Loves Them

Two male lions (called the Musketeers) laying next to each other next to the Hoanib Riverbed in Namibia

Learning about Lions Across the dimly lit tent stands Dr. Philip “Flip” Stander, the world’s foremost expert on Namibia’s famed desert-adapted lions, looking every bit the grizzled, stereotypical scientist who’s spent most of his life alone in the field––sun-baked skin, hair askew, a scraggly beard, and a lanky frame all elbows and knees. He stands […]

Picture Perfect Namibia: Embracing the Silhouette

The Kunene river mountains near Serra Cafema camp in Namibia

In photography, professionals will always tell you to “look for the light,” but sometimes it’s more fun to focus on the dark, to embrace the beauty of a silhouette. A good silhouette adds drama, mood, and depth to an image. It serves up a fresh narrative and gives another reason for a viewer’s eye to linger.  There […]

The Ultimate Day Trip: Traversing the Wilds of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast

The jagged coastline of Namibia's Skeleton Coast

The teenager stood 10 feet in front of our vehicle, a large branch hanging like a giant frown from his mouth. His ears were spread wide and his trunk, held long and low, tipped up at the end to smell us. He looked and he waited, shifting slightly from one foot to the other. It was […]

Exploring Damaraland: Namibia’s Desert Rhino Camp

Springbok at sunset near Desert Rhino Camp, Namibia

It’s funny what the mind latches on to. All I could think when our tiny Cessna touched down on the faded airstrip in the middle of Damaraland, was, I’d never seen so many rocks in my life. How many were there? A billion? 10 billion? I was tired and hot. Perhaps I was just hallucinating. […]

Behind the Scenes: Tracking Black Rhino in Palmwag Namibia

Kangombe black rhino in Namibia

It’s my second day in Palmwag, Namibia, a reserve along the Skeleton Coast. As Bons, my guide, three rangers and I walk across an endless plain of rocks I replayed the rules for tracking black rhinos in my head: 1. Be very quiet. 2. If something goes awry, do whatever the rangers tell me. It […]

Molori Safari Lodge For A Mind-Blowing Madikwe Game Reserve Safari

Metsi Presidential Suite pool at Molori Safari Lodge , South Africa

The Molori Safari Lodge Experience “If you need anything your butler’s name is Isaac. “Butler?! I have a butler?!  It took me a moment to realize he wasn’t kidding. Toni Watson, my host at the Molori Safari Lodge in South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve, smiled and opened the massive wooden doors (think Game of Thrones worthy) […]

How to Take Silhouette Photos You’ll Love

Buddhist Temple in silhouette at sunset.Old Bagan, Myanmar,

Photos composed using silhouettes are shrouded in drama, mystery, and more than a drop or two of romance. I love silhouette pictures for what you don’t see as much as for what you do; It’s the lack of light that ignites the imagination. It isn’t hard to take silhouette photos; it just takes an understanding of […]

26 of the Most Breathtaking Views in the World Worth Traveling For

A stunning view of the mountains of Machu Picchu ringed with morning sunrise fog

What do you see when you imagine a breathtaking view? Wide-open spaces? An urban skyline? Sandy beaches or soaring mountains? Granted, it’s all in the eyes of the beholder, but I think we can all agree that if someone says the setting has one of the most breathtaking views they’ve seen, chances are it’s worth […]