Is an African Wildlife Safari Right for You?

An elephant holding a branch in his trunk standing in front of the vehicle where the camera is in Namibia

Updated May 2020 Who doesn’t want to go on a trip of a lifetime? The question is, what does that mean to you? If you’re looking for a spectacular, otherworldly nature and wildlife experience, then an African safari may a perfect fit. My first was in South Africa, but over the years I’ve safaried in […]

The Truth About What It’s Like on a Safari Game Drive

Lion stretching in at tree in the Masai Mara, Kenya, The Insatiable Traveler

If you’ve never been on a safari, chances are you’re not really sure what takes place a game drive is like. Sure, you know you go out into the wild looking for animals, but there’s no way to say exactly what happens, mainly because it’s never the same. And THAT’S what makes the experience so […]

The Everything You Need to Know Safari Packing List

Duffel bag - Safari Packing List

Packing for a safari requires thought, some colors are betters than others, there are seasonal considerations, luggage restrictions, and stringent weight limits on flights into the bush. The nuances are unique to safaris but are easy to mitigate once you have the information you’ll find below. Plus, to make things even easier, I’ve included a […]

My Spectacular Botswana Safari at Selinda Explorers Camp

A lion peeking through some leaves

There are moments when the stars align and everything comes together and this is one of them. Above us, lounging in the crook of a sprawling jackalberry tree, an adult female leopard is bathed in golden light and to my delight, she knows how to work the camera. I can tell, it’s going to be […]

Marlon du Toit: Life on Safari Leads To A Career In Wildlife Photography

Marlon du Toit, wildlife photographer in Timbavati, SA

On a trip to Africa, my mission was two-fold: I needed to escape my A.D.D., a necessary evil if you want a career in Manhattan (Africa, I found, is one of the few places on earth I can truly relax and be present), and to improve my wildlife photography skills. I have a seemingly infinite […]

Scarface the Lion: The Masai Mara Legend

Photographing Scar the lion in the Masai Mara

It was he, Scarface the lion (Scar), curled up like a housecat in the grass, his thick dew-covered mane sparkling in the sun. His brothers Hunter, Sikio, and Morani were nearby; they also slept. The Four Musketeers, known for their prowess and savagery, instead looked precious where they lay. Updated June 2019 Though all are well […]

Try Duba Explorers Camp for One of the Best Okavango Delta Safaris

The fire pit on the main deck overlooking the bush - Duba Explorers Camp Okavango Delta, Botswana-978201

It’s mid-morning and I’m crossing the long, raised boardwalk leading to the island, my excitement building with each plank left behind. I’ve come to Duba Explorers Camp, in Botswana, part of the Great Plains Conservation portfolio, in the first half of an eight-day Okavango Delta safari. BK and Daps, two members of the Duba Explores […]

How to See the Big 5 in Kenya and So Much More

Two elephants -

The Big 5 in Kenya has drawn animal and photography lovers for decades. I’ve been to the country four times on safari and loved every minute of it, but on my most recent trip, I explored facets of the country’s culture and wildlife I’d never experienced before. Over 5 days, I spent time in Nairobi, […]

How to Plan An Amazing Kenya Wildlife Safari

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You’ve been dreaming about going to Kenya wildlife safari. Good choice. There’s no better time to go. Kenya Airways now has a direct flight from New York to Nairobi, which means the usual 22-hour journey, including a layover, is now a 14-hour direct flight. Trust me, even though it’s still a long-haul it’s so much better than going […]

Kenya Airways Review: JFK to Nairobi Non-Stop

The Windows on the inaugural flight of Kenya Airways JFK to Nairobi

When traveling to long-distance dream destinations, getting there is often a nightmare. Anything that cuts down on transit time is worth its weight in gold. I’m not one to write about specific flights or airlines per se, but as a self-confessed safari addict, Kenya Airways’ (KQ) direct flight from New York’s JFK airport to Nairobi, […]