Safari Photography Tips When Planning and During Your Adventure

Close up of lion face in the Maasai Mara, Kenya | How to Take Amazing Wildlife Photos on an African Safari

On an African safari, wildlife is nothing less than spectacular but creating truly memorable images is challenging. Animals don’t appear on command and when they do, making sure we make great pictures isn’t high on their list of priorities. A professional photographer knows amazing wildlife photos are not only made in the moment but in […]

The Dance of the Samburu Tribe

two samburu-women-laughing in-kenya- | The Dance of the Samburu

I’m watching girls from the Samburu Tribe whisper to each other, their hands cupped over their mouths in playful secrecy. I can’t help but laugh, it’s funny how some things are so universal. The scene reminds me of my high-school days, my friends and I giggling over my latest crush. The men, a few feet […]

Is a Crossing During the Great Wildebeest Migration Really That Special?

Large heard of wildebeest walking past camera in the Masai Mara, Kenya

If you haven’t seen a crossing during the great wildebeest Migration in person (trust me) no documentary will ever do it justice. It’s like trying to capture the enormity of the Himalayas in a photograph or the feeling of flight from a video. Crossings are unlike anything you’ve seen before. Every crossing is unique and […]

Kenya Safari Lodges with Spectacular Views

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There are beach people and there are mountain people and I am most definitely the latter. There’s something inherently peaceful about looking at the countryside from above. Serenity washes over me as if the worries of the day are exhaled along with my breath. I’ve always been drawn to the clouds. So it’s not too […]

Miracle Sightings in Kenya’s Masai Mara

Photographing a caracal and black-backed jackal in the Masai Mara, Kenya

Pangolin! It’s a pangolin! Oh my God, it’s a pangolin!!! I might as well have said “Pigs are flying! Pigs are flying!” Because until that moment, both were just as unlikely. Pangolins are one of Africa’s most elusive creatures and rarely seen. I’ve spoken to guides who’ve spent 24/7 in the bush and have never […]

Fun in the Sun: A Picture Perfect Cape Town Road Trip

Man practices yoga at water's edge on Kalk Bay

It was the crack of dawn on a Saturday and we were parked along Boyes Drive, a windy mountain road overlooking the ocean. As the sun rose, the water turned from black to dark blue until streaks of silver appeared where the morning light touched the waves. In the distance, the mountains of Kogelberg Nature […]

Staying in Cape Town? Don’t Miss Eagles’ Nest Winery

Eagles' Nest Winery

Twenty minutes drive from Cape Town, high up in the hills of the Constantia Mountain Range sits Eagles’ Nest Winery, an award-winning boutique vineyard that has become a treasured respite for locals and travelers alike. I heard about the vineyard through a fellow travel writer and South African native, Linda Markovina of Moving Sushi. In […]

Molori Safari Lodge: An Ultimate Luxury Madikwe Safari

Metsi Presidential Suite pool at Molori Safari Lodge , South Africa

“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) that led to the Metsi presidential suite […]

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 […]

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 […]