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 […]

What do Cheetahs Eat? The Day I Found Out First Hand

Mother cheetah -- What do Cheetah's Eat

When I was on my first safari, I wondered, what do cheetahs eat? They’re big cats, but not half as big as a lion or a leopard. What’s large enough to keep one fed but small enough to be manageable during a hunt? My curiosity in cheetah cuisine was soon answered: gazelle. Sure they eat […]

Andrew Beck: Wildlife Photographer, Conservationist, Man about The Bush

Andrew Beck from Wild Eye SA

I was checking in at the Ole Sereni hotel in Nairobi when I heard the familiar sound of a South African accent behind me. I turned to find Andrew Beck grinning from ear to ear, his hand outstretched to shake mine. It was the first time I’d met Andrew in person though I’d known him […]

Why An Amboseli Safari Should be on Every Elephant Lover’s List

Herd of elephants in Amboseli Kenya

t was my first hour on my Amboseli safari and upon checking into the Serena Amboseli Lodge, the receptionist handed me a room key attached to a foot-long wooden club. “That’s in case the monkeys get too friendly,” she explained. I chuckled and threw her a smile, assuming she was making a joke. She grinned […]

AtholPlace Hotel & Villa: A Luxury Respite in Johannesburg

AtholPlace Hotel & Villa-748902

I love luxury. I guess that’s not unusual. Who doesn‘t love luxury? But I don’t need luxury. If I made luxury a deciding factor in my choice of destinations, I wouldn’t have traveled to some of the remote yet remarkable places I’ve had the pleasure of exploring over the years.  Every now and then, however, […]

Wildlife Abounds on Safari in South Africa’s Timbavati Game Reserve

A leopard in the grass

We were in the Timbavati Game Reserve, spellbound, watching Rockfig Jr., the leopard with the aquamarine eyes, casually gnaw on her impala kill. We were 15 feet from where she lay with her prize, yet she behaved as if we weren’t there. Her glossy coat and white underbelly stood out against the looming twilight. Her […]

Three Spectacular Days at Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta

Abu camp safari

Have you ever dreamed of spending quality time with elephants? Then look no further than Abu camp, where guests are able to interact with the camp’s fascinating herd of rescued, orphaned, and raised elephants. But be warned: Your dreams may come true, but chances are you’ll only want more. No matter what you’ll come back […]