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 happens do whatever the rangers tell me. Seemed simple […]

African Cams Live: Enjoy the Wonders of the Bush at Home

My favorite African Cams

It’s drizzling in north-eastern South Africa. I can see the droplets hit the edge of the watering hole, sending tiny ripples across the surface. Suddenly I hear the loud call of an exotic bird and it jars me. Reflexively, I jump in my seat. Nearby a large bull elephant drinks his fill. He rolls his […]

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

It 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 […]

Waxing Poetic About South Africa On The Amateur Traveler Podcast

A very handsome bull elephant that greeted us one afternoon in the Timbavati Game Reserve

You may or may not know this, but when I take my Insatiable Traveler cape off I am a Communications / PR consultant—that’s how I pay the bills. I’ve had clients interviewed on all the major morning shows, national news, radio and with all the major newspapers. I, however, have never been interviewed at length […]

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 […]