What It’s Like on a Safari Game Drive

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

The Basics of a Safari Game Drive Game drives are the cornerstone of a safari. They take place for three to four hours twice each day, typically around sunrise and late in the afternoon. Times when animals are more active. Unless you’ve arranged for a private vehicle you will share with other guests. Guides familiar […]

Selinda Explorers Camp: Experience an Unforgettable Botswana Safari

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 […]

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 […]

Visit Duba Explorers Camp for an Amazing Okavango Delta Safari

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, part of the Great Plains Conservation portfolio, in the first half of an eight-day Okavango Delta safari and though I’ve been to Botswana before, I couldn’t wait to […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

The Day the Hadzabe Tribe in Tanzania Got My Goat…Literally!

Hadzabe men sit in clearing in Tanzania

It was the end of our second hour driving down a pot-hole infested, rattle-the-teeth-out-of-my-head dirt road in Tanzania, and I was starting to feel as if my body was going to shake apart. We were on our way to visit the Hadzabe tribe, also known as Bushmen, living on the outskirts of the Ngorongoro Crater, […]