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Safari Adventure in South Africa

Safari Adventure in South Africa

On an exploratory adventure to the Northern Cape, a few months ago, I hunted for lions with a bushman guide and tracked rare white rhinos, on foot, in the Kalahari.  The landscape is a dramatic mosaic of rugged mountains, deeply incised valleys and rolling terrain of Bushman grass and blisteringly hot red sand dunes. I […]

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Family Safari in Africa

Family Safari in Africa

The noise was wild and untamed—the primeval voice of Africa herself. The full-chested roars of two male lions echoed across the plain, striking terror into their prey and pumping adrenaline into our veins. Nine-year old Annalyse slipped her tiny hand into mine and squeezed it. I squeezed back with a sweaty palm. Naturally our first […]

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Woman to Woman in Marrakech

Woman to Woman in Marrakech

Learning to shed extra baggage is a mother’s dilemma. My career involves frequent travel and often for extended periods, making me  vulnerable to self-doubt and guilt.  I questioned about my role as a parent. Was I a good mother? A good enough mother? Was my babysitter the best available? Did my husband resent the extra […]

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Ecotourism in South Africa

Ecotourism in South Africa

  Ecotourism Making an Impact: Minimum Footprint Perspective In 1920, there were an estimated 120 elephants left in the whole of South Africa. Today, Kruger National Park alone has over 9,000 elephants and 20,000 buffaloes. There are many success stories about conservation and rehabilitation of wildlife in South Africa. The white rhino has also been […]

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African Safari – The Great Rift Valley

African Safari – The Great Rift Valley

The noise was wild and untamed — the primeval voice of Africa herself. The full-chested roars of two male lions echoed across the plain, striking terror into their prey and pumping adrenaline into our veins. Nine-year old Annalyse slipped her tiny hand into mine and squeezed it. I squeezed back with a sweaty palm. Naturally […]

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From Sophisticated Cape Town to the Stunning Mountainous Wine Country

From Sophisticated Cape Town to the Stunning Mountainous Wine Country

Sophisticated travelers often rank San Francisco, Cape Town and Sidney as the most beautiful cities in the world. From the hilly neighborhoods dotted with peach, yellow, and lime-colored wooden homes to the colorful waterfront, Cape Town can confidently accept this praise. An excellent climate, friendly folk, beaches stretching forever, swooping seagulls and sun-kissed surfers make […]

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Training for Kilimanjaro

Training for Kilimanjaro

Our friends at Thomson Safaris interview Marcus Shapiro, the founder and CEO of Fit For Trips Q: What are some of the concerns your clients have before climbing Kilimanjaro? A: I commonly get asked about altitude. Although altitude issues can affect anyone, being properly fit can help Kili climbers deal with many of the discomforts […]

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Reintroducing Rhino in Serengeti National Park

Reintroducing Rhino in Serengeti National Park

From our friend Ali Riley at Thomson Safaris With its sturdy build, menacing horn and impenetrable hide, it is hard to imagine that the fate of the rhinoceros – one of the iconic Big Five – hangs in such a delicate balance. Over the past several decades, the rhino population in the Serengeti ecosystem has […]

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Kilimanjaro Adventure: Why Climb the Mountain?

Kilimanjaro Adventure: Why Climb the Mountain?

From our friends at Thomson Safaris Guest blogger  Helga Ausman on climbing one of the world’s great peaks–at 78. Five years ago when I was climbing Mt.Shasta (14,162 ft) I found myself surrounded by experienced mountaineers who had climbed just about every mountain in the US and abroad. As a total greenhorn who had never […]

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Migration Update

Migration Update

From our friends  at Thomson Safaris: Professional photographer Andy Biggs just returned from leading two back-to-back Africa Through the Lens trips in Tanzania. He searched out the large herds of the Great Migration in the southern plains of the Serengeti and was lucky enough to witness four kills. Andy sent us an update on where […]

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