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African Safaris

Mountain Gorilla Trekking in Uganda

Uganda is truly a destination for everyone.  It is a country of vast diversity, offering the highest mountain range in Africa, the magnificent Great African Rift Valley, the mighty Nile River, the second largest fresh water lake in the world and the famous and remote Murchison Falls.  However, Uganda is most famous for it’s accessible population of mountain gorillas. 

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Experiential Travel in Africa

Experiential travel is an approach to traveling which focuses on experiencing a place by connecting with its history, people or culture.  TravelDew is a website where leaders in experiential travel are invited to share their stories, insights, and unique perspectives.  I was recently interviewed by the folks at TravelDew about the African experiences we offer.

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Tracking Lions...On Foot

“Move very slowly, if they growl we stop until they are feeding again and then move slowly forward again.  We do this and the lions stop occasionally and look up and growl at us but we move forward gradually.  I tell my guests not to look straight at them, to have their head facing forward and look at them from the side."

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The Desert Elephants of Namibia

Namibia is an arid country and receives little rainfall throughout the year.  The Namib Desert, which hugs the entire coastline is one of the driest places on earth.  It's a hostile environment of dunes, gravel plains, and treeless hills, yet elephants can be found here.  It seems like an impossibility since elephants consume large amounts of vegetation and water.  However, against all odds, elephants have learned to survive in this rugged environment

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Vulture Populations are Crashing

Vultures may have a bad reputation as scavengers with a disgusting lifestyle but they perform vital functions in the ecosystems across Africa.  And they are facing serious threats.  Populations of seven species have fallen 80% in the past three generations, mainly due to poisoning of carcasses.  This is unfortunate as vultures clean up carcasses and in doing so prevent the spread of disease and help recycle nutrients.  Besides, they are simply fascinating birds.

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Conservation Efforts across Africa

African Parks is a non-profit organisation that takes total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments and local communities. Our approach combines world-class conservation practice with business expertise. We place emphasis on achieving financial sustainability of the parks by combining long-term donor funding with tourism revenues, related business enterprise and payment for ecosystem services, which all serve as a foundation for economic development and poverty alleviation.

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Camping in the African Bush

In some ways, night is my favorite time on safari.  As the campsite quiets down I lie in my tent reflecting on the day's game sightings and listening for sounds of the African night.  I can make out the glittering constellations of the southern hemisphere through the tent's mesh window.  Tired from an exciting day in the bush I fight off sleep, trying to remain alert to the calls and cries of Africa’s nocturnal creatures.  Far off I hear the roar of lions preparing for the night’s hunt.   Through the crisp night air, the plaintive howl of a hyena seems very close to camp.  In the mopane trees surrounding our cluster of tents an African Scops owl calls out with its repeating single note.  Krruup... krruup... krrupp... krrupp....  Then a twig snaps near the tent.  I immediately recall the story our guide told us after dinner and my thoughts race to identify the cause of the snapping branch.

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Safari to Namibia

I'm just back from spending 2 weeks exploring Namibia.  This is an amazing country with beautiful landscapes, unique animals and plants, and a welcoming people.  Our group concentrated on Damaraland in remote northwestern Namibia, staying at some spectacular lodges along the way. 

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Browning Trail Camera and Nocturnal Visitors

Drifting off to sleep while camping in the African bush is a highlight of any safari (for me at least). The camp is quiet and the nocturnal animals are now active.  In the distance a lion roars and closer to camp a hyena howls.  An elephant snaps a tree branch.  A Scops owl calls.  Even though everyone is asleep, the camp is still an active place.

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