If he or she is worth their weight in salt, your guide will give you instructions and warnings throughout your African safari.  You should heed these warnings.  Other tourists, you might witness, may not heed these warnings but instead will flex their macho muscles whi...



I admire and rather enjoy dung beetles when I am in Africa.  They are amazing creatures with a great sense of smell which they use to find the freshest of poo dropped from their favorite herbivore.  A dung beetle can roll up to ten times their weight in poo.  They do...

I left Olifants camp early morning knowing I had a 153-kilometer drive to Lower Sabie ahead and not wanting to miss a thing along the way.  Not long after I got onto the H1-4 headed south – my first cup of coffee not even consumed - I came across a leopard in a tree wi...

“Let’s go fishing”, my friend said.  Tiger fish was to be the catch of the day.  We arranged for a fishing guide early the next morning.  I thought we would be fishing in a body of water that did not have hippos.  Instead, I learned we would be fishing in the hippo ric...

As I gear up for my next trip to South Africa, including many nights in Kruger National Park, I start a pile of items to bring on the trip.  My thoughts turns to what monkey repellent I will take this year; an air horn, a water squirter, rubber snakes... I've used them...

I arrived at my bed and breakfast in Cape Town on June 4th after twenty-four hours of travel.  The manager, during her tour of the beachfront guest house, pointed out the candles and matches provided in case of load shedding.  Having friends in South Africa and followi...

In one of the amazing Punda Maria fixed tents, and after an amazing day, I slept like a baby until at some point in the night I heard a noise.  It sounded as if something was plucking at an object and that object sounded crunchy and both the object as well as the unkno...

In 2009, during my seventh trip to Kruger National Park, I realized I had become so familiar with Kruger that, on occasion, I would stop roadside and remember seeing the very sight I was looking at from a past visit.  This park in South Africa is not small, it covers 7...

I was in Satara Camp, a fenced camp in the Kruger National Park; my hut number 179 was right at the fence.  As dusk slipped in, predators began to patrol the outside fence boundary seeking handouts from rule breaking guests.  Inside the fence tourists patrol, torch in...

I've never been afraid of snakes.  In fact, every Saturday for three years I volunteered at the Chattahoochee Nature Center in Atlanta, Georgia a wonderful place that specializes in the rehabilitation of birds of prey and reptiles; housing the non-releasable animals....

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