Where to Go: Africa at a Glance

On a map, it looks fairly easy to combine countries in Southern Africa and East Africa into one comprehensive trip, checking off all the safari highlights at once. However, Africa is a vast continent—larger than North America and almost all of Europe combined—and what looks like a simple transfer on a map can take a Read more…

The Third Time’s a Charm!

When I am asked what my favorite African country is, Kenya is always one of the few I name. (Yes, I have a couple of favorites and cannot narrow down my choice to just one country!) Why? I first saw Kenya on the big screen, in the movie Out of Africa, and it shaped my early Read more…

Kenya’s Unique & Intimate Wildlife Experiences

In the fall of December 2016 I visited Southern Africa. So, when I learned I was returning to this great continent earlier this year, I was elated to hear I would be visiting East Africa and the country of Kenya along with my colleague Jenny Mikkelson. Of course, it was a fabulous trip – how Read more…

Tanzania – The Authentic Africa

My most recent trip to Africa brought me to Tanzania, the authentic Africa. I was lucky enough to explore several national parks, take in the views of the Ngorongoro Crater, a natural wonder, and immerse myself in the heart of the Great Migration. A trip to Tanzania should most definitely be on everyone’s bucket list. Read more…

The Marshalls’ Samburu wedding in Kenya!

As some of you may know, my wife Linda and I celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary this year – time flies when you’re having fun! Since we were already scheduled to visit Kenya near the date, I decided to try to make something special (although I wasn’t sure quite what) happen along the way as Read more…

Great Migration, Natural Wonder

The wildebeest of East Africa give life to the phrase, “The grass is always greener on the other side,” continually migrating through northern Tanzania’s Serengeti National Park and southern Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve in search of green grass on which to feed. The annual Great Migration of more than 1.5 million wildebeest and 200,000 Read more…

Zanzibar: A Vacation from Your Vacation

My most recent trip to Africa was my fourth trip to the continent but included my first trip to an African beach destination (outside of Cape Town). After an amazing 3-week trip in Kenya and mainland Tanzania visiting 40 properties, I made my way to the island of Zanzibar for a bit of R&R. A trip Read more…

Gorillas, Monkeys and So Much More

In December 2017, a travel dream came true. After being with Travel Beyond for 22 years, I was asked to travel to Rwanda to experience tracking the highland mountain gorillas. A gorilla trek has been high on my bucket list for the last 15 years, about as long as I had been offering it to Read more…

A Roller Coaster of Emotions in Kenya

In September of 2017, I was privileged to lead a sailing club’s membership travel program to Kenya. The planning was two years in the making – a long road of anticipation and excitement. It was a group of 17, most all whom had never stepped foot on the continent. With wide eyes and smiles, I Read more…