Tanzania is Ready to Welcome You: Rose’s Fall 2020 Trip Report

When my manager first called to ask if I wanted to host a select group of travelers on a safari to Tanzania right now, I could not believe my luck and could hardly control my enthusiasm! Here we were, with the clock slowly ticking down towards the end of 2020 without any travel adventures yet Read more…

Seasonality in the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta, affectionately known as “the Delta,” is one of my favorite places on earth. It’s vast, diverse, and rich in both flora and fauna. What I love most about the Delta is that you can visit any time of year and are guaranteed to have an exceptional experience. The Delta has two primary Read more…

August 2020 Kenya & Tanzania Trip Report

I am writing this on August 22, 2020, and I just got back from Africa! On July 2, with no advanced warning, Kenya opened their borders to American tourists with an effective date of August 1. The next day, I began planning my first trip to Africa since November 2019. Since leaving the military in Read more…

Capturing Africa from Photographic Hides

While on safari, the majority of your time is spent in a safari vehicle to view the wildlife. However, many properties throughout Southern and East Africa have created a unique and exciting alternative by constructing photographic hides for guests to view wildlife from a protected spot outside a vehicle. These hides vary in their look Read more…

Equestrian Safaris: Spotting Wildlife From the Saddle

I’ve always been a big advocate of enjoying safaris outside of the vehicle. Activities such as walking, biking, canoeing and equestrian safaris allow travelers to immerse themselves into the natural environment sans engine rumble and exhaust fumes. Although I am not an avid rider, I do know how to ride and always look forward to Read more…

Discovering the Culture of Northern Tanzania

From the vast plains of Serengeti National Park, filled with stampeding wildebeest and kopjes, to the fertile slopes of Ngorongoro Crater, teaming with diverse wildlife and landscapes, a safari in Northern Tanzania is unlike anything else. You will undoubtedly leave with a lifetime of memories. But beyond this, what really makes Tanzania memorable is the Read more…

A Gourmet Lunch at a Cape Point Cottage

On my most recent familiarization trip to South Africa in December 2019, I was lucky enough to, once again, enjoy the iconic Peninsula Tour.  This time the excursion included a few special changes along the way, one of which was that we spent the day with our private guide and Cape Town based colleague David Read more…

A Front Row Seat to the Circle of Life

Sitting in the front row of the safari jeep with my eyes wide and camera ready, I didn’t know where to look —I didn’t even want to blink, worried I would miss an animal hiding behind a tree, just out of sight. On the edge of my seat, I scanned the horizon for signs of Read more…

Walking with Meerkats

I was told that in the Kalahari Desert, I would have a high chance of seeing meerkats. I, therefore, arrived thinking I’d likely see a few from our safari vehicle. What I wasn’t expecting was to go on an evening walk and have a wonderful close encounter with them. To my surprise, it would be Read more…

Off the Beaten Track Peru

There are places in this world that speak to us like no other; that call us back time and again and hold a piece of our hearts each time we leave. For me, Peru is one of those places. Since my first visit in 2001, I have come to love this country with its warm Read more…