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I Don’t Dream of Africa

“I can still smell Africa,” my father said one day, and that led me to consider which memory I have that stands out in the everyday. I asked myself and my parents that exact question. My mother is a very kind and empathetic person, always worried about the plight of others.  I wasn’t surprised by her […]

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Memories of Africa, A Year Later

A year ago we went on the adventure of a lifetime.  I know that for a couple whose goal in life is to travel the world, the adventure of a lifetime, title is a little much.  But this time last year we journeyed to Tanzania for our photo safari and are still amazed when we […]

The Cost of Our African Safari

We knew our safari in Tanzania would be a trip of a lifetime, and it was. We also knew it would cost us a lot more than our typical getaway, and it did. Was it worth it? Hell yeah. Would we do it again? In a heartbeat. That said, we thought others who share our […]

Accurate Africa, from Disney’s The Lion King

I can’t honestly say “everything I learned about Africa I learned from Disney’s The Lion King“, but our trip to Tanzania last month revealed at least four key things the movie taught me about the area and its people. I had no idea any of these points were based in fact, but in retrospect I’m […]

Seeing Africa’s Big Five

Africa’s big five include elephant, rhinoceros, lion, leopard and buffalo. We were fortunate enough to see all of them (and many of them more than once) during our safari in Tanzania last month. The first big five animal to be checked off our “must-see” list was the elephant. The elephants in Tarangire National Park kept […]

Africa: Through a Borrowed Lens

I am a photographer, and as a photographer I like cameras. I have a collection of more than 20 antique ones and love adding to my toys. When we decided to go to Tanzania on Safari I thought “giddy up! I can justify getting that new lens I want!”  Well, as much as I wanted […]

Africa in the Movies

We’re about to take our big trip to Africa and thought you could come along, at least in a vicarious sense. I put together a small list of some of my favorite films about Africa that might let you escape there for at least an hour. The contemporary films out there aren’t exactly relaxing; films […]

Africa Update

I know it’s been a while since the last post about the planning for our upcoming Africa trip so here it goes. . . We were torn between two companies, Intrepid Travel (which we’ve mentioned before) and the Africa Adventure Company.   I will admit we love the off-the-beaten-path and budget-friendly travel of Intrepid.  The idea […]

Africa: It’s about Expecations

I’ve wanted to see Africa since I was a child.  When I was a kid it was the adventure brought to me by the black and white adventure films, of Tarzan swinging through the jungle and Allan Quartermain in King Solomon’s mines. As I got older I could just see myself as Robert Redford flying […]

Africa: The Planning Begins

A few months ago, Amanda and I decided on a destination for our next exotic trip, Africa!  I thought this would be a good start to a series of blog posts to detail the planning and preparation that goes into one of those once-in-a-lifetime trips. How do you plan for a trip to a place […]