Africa

Meeting the Maasai

A red carpet welcome, Maasai style, awaited us when we visited a small village about halfway between the Olduvi Gorge, the location of our earliest anthropological evidence of our human species, and the Serengeti. I was afraid that the village would be like a showcase, since we were told that the village is regularly visited […]

Faces Worthy of More than a Mother’s Love

When we took off for our Tanzanian safari I was looking forward to seeing (and getting pictures of ) giraffes’ eyelashes and lions’ big, gold eyes. We got those shots (and many other amazing images): But there were other images (and experiences) we had no idea we’d encounter. For example, we had no idea how […]

Tented Truth

When you go on safari the second question people ask (after “what animals did you see?”) is “where did you stay?” When you reply that your trip was a tented safari you watch their eyes get wide and prepare for the third question, “like, on the ground?” I have to say it’s at this point […]

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 […]

Packing Light?

I know 33 pounds sounds like a lot, especially to someone who carries a 25-pound camera for a living. But when you’re cramming everything you need (and think you need) for a two-week trip in a country you’ve never visited the weight limit seems like a real challenge. I understand the reason for the weight […]

Just a Little Pinch

The things we’re willing to do for the love of travel. We’ll stand in line to be searched, scanned and even frisked by Transportation Security Administration representatives. We’ll pay for the privilege of checking a bag or some in-flight entertainment to pass the time in the air. And in this case, we’ll even go to […]

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 […]