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Delving Deep into Southern Africa

Delving Deep into Southern Africa
This April and May I spent three weeks on safari covering a huge swath of Southern Africa from Zimbabwe to Zambia to Botswana to South Africa. While clocking over 1 year total in combined time on various trips to Africa I had not yet been to some of the famed parks of Southern Africa and to be honest I was bit unprepared for how impressive this part of Africa would be and the lasting memories I’d take home. I've written a series of blogs highlighting some of the destinations I found most interesting during my safari, I saw way too much to squeeze into one blog.   Unique Habitat and Exceptional Game on Safari in Hwange Favorite Lodges and Awesome Fishing in Mana Pools Victoria Falls: Zambia vs Zimbabwe Your guide to safaris in the Okavango Delta In addition, I created a photo gallery from my trip: Keeping it wild, Jeff Stivers...
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Your guide to safaris in the Okavango Delta

Your guide to safaris in the Okavango Delta
Flying over the Okavango Delta is an incredible experience. The sheer size of the delta is hard to grasp when viewing it on a map or Google Earth and it seems endless when viewing it in person. When fully spread out it covers an area nearly 155mi by 95mi with 290 billion gallons of water. The elevation change over this huge area is only about 215 feet so that means the water slowly creeps in over months to reach its furthest extent. What would otherwise be flat Kalahari dessert is a rich mixture of grasslands, woodlands and papyrus swamps which consume some 60% of the waters with the rest mostly lost through evaporation. It’s heaven for wildlife and a real treat for any visitor. I traveled around extensively within the area and instead of getting lost in the details of each area I’d like to provide some basic observations about what...
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Hanging Over The Victoria Falls

Hanging Over The Victoria Falls
A short interview with Kim Newton of Washington, who planned a custom Botswana safari with a group of friends:How was your trip?All the camps and the activities were wonderful and memorable. In Linyanti often you would see multiple types of animals and birds dotted along the length of the shore simultaneously. For instance, one day you could see baboons in the foreground, impalas and warthogs in the mid-ground, elephants crossing the water in the distance, not to speak of all the birds everywhere. We really enjoyed the rookery when we were at Camp Kanana. We were having dinner when the termite hatching occurred after the first rain of the season at Kanana. We were swarmed in the lodge – it was a little freaky to be swarmed by the flying termites, but also very amazing. It only happens once or twice a year after the first rain.Our extra activity of going...
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A Time To Put The Camera Down And Embrace The Moment

Anne's ipad was sitting on the console behind me so our guide Neil quickly snapped this parting shot just before the elephant decided he'd had enough of us... I'm always looking for new and better images when I travel even if I've been on safari before and already have lots of wildlife pictures. Take this recent safari to Botswana and South Africa for example. Every African safari, indeed every game drive and bush walk, is different and I just have that constant urge to capture each unique wildlife encounter and cultural experience to share with our travelers as well as my own family and friends at home. Sometimes I have to remind myself to put the camera down and embrace the moment like our elephant encounter in Sabi Sands Greater Kruger Nature Conservancy.   Neil saw these two eles approaching so we parked by the shore of the water hole and...
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Our Walk Through A Jurassic Park on Safari in Botswana

Relaxed and smiling now, after our walk, but when they are leading foot safaris in the bush, Brian and Chantal are focused!     Brian points out the leopard tracks at our feet. He kicks over a fresh pile of dung on our path where a buffalo has just passed. And, with a keen ear he listens intently to the trumpeting of a young elephant somewhere in the trees around us. “This is a Jurassic Park we’re walking through!” he exclaims in an excited whisper. We had heard elephants trumpeting around us so we walked to the top of this rise and could be more relaxed seeing that we were separated from the herd by a large lagoon.  We signed up for a jaunt on foot through the bush in the Linyanti concession on our Botswana safari with expert trackers and bush guides, Brian Rode and Chantal Venter. On a walking...
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