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African Winelands to Wildlands: 35 Days from Cape Town to the Zambezi

African Winelands to Wildlands: 35 Days from Cape Town to the Zambezi
In 35 days from Cape Town to the wilds of Zambia, Anne and I explored the wines and wildlands of Southern Africa. Together with our friends and wine experts, Ruth and David Arista of Arista Wine Cellars in our hometown of Edmonds, WA, we co-led our Wine and Wildlife Safari, April 12-29.     Along with 10 fun-loving Wildland travelers, 8 of them previous alumni guests, we laughed, tasted and gasped our way through Africa, astonished at the wildlife, the incredible food and wine, stunning safari camps, and amazing Africans we met throughout.      We return full of gratitude and appreciation for all the heroic and stunningly talented and dedicated South Africans, Zimbabweans, and Zambians we met during our travels from pro-guides, chefs and winemakers, to all the smiling and hardworking drivers, pilots, and service staff who gave us their all (including song and dance not just as a show). ...
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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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Surrounded By Beauty At Savanna Lodge in Sabi Sands

The first member of our welcoming party at Savanna Lodge, Sabi Sands, South Africa. Upon arrival in our private Executive Suite tented cabana at Savanna Lodge in the Sabi Sands Kruger National Park Conservancy in South Africa, we were immediately surrounded by beauty on both sides. Before we even stepped foot in our tented suite we were stunned by the spacious luxury cabana in the bush and were just relishing in the moment of our new home when we heard a deep breath behind us and turned around to see a lone elephant had just arrived for a drink at the private waterhole in our back yard. She was just yards away (but separated by a low-lying electric fence) which her and us some comfort! Looking one way we first were stunned by the beauty of our tented cabana at Savanna Lodge. So, we dropped our day packs, quickly grabbed cameras...
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A Dog’s Life On Safari In Botswana

Starred down by a pack of wild dogs on safari in Botswana. ....we were taken by surprise when we rounded the corner to find multiple pairs of big ears and piercing eyes starring us down in the middle of the dirt track. Headed out with "Ace" on safari in Botswana. Early in the morning on safari in Botswana our guide Ace spotted some paw prints on the dusty earth. You never know what you’ll encounter on safari and not far from Savuti Camp in the Linyanti concession featured in several of our Botswana Wildland Adventures we found ourselves tracking wild dogs. Based on the paw prints on top of our tire tracks from the day before Ace knew they were near. Impalas are in rut in Botswana. Males are busy watching over their females and young impalas are a favorite prey for wild dogs. The African wild dog, also known as the Cape hunting dog, is among...
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