South Africa, Zimbabwe and Botswana

Adventures in South Africa, Zimbabwe, and Botswana.

World Lion Day: Contribute to their survival!

World Lion Day: Contribute to their survival!

Cecil the lion’s death in Zimbabwe at the hands of overzealous hunters has resulted in a sudden awakening to the plight of the endangered lion. Yes, the lion is endangered, and some estimates show that these magnificent “simbas” could be extinct as soon as 2020. Yes, 2020. 5 years from now. There are only 20,000 […]

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Fab Photos Friday: Elephants

Fab Photos Friday: Elephants

Donald Trump Jr holding the the tail of an elephant he killed this past week (yes, I know holding the tail is an African sign of respect) caused quite a ruckus online. For this Fab Photo Friday I thought I would share elephant photos from my safaris and from my volunteer experience in Thailand. Elephants are […]

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Fab Photos Friday: Big Cats on Safari!

Fab Photos Friday: Big Cats on Safari!

There is nothing as exciting as an African Safari. The thrill of seeing these animals (so many of which are endangered) in the wild cannot be overstated. How much longer will we be able to see them? African Lions have been losing numbers rapidly…in the last two decades alone 30-50% of them have disappeared. How […]

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Friday’s Fabulous Photos: Chobe, Botswana

Friday’s Fabulous Photos: Chobe, Botswana

I have extraordinary memories of our time in Chobe, Botswana.  Chobe National Park is the most diverse park in Botswana, and is bordered by the Chobe River (water = crocs and hippos!).  On the far shore is Namibia.  We saw so many different kinds of animals, but everyone goes to Chobe for the Elephants. There […]

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Throwback Thursday: Boulders Beach, South Africa!

Throwback Thursday: Boulders Beach, South Africa!

Outside of Cape Town is Boulders Beach, a beautiful spot where a South African Penguin Colony lives. They are the cutest …birds you can imagine!  They are birds, but of course, they don’t fly in the air, they fly underwater!   The penguins are nesting at this time of year…I had no idea that penguins […]

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5 Things you Must do on an African Safari!

5 Things you Must do on an African Safari!

There is nothing as incredible as an African Safari. Nothing. Seeing these animals in the wild is not at all comparable to seeing them in a zoo or a “safari” park. The savannah goes on forever….truly, the Circle of Life is real. I expected to see Simba and his friends at any moment. I actually […]

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Great White Sharks and the Cape

Great White Sharks and the Cape

The next day was our Great White Shark Adventure, which turned out to be a pretty lousy day. Did we see a Great white shark or two? Yes…a BIG one. But no breaching, and the visibility was so bad that they could not be seen from the cage. The weather was awful, swells of 8 […]

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Boulders Beach

Boulders Beach

Outside of Cape Town is Boulders Beach, a beautiful spot where a South African Penguin Colony lives. They are the cutest …birds you can imagine!  They are birds, but of course, they don’t fly in the air, they fly underwater!   The penguins are nesting at this time of year…I had no idea that penguins […]

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Hermanus and a “go around” in Cape Town

Hermanus and a “go around” in Cape Town

Hermanus, small town in South Africa, known for Whale Watching. Yesterday was travel day….we left Botswana at 10a.m. and did the border crossings again into Zimbabwe and to the Victoria Falls airport. From there we flew to Johannesburg, then caught another flight into Cape Town. I think when it comes to Africa, every flight has […]

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The Wonders of Chobe

The Wonders of Chobe

We left Zimbabwe for Botswana on the 21st.  An interesting trip! We drove to the border where we had to exit Zimbabwe’s immigration station, then we drove to the Botswana immigration building which was a true eye opener. It was a tiny, tiny little building, jammed with people, and I won’t comment on the restroom […]

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