Africa is Soul-Grabbing

One of the things I often say of my 3 trips to Africa thus far is that I have gone on the assumption that my main attraction has been the wildlife.  Surely, one travels to Africa for the animals, right?  The place is a combination of Narnia, Treasure Island, and Dr. Seuss all wrapped up […]

Pride of Lioness

You’ll have to pardon my incredulous cursing, but this experience was thrilling, exhilarating, and made me SURE I would return to Tanzania again and again.  Felix had maneuvered our safari truck to give the other trucks in the area better views to photograph the pride of Lioness that had sought shelter in the shade, but each time […]

Off Roading

Safari Day 4: On our safari this morning we went “off roading.”  Apparently, that’s allowed in the Ndutu area, but not the actual Serengeti National Park, so we took full advantage of it.  We wound up stopping behind a solitary safari vehicle that had spotted three cheetahs in the tall grass.  We called them the […]

I’m on Safari!!!

Safari Day 2: I’M ON SAFARI!!!  Just thought I’d share that with you in case you didn’t already know it! This morning we took a beautiful road down into the Ngorongoro Crater for our first full-day game drive.  The mist was hugging the top of the crater rim, and I swear we were the first […]

Ndutu Conservation Area

Safari Day 6: Today was A-MAZING… A-GAIN!   The rain falling on my tent last night made me sleep like a baby, and everything was so fresh and bright this morning!  After another outstanding breakfast we jumped into the trucks and set out for Day 6. Those rains I mentioned earlier did not do the roads […]

Zachariah

One of the most photogenic men I’ve ever met, Zachariah is a fierce Masai Warrior who guards the camp set at the rim of the Ngorongoro Crater.  You’d never know that in meeting him.  He presents as the most peaceful, gentle, soft-spoken soul.  He has kind eyes that you just know have seen unspoken horrors […]

Lunchtime Visitation

Safari Day 6: Today we decided to do a morning game drive and an evening game drive, but to come back to camp for lunch and a nap in between!   As my guests all retired to their tents for a siesta, I decided to stay at the lounge tent and get some photos edited and […]

Where Heaven Begins

I’ve been blessed to see the majesty of the Ngorongoro Crater 3 times, all in different months of the year.  March is far and away the most magical to me.  It’s the beginning of the rain season.  The sky is often filled with thunderheads, cumulus clouds of various shades of gray, much like life.  Those […]

Western Serengeti

Safari Day 5:  At breakfast this morning my wife was sharing with our table how absolutely blessed she felt being on this safari.  She laughed and said, “I just keep thinking that it can’t get any better than what we’ve already seen and done, but each day just keeps getting better and better! So, as […]