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A Tall Tale – or is it a Tall Tail?

A Tall Tale – or is it a Tall Tail?

When you create a business it’s important to choose a name that tells your prospective customers what you do. And in today’s world, that name has to be available as an Internet domain. Elaine and I began making lists of possible names...

Abigael’s Journey Continues…

Abigael’s Journey Continues…

Earlier this year, we introduced you to Abigael Wanjiku, as she began her secondary school studies in January. The recipient of our Impact On Africa four-year scholarship, Abigael was incredibly excited to launch into her studies at Alliance Girls High School. Of course,… Click here to read more

Optimism in the Safari Business???

Optimism in the Safari Business???

I suspect it will not come as a surprise to learn that the COVID-19 pandemic has hit our travel industry harder than any other business sector. In our country alone, over eight million jobs have been lost, which is more than half of the… Click here to read more

Kenya Update: Elephant Twins in Amboseli!

Kenya Update: Elephant Twins in Amboseli!

Nestled in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro, Kenya’s Amboseli National Park lies on Kenya’s border with Tanzania. It’s one of our favorite places to visit when we are in Kenya. Why? Because we love elephants and Amboseli is all about...

Current COVID19 Update

Current COVID19 Update

Updated 8.14.20 We continue to see progress as international travel begins to open up. Last week, the US State Department lowered the travel advisory level for several of the countries in which we travel. Previously, there was a...

Abigael’s Journey Begins

Abigael’s Journey Begins

The NYASHEP Education Trust in Kenya is one of the successful organizations we support in Kenya. Secondary education (the equivalent of grades 9-12 in the USA) is not provided by the government and usually requires attending a boarding school. The expense puts the ability… Click here to read more

The Nyashep Education Trust

The Nyashep Education Trust

Education is the single most important element that leads to a successful, meaningful and satisfying future. The Nyashep Education Trust is a Kenyan community-based initiative that assists underprivileged but promising children to complete secondary school education in Kenya. Secondary education in Kenya… Click here to read more

Reading the Spots on a Giraffe

Reading the Spots on a Giraffe

The color of a male giraffe’s spots may reveal insights on its behavior, new research suggests. As scientists led by Madelaine Castles of Australia’s University of Queensland report in the journal Animal Behaviour, dark-furred giraffes tend to be both more dominant… Click here to read more

In Defense of the Pride!

In Defense of the Pride!

It’s seldom that people get to witness this process. We came across a defense of his territory by a lion several years ago in the Maasai Mara. We were watching a small pride – a male, two females and two young cubs – when, our guide, David Kariithi spotted a male lion approaching in the distance. David positioned… Click here to read more

The Serengeti Shall Not Die!

The Serengeti Shall Not Die!

In 1959, Dr. Bernard Grzimek declared that the “Serengeti Shall Not Die,” through his groundbreaking film and book of the same name. His Academy Award winning documentary introduced the Serengeti migration to a worldwide audience. Dr. Grzimek’s pioneering work led the way for today’s conservation scientists… Click here to read more

Innocent Killers

Innocent Killers

Large cats, like leopards, cheetahs and lions, are among the world’s most popular animals, but people seem to hate the fact that they kill. In fact, preying on herbivores such as Thomson’s gazelles, wildebeest, Cape buffalo, zebra and warthogs, is how they make their living. Everyone has… Click here to read more

Loldia Primary School

Loldia Primary School

Loldia Ranch is a private farmstead on Lake Naivasha that we often visit while we explore the great Rift Valley Lakes in central Kenya. Several years ago, our host at Loldia, Peter Njoroge, invited us to visit the nearby Loldia Primary School. The school has more than 1,000 students, ranging in age from… Click here to read more

Incredible Kopjes: Islands of Biodiversity

Incredible Kopjes: Islands of Biodiversity

During my many trips to East Africa, one of the things I enjoy most is spending time around the amazing geological features know as kopjes, an Afrikaans term referring to relatively small, isolated rock hills that rise abruptly from the surrounding, flat savannah or plain. There… Click here to read more

Cheetahs at Play

Cheetahs at Play

During my last trip to the Serengeti in January, 2014, our group was fortunate enough to happen upon a female cheetah with a young cub in a remote area of the park. We had special permits to drive into this isolated region, where few other vehicles go. We had only seen that entire day… Click here to read more

Imprisoned for “Love”

Imprisoned for “Love”

Many have heard about the famous “Birdman of Alcatraz”, the prisoner who kept birds in his cell and became an expert on all things avian. But have you heard about the bird that “imprisons” its mate? Hornbills are one of my favorite birds and much of their appeal has to do with their incredible… Click here to read more

The Bisate School Project

The Bisate School Project

It all began with a few soccer balls! In the fall of 2008, Swinton Griffith, a junior at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia, flew to Nairobi with a black duffle bag loaded with soccer balls. As part of a safari designed by Tom LaRock and Safari Professionals, Swinton shared those soccer balls as he toured… Click here to read more

The rarest of the rare – Pangolin!!

The rarest of the rare – Pangolin!!

While Michael is exploring northern Tanzania with a small group of our travelers, I came across an account of one of the rarest wildlife encounters that can occur while on safari in Africa. Londolozi is one of the private reserves west of Kruger National Park. It is one of my favorite destinations… Click here to read more

What about electricity on safari?

What about electricity on safari?

As I prepared for my first safari 25 years ago, I learned I needed adapters in order to charge my camera batteries. I was told that the electrical current in East Africa was based on the European standard of 220 volts and a converter would be needed to lower the current… Click here to read more

Making anti-poaching efforts more effective!

Wildlife conservation scientists have developed a method of using spatial planning software to increase the effectiveness of security patrols in the greater Virungas landscape – the home of the mountain gorillas. Their initial analysis showed that only 22% of the area was… Click here to read more

A railroad through the Pleistocene

When Theodore Roosevelt arrived in Kenya in 1909, he boarded the Uganda Railway at Mombasa. His descriptions of the wildlife he saw from the train are still among the most colorful accounts of East African wildlife ever written and can be found in his book African Game Trails… Click here to read more

Delia Craig’s legacy –The Lewa Conservancy

We’ve just learned of the passing of one of Africa’s most forward thinking conservationists – Delia Craig. Along with her husband, David, and her sons, Ian and Will, Delia converted their family ranch – then known as Lewa Downs – into...

Monkeying Around

Monkeying Around

I’m not really sure how many species of non-human primates I’ve seen on my world travels, but I still find our closest relatives among the most fascinating of the many wild animals I’ve had an opportunity to observe. On my 2014 trip to the Serengeti and Ngorongoro… Click here to read more

Tree-climbing crocodiles!

Now this is something I haven’t seen in Africa – yet! There had been a few scattered reports of crocodiles in trees in the scientific literature. So University of Tennessee researcher Vladimir Dinets led a team to discover if these were isolated incidences or regular behavior… Click here to read more

Botswana starts ban on most hunting

The government of the Republic of Botswana initiated a hunting ban of game wildlife in all controlled hunting areas or hunting management units throughout the country at the beginning of the year. The ban is temporary, while studies are conducted into the many… Click here to read more