The Namib Desert runs the length of the coast of Namibia. Estimated to be 55-80 million years old it is possibly the oldest desert in the world. Needless to say, there is a lot of sand in Namibia. The sand itself is estimated to be about 5 million years old. It's unique reddish-orange color comes from the iron oxide in it. Within the portion…
Several years ago I made a trip to Namibia in southern Africa. Our first stop was at N/a'an ku sê, a wildlife sanctuary not far from Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Established by conservationists, Marlice Van Vuuren and her husband, the sanctuary works to find ways for farmers and cheetahs and other predators to co-exist.
A few years ago I left my husband and travel friends in London and flew to Rwanda from sea level to my lodge at 7,000 feet. The next morning I headed out to meet the gorillas...
Zimanga Private Reserve, South Africa — Although Zimanga has spectacular photography/observation hides it also has plenty of wildlife to photograph during game drives.
Zimanga Private Game Reserve, South Africa — In Africa hides (aka blinds) are becoming more popular. A hide is usually established at a watering site.
Part II - Cats — This year the abundance of elephants and their calves seemed to be the theme in Kenya. However, we were also fortunate to see a few cats as well.
Lewa Conservancy is located just south of Samburu National Reserve at a higher altitude and at lower temperatures. It was originally founded as a Rhino Sanctuary in 1983 to protect the critically endangered black rhinos.
Gerenuks — The northern part of Kenya has some unique animals that aren't found in other parts of the country. One of the oddest is the Gerenuk, aka Giraffe gazelle. The word gerenuk means "giraffe-necked" in the Somali language.