Ryan on Safari

Our first safari was in South Africa, at a place called Bush Lodge. We arrived at night, so we didn’t see as much, but our spotter/tracker Dollen spotted a GREEN chameleon in a bunch of GREEN leaves with a flashlight in the dark. (He had a good eye). Our second safari, which required us to get up at 5:30 AM so we could leave at 6 AM, (after coffee, of course) was pretty awesome. We even spotted a leopard, which is pretty rare to see, because they are so good at camouflage. We… Read More

Day 351: Safari on the Zambezi River

The Zambezi River is Africa’s fourth largest river, running through six different countries on its way to the Indian Ocean.  Much of the Zambezi is undeveloped and retains its raw beauty.  Its biggest claim to fame are the gorgeous Victoria Falls, which we blogged about a few days ago. While in Zambia, we had the opportunity to enjoy several safari cruises.  The scenery was stunning, but the wildlife even more amazing.  Our highlight was spotting a huge herd of elephants satisfying their thirst riverside.  We were all surprised to see this, as… Read More

Safari Encounters: Lions

Large, powerful, daunting.  The strongest cats out there (except for possibly tigers).  Roars that can be heard 5 miles away.  Speeds of up to 50mph.  They possess sleek fur and voluminous manes.  With 1 1/2 in. (or more) retractable claws and about 3 in. canine teeth, these animals are deadly.  They are the leaders and defenders of 15 member groups commonly known as prides.  They are the first ones to devour freshly caught prey.  They are the ones who have no humility.  They are the ones to make wildebeests, impalas, zebras, giraffes, buffalo, wild… Read More

Safari Highlights: Leopards and Cheetahs

Ok, now on to the gorgeous Leopards!  Below, we are doing a night safari.  It was our very first one at Kapama and I didn’t have high hopes that we would spot any Big Cats.  It’s especially difficult to spot a leopard hiding in a tree in the middle of the day, as they blend in so well.  Try spotting one at night!  But it happened and we felt incredibly fortunate that this one was spotted.  We were awed by its beauty and sleekness. The photos below were taken within an hour of… Read More

Safari Highlights: Lions, Cubs, and Sunglasses

Photographing the Big Cats is one of the top reasons many people journey half way across the world.  Spotting one in the wild can be one of the most exhilarating experiences of your life.  It was for me, that is.  I am drawn to the Big Cats and find myself wanting to get as close to them as is humanly possible.  But there is also a sane part of my brain that recognizes their strength as well as the danger and foolishness of not respecting that these are wild animals.  Just look at this guy! We have spoken… Read More

Day 312: Safari Highlights: Our Cheetah Encounter

This post is dedicated to the beautiful Cheetah we stumbled upon in Sabi Sabi, South Africa. We are thankful to our amazing tracker, Dollen, and our friendly, knowledgeable, fun guide Kosie, who were almost more excited than we were when we found him! Our Cheetah allowed us to watch him for a while and then, without warning, crouched low, became very alert, and shot off in pursuit of something.  It all happened so quickly and though we tried to find him again, he had just disappeared. Here is how we began our mornings,… Read More