On a morning game drive in Madikwe Game Reserve, South Africa, our ranger, Jaco, stopped at a hillside to point out an elderly male elephant with a bedraggled ear and one broken tusk roaming in solitude. He looked tired and lonely. Was this grassy hillside near the Botswana border the equivalent of an elephant retirement home? Did […]
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A red hyena walks across the grass in Madikwe Game Reserve in northwestern South Africa. We had stopped for a snack of coffee with amarula and muffins — boomers get hungry on early morning game drives — when the hyena marched along the edge of the clearing. To me, there’s something prehistoric about his looks. […]
Cruising on Safari Quest Updated: 05.01.2018 Are you a baby boomer traveler who prefers a more personal experience when it comes to cruising? What if you could sail the waters of Alaska’s Inside Passage on a small ship—a yacht would be nice—that anchors in a secluded bay each night, offering daytime cruise excursions for the […]
In the introduction to last week’s guest post about volunteer travel in Africa, I mentioned that a South African safari ranks at the top of our baby boomer travel memories. I’ll never forget toasting to a brilliant sunset in the bush with a glass of champagne or the thrill of watching a young lion cub […]
When the safari vehicle pulled up close to a pond in South Africa’s Sabi Sands Private Game Reserve, safari guests from Ivory Lodge, including us, reflexively covered noses and mouths to protect against the putrid smell of a rotting elephant carcass; but it didn’t help much. The guide and tracker both calmly breathed in the […]
I photograph a yawning hippopotamus during our morning animal search at Madikwe Private Game Reserve.
On safari at Lion Sands in South Africa, we came across a pride of lions taking an afternoon nap. We sat in the Land Rover for almost an hour taking photographs. A magical travel moment that I will never forget. Have you been on an African safari? Join the conversation at the My Itchy Travel […]
Updated 01.01.2018 Which clothes do you bring on safari? That was the question I asked before our November trip to Lion Sands and Madikwe Hills in South Africa. Alan and I are lucky to have a travel advisor, Ngaire Keene of Brown and Keene Travel, who spelled it all out for us. Explicit instructions about […]
In Lion Sands, South Africa, a bird goes along for the ride.
When Alan and I arrived at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge, we had to look twice. Where was it? Perched on a hillside among boulders and Tamoti trees, the South African luxury lodge seems to melt into its surroundings. Wooden walkways that weave around boulders and through the trees connect ten suites to the main lodge […]