Africa

  • A Singita Safari at Ebony Lodge

    Linda and I landed in Johannesburg late in the afternoon after our Emirates flight from New York (via Dubai). It’s always a treat to fly with Emirates – great service and aircraft. That night we were staying in the InterContinental O.R . Tambo, only a quick three-minute walk from the airport. The InterContinental O.R. Tambo sets the standard for airport hotels. Continue Reading

    July 9, 2013 • Africa • Views: 3087

  • Top Ten Things To Do in Cape Town

    Cape Town appeals on many fronts, offering adventure, history, culture, beaches and outstanding cuisine and wine all in one scenic package. From all the possibilities here are our top ten things to do in Cape Town: Continue Reading

    June 28, 2013 • Africa • Views: 4285

  • The Awe-inspiring Victoria Falls

    Africa is filled with natural wonders that any traveler would be extremely lucky to visit. But of all the natural attractions on offer across this vast continent, few are likely to leave such a lasting impression as Victoria Falls.

    Victoria Falls is called ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’ in Zambia and parts of Zimbabwe, which in English means ‘the smoke that thunders’; however, the image that this phrase conjures in your mind will never even begin to prepare you for the actual thing. Continue Reading

    June 21, 2013 • Africa • Views: 15280

  • Safari in the Mara

    I left Nairobi early in the morning and hopped on a short flight to The Mara. The Mara is an extremely large game reserve in Kenya. It was named to honor the ancestral inhabitants of the area, the Maasai people. “Mara”, in their native tongue, means “spotted”. From great distances, the circles of trees, shrubs, cloud shadows and savanna create a brilliant shadow effect that inspired the name, “Mara. I always enjoy hearing these cultural stories – really helps you to immerse yourself in your surroundings -having a bit of knowledge of how it came to be. Continue Reading

    May 15, 2013 • Africa, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 2319

  • Africa’s “Big Five”

    If you’re getting out of the vehicle to confront a lion, elephant, Cape buffalo, leopard, or rhinoceros, you’d better be packing more than a camera.

    These five wondrous beasts are called Africa’s “Big Five” because they’re the most dangerous—and most popular—species for big game hunters, mostly because of their ferocity when cornered or attacked. They can be found in South Africa, Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Namibia and Botswana. Continue Reading

    February 8, 2013 • Africa • Views: 4352

  • Safari in Kruger and Sabi Sand

    Kruger and Sabi Sand – South Africa

    As I sit outside on the deck of my suite at Singita Lebombo at 4:30 AM, I am surrounded by the sounds of the African bush as the moon retreats to bed for the day. I can hear Hippos grunting to each other and splashing in the river below, lions sending guttural calls, birds just starting to rise and chirp and the baboons swinging in the trees. How could this get better, in the stillness of the southern skies at night? The all familiar (to me) Southern Cross is making its way across the lower skies, something I miss living in the Northern Hemisphere. Perhaps it is right now guiding a sailor across the seas towards Australia? Continue Reading

    May 23, 2012 • Africa, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 1861