• 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: 5610

  • Fun Facts about the Land Down Under

    In honor of Australia Day, which we celebrated last Saturday, here are some fun facts about the continent:

    • When the English first saw a platypus, they thought the Australians were playing a joke on them by sewing the bill of a duck onto a rat.

    • Australia was once a British penal colony of thieves and other unsavory folks. Australia’s first police force was made up of 12 of the best-behaved convicts. Continue Reading

    February 1, 2013 • Australia • Views: 6111

  • The Top End at Wildman

    My recent adventure brought me to the Northern Territory, where my son Ian II and I made our way to Darwin. We flew straight from Philadelphia to Darwin, via Denver, Los Angeles and Brisbane – talk about a journey. As we landed in Darwin, we were met by a very familiar face, Bob McDonald from Kakadu Art. Bob has been flying in Kakadu for as long as I have been arranging travel from the States – and also happens to be a good friend. Continue Reading

    July 16, 2012 • Australia • Views: 4946

  • 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: 2862

  • Cruising on the Zambezi Queen

    The Zambezi Queen

    Day 1
    I arrived into Kasane on my Air Botswana flight from Johannesburg. My Wilderness Safaris guide met me and transferred me to the Chobe River Immigration center, so I could leave Botswana and head into Namibia. The Zambezi Queen cruises in the waters of Namibia, so I had to start there. I then boarded a small boat and headed upstream to the Namibia Immigration and arrived alongside the Queen. Whilst this sounds like a drawn out process, it really isn’t and flows very smoothly and adds to the adventure. Continue Reading

    May 18, 2012 • Africa • Views: 3657

  • Sydney Update

    Sydney, Australia

    I had to come down and visit Sydney as 2 new hotels have appeared. The Park Hyatt Sydney was closed for 8 months as they completely refurbished the entire hotel and added 3 sensational new suites on the 4th floor. I was lucky enough to stay a night as Andrew (the General Manager) allocated me into one of their Premium Deluxe Opera View rooms. The room looked right at the Opera House, boasting a large balcony with a chairs and tables to allow a chance to sit and marvel at this unique building. Continue Reading

    May 17, 2012 • Australia, Ian Swain Sr • Views: 2611