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Safari Series: Fast food

Safari Series: Fast food

There are over 90 species of antelope, most of which can be found in Africa, and about 20 of which are native to Serengeti. They aren’t the animals that people usually get excited about seeing on safari, but some of them are really beautiful and they’re very graceful animals to watch, especially if you catch … Continue reading

Safari Series: Three Seconds or Less

Safari Series: Three Seconds or Less

Our safari started and ended with amazing cheetah sightings. As soon as we arrived in Serengeti, we spotted three cheetahs walking in the distance, and watched as they turned to walk in our direction, even stopping to drink from a puddle directly in front of our vehicle. And on our way out of the Ngorongoro … Continue reading

Safari Series: Shrieking Hyenas

Safari Series: Shrieking Hyenas

Hyenas don’t have the best reputation (blame The Lion King again), and it’s easy to see why — they’re vicious carnivores that make their living in part by stealing other animals’ hard-hunted prey. The bad rep isn’t entirely fair. Hyenas actually hunt their own prey most of the time, and most predators, even lions, scavenge … Continue reading

Extreme Showers

Extreme Showers

During the early days in Africa, I wrote a little bit about Extreme Reading. Now I think it’s time to share another, less sought-after experience that I’ve grown accustomed to: Extreme Showering. Anyone who has ever showered in the developing world knows that it’s hit-or-miss. I’ve had it pretty easy on this trip for the … Continue reading

Safari Series: So ugly they’re cute?

Safari Series: So ugly they’re cute?

Each animal that I’ve seen on safari has been beautiful in its own way. And when I do come across one that’s — let’s say, less beautiful — there’s usually still some other reason why I don’t want to take my eyes off of it — the graceful way that it moves (wildebeest); its size … Continue reading

Safari Series: All Things Feathered

Safari Series: All Things Feathered

I’ve never identified myself as being “into” birds, but the more time that I spend here, the more that I grow to appreciate the beauty and diversity of the birds that I see, both on safari and in everyday life. In addition to being easy on the eyes, birds have provided a (usually) lovely and … Continue reading

Safari Series: Hungry hungry hippos

Safari Series: Hungry hungry hippos

You would be hungry too if you were sustaining a body weight of three to nine thousand lbs on an all-grass diet. Hippos eat about 90 lbs of it each night (if they can find it — in the dry season they are capable of going days or even weeks without food), which actually is … Continue reading

Safari Series: The Big Five

Safari Series: The Big Five

Before my first trip to Africa, I had never heard of the Big Five. I was apparently the only one, because everyone in my tour group said that they were hoping to see the Big Five and everyone in the tourism industry used the term as if its meaning was self-evident. I learned pretty quickly … Continue reading