Tagged with birds

More Feathers

More Feathers

When I wrote my first all-birds post a few months ago, I was still resisting labeling myself a full-fledged bird person. Bird-watchers don’t exactly have a rep for being people you want to hang out with. I think it was a Lilac Breasted Roller, the national bird of Botswana, that pushed me over the edge. … Continue reading

You again?

You again?

If you were reading this blog in March and April, you may remember that I extended my first tour of this trip largely because I couldn’t bring myself to pass up a second visit to the Okavango Delta. After that trip, I wrote that I could go there a hundred times and still be taken … Continue reading

Safari Fever: Kruger and Maasai Mara

Safari Fever: Kruger and Maasai Mara

In July and August, I visited what are probably the two most famous national parks in Africa: the Kruger Park in South Africa, and the Maasai Mara in Kenya. I don’t know how these two ended up being two of the last that I visited, but I guess I have been known to do things … Continue reading

More of Mozambique: Maputo, Inhambane, and around

More of Mozambique: Maputo, Inhambane, and around

The highlight of my trip to Mozambique was definitely the Bazaruto excursion, but I also really enjoyed visiting the capital city, Maputo, and the beautiful beaches around Inhambane. Maputo is located in the southern part of the country, on the coast. In some ways, it’s similar to other African cities that I’ve visited: bustling markets; … Continue reading

Road Tripping, Botswana-Style

Road Tripping, Botswana-Style

Over the past month or so, I’ve been getting out of Gaborone most weekends, so there have been a few road trips. The big one was a trip to the Tsodilo Hills that I took a few weeks ago. More about the Hills themselves in another post — just getting there and back was an … 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

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

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Bahir Dar

On the Road, Ethiopian Edition: Bahir Dar

After a few days in Addis Ababa, Juliet and I started our real Ethiopian adventure with a ten-hour bus ride to Bahir Dar. This is a rough breakdown of how we spent the time: Lunch & bathroom breaks — 1 hour Sleeping — 3 hours Watching Ethiopian music videos — 30 minutes Looking out the … Continue reading

On the Road, Part Four: Maun –> Kasane

On the Road, Part Four: Maun –> Kasane

There’s lots to see but not that much to say about the Delta, so this post will be light on words and heavy on pictures (also because I am sick of being three weeks behind so trying to cut down on the long-winded posts, which I’m sure everyone besides my immediate family will be grateful … Continue reading