Tagged with UNESCO World Heritage Sites

Gorillas in the Mist (and Midst!)

Gorillas in the Mist (and Midst!)

The last time that I was in Africa, someone whose advice I really trust told me that I absolutely had to see the mountain gorillas on my next trip, so when I arrived in South Africa in February I already had gorillas on my must-do list. But when I actually got around to planning my … Continue reading

How to say GCW

How to say GCW

From the same country (though not the same language) that brought you the !K sound, I present: How to Say Gcwihaba In case you’re wondering, Gcwihaba is the name of a group of caves in northern Botswana that are also home to some ancient rock paintings, although they are not as well-known as the ones … Continue reading

Mountain of the gods

Mountain of the gods

The Tsodilo Hills are located in a remote part of northwest Botswana, in the Kalahari Desert and near the Namibian border. Archeological excavations of the Hills and the area surrounding them indicate that Tsodilo’s human history dates back at least 100,000 years. The main inhabitants have been the !Kung and Hambukushu people, who consider Tsodilo … Continue reading

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

Toto, I don’t think we’re in the Hamptons anymore

Toto, I don’t think we’re in the Hamptons anymore

Scenes from some of this summer’s weekend getaways… Sunday afternoon with a friend’s family in Serowe, one of Botswana’s largest villages (more like a small town — actually, a large town by Botswana standards). Pumpkin and sorghum porridge — not my usual Sunday brunch, but yum. Bonfire and barbecue on the grounds of Khama Rhino … 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: 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