5 Years Ago: Ngorongoro Crater

Two million years ago, give or take, a giant volcano exploded and collapsed into itself. Ngorongoro is the resulting caldera, the walls of which rise up 2,000 feet from the crater floor. It is claimed to be the largest intact, unfilled caldera on earth. Having spent the last summer around Yellowstone, which is also a … Continue reading 5 Years Ago: Ngorongoro Crater

5 Years Ago: Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

The morning of November 10, we drove away from the Maramboi Camp on towards Lake Manyara National Park. The drive passed through a small town, and there was much activity along the road. People at work, moving produce for sale. A bicycle loaded with a hundred pounds of bananas. A gas station with a thousand … Continue reading 5 Years Ago: Lake Manyara National Park, Tanzania

Sunset over the Chobe River

5 Years Ago: Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park

On November 2, we flew out of the small airstrip at Kadizora Camp to the city of Kasane, and from there drove to our next stop at Chobe National Park. Ngoma Safari Lodge was perched on a hillside overlooking the Chobe River, with virtually every seat in the house getting a premium view. Five years … Continue reading 5 Years Ago: Ngoma Safari Lodge, Chobe National Park

Elephants of Kadizora Camp

5 Years Ago: Kadizora Camp

Monwana Lodge at Thornybush was a great way to start our safari adventure. They had all of the big five African game animals, and we had closeup experiences with them all. That's the benefit of a game reserve that's relatively compact in size. The Okavango Delta, our next stop, is much more vast and open. … Continue reading 5 Years Ago: Kadizora Camp

Monwana Game Drive

5 Years Ago: Monwana Lodge

For a long time, my favorite fishing hat was a black ball cap with the California Republic bear on it that I bought at the Laguna Seca racetrack sometime in the mid-2000s. I'd forgotten to bring a hat to work, you see, so was forced to pay track-side concession prices to keep my pale bald … Continue reading 5 Years Ago: Monwana Lodge

Camps Bay

Five Years Ago: Revisiting an African Adventure

I realized the other day that five years has passed since Mom invited me to go with her on an African adventure. It was just about as amazing as you might imagine, just from those two words, "African adventure". Back then, I posted photos to Instagram at the end of each day's exploration, but Instagram … Continue reading Five Years Ago: Revisiting an African Adventure