Music and dancing around a roaring firepit and dining on African staples served from cast-iron pots define the boma experience at Vumbura Plains Camp in Botswana.
Interesting birds flock to the Cape Town area. We found this ostrich trio near the beach as we rounded the corner to see the Cape of Good Hope. We also visited African pengiuns on another beach as part of our peninsula tour.
Less is more. Repeat that phrase several times as you contemplate what to pack for a safari – or any trip for that matter.
If you need motivation, stare down your measly duffel bag as a reality check. Even better, pack it, wear it and walk it to feel the weight of your packing decisions.
Ever since my first trip to Africa, I’ve had a thing for elephants.
I was smitten after watching them romp around in their family units, greet one another with the shake of their trunks and protect their young by positioning them between their legs. They are all heart – and they had a hold of mine.
When it came time to plan our next trip to Africa, I knew I wanted to learn more about these gentle giants. We got our elephant fix and more at Camp Jabulani.
“Are you ready?”
I nodded with some hesitation in response to the pilot’s question just before taking off in the cramped, six-seater Cessna 206.
Surprisingly, the ultra manual-looking controls didn’t completely wig me out. Nor the fact we only had one pilot who looked about 14 steering our plane. At least he looked healthy, I reasoned.