OnSafari: Lion Kill!

It was just after 7 a.m. and I spotted four lions devouring a wildebeest. They had obviously just killed it and their faces, necks and front paws and legs were covered with blood and they were eating madly, eating like a cheetah in fact. Lions don’t go to finishing school, and despite Mary Disse’s wonder […]

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OnSafari: Dying Internet

It’s been some years since the circuit has been so busy. Today my group is in the crater, but I won’t be able to write to you about it because the internet is jammed. Bandwidth in Africa is fractional compared to the U.S. and hasn’t seemed to be a problem on the tourist circuit until […]

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OnSafari: Terrifying Tarangire

We had finished a fabulous afternoon game drive heading back to camp when an incredibly wild family of elephant intersected the road. I hesitated not knowing if we should proceed. Most of the elephant found in Africa, today, are relatively docile: they’ve been habituated to tourists for generations. This is not true, though, in the […]

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OnSafari: Tarangire

Jim is on safari in Tarangire National Park unable just yet to post a blog. As soon as he gets a good internet signal he’ll post about his Walsh Family Safari.

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Oil & People

As I wait here in Arusha for my clients to arrive tomorrow, I’m haunted by my visit to the Amazon a few weeks ago. It wasn’t just the goose bumps and occasional terror produced by the massive, towering jungle with its chaotic screaming sounds. I was profoundly moved by the local people who hosted us […]

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Obama Visit is Just Fine

Kenyans have never expressed such glee and excitement as for Obama’s visit Friday, but why is our President coming? I’m in East Africa to guide my last safari of the year, starting Saturday. Thank goodness my clients aren’t arriving Friday! Obama’s pragmatism is driving his third visit to Kenya Friday, (with a quick and very […]

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OnVacation: Best Photos

This is one of my favorite photos taken on a safari I guided in Ruaha National Park, showing so perfectly how lions don’t know when to stop! Thursday I’m back with daily blogs of my last Tanzanian safari of the season (internet permitting). Hope you’ll come back!

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OnVacation: Best Photos

EWT Guide and former Cleveland Zoo Director, Steve Taylor, took this precious photo in Ngorongoro Crater in September, 2011. It’s one of my favorite photos of EWT safaris over the last 39 years. Big tuskers like this one are all but dying out, the few survivors of the horrible years of poaching in the 1970s […]

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OnVacation: Best Photos

This remarkable photo was taken on March 19, 2008, by Rich Mattas, while we were game viewing in Ngorongoro Crater. It’s part of my favorite photos from the last 39 years of guiding safaris which I’m posting while on vacation. (BTW, the buf shook off the lions and seems none too disturbed.) Come back on […]

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OnVacation: Best Photos

You might think these are parakeets in the Amazon, but they aren’t! They’re Fisher’s Lovebirds coming down to water within ten feet of the dining table at Ndutu Lodge in the southwest Serengeti! This beautiful picture was taken in September, 2011, by Chris Benchetler on one of my guided safaris, as part of my collection […]

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OnVacation: Best Photos

I took this photo with a little Cannon camera in Rwanda’s Parc de Volcans in 2009 on my 50th gorilla trek. Saving the gorilla from extinction is probably tourism’s most moral accomplishment and I’ve been privileged to see it from the very start in the late 1970s. Come back to this blog on July 23 […]

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OnVacation: Best Photos

I love this photo by Sander Glas taken in the Serengeti in 2007 on one of my safaris. I’m on vacation until July 23 when I will guide my last safari of the season in Tanzania. Meanwhile I’m posting some of my favorite safari photos. Although dramatic lion and leopard photos are generally sought by […]

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OnVacation: Best Photos

I’m on vacation until July 23 when I guide my last safari of the year in Tanzania. Meanwhile, here are some of my favorite photos taken on my safaris during the last 39 years. This wasn’t really so long ago, less than a decade ago outside Amboseli National Park (in Kenya) on the Tanzanian side […]

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OnVacation: Best Photos

I’m on vacation until July 23 when I guide my last safari of the year in Tanzania; please come back then! Meanwhile, I’m posting some of my favorite photos taken on my safaris over the last 39 years. Scenes like the one above don’t really happen, anymore. This was taken nearly 30 years ago near […]

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OnVacation: Best Photos

Jim is on vacation until he guides his last safari of the year beginning on July 24. Here are some of his favorite pictures taken on safari with him in Africa. The above shows that even wild mountain gorillas can have a bad day!

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