On Safari: Oops! No internet?

We’re somewhere here! But I’ve no internet signal, which is really unusual since I can go practically ANYWHERE in Africa and have a signal, but you’ll have to wait for my report. Stay tuned! As soon as I have a signal you’ll have a report!

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On Safari: The Great One

Today we picked up three little planes and flew from the northwest side of Mt. McKinley to the southeast side … with our fingers crossed! And we made it! Pilots say the chances of flightseeing around North America’s largest mountain are about 10%, but I figure they low ball the truth to make many clients [...]

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On Safari: Denali

Yes you’ll see some wildlife, but Denali National Park impresses with its massiveness, scenery that simply exists nowhere else on earth. We spent two days in the park, which is what all casual visitors do. Denali attracts the serious backpacker and hiker as well, and I can only imagine what a wonderful adventure that would [...]

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On Safari: Mastodon to Muskox

The ecology of Planet Earth’s Far North is mysterious and often perplexing, sometimes hilarious but more often terrifying. Our first full day in Fairbanks introduced us to the remarkable biology of this Far North. I love to start in Fairbanks, and most of my clients spend a full two nights here, and quite a few, [...]

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Alaska Like Tanzania?

Last week I chastised Tanzania as a singular polity that squanders its natural resource wealth. I was wrong. So is Alaska. I’m preparing for my once annual Alaskan trip and as always I’m in Fairbanks a few days before my clients arrive. I had no idea how similar it is to Tanzania. Election mania is [...]

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The Court Rules

Democracies are hardly well-oiled machines, but African courts – as in the U.S. – are pulling rank and calling all the important shots. There are a score of new, fresh democracies in Africa in the last generation. In South Africa, Kenya … but also in Zambia, Malawi, and most of the west African countries, democratic [...]

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Money Money Everywhere

Have you ever known anyone who’s sitting on a gold pot that they just can’t figure out how to open? Meet Tanzania. Africa’s poverty has a real chance of being erased by major recent discoveries of natural resources, and no country has more new discoveries than Tanzania. I know first-hand how fast Tanzania is developing. [...]

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Arusha, Chicago & Kenya

Coastal Kenya, Chicago and Arusha suffered terrible acts of violence these past several days, and it leaves us wondering if it’s safe to walk out of the house. The violence along Kenya’s coast just seems to get worse and worse. Although 28 of the 29 deaths this past weekend occurred outside established tourist areas, one [...]

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Breathtaking Fall

How fast and hard is ancient Africa falling? Take a look at Ethiopia. Ethiopia is the only country in the entire continent of Africa that was never colonized. It was occupied for almost three years by Mussolini during World War II, but save that short episode it has had an indigenous rule since prehistoric times. [...]

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July 4th Holiday

Today is America’s Independence Day Holiday! Enjoy!

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Zimbabwe: The End is Nigh

Zimbabwe is on the brink of a new and violent crisis. Stay clear of the Zimbabwean side of Victoria Falls. The ailing dictator, Robert Mugabe, is in Singapore for medical treatment. Yesterday he issued an unexpected and terrifying statement that all the remaining white farmers “had to go” by August. There is an element of [...]

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GuestPost: New African Species!

Thanks below to a great client, John Kohnstamm! The common Toyorangabeast (Toyus rangus touristanus) is an invasive species to East Africa first observed in the mid 1900′s. Migrating from Northern Europe and East Asia, it was first believed to be one species. On closer examination and exhaustive genetic testing performed by scientist from the Toyus [...]

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Getting Grandma’s Necklace

If you want to dispose of Grandma’s necklace, you better do it before August. Last week Fish & Wildlife inched towards final new August regulations on the sale and use of ivory within the U.S. Orchestras were elated, piano vendors were piqued, and the Wall Street Journal was furious. The Thursday announcement is based on [...]

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On Safari: Roundup

The Kisiel Family safari ended with great drama this weekend. Here’s what happened and how future safaris might also achieve such success. The sheer numbers were impressive: 90-95 lions (we had some controversy regarding counting cubs), 4 leopard, 4 cheetah, African Wild Cat (somewhat unusual); thousands of elephant; dozens of thousands of gazelle and antelope; [...]

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On Safari: Migration Drama

The Kisiel family’s last two days on safari featured the great migration at its best, including a croc feast of a wildebeest river crossing. We expected to find the migration in the north, and we did. We flew from the central Serengeti into the far northern Serengeti landing virtually in sight of the Kenyan border. [...]

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