Fifty Years Later

Fifty years on Sunday, one week after the merciless white mercenary Ian Smith wrested control of independence in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) from the British, Nelson Mandela delivered his greatest speech. He was in the docket in Pretoria following two years in jail for a variety of charges including murder and sabotage. Both John F. Kennedy and [...]

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SA Election in Balance

In three weeks South Africans will likely reelect the ANC to power, but it will also likely be the last time. Standing for a second term, President Jacob Zuma, wouldn’t have a chance in most any other open democracy. His playful life style and his list of scandals would doom any earnest candidate in any [...]

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On Safari: Rain Reigns

My final safari of the season in Tanzania gave us an extraordinary picture of the beauty, majesty and drama of the rainy season. For this is the rainy season. While there continues to be a lot of misinformation about “short rains” and “long rains” (an appropriate Kenyan differentiation that doesn’t exist in northern Tanzania), April [...]

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On Safari: Dangerous Elephants

This safari is spending six fantastic days in the Serengeti, traversing it from bottom to top, and guess what’s dominating game viewing. Lions, leopard and cheetah of course, and with no surprise as the Serengeti is probably the best place in the world for big cats. See Chris Kordash’s photo above. But what was a [...]

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On Safari: The Great Migration

Today was my “longest, hardest” day and always among its best. After ten hours we’d seen so much that the exhaustion wasn’t from the bumps but the sights. Lots of people go to Olduvai Gorge when leaving Ngorongoro Crater, just as we did. And a few of them then continue to the site where Zinj [...]

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On Safari: Survival in The Crater

Our fantastic morning in the crater demonstrated what crazy and simplistic ideas are propagated by entertainment media about wild animals. Many of you probably think that every time a lion wakes up and takes a stroll he comes back with a wildebeest in his mouth. Wrong. His success ratio of course varies from place to [...]

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On Safari: Manyara Rebounds

Yes! We saw the lion in the tree that Manyara is so famous for! My client, Chris Kordash, took the excellent shot above. And we saw the hippo pool that until this week had been erased by last year’s devastating floods and mudslide! Manyara is one of my favorite parks in all of Africa, but [...]

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On Safari: A Real Work of Art

Tarangire is the best elephant wilderness in all of Africa, but it carries the burden of enormous controversy. Last year I was trapped inside Tarangire with my group and had to go suffer the logistical and financial horror of chartering two aircraft for a 9-minute flight from the central Tarangire airstrip to the Manyara airstrip. [...]

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New Ways for Africa

If you’re planning a trip to Africa, you might be surprised to discover the way you’ll get there is not through London or Amsterdam, but Doha. China and Europe are retreating from a long period of heavy investment in Africa, and it seems that Middle Eastern countries are racing to fill the gap. The global [...]

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Joining The Club!

Congratulations, America! You have now joined the exclusive club of despotic African societies! Yesterday’s Supreme Court decision aligns America with numerous African dictatorships and sequesters us from virtually all the rest of the developed world. The increasing number of despots and autocratic lawmakers in Africa is directly linked to democracies which “freely and fairly” elect [...]

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Update: Is Kenya Safe?

I’m not a contrarian, and for the past three years I’ve restrained to near zero EWT’s brokerage of Kenyan tourism. But despite the bad news yesterday, I see Kenyan tourist security improving. Monday night one of the most deadly terrorist blasts (after the Westgate Mall incident) rocked the Eastleigh neighborhood of Nairobi. It was incorrectly [...]

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On Safari: Yes, the Greatest

Our game viewing was exceptional, as I expect at this time of the year, but what was uniquely special was lingering for so long among the great herds, truly the greatest wildlife spectacle on earth. Yes, we saw hundreds if not thousands of the world’s largest mammal and hundreds of its largest antelope, the eland, [...]

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On Safari: But in the Wild?

Why did the rufous-tailed weaver perch on Max’s head? Why did we see 14 black rhinos together? Why were we pinned in the crater’s only forest by over 100 elephant? The crater has always been outside the wild. This unbelievable natural structure, the remnants of what was once the world’s highest structure ended by what [...]

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On Safari: Old Men Star!

Of the many animal attractions in Ngorongoro Crater, to me the most precious are the giant old tuskers who will soon be gone. We saw several of them yesterday and today during our game drives. These are very old men, likely well into their sixties, who descended into the crater during the horrible years of [...]

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On Safari: No Pain No Gain!

Manyara is one of the most visited parks in Tanzania, but maybe 1% or less of the visitors ever get to where we did yesterday. Lake Manyara is one of the most beautiful parks on the circuit. Even though it’s very small and very near urban areas, it’s carved out of the cliffs of the [...]

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