Yes I’m again guiding safaris in Kenya. There is peace and safety throughout the country, again, the best in five years. This does not mean I like the government. EWT will broker safaris in Kenya, again, for the same reason EWT sent tourists to China and Ethiopia in the 1980s and to South Africa throughout [...]
This year’s Great Migration is an almost constant sea of animals from the eastern Serengeti plains to the western and beyond, one of the most placid and easiest to see that I can remember. Seeing the migration is like seeing the stars. You can never see them all, and you can’t even see at once [...]
Confusing, remarkable situation in Kenya. As I write this Sunday night in East Africa, a man indicted for crimes against humanity is Kenya’s 4th president, and the place is quiet if solemn. None of the foregoing may last long. Uhuru Kenyatta was declared the 4th President of Kenya by the election authority, having won 50.07% [...]
by Conor Godfrey This is my last blog before turning the reins back over to Jim, so I thought I would sign out with the state of play in Mali, a country near and dear to my heart. 4,000 French troops, along with several hundred Chadians, and smaller contingents from Benin, Burkina Faso, Nigeria, and [...]
by Conor Godfrey I’ve been accused of being a relentless Africa booster… this is almost certainly true. To fight back, however, I am going to offer a scarier version of the continent’s next thirty years that has taken up serious mind share recently. This idea will hopefully pass muster as a research topic, so I [...]
South Africa provides an excellent platform to explain why so many American tourists make bad decisions about their African touring. Probably most tourists to Africa travel on referral from friends or family. It’s a very small percentage that buy strictly off the internet without vetting what they’ve found with people they know and trust. That’s [...]
by Conor Godfrey Africa needs more intra-regional transport links.. Africa needs more improved water sources. If only Africa had enough eight-cent vaccines, free elections, power plants, kids toys or TOMS shoes then it would all fall together. Sigh. How often have you heard these quasi-truisms? (Quick note: Can’t mention the 6% continental growth rate enough, [...]
By Conor Godfrey. Two days ago the first Malian in history blew himself up in an attempt to kill others. Americans have become so inured to suicide bombings that this fact may seem tragic but inconsequential. Most Malians, however, have yet to recover. This simply does, or did, not happen in the land of Sundiata [...]
An American bluebird perches tentatively on a heated bird bath during the Blizzard of 2012. The photo was taken by Carol Mantey. Her home is near mine in the American Midwest. These birds were nearly extinct before American conservationists began to actively support them. They are cavity nesters like African hoopoes and hornbills, but more [...]
The Blizzard of 2012 at the home of the AfricaAnswerman, three hours west of Chicago where the states of Iowa, Wisconsin and Illinois converge. Seven miles from the Mississippi River on the hilly bluffs of the Driftless Area.
In Africa the effects of global warming have resulted in more droughts and more floods, extremes in weather, with rainy seasons and dry seasons often shifting through the calendar. At my home in America’s Midwest, a half world away, climate change has also been severe. Droughts and floods have seriously impacted the farmers of the [...]
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The biggest terrorist attack yet in Kenya against two frontier churches Sunday is the straw that breaks the tourist’s back. At least 17 congregants were killed and more than 60 injured by two carefully orchestrated, simultaneous grenade and gunmen attacks Sunday on Christian churches in Garissa during morning services. Garissa is a large and fairly [...]