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The Winter Solstice Is Here Again

Once again we have reached the shortest day of the year.  And once again, we perform our rituals to ward off the darkness and hope for the return of the sun.  We no longer doubt the return of the sun, … Continue reading

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Glorious October

It is a bit rare to have a full week of glorious weather in Oregon in October, but it does happen every so often.  It happened during the third week of October this year, and I was lucky enough to … Continue reading

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Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe (Mosi-oa-Tunya, The Smoke That Thunders)

I had read that August was a good month to visit Victoria Falls.  It is the time of year when the water volume is not too much, and not too little.   Before seeing it for myself, I had wondered how … Continue reading

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Final Game Drive and a Border Crossing Into Zimbabwe

Once again at 0600 we were at the Sedudu Gate to the Chobe National Park, but this time we had a pass for a half day drive, and what a difference it made.  We took a leisurely drive along the … Continue reading

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A Different Game Drive Experience

We had planned a three hour game drive starting at 0530 for our one full day in Kasane.  Starting from the River View Lodge, it is about a 15 or 20 minute drive to the Sedudu Gate of the Chobe … Continue reading

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Savuti to Chobe River Front

We started our day with an early morning game drive, our last for the Savuti area.  We saw impala, kudu, elephants, tsessebe, steenbok, ostrich, mongoose, black backed jackals and a host of birds.  It was a pleasant and relaxing drive … Continue reading

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Camp Savuti Day 6: Oodles of elephants, up close and personal with a lion, and curious hyena pups

Our second full day of game drives at Camp Savuti started with a search of the immediate area for the lions that had been making noise the entire night.   They sounded as if they were right in the camp.  After … Continue reading

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Savuti Camp, Day 5: Chobe National Park

Despite the dry and scrubby look, there is plenty of life in Chobe. I was here in this same area seven years ago, and it looked quite different.  I remember it to be much greener and there were small lakes … Continue reading

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Day Four, Camp Kadizora to Camp Sevuti: From the Delta to the Desert

Today was the day we had to transfer from Camp Kadizora to Camp Sevuti, another small plane ride.  In the morning we did a two hour delta river cruise, a birder’s paradise.  It was a beautiful time of day, early, … Continue reading

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Camp Kadizora Day Three: Wild Dogs!

An African Sunrise: This adventure to Africa is my fifth.  In all of those trips I have not seen the African wild dog.  It has been a mild obsession of mine over the last two trips.  My goals for this … Continue reading

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