A View on Viewing Animals – Featured on Written From

I’m super excited to share today that I’m a featured contributor on Written From! Check out the story—a reflection of what I’ve learned about interacting with animals while traveling—here! Written From is a really interesting blog—a conglomeration of posts that reflect, think deeply, and even critique the travel experience. From their mission statement: “We want…

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Tips for Doing a Self-Drive Safari

“It doesn’t matter how much experience you have,” said one of the rangers as we pulled into Pilanesberg park. “Seeing animals comes down to luck.” That’s absolutely true—you may visit the same park on two consecutive days and see wildly different groups of animals. Or you might nab sightings of every member of the Big…

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Self-Drive vs. Guided Tour Safari

So, you’re planning your epic adventure somewhere in Africa. Obviously, you want to incorporate an African safari of some sort—the question is, do you want to splurge for a guided tour? Or do you want to drive yourselves? There are pros and cons to each, it just depends on your travel style. Should I do…

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Three Alternatives to Kruger Park in South Africa

Kruger National Park is highly lauded and applauded as being the best park for safaris in South Africa. As one of the largest game reserves in the entire African continent, I guess it’s not hard to see why. But if you are looking for something less touristy and more off-the-beaten-path, here are three varied and…

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ChaZen, the honest safari

Joe’s bright eyes pierced into mine. “If he charges the fence,” he said, “You need to stand your ground. Don’t run away. You got it?” I nodded. We were standing knee deep in the bush, alongside a thin wire fence where, just beyond, a massive male African lion was thoughtfully sniffing the air. But this…

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Discovering Pilanesberg National Park

The car in front of us was stopped next to a huge acacia thorn bush. Behind them, we looked impatiently at each other. What could they possibly be looking at when parked next to a bush? The question answered itself not two seconds later, when a gigantic horned head swung out in front of the…

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Travel Inspiration: The Ghost Town in Photos

Kolmanskop, otherwise known as the Ghost Town, is an old diamond-mining town just outside of Lüderitz. It was founded at the beginning of last century, back when Namibia was known as the colony of German South West Africa. Explorers found diamonds that had been washed over by the Orange River, and boom! a diamond rush began. Residents—many…

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Travel Inspiration: Sossusvlei in Photos

The last few posts have been pretty wordy,  so let’s let the pictures say their thousand words. Pin it!

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What to Expect from Your First Surf Lesson

“But aren’t you worried about the sharks?” It was a refrain echoing in my head from the moment I booked our Airbnb experience, Surf with Purpose—further amplified by friends, colleagues, and near-total strangers in the weeks leading up to our trip. So much so that, even though it was meant as a surprise Christmas gift,…

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Adventures in Glamping: Yosemite National Park

Last Saturday morning, I woke up not the usual sounds of the clanking garbage trucks, honking traffic, and weekend morning rattle of one of the most populous cities in the country, but to the steady rushing of rain on a canvas roof. It took a minute to orient myself in the cozy gray light—then I remembered that…

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