Africa

Written By: jeff

Posted On: December 20th, 2013

One of my favorite places in the world is the southernmost tip of Africa, Cape Agulhas. Part of it is nostalgia. When I was an exchange student in South Africa, one of my host dad’s was from the region. So, I got to spend a bit of time there. There’s not much there. It’s a [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: May 4th, 2012

Getting to Abu Simbel seems a little daunting. But, it’s not. Base yourself in Aswan and then sign up for the daily tour that leaves early in the morning. After a 3 hour ride, you have a couple of hours to visit this impressive landmark. The monuments don’t sit on their original site. When a [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: April 27th, 2012

By day, travel in Egypt can be overwhelming: the heat, the amount of people, the noise, the crazy traffic, the hassling for baksheesh (tips) for even the most mundane task. It’s enough to wear out even the most intense road warrior. But, then there are moments and places that center you once again. Seeing the [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: March 16th, 2012

If you’ve had the chance to see elephants in the wild, then you know how beautiful these giants of the wild are. At Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa, we saw plenty of the residents that give the park its namesake.  One herd we came across had a few young bulls. Our vehicle was [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: March 9th, 2012

Of all of Africa’s cats, the cheetah is probably the most lovable. You can get up close and personal and live to tell about it, not true of leopards. While traveling in Namibia and South Africa, we found several sanctuaries that are working to restore the species. I was told that very few actually live [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: March 2nd, 2012

While we went to the Addo Elephant National Park to see the elephants, there were plenty of other wildlife to see. Here we passed a small herd of zebra that were off to the races. Maybe our vehicle spooked them?  We did see other zebra at Addo, a lioness overlooking the valley, and even disturbed [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: February 17th, 2012

While with my parents traveling in Namibia and South Africa, we stopped off at a farm near Gobabis, Namibia, owned by family of some of my friends. About a year earlier, they adopted a baby warthog. These things are so ugly, they are cute! Canon was his name and he was so tame. He craved [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: December 9th, 2011

As impressive as the Sphinx is, the visit to see it isn’t exactly the most enjoyable during a trip to Egypt. Even in September, when I was there, the place was overly packed with people. But, once you get to a spot without people in front of you, you get the chance to admire this [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: December 2nd, 2011

Visiting the pyramids in Giza is a must while traveling to Egypt.  It’s on everyone’s itinerary. No surprise there. Most of the desert seems cut off from anything or anyone not related to the tourist trade. And, getting an original shot is difficult. As we were walking around, this guy riding his camel caught my [...]

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Written By: jeff

Posted On: November 25th, 2011

 By far the best part of my trip to Egypt was the three-day felucca ride up the Nile from Aswan to Luxor. There were 5 of us on our felucca: me, my friend Zoe, and 3 guides/boatsman. I thought we got lucky by being on the Nile during a full moon. But, Zoe told me [...]

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