Reviews

Cover to Cover: 5 favourite African reads

February 10, 2010
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Cover to Cover: 5 favourite African reads

I found this blog by thefynbosguy in South Africa at mySafari (one of our recommended blog links) while surfing the web.  We’ve recommended books on southern Africa in the past, but never commented on these five.  Of the group, the only one I have personaly read is Michener’s “The Covenant”.  It was a great...

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Elephant Odyssey by San Diego Zoo

February 8, 2010
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Elephant Odyssey by San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo’s new promotion to help raise funds for their collaboration with Elephants Without Borders, to help support work to save elephants. You’ve probably heard the expression “the elephant in the room,” but how about the elephant in the iPhone? Now you can carry elephants with you, courtesy of our brand-new iPhone...

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Travel Tip: Peri-Peri Chicken and a chain called Nando’s

October 11, 2009
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Travel Tip: Peri-Peri Chicken and a chain called Nando’s

On my first trip to southern Africa, I discovered a dish that I fell in love with: peri peri chicken fron Nando’s.  Peri-Peri Chicken is a must on your trip to Botswana or South Africa! Peri-Peri is the perfect blend of flavor and fire. Technically, it should be piri-piri and not peri-peri. It is...

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Book for the Safari: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

September 21, 2009
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Book for the Safari: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

Book for the Safari: A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier by Ishmael Beah Sierra Leone is not Botswana.  Both have diamonds, so I guess their fates could have been similar, but, different fates emerged.  Regardless, this is Africa and this is really worth a read.  I read this book on my...

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Movie Review: The Gods Must Be Crazy

September 19, 2009
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Movie Review: The Gods Must Be Crazy

I will show my age a little. I first heard of this movie in 1985.  At the time, my neighbors were a couple of South African ex-patriots that starved for anything with a southern Africa flavor.  They invited me over to see “The Gods Must Be Crazy” which they had just gotten in video. ...

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Canon announces 7D: possibly the best camera for safari for the avid photographer

September 1, 2009
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Nikon shooters will debate this, but for non-pro Canon shooters, this is big news.  I have loved my 1.6x crop 50D, but on safari, it’s 9 focus points with only one being cross type have left me “out of focus” on some critical shots when panning or at low light.  Further, I have always...

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Selecting the Best Safari Binoculars for Photographers and Holiday Travelers

August 30, 2009
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One of the best decisions I made when planning my first Chobe safari was getting a good pair of binoculars.   With this overview, I hope I will help you make the right decision on binoculars for your safari journey. I guess the first discussion is on whether you actually need binoculars.  In other articles...

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Book Review: Whatever you do don’t run by Peter Allison

August 22, 2009
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Book Review: Whatever you do don’t run by Peter Allison

This is a little different post than most you will see here.  It is a review of a book of short, autobiographical stories which I read prior to my 2009 trip to Chobe.  The book chronicles events that occurred while Allison was a guide, with most of this time spent at Mombo Camp in...

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