Early this year we reached a significant milestone; guiding our 30th Photo Safari in Africa. We’ve been terrifically fortunate to spend so much time immersed in the continent’s most inspiring safari destinations along with so many wonderful people. We continue to be in awe of all the stunning moments, minutes, and hours spent with big game. And, the fun we’ve had in our quest to discover the best balance of comfort with reliably incredible wildlife experiences, a broad array of luxurious safari camps and lodges that we’ve stayed at—nearly 60.
Looking through our favorite images from these years, there are particular areas that have always provided amazing encounters with big game. As we prep to depart for our August 2019 safari program, we’re thrilled to be returning again to our favorite and most treasured itinerary—the one we have designed and appropriately named “Wildlife Paradise.” Time and again it’s delivered many of our most incredible wildlife sightings, photos, and memories. More importantly for us, it’s consistently “Wowed” our travelers, many of whom have joined us on prior safaris, prompting letters from them saying:
“It exceeded our wildest expectations!”
—Trevor & Geraldine W., 2018 Safari
“As very seasoned African travelers we rank this trip among the best we have ever taken. The many leopard, lion, elephant and wild dog encounters were especially amazing… Five leopard at one time!!!.”
—Alan & Jo Ann H., 2016 Safari
“The wildlife sightings were the best of our three safaris.”
—Wayne & Janine R., 2013, 2015, 2016 Safaris
We thought you might enjoy seeing some of the images we find memorable from these locations during the past five years (since it’s been that long since we blogged about these special places). It’s what inspires us to keep returning for more.
Leopards. Leopards. Leopards.
We’ll never forget one safari traveler who had been on 4 safaris, three of them with us. He said he was finished with safaris, claiming to have never had a good leopard sighting before, that it wasn’t possible. Rikki “promised” him a really great leopard if he came on this itinerary, and perfectly enough, on the very first afternoon at MalaMala, he had a gorgeous leopard posing on a huge granite rock outcropping in late afternoon light.
Risky business making promises about the most reclusive of the big cats (and interestingly the most prevalent). Yet our safaris in Southern Africa have been created to be particularly rich in leopard sightings. MalaMala, Mashatu, Chitabe, and Chiawa are all camps renown for their frequent and astounding leopard encounters year after year.
The Awesome Below-Ground Photo Hide at Mashatu
Wild Dogs at Chitabe, Okavango Delta
A Wealth of Wildlife
Endless Fun With Lion Cubs
At the End of the Day
One of the great delights of being on safari in these special private concessions and game reserves is the tradition of “Sundowners.” At the end of the day, we pause the vehicles, or slow the pontoon boat to drift on the tranquil river—hippos peering inquisitively at us— as we pull out a cooler of chilled drinks to toast another incredible day. The sun eases down, etching silhouettes against the colorful layering of the sky. We pause and take time to reflect, and to be thankful. And then slowly we enter the realm of the moon, curious night sounds, and the vibrant Milky Way.
Interested in knowing more about our safari programs, look under the “African Safaris” pull down menu above. Interested in 2020? Check out this link 2020 Wildlife Paradise Photo Safari with Rikki & Jack for the full itinerary.