Whilst other parts of Africa might be known for their scenic qualities, the Chobe National Park in Botswana is known for its wildlife, especially the elephants.  Up to 100,000 elephants are known to take refuge from poachers in the enormous park, the oldest in Botswana.  Elephants appear to exhibit what we know as memory.  They know that their lives are endangered in neighbouring countries.  They even seem to know exactly where the borders are and where they are safe.  So elephants flock here from all over southern Africa.  This gives us the opportunity to observe large herds of the enormous beasts.  Here, we were in a boat and happened upon a breeding herd as they were crossing the Chobe River from the Chobe National Park in Botswana to an island in the river where they will graze on the lush aquatic greens.  This is a luxury for the older elephants who must preserve their teeth or die.  They get six sets of teeth in a lifetime but hard grass and sand in roots abrade them.  So on an Experiential Safari you will often see Elephants plucking grasses from the river's edge and theshing it in the water to remove the sand from the roots.  The aquatic grasses are not as nourishing as the plains grasses so the elderly elephants need to eat more of it to survive.

<p>Did you know that lions can climb trees?  It’s a rare behavior that has evolved in isolated populations hundreds of kilometers apart. This well-fed young lioness, still sporting her juvenile spots, looks down upon us from her perch about 20m off the ground in Southern Uganda. #experientialtravel  (at Queen Elizabeth National Park)</p>

Did you know that lions can climb trees? It’s a rare behavior that has evolved in isolated populations hundreds of kilometers apart. This well-fed young lioness, still sporting her juvenile spots, looks down upon us from her perch about 20m off the ground in Southern Uganda. #experientialtravel (at Queen Elizabeth National Park)

Posted 11 weeks ago

Have a Whitewater Park near #lakewanaka New Zealand @lakewanakanz @thewanakasun (at Lake Wanaka)

Posted 11 weeks ago

Hawea Whitewater Park near #lakewanaka New Zealand. @lakewanakanz @thewanakasun (at Lake Wanaka)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>We found this #leopard hiding under a tree while he chewed on the remains of an impala. On safari with #machabacamp and #experientialtravel in #Khwai in #botswana.  (at Machaba Camp)</p>

We found this #leopard hiding under a tree while he chewed on the remains of an impala. On safari with #machabacamp and #experientialtravel in #Khwai in #botswana. (at Machaba Camp)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>Mist hangs in the valleys between the #dunes in #Sossusvlei in #Namibia with #experientialtravel  (at Sossusvlei)</p>

Mist hangs in the valleys between the #dunes in #Sossusvlei in #Namibia with #experientialtravel (at Sossusvlei)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>Mist hangs in the valleys between the #dunes of #Sossusvlei in #Namibia with #experientialtravel  (at Sossusvlei)</p>

Mist hangs in the valleys between the #dunes of #Sossusvlei in #Namibia with #experientialtravel (at Sossusvlei)

Posted 11 weeks ago

The #Sossusvlei area from a #hotairballoon at #sunrise in #Namibia We were fortunate to see a heavy #fog roll in. #experientialtravel (at Sossusvlei)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>An original stone bath from early 20th century in the #kolmanskop #ghosttown in #namibia .   #experientialtravel  (at Kolmanskop, Karas, Namibia)</p>

An original stone bath from early 20th century in the #kolmanskop #ghosttown in #namibia . #experientialtravel (at Kolmanskop, Karas, Namibia)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>These trees in the #deadvlei near #Sossusvlei in #Namibia died centuries ago when shifting sand #dunes cut them off from an ephemeral river. #experientialtravel  (at Deadvlei)</p>

These trees in the #deadvlei near #Sossusvlei in #Namibia died centuries ago when shifting sand #dunes cut them off from an ephemeral river. #experientialtravel (at Deadvlei)

Posted 11 weeks ago
<p>Another of the five #leopard we saw in the #khwai community area while we stayed at #machabacamp #experientialtravel  (at Machaba Camp)</p>

Another of the five #leopard we saw in the #khwai community area while we stayed at #machabacamp #experientialtravel (at Machaba Camp)

Posted 12 weeks ago
<p>Hippos frolic in the lagoon upon which we camped during our #letakasafaris mobile #safari in the #okavango #delta in #Botswana with #experientialtravel  (at Xaxaba)</p>

Hippos frolic in the lagoon upon which we camped during our #letakasafaris mobile #safari in the #okavango #delta in #Botswana with #experientialtravel (at Xaxaba)

Posted 12 weeks ago
<p>Christian makes another masterpiece from the edge of the #fishrivercanyon in #namibia with #experientialtravel  (at Fish River Canyon)</p>

Christian makes another masterpiece from the edge of the #fishrivercanyon in #namibia with #experientialtravel (at Fish River Canyon)

Posted 12 weeks ago
<p>The branches of the #quivertree were hollowed out by the #San people to carry their poison arrows.  The #euphorbia plants around the tree were used to make the poison. #namibia #experientialtravel  (at Fish River Canyon)</p>

The branches of the #quivertree were hollowed out by the #San people to carry their poison arrows. The #euphorbia plants around the tree were used to make the poison. #namibia #experientialtravel (at Fish River Canyon)

Posted 12 weeks ago
<p>See what they see. Flying over the #fishrivercanyon  we see a monotone #landscape but those who live there see a much richer scene. #experientialtravel  (at Fish River Canyon)</p>

See what they see. Flying over the #fishrivercanyon we see a monotone #landscape but those who live there see a much richer scene. #experientialtravel (at Fish River Canyon)

Posted 12 weeks ago
<p>#sunset on the lagoon we camped next to on our #mobilesafari with #letakasafaris in the #Okavango #delta .  #experientialtravel  (at Xaxaba)</p>

#sunset on the lagoon we camped next to on our #mobilesafari with #letakasafaris in the #Okavango #delta . #experientialtravel (at Xaxaba)

Posted 12 weeks ago
<p>#giraffe #silhouette at #sunset in the #moremi game reserve #botswana  (at Moremi Game Reserve)</p>

#giraffe #silhouette at #sunset in the #moremi game reserve #botswana (at Moremi Game Reserve)

Posted 12 weeks ago
<p>#Sundowners with #Letaka Safaris in the #Okavango Delta in #Botswana with #experientialtravel .   (at Xaxaba)</p>

#Sundowners with #Letaka Safaris in the #Okavango Delta in #Botswana with #experientialtravel . (at Xaxaba)

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>Sunrise from the deck of my tent at #sekomaislandlodge #experientialtravel  (at Sekoma Island Lodge)</p>

Sunrise from the deck of my tent at #sekomaislandlodge #experientialtravel (at Sekoma Island Lodge)

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>What would Christmas be without a baked Muscovado and Mustard glazed ham?</p>

What would Christmas be without a baked Muscovado and Mustard glazed ham?

Posted 13 weeks ago
<p>Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, (belated) Milad Un  Nabi and anything else you might celebrate today. I hope you enjoy a lovely day with family and friends. May it be the beginning of a year of peace, love and fulfillment for you.  (at Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Australia)</p>

Merry Christmas, Happy Hanukkah, (belated) Milad Un Nabi and anything else you might celebrate today. I hope you enjoy a lovely day with family and friends. May it be the beginning of a year of peace, love and fulfillment for you. (at Wheelers Hill, Victoria, Australia)

Posted 13 weeks ago