KwaZulu-Natal: Circa turn of the century… It was a difficult safari. The vegetation was dense and green. The rainy season extending very late this year. Two of us were in pursuit of a pair of Nyala worthy of the adjective “trophy”. They seemingly were on holiday at an undisclosed location. Our daily marches had yielded nothing but wet clothes, run ins with various ill tempered Jumbo’s and more than a handful of reptile encounters in the armpit high riverine habitat. Riverine nyala habitatThe red pepper ticks were in the midst of a population explosion that yielded results in the ounce per leg category nightly, despite our best efforts and applications of all repellants known to man. Gaiters capping boots and socks soaked in various concoctions, and liberal dousing of pant legs would do nothing to deter the hungry hordes. My friend Con and his lifelong tracker Eric were in shock at the severity of the infestation. It seemed everything from ticks to jumbo were thriving. One evening Er..
Returning to Namibia, after more than a decade away, I find it little changed. Downtown Windhoek is a collection of new buildings and a bustle of construction. The roads are as they were, the streets more crowded than before. Shopping provides greater selection through more vendors than I’ve ever seen. After a whirlwind of provisioning we travel to our first home headquarters at Omujeve Hunting Safari’s main lodge. It is a spacious complex overlooking a small valley with a varied population of resident plains game. The lodge itself is of rather new construction with the typical thatched roof and interior pole design. A series of a dozen, or more, eight foot wide paired french doors allow for a full view to the valley beyond. The lodge is home to the main dining room with seating for up to twenty guests. Flanked by a pair of lounges, one area is paired with a large bar, the other with a central fire pit and hood. Shoulder and life-size animal mounts, along with European style horn moun..
A regular guest and friend of Omujeve, Ted Schall, has just set off on an epic African safari travel adventure. Follow his adventures on his blog called Ngruma The first article describes how Ted met Omujeve's owner, Corne Kruger, back in 2002 and how their relationship has developed over the years. [...]
The first step is always the most difficult, well, not really when it comes to air travel. Booking is tedious, especially when multiple flight segments require proper intervals for retrieving and re-checking baggage. Then there is the TSA (Transportation Security Agency) an oxymoron of monumental proportions if there ever was one. I will not comment on the people of TSA. I will leave the reader to make their own judgements, BUT all I can say is we pay for this? It seems the old adage, “You get the government you deserve (by voting),” is more than applicable. It seems in today’s world of air travel, most U.S. airlines will not check through your checked baggage UNLESS the international airline is one of their recognized travel partners. Well DELTA is in a huff about EMIRATES. Seems to be a fairly well published dispute about market shares with some airlines purportedly being subsidized by their foreign governments. Hmmm… Well EMIRATES is really in a class by itself. They offer great f..