In September of
2002, we took a three week safari with our good friends Kris and Melissa
Burkhardt, Korin Yang, and Brian Lawler. The safari was planned
with the excellent assistance of our friend Gautam Shah, who is in the
business of planning exotic vacations (check out his web site custom
our safari, we ventured into five different countries: South
Africa, Botswana, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Kenya (six if you count
our extended layover in London). Our South African
ventures were limited to exploring the city of Johannesburg.
true safari experience was in Botswana. We visited the
following game reserves and national parks in Botswana:
Makgadikgadi Pans GR, Nxai Pan NP, Xaxanaka and Khwai in the
Okavango Delta, Moremi GR, Savuti, and Chobe NP. In each
of these locations we slept in tents.
Zimbabwe experience was limited to the viewing of Victoria Falls.
we visited the Ark in the Aberdares NP, and stayed at a lodge in the
shadow of Mount Kilimanjaro within Amboseli NP.
Tanzania, we visited Lake Manyara, the Ngorongoro Crater, the
Olduvai Gorge, and the Serengeti.
We did keep a
detailed journal during our trip, and at some point in the future we will
publish the highlights on our web site. However, we wanted to
share our pictures prior to filtering our journal. Filtering our
pictures turned out to be time consuming in and of itself - believe it or
not, we took 51 rolls of film during our escapades.
have grouped all of pictures to make browsing easier. We grouped animals by diet then we have listed the
animals from heaviest to lightest. So, if you like the
big animals start at the top. In addition we compiled some interesting
information about the animals in case you wanted to learn something while
browsing pictures. We
leveraged the Richard D. Estes' Revised and Expanded Safari Companion for
the cool facts. It is an outstanding book and cannot be recommended
enough for anyone who plans on
going on a safari.
pictures were taken with a Nikon N60 with one of three lens: Sigma 28-105
Zoom, Sigma 170-500 Zoom, or Tokina 80-400 Zoom. We hope you enjoy the
pictures as much as we enjoyed taking them.