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The Great Australian Safari

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Category: Safari

The word 'safari' means journey and comes from the Swahili word 'kusafari' (to travel).  But for so many of us who live and breathe Africa, it's meaning is so much deeper.  What does 'safari' mean to you? 

australia safari

2020-07-29 00:40:32

Hope in Adversity

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Category: Travel

The wild ride of the coronavirus pandemic continues to have its ups and downs around the world, but it is wonderful to see some countries turning a corner with this terrible virus.  I have been so inspired to hear the stories coming out of Africa from our partners on the ground, who in spite of ongoing costs without any tourism income, continue to support local communities and play the all important role of preventing poaching.

Rwanda COVID-19 coronavirus

2020-06-11 00:31:48

Elephant Wisdom

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Category: Wildlife

When I got back from Rwanda in early January, we had no idea the crisis that was about to unfold across the planet from the novel coronavirus.  2020 has become the year of the pandemic and all of us are adapting to it in our own ways.  Back in early March, my first response to the sense of fear and trepidation about the many unknowns that people around me were feeling was to think about how elephants might react if this was something that was affecting them.  The population in Akagera National Park, Rwanda that has been my focus for the last couple of years have dealt with trauma after trauma in their lives, and only in the last decade have things settled down for them and a peaceful existence made possible by the wonderful team at the Akagera Management Company (African Parks in partnership with the Rwandan Development Board). 

elephant wisdom Africa

2020-05-07 05:18:34

With a little help from our friends

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Africa

As we all ride this crazy wave that is the coronavirus pandemic, no doubt many of us are going through peaks and troughs of emotions.  

Rwanda Akagera Elephants Africa

2020-04-08 03:00:57

Africa & Covid-19: Boots on the Ground

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Category: Africa

In the midst of the Covid-19 global pandemic, it's easy to feel overwhelmed and a bit hopeless.  When I was forced to postpone my upcoming safaris planned for this May and June to Tanzania and Botswana to next year, I must admit it was a pretty horrid feeling. Part of that feeling was purely selfish - I'm really going to miss Africa this year!  But I'm also worried about my friends working in safaris and conservation, and what this means for the people and wildlife of Africa.  But before I could even start to feel miserable about all that, emails started rolling in from our guests from all across the world.  No one talked about cancelling; everyone was just as keen as I was to make sure we get over to Africa, even if it is a year later.  I am so grateful for this - because Africa really needs us right now.

Covid19 Natural Selection Asilia Africa Dian Fo

2020-04-07 01:50:31

The Marvellous Maasai Mara

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Category: Safari


Highlights of Rwanda

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Africa

If there's a place on earth that shows that it's possible to recover from even the most extremely desperate situations and that proves the phenomenal resilience both of people and nature, it has to be Rwanda.  This December I spent a full month there and it reminded me how valuable it is to be able to spend significant time in one place really getting to know it better. 

Rwanda Africa Elephants Akagera Gorillas

2020-01-15 00:29:14

Room Available This December for Rwanda at Big Discount

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Safari

Due to a very last minute cancellation, as of today one room has become available on my Rwanda safari this year.  I am offering this room (2 people sharing) at a hefty discount as a result!  You can do either week one, week two, or both combined.  I'm open to any suggestions if you think you can join us next month!  I can also offer this to a single person at a big discount, however single supplement still applies for the lodges.

Rwanda gorillas elephant Akagera

2019-11-08 13:58:15

My 2020 and 2021 Safaris

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Category: Safari

Drum roll!  It's that time of year again when I release the details of my upcoming safaris for 2020 and 2021.  If you are thinking of going on safari next year or the year after, please read on....

safari Tanzania Botswana Natural Selection Asi

2019-10-09 01:41:12

Simply Splendid Tanzania

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Category: Safari

It always takes me a week or so to reflect on a safari in Tanzania before I can really wrap my head around what I've just seen.  So much happens in a day on safari there that it's hard to pick out just a few highlights. 


2019-09-12 01:43:35


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