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Africa: The Bucket List


An elephant family at Addo

On Safari in Addo Elephant National Park, South Africa

We have been riding around for an hour, it seems, and so far we have seen very little. A few zebras. A handful of antelopes. But no elephants, and the elephants are what we are here for. And when you're heart is set on elephants, a few antelopes just don't ...
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The Snows of Kilimanjaro

Climbing Mt. Kilimanjaro on the Machame Route

You want to climb Kilimanjaro, probably for the same reason I did. At 19,340 feet, Kilimanjaro is Africa’s highest peak, which means that it's one of the so-called "seven summits" -- the highest peak on each continent. Talk about cachet! But I will tell you right up front that it's ...
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gorillas in Uganda

Gorilla Tracking in Uganda at Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

There's a reason they call it impenetrable. First, mud: squishy and slippery underfoot, the kind of mud that says, "No so fast, buddy: One step forward, two steps back." Then the vegetation: Layers of it, grasses and bushes and trees, green upon green. It is cool and dark. The trail ...
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