• Zambia

    Walking With Lions: My Time in Zambia

    I’ve known since the third grade that I was destined to go to Africa someday. My fascination began the moment I opened my first National Geographic, a vintage issue dated February 1916, with the headline “How Old is Man?” emblazoned across the cover. Interest was replaced with obsession, and the mysteriousness of the continent was both intoxicating and alluring. Never in my wildest dreams had I ever imagined that my first trip to Africa would have me walking with lions. The opportunity to go to Africa presented itself a couple of years ago. I decided to offload the lion’s share (pun intended) of my personal belongings, including an apartment, and…

  • trip to namibia
    Africa,  Travel

    Namibia: A Personal Journey Across the Red Sands

    Some time ago, my trip to Namibia was featured on a Canadian Travel Blog: 1Life196Countries. Kelly Little, travel author, mom extraordinaire, and anthropology graduate, asked me to write a piece on Namibia. I asked what she was looking for specifically and she said her readers would “really love to read about the socio-cultural aspects and any interesting happenings or off the beaten path places you discovered.” This is what I wrote: http://1life196countries.wordpress.com/guest-post/dune-top-thoughts-a-wander-through-namibia/ “The earth is not ours, it is a treasure we hold in trust for future generations.” This was a quote shared with me, courtesy of my Ju’hoansi guide, a man who took myself and a group of overlanders on…

  • Bostwana

    A Safari through the Okavango Delta

    The Wilds of the Okavango Delta, Botswana Botswana. Just typing it stirs an overwhelming sense of nostalgia in my soul. If I close my eyes, I can smell the myriad of sun burnt grasses of the Savannah, the sweet muskiness of elephant dung and unmistakable waft of not-so-freshly picked bones of a nearby carcass. Traveling through Southern Africa was marked by endless moments of wonderment, marvel and since my return to Canada, I’ve been left aching for the soils of Africa. My journey took me from Capetown to Livingstone, where I spent a spell volunteering with lions. Yes, lions.  We’ll save that story for another time. Let me, if only…