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Back to the Mountain Gorillas in Rwanda

I’ve just returned from yet another visit to the famed mountain gorillas. Since 1994, visiting these gentle giants has been a great highlight of my safari lifetime. I’ve taken countless trips into this region that evokes everything from mythology of … more

My top five places for elephants

I have just sent out a newsletter, and it’s all about the elephants!  For me, across my many years leading safaris through the African bush, the stand-out animal to observe, photograph, and simply just be amongst is the elephant.  Since … more

Islas Galápagos

In May, Steph and I followed the equator around to Ecuador for a voyage through the wildlife mecca that is the Galapagos Islands. Charles Darwin visited the archipelago in 1835 and brought the world’s attention to one of the most … more

There’s no place like home

As Halina rides up to our almost-finished Mara house on her Ethiopian pony, I pause and consider our family story, and how it has brought us to living here, on the edge of the greatest wildlife location on earth. Our … more

Exploring Mahale Mountains National Park in Tanzania

There are few destinations left where, upon arrival, we feel like we are immediately transported back in time, to a rich, tangled wilderness worthy of Tarzan himself. One place that has endured the transition to the digital age but retains … more

A day on the Nile in Murchison Falls, Uganda

I take my guests to Murchison Falls National Park whenever I get the chance. Although this place in northwestern Uganda is not on many peoples’ radar, I find that a day on the Nile here is unlike any other day … more

Leopards and lions in the long grass

The Mara continues to be one of the best places on the planet to observe large carnivores. On a wonderful safari in the Mara Triangle last month, we caught up with a lovely leopard and her two full-grown cubs as … more

We’re moooooving…..

….to the Mara!!! Steph and I have just bought 5 acres of land at the northernmost tip of the Mara-Serengeti ecosystem. We plan to build our house in 2015, and we will soon be part of the Enonkishu Conservancy! We … more

The Shackleton & Selous Society moves forward with the inaugural Invitational Journey, to Nepal

I am very pleased to announce the inaugural “Invitational Journey” of The Shackleton & Selous Society. Fellow Kristjan Edwards will guide a small group of intrepid S&S Travelers along an inspirational path that will include light trekking, elephant-back polo, tiger tracking, and unparalleled personal … more

Exclusive Serengeti – alone amongst the great herds and mighty carnivores

Last week, several fellow partners of Ker & Downey and I visited the eastern boundary region of Tanzania’s famed Serengeti National Park. We camped in an area that has been closed to visitors for more than a decade, and enjoyed truly … more

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