Now is the time to stay put, but that doesn’t mean we can’t reminisce about our favorite travel memories. Our team sorted through photos and videos from past Africa travels to bring you their most memorable wildlife moments.
LOVE BIRDS IN TANZANIA
OVER THE OKAVANGO DELTA
DISCONNECT TO RECONNECT IN ZIMBABWE
One travel memory I love to share is how safari really helps you slow down and disconnect to reconnect. I was in Hwange, Zimbabwe, and had a couple of hours of downtime in between game drives. With no phone, internet, or TV I found myself pacing around the room trying to decide what I was going do. Should I take a nap? Read a book? Try and write? I finally settled down in my gorgeous room on the couch in front of the sliding glass windows to write and saw this yellow-billed hornbill checking me out through the window. It was like, he was watching me on TV! At that moment, I put down my notebook and opened my eyes to the beautiful land in front of me. I spent the next hour watching buffalo at the watering hole, the birds around my deck, and the little mice playing under the tree next to my room.
– Liz Loftus
A BABY ELEPHANT SNOOZE IN KENYA
My most memorable wildlife moment starts at Asilia’s Naboisho Camp, an area that extends off Kenya‘s Maasai Mara. That morning, I woke up at 5 am and set out on a walking safari: just me, my guide Roelof, and Roelof ‘s rifle. We head straight into the bush from camp and come upon a family of elephants. We want to get closer, but we don’t want them to feel threatened by our presence, so we take shelter in a bush and wait. The next thing I know, the family is right in front of us, including a baby who’s just months old. Without warning, the baby stumbles to the ground and drifts off into a peaceful slumber while the rest of its family browses nearby trees. I could see every breath the baby took as its little belly raised each time. It was a wild yet pure and tender moment. After about 15 minutes, the family decides to move on in search of more food. One of the older elephants nudges the baby to wake up, but the baby refuses and doses off back to sleep. After several tries, the baby finally gives in and gets up to join the rest of the family as they slowly march off into the wilderness.
– Becca Fritz