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My Bucket List Gorilla Trek

My Bucket List Gorilla Trek

Most people associate Uganda with gorilla trekking. Our genetic cousins hold a special allure, and the thought of coming face to face with the endangered Mountain Gorillas got even me excited to hike through a dense rain forest and up the side of a dormant volcano! But there is so much more to this ‘Pearl of Africa’, as I’ve discovered…

Together we can save the Rhino!

Together we can save the Rhino!

See Africa through expert eyes and leave a legacy!
I’ve recently returned from scouting our May 2019 Legacy Safari, safeguarding the Rhino of Kruger Park. Space on this Legacy Safari is limited, so call soon. I look forward to sharing my Africa with you!

Canoeing the mighty Zambezi

Canoeing the mighty Zambezi

After a hearty breakfast we climbed into our canoes and headed for Kualefu (the ‘Far-away Place’) – 90 km’s downstream. It was a 3 day trip along the shores of the Lower Zambezi National Park. Gently floating down the river we saw many species of birds – just the thing for me! There is nothing quite like sitting in the front of a canoe on a huge expanse of water and watching the eagles swoop down to catch their dinner – just a few meters away from us…

What is it about the African bush?

What is it about the African bush?

This is a question that was put to me recently by a guest on a game drive in the Greater Kruger Park. It was something that at first I struggled to put into words, but once I thought about it, I realized that it wasn’t just one thing.

What did I get myself into?

What did I get myself into?

It was exactly 40 years ago today that I stepped foot in TravelSchmidt for the first time. I was a keener – excited to take my first group of clients around the world. The destination didn’t really matter to me, as long as I would be travelling! As you can imagine, it didn’t quite work out that way…

Meet King Kong in Peru

Meet King Kong in Peru

In May I travelled to Peru… exploring the Inca citadel of Machu Picchu had always been on my bucket list!

After spending a night in Lima I arrived in Cusco well rested. At the airport I was approached by a youngster who wanted to sell me his mother’s wool. He was about 7 years old, quite entrepreneurial and very persistent. He proudly called himself ‘King Kong’ after the only movie that was playing in the only movie theater in town…

Ever paddled a flying canoe?

Ever paddled a flying canoe?

It was August, the middle of the African winter when I set foot on the banks of the mighty Zambezi River, The grass was brown, the trees bare and the midday heat was bearable. It’s the perfect time for game viewing and tenting – the rainy season only starts in late October.

After a hearty breakfast we climbed into our canoes and headed for Kualefu (the ‘Far-away Place’) – 90 kilometres downstream. Our 3 day paddle hugged the shores of the Lower Zambezi National Park. A strong headwind during the first few hours tested my shoulders and arms. After a delicious lunch on the river bank under a shady tree and a quick massage I was ready to carry on. Luckily the wind had subsided and it was easy going from then on…

Mexico’s Sea of Cortez & Copper Canyon

Exploring the Sea of Cortez and the Copper Canyon in Mexico left and indelible impression on me. During my stay I did some snorkeling in a marine preserve near La Paz on the Baja California. The water is crystal clear and warm and the only company we had were some very inquisitive pelicans…

Hiking South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains

Hiking South Africa’s Drakensberg Mountains

Stretching over some 200 kilometers, from the Sentinal in the north to Bushman’s Nek in the south, the Drakensberg mountain range is one of the largest protected areas in Southern Africa. Covering over 600,000 acres in the Kwa-Zulu Natal province, the area consists of six game parks and six state forests. It is a world of spectacular sandstone cliffs, towering peaks – often snow capped – waterfalls, soaring buttresses and it’s the home of the bearded vulture, the Lammergaier. Giants Castle is a favorite. An easy trail traverses the gentle foothill area, where the wildlife is incredible. Look out for baboons, many species of birds, unusual wildflowers and woody plants. If you long for heights, Cathedral Peak is a good choice. This mystical area is also the home of many ancient Bushman paintings. We made it to the top and back in a day, and the view was overwhelming. On a clear day you can see every peak of the mountain range! Based at Tendele camp you can spend a week at the Amphitheater, hiking a different trail every day. Little wonder then that the ‘Berg’ are South Africa’s most popular hiking and mountaineering area. Click here for our South Africa Experiences Contact Vancouver Travel Consultant Christine Boecker to design your African...