A South African Safari to Remember
Our African adventure started during the winter of 2015 in Calgary, sitting in my doctor’s office. During a regular checkup, he asked me how my fall trip to southern Alaska to photograph the grizzlies feeding on the spawning salmon had been. I explained that it was a very successful trip and I was able to get some great shots. He then asked me when I was planning to go to Africa to experience the “African Big Five.“ Without much thought, I replied that Africa wasn’t even on my travel list, mainly because of concerns about safety and potential illness. Then, in a perhaps annoyed tone, he reminded me that he had grown up in South Africa. I left his office with a clean checkup and one name—Kapama Private Game Reserve.
So, 18 months later, in September 2016, I was on a plane with my wife Wendy and mother-in-law Karen Lambden, headed to Cape Town, South Africa, for a three-week adventure! We had done our homework on what we wanted to see and do while there, but as you can well imagine, we still really didn’t know what to expect once we landed after 20 hours of flying on two airplanes to the other side of the planet.
Three lost Canadians in Africa!