Cappadocia’s Fairy Chimneys

The Fairy Chimneys in the central Anatolia region of Turkey are truly a geological phenomenon. You see, as a result of volcanic eruptions millions of years ago, hardened ash turned into porous rock. Then, after years of erosion, the softer rock wore away leaving pillars, some of which stand as high as 130 feet and topped with mushroom-like caps.

Nosy Be, Madagascar

A large percentage of Madagascar’s flora and fauna exist nowhere else on earth. Accessed only by boat, the Lakobe Nature Reserve is a natural habitat for the endangered black lemur. After my guided walk through the forest, I spent some time relaxing on the beach while being entertained by a group of ethnic Sakalava women and children, performing a traditional folk dance.

Hluhluwe Game Reserve, South Africa

The Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Game Reserve is home to magnificent wildlife viewing. This game park proclaims to be the oldest in Africa, dating back to the late 1890’s. Located in Central Zululand, Kwa Zulu-Natal, South Africa, Hluhluwe is easily accessed from either Durban or Richards Bay.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania

One cannot help but notice the contrast between urban development within the City itself and the age-old East African culture still practiced in the out-skirting rural communities. The Makumbusho Village Museum is a unique museum where one can learn about the cultures of the many ethnic groups of Tanzania. This open-air museum displays a number of furnished houses from across Tanzania, offering visitors a depiction of life throughout this fascinating country. Traditional dance and music performances are offered to further enhance the visitors experience.

In Search of the “Big Five” in Tsavo National Park

Tsavo National Park is located in Coast Province of Kenya between Nairobi City and the port city of Mombasa. The largest in Kenya, the park is split into Tsavo East and Tsavo West. The park’s semi-arid grasslands create the perfect habitat for a diverse wildlife population.

White Lions in South Africa

The Inkwenkwezi Private Game Reserve, located not far from East London in the Eastern Cape Province of South Africa has many prides of white lions. This reserve’s lions include a breeding pride. The owners of the reserve currently keep the breeding pride enclosed in 90 hectare protected area in hopes that the lions sufficiently breed to help cover the impact that game hunters have had on the species.

Devil’s Island Today

The beauty of Devil’s Island is offset by its dark history. During the 19th and 20th Century the prison housed thousands of prisoners, mainly French political exiles.