Posts Tagged ‘South Africa’

Who Was Eliot Elisofon?

Thursday, April 15th, 2010

There are few photographers who can even say they captured Africa quite the way Eliot Elisofon did during his lifetime. His legacy of photography and filmmaking provides ethnologists, photographers, and historians a fantastic visual record of African life from 1947 to 1973. When Eliot passed away in 1973, he bequeathed to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of African Art  his materials from his experiences living on the continent, including 50,000 black-and-white photographs and 30,000 color transparencies.

What is most notable about Elisofon is at a time when outside cultures were viewing Africa through stereotypes and misconceptions, his photography was always grounded in humanity and respect. You can learn more about Eliot Elisofon on the Smithsonian Channel.

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Traveler Words: Inspired by Africa

Friday, March 13th, 2009

See what our travelers have to say about their recent journeys to South Africa. We’re grateful that travelers so generously share their thoughts with us. This week, read about what they loved about visiting Africa by rail.

“As a first time traveler to South Africa, Zambia and Botswana, I came away with a very special sense of Africa because of this tour…The tour was very diverse and I was able to get a sense of South Africa and an introduction to Zambia and Botswana. I loved Rovos Rail and all the safaris. I liked this trip so much, I plan to return to Cape Town and other countries.”

Judith Schwartz – South Africa’s Great Rail Journey

A traveler on Rovos Rail

A traveler on Rovos Rail. Photo: Patrick Wagner


Wild Dogs on Safari

Monday, March 9th, 2009

Don Wilson is curator of mammals at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and was named senior scientist in January, 2000. For the last 30 years, his work has taken him around the world to conduct field work and research. He has led tours for Smithsonian Journeys to most of the world’s greatest natural history destinations, from Antarctica to Africa. Click here to learn more about Don.

Kruger National Park is South Africa’s largest game reserve, and has long been one of my favorites. As a long-time Study Leader, I have made lots of trips to Africa over the years, but in the summer of 2007 my wife Kate and I had the good fortune to join a wonderful couple and 19 of their children and grandchildren on the experience of a lifetime. To celebrate their 50th wedding anniversary, they took the whole family on an African safari by private plane.

One of the most memorable destinations was a private lodge and reserve bordering Kruger. It was the 21st of July, mid-winter in the southern hemisphere, and the morning air was nippy when morning tea was delivered to our thatch-roofed rondavel. Warmed by a hearty breakfast enjoyed while overlooking the Sand River, we headed out on our morning game drive in open-topped vehicles.

A wild dog plays around with it's pups. Photo: Don Wilson

A wild dog plays around with its pups in Kruger National Park, South Africa. Photo: Don Wilson

Having seen a plethora of wildlife, including the “Big Five” in our first two days here, we were on a special mission this morning. Our driver guides had told me about a den of African Wild Dogs, and although I had done research on mammals and led safaris to Africa for 30 years, I had never seen this impressive predator in the wild. Because we were in a private reserve rather than inside the National Park, we were able to ease our way through the scrub forest to a spot very near the den. In fact, we were so close, the pups came right up to the vehicle and were smelling the tires. (more…)