Am I in a National Geographic Magazine?


From April – July in 2007 I lived in Cape Town, South Africa this blog entry is one of the highlights of my trip I wanted to share:

In July of 2007 I went on a 14 day safari starting in Johannesburg and then spending a few days in Kruger National park which is in  the northeast corner of South Africa then up through Botswana to Livingston, Zambia to stay a few days at Victoria Falls. After Victoria Falls we headed to Maun, Botswana where that is the starting point to get into Okavango Delta. I fell in love with the Okavango Delta after seeing it on the BBC series Planet Earth. Since I was already in Africa and wasn’t sure if I would ever be able to go back I figured it was my only opportunity for me to go to the Okavango. So after our lazy days of rest in Livingstone we started back south to Maun stopping at Shakawe, Botswana to do a river cruise on the Chobe River. We were told that there would be many animals there and it would be a great photo opportunity so I was very excited! Well they weren’t lying, I really felt I was in a National Geographic magazine. There were water buffalo, crocodiles, hippos, birds galore, monkeys & baboons, but most of all ELEPHANTS! At this point in the trip we had really only seen elephant briefly in Kruger National Park and it had been quite a few days since we saw any wildlife besides baboons and they are really more of an announce then anything. There were quite a few boats in the water but since we were a smaller group we could go in a smaller boat getting closer to shore and the wildlife without disturbing them in the habitat. This gave me some of the best opportunity for photographs and I took so many pictures even got some of elephants mating (which I won’t share). I was on a photo high for days after that and I felt my trip was complete and I will remember this afternoon for the rest of my life.

Flash forward to now, I have been wanting to go back in a re-edit these photos since its been 6 years and my editing has gotten better, and getting away from photos is sometimes a good things. Here are 4 of my favorites I rediscovered after 6 years of not looking at these photos! I will be going through all my albums from this trip so I am sure it won’t be my last blog entry about my amazing trip to Africa in 2007.


  1. Nick Rose says:

    Looks like it was a great trip. Would love to visit there!

  2. Gwen Workman says:

    WOW… sounds like such a great adventure… and beautiful images as well..

  3. These animals are so beautiful. Great shots!!

  4. Definitely on my bucket list! Great shots! I like the profile of the one elephant the best.

  5. Ashley Cherry says:

    What beautiful light and majestic animals!

  6. Sounds like it was an incredible experience. Beautiful shots!

  7. Jade says:

    These are great travel photos – what an amazing experience.

  8. Wow, these photos are amazing! What an adventure! 🙂 Love these!

  9. Shannon says:

    What an amazing experience you had capturing the Elephants in South Africa, the photos are spectacular and one of those beautiful moments in life where the troubles of the real world fade away as you watch something far more majestic in the wilds of Africa

  10. Bucket list photography item for sure!! Beautiful photos!

  11. […] these pictures from my amazing 3 months in Cape Town. Check out my other previous blog posts about African Elephants in Botswana & getting to spend an hour with some Baby Cheetahs which was truly a once in a […]

  12. Amanda says:

    Wow! I would say it looks like National Geographic. Amazing experience and your so lucky you got you capture it in these portraits. I hope I get to visit Africa one day!

  13. Okay – I am totally in LOVE with these photos. You are a totally amazing National Geographic photographer (even if they weren’t in the magazine. haha) . I wish I lived closer so you could take photos of my family!

  14. Lexi Green says:

    This is so awesome!!!! Beautiful images, I love elephants!!!!

  15. Rachel Jensen says:

    Elephants are my favourite! These photos should be in National Geographic!!

  16. This looks like it was a really fun trip, and your photos are stunning! I love the way you captured the details of the elephants face. Getting close up to them like that must have been quite adventurous!

  17. Corey says:

    Beautiful captures! I love elephants! It looks like you had a super fun trip to South Africa!

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