Posts by Jim Holden
“Meet Esther Mahlango, a Celebrity Artist from South Africa, painting in the Ndebele style. On a safari to South Africa, you’ll be able to recognize the colorful Ndebele Houses, painted in the style made famous by Esther Mahlango, after … Read the restRead More
Zambia Safaris, two Kings, a Scout and a Knight!
Zambia safaris, two Kings, a Scout and a Knight; how did King Msiri, King Leopold II, Frederick Russell Burnham, and Sir Alfred Chester Beatty, “King of Copper”, all play a part in the development of Zambia?
While today, most Americans … Read the restRead More
Ever wonder how many States there are in Africa?
Have you ever wondered how many States there are in Africa?
Four more than the USA!
The USA has 50 and Africa has 54.
Of course in Africa, States are actually individual countries, with their own forms of … Read the restRead More
Where the Expression a Tower of Giraffes comes from?
Ever Wondered Where the Expression a Tower of Giraffes comes from?
Clients are often surprised by some of the collective nouns used to describe groups of animals on safari.
For example, a Tower of Giraffes. That might be more obvious … Read the restRead More
The Rhythms of Safari
As with most things in life, when one is in tune with one’s surroundings, or feeling the rhythm of something, whatever it is becomes much more meaningful.
Take jazz for example; until one understands the tempo and rhythm of different … Read the restRead More
The Importance of a Safari Guide to a Safari Experience
In my forty odd years in the safari business, I can’t recall a time when a client asked about a safari guide, when planning a safari. And yet a safari guide is key to a transformative and fulfilling … Read the restRead More
“Just When you Think you’ve Seen it All!
Africa is an ideal destination for anyone who thinks that they’ve seen it all.
I recall an around the world private jet group, when I was based in Africa, managing a safari operation.
The group had chartered Concord, the world’s … Read the restRead More
“When is the Best Time?”
So often, when someone is thinking of going on safari they’ll ask, “When is the best time to go?”
With a chuckle I always answer, “The time that best suits you!”
No-one likes that answer. They think I’m being … Read the restRead More
“Is it Dangerous?
“The question I get asked most often by anyone thinking of going on safari is, “Is it dangerous?”
Americans are mostly unfamiliar with Africa, as other than Liberia, America doesn’t have much of an historical colonial connection with Africa, unlike … Read the restRead More