Every one who meets Jody Cole is dazzled. From the Makuleke women who cook and clean for the EcoTraining camp in Kruger National Park (where we spent a glorious week) to the young twenty-something student back-up guides who accompanied us on our day long treks with their rifles. It’s impossible not to fall a little […]
I was going to try to make it. I was really going to try. But this time I couldn’t make it by myself. At least I knew that much. I was going to climb Mt. Kilimanjaro – again. I was going to climb it, all 19,340 feet of it, for the second time. My first […]
In 1998, I had an epiphany. I was busy whining to my friends and to myself about how useless my life had been up to that point, and when you’re in that place in your life sometimes it takes just the right word to change your life forever. By the end of 1998, I had […]
Africa can be a dream vacation, as it was for me. I thought I would just go, check it off my ‘bucket list’ and come home. But what happened to me is what happens for so many of my guests on safari. They walk through a door they never can, nor want to, close again. […]
When you’ve been to Africa as many times as I have, you begin to collect what the safari guides term “encounters” with dangerous wildlife. I’ve had my share, especially since I prefer getting on the ground versus vehicle tours. Unlike in the movies, wildlife of all sorts have ways to let you know you’re unwelcome […]
In 1998, I had a life-changing phone call. I was in one of my sad-me moments, whining to a friend about how hard my life was and how everything that was wrong because I was wrong, and well you get the picture. But in my self-involved haze, I hadn’t taken the time to remember who […]
Hang on, it’s going to be a wild ride!