Slaves in West Africa

2017-12-10T17:38:40-08:00September 14th, 2017|Africa, Benin, Ghana|

For over 400 years, there was a massive population shift from Africa to the Americas. The lowest estimated loss for the African population through the transatlantic slave trade is 20 million people.

West African Voodoo

2017-11-21T16:36:40-08:00September 9th, 2017|Africa, Benin, Togo|

Voodoo is an animist religion that attributes a soul to plants and inanimate objects.  Despite what you've seen in the movies, for millions of Africans, voodoo is not about black magic.  The main focus is about [...]

Boating in Benin

2017-11-19T16:08:56-08:00September 1st, 2017|Africa, Benin|

Benin is in West Africa, roughly the size of Portugal.  One of the poorest countries in the world, it's not known as a tourist destination.  The worst of the horrific Ebola epidemic, in which over [...]

Wet Elephant Kiss!

2017-09-14T09:49:18-07:00October 27th, 2011|Africa, Botswana|

Magnificent tusks - realizethat one whip of that headcould be deadly.The trunks are heavy - about 15 lbs. each.A wet kiss on one side fromthe elephant and a slobberon the other side from Mike.

African Elephants in Botswana

2017-09-14T09:49:18-07:00October 20th, 2011|Africa, Botswana|

We had a rare opportunity in Botswana to hangwith semi-habituated wild elephants for the day.We'd NEVER been this close...these were nottelephoto lens shots!  Here's a closeup of thetrunk, a fusion of the nose and upper [...]