The call of Africa began around 1989 in Schenectady, New York, mostly through National Geographic Magazine and PBS's Nature with George Page. Though a world away, I was thoroughly hooked.
The first journey was in 2005, visiting the Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa's Limpopo Province, then spending time in the Soweto township of Johannesburg. From stepping foot in former President Nelson Mandela's home to watching street musicians and passers-by on a warm, sunny South African Sunday morning, Soweto was where I discovered that my passion for Africa's wildlife was matched by an unconditional compassion for the African people, for their songs, stories, languages, and love of life.
With a BA in journalism and MA in African Studies, I've since journeyed throughout much of the continent, both as a wildlife conservation researcher and photojournalist, with an equal interest in learning the unique history of the African people.
The goal is to see Africa and its many cultures as they really are, and to document (as accurately as possible) the many complexities involved in preserving its natural heritage, mostly by listening to and learning from the amazing people living with the dangerous, truly awesome animals found there. Such is a land of innumerable, immeasurable extremes.
I'm particularly fond of the Waterberg bushveld, the rugged savannas of Queen Elizabeth National Park, and the riverine woodlands of Murchison Falls National Park.
Hambani Kahle. Musiibe bulungi.