Posts Tagged ‘africa’


I was interviewed by WTTW anchor Phil Ponce on Monday (Aug. 3, 2015) about big-game hunting in Africa and the outrage over the killing of Cecil the lion in Zimbabwe.

Lions gorge on buffalo in Kenya, where big-game hunting is banned, By Terri Colby

Lions gorge on buffalo in Kenya, where big-game hunting is banned, By Terri Colby

Many Americans don’t realize that big-game hunting is legal in much of Africa. However, it seems clear that Cecil’s hunting wasn’t conducted in a legal way as he was lured out of his protected habitat. The issues surrounding that horrific action are ongoing.

And it’s likely that there may be some financial fallout for Africa’s safari industry from it, particularly in Zimbabwe.

It’s very expensive to participate in big-game hunting in Africa. Some sites offer lion-hunting excursions at $50,000 per person, for example.

Buffalo and giraffe appear to be posing for the camera in Kenya,  By Terri Colby

Buffalo and giraffe appear to be posing for the camera in Kenya, By Terri Colby

But countries in Africa derive much more tourism income from eco-safaries, the kind where you hunt animals in order to observe them and take photos.

It’s still expensive, perhaps $10,000 a person, but I suggest everyone should plan a once-in-a-lifetime trip for an African safari to see the animals. Europe will be much the same in 20 years, I believe. But for a variety of reasons, the biggest of which is habitat loss, the wildlife in African safari regions, is diminishing at a pretty fast clip. Get there before it’s too late.

Here is the link to the WTTW site where you can watch the interview.

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It’s easy to get a good shot of these lovely creatures.

I’m honored to learn today that I won three first-place awards in a Society of American Travel Writers contest, as well as the overall Henry and Vera Bradshaw writing award, selected from among all first-place winners.

The prizes, in three different categories, are for my Chicago Tribune story and photos on a safari in Kenya.

I’m rarely satisfied with my stories. But I was proud of this one, in part because I thought I came close, if only in a few parts, to capturing the magic of the experience. And that I was able to come close in only 1,000 words.


Sunset is gorgeous and a fine prompt for the tradition of sundowners, cocktails in the bush at the end of the day.

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Sunset on the savannah.

Of my many recent travels, none compare with my safari in Kenya. It’s a trip of a lifetime and definitely worth saving for. Naturalists say it’s possible that the safari experience could be decimated in another 20 years because of decreasing animal habitat, poaching and the encroachment of modern life.

I can’t recommend it more. Don’t wait. Europe will look pretty much the same in 20 years. Not necessarily so for the African savannah.

If you’re afraid of Ebola, think again. Europe is closer to the sites of the Ebola outbreak than are the western African safari destinations.

Here is a link to my safari story that appeared in The Chicago Tribune Travel section on Nov. 9, 2014. There are 11 more photos there, so please take a look.


On safari in Kenya



One of the big birds at sunset.


Up close with a giraffe.

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Elephants are one of the big 5.

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