Like most independent travelers to Africa's less-developed nations, I've had more than my share of hassles and headaches with crooked police, government workers, and other scammers – but I've never had an all-out travel disaster.
We stare horrified at a baboon in our kitchen – it stares horrified back, as it slowly rips open a bag of bread and begins munching thoughtfully.
With no time for game-viewing, breakdowns and the threat of animal attack, hitchhiking through the Serengeti and Ngorongoro Crater was far from a conventional safari.
When travelling in Africa I tend to wear baggy clothes covering most of my body. Most African countries are at least partly Muslim and the cover is also a good idea against bugs and sunstroke.
A GPS is the essential resource for self-drive safaris in many parts of Africa, but there inevitably moments when it lets you down when you least expect it.
On my first trip to South Africa’s Drakensberg range, my wife and I were planning to tackle the awesome Sentinel Hiking Trail. The 10km trail starts at about 2,500km and climbs to the top of the Drakensberg plateau, with a chain ladder en route and views of Lesotho.
Getting mugged is one of any traveller’s greatest fears, and in Africa it does happen if you don’t keep up your guard – unless you unwittingly give your money away instead.
Spending two days hitchhiking in Morocco’s High Atlas was an exercise in frustration, but also revealed the kindness of Berber villagers.
Flying to remote parks in small aircrafts with loads of camera equipment is one of the challenges I face on a regular basis as a travel photographer. Off course I can’t adhere to the luggage restrictions.
Heading out into the Kalahari with ample fuel reserves is basic common sense, but what happens when things don’t work quite as they should?