Weird Science: Unwrapping a Mummy
Encased in temperature-controlled glass cabinets, mummies are often a star attraction at some of the world’s greatest museums. For centuries, mummies were viewed as nothing more than money-making commodities. Thankfully, attitudes have drastically shifted.
But what exactly is a mummy?
The word ‘mummy’ refers to the dead body of a human being or that of an animal whose soft tissues and organs have been preserved by either intentional means or by accidental exposure to extreme conditions. Practiced throughout most of early Egyptian history, mummification refers to the specific methods used by the Egyptians to remove all moisture from the body, leaving only a dried form that would not easily rot or decay. You may have viewed a mummy on display …
Safari is a year-round adventure and the planning process is exciting! Africa is a vast continent and the possibilities for exploring it are endless. From gorilla trekking in Rwanda to Big Five game drives in Tanzania, researching destinations and designing an itinerary with your safari planner occupies a tremendous amount of your free time. And, of course, deciding what to wear and which camera to bring are all part of the fun, too!
When planning your safari, conversations often center around Africa’s iconic wildlife. Whether you’re a full-fledged Africaphile or just beginning your research, you’ve likely heard the term ‘Big Five’. For most first-time safari-goers, the Big Five are on the list. But did you also know there’s the Small…
Giraffe Manor: The Most Incredible Bucket List Breakfast on Earth!
A stunningly beautiful 1930s manor house turned all-inclusive boutique hotel, Giraffe Manor is set within an indigenous forest where critically-endangered Rothschild’s giraffes roam freely. The recipient of countless accolades, Giraffe Manor has enjoyed an avalanche of publicity in recent years, becoming an Instagram icon, so much so that you may recognize the photos before you recognize the name. After all, where else in the world can you eat breakfast with giraffes?
However, staying here does come at a price and the question I am asked most often is, “Is it worth it?”
The answer is a resounding, “Yes, it’s worth every single cent!”
Perhaps the second-most often asked question is, “What’s it like to stay there?” Simply put, Giraffe Manor …
Five Wild-Ass Facts About Zebras
Africa’s answer to the horse, its iconic stripes make the zebra easy to identify. Black, white and adorable all over, zebras are half horse, half donkey and are easily one of my favorite animals to watch while on safari. But there’s much more to this mesmerizing creature than meets the eye. Here are just a handful of wild-ass facts about one of Africa’s most beloved beasts.
1. Zebras have mad self-protection methods! Vulnerable but powerful, zebras are prey to nearly every four-legged hunter. Lions, hyenas and even Nile crocodiles hunt these beautiful creatures. Because they must be on the defensive constantly, zebras have excellent methods of self-protection. Did you know that zebras sleep while standing up and only in groups?