Category archives for Africa

An elephant! Her leathery wrinkles are amazing—great texture. Must get a detail shot. Did we get a model release for that beautiful child? Yes, ok good. Who will be the main voice of the film? There is a pride of lions lounging under that tree.  When will we charge our batteries next? Oh there’s an…

The Zambezi River curls by my deck at the Ntwala Island Lodge, dark river beneath a muted orange and red sun, dying to the African day. The river is laced with crocs, peppered with hippos, and surrounded by clouds of birds, cawing, screaming and cooing. There are super aggressive fish in the river—tiger fish that…

The KUZI Project is a 500-mile, self-supported stand-up paddle boarding and kite boarding journey up the coast of East Africa. Photographer-filmmaker Seth Warren and his good friend South African adventurer Kirk Hollis will travel a stretch of the Indian Ocean coastline—from Pemba, Mozambique to Zanzibar, Tanzania—that is world renowned for its wildlife, marine life, and…

Climbers Hazel Findlay and Emily Harrington are tackling big walls this month in Morocco. Recently they took on “Babel,” a 3,000-foot route in the Atlas Mountains, from the ground up. Here Emily shares their adventure. Read more about their expedition at http://www.neverstopexploring.com/blog/morocco/. Hazel and I attempted an onsight of “Babel” two days ago. I’m proud to…

Marmot Presents: DUK COUNTY (2013) Produced by Jordan Campbell & Michael Herbener from Duk County on Vimeo. A new documentary, DUK COUNTY, about a humanitarian expedition to South Sudan to restore preventable blindness will premiere at Mountainfilm in Telluride this May. Jordan Campbell first shared this story with us in December 2011 from the remote…

Last Friday we announced the ten inspising 2013 Adventurers of the Year. Each has shown a long-term commitment to striving, suffering, and rejoicing in adventure—in diverse ways. They prove that great adventures do still exist. Now you must decide which one will become the new People’s Choice Adventurer of the Year for 2013 by voting every day for…

What do you envision when you hear the word “adventure”? I think of excitement, challenge, the unknown, and probably a little adversity. The thing about adventure is that it gets you out of your comfort zone. And it makes you vulnerable—because no matter how carefully you plan, the fact remains that you don’t really know…

This summer, a small international team scouted a route up Kilimanjaro for a paragliding attempt off the mountain, planned for February 2013. Award-winning adventure travel writer Jayme Moye reports in this two-part series. Read Part 1 Our team takes seven days, longer than most people spend hiking up Kilimanjaro, to reach the summit. We have…

This summer, a small international team scouted a route up Kilimanjaro for a paragliding attempt off the mountain, planned for February 2013. Award-winning adventure travel writer Jayme Moye reports in this two-part series. It’s the second day on the mountain, and our group has just stepped off the trail up Kilimanjaro for a mid-afternoon break.…

Chuck Yaeger stops by my tent at 4:30 a.m. Yaeger, a wild elephant that occasionally roams the Elephant Watch Camp for its tree snacks (seed pods), is a large bull. He is five feet from my head. I lay flat and quiet. Elephants can smell but have poor eyesight. A powerful step or sweep of…

Wild Love: Jake Norton & Wende Valentine from Andy Maser on Vimeo. I first met Wende Valentine at Mountainfilm in Telluride in 2011. I had just a spark of an idea about capturing stories that explore the threads of love, loss, and passion for adventure in the outdoor community. Wende was living a story of…

By Tim Ward, author of Zombies on Kilimanjaro (May 2012, Changemakers Books) What are zombies doing in a non-fiction book about a father and son climbing the world’s highest freestanding mountain? As you near the frozen summit in the dead of night, sucking in air that seems too thin to breathe, you stagger toward the…

Ten Reasons to Climb Kilimanjaro

Tim Ward is the author of Zombies on Kilimanjaro: a Father-Son Journey Above the Clouds, the first literary narrative of climbing Kilimanjaro. Why do 40,000 people a year seek to climb the world’s highest freestanding mountain–a mountain so popular it has become known as “Everyman’s Everest”? Here are the top ten reasons, from the most…

Dr. Geoff Tabin at the Duk Lost Boys Clinic, South Sudan Jordan Campbell (pictured below) is on a medical mission to the remote and underserved region of Duk Payuel in South Sudan, the world’s newest country. He is assisting two ophthalmic surgeons—Dr. Geoff Tabin and Dr. Alan Crandall, both game-changers in the way eye care…

The Dune Discovery- paragliding where no one has before from Offshore Odysseys on Vimeo. "Flying a site like this is like having an out-of-body experience," says Gavin McClurg of paragliding above the shape-shifting sand dunes on 20-mile-long Bazaruto Island. "You are looking out at the Indian Ocean's turquoise waters churning endlessly from one huge lagoon…

Last January, NG Adventure writer Tetsuhiko Endo interviewed Scottish biking sensation Danny MacAskill about his phenomenal talent on two wheels, which has become an Internet sensation. Here, get a look at his new video, shot on the streets of Cape Town, South Africa.

Photograph by Nick Muzik, Caters News Agency Download the desktop wallpaper and see previous Extreme Photos of the Week. “Riding on top of Table Mountain was something I had to do,” says professional mountain biker Kenny Belaey. “The landscape is just perfect for trials—but I had to be really careful.” Belaey pulled out every daredevil…

By Andy Maser; Photographs by Andy Maser and Trip Jennings, Elephant Ivory Project, EP Films We were recovering at our Obenge base camp when we heard the strange screams. “Pardon Papa! Pardon Papa!” over and over again, with a sound like bamboo being chopped down prompting each yell. Effrin, a local guide, pointed to the…

Riding a motorbike through the savannah By Trip Jennings and Kyle Dickman; Photographs by Terese Hart and the Bonobo in Congo Project There was a shootout. Andy and I weren’t there, but we learned through satellite text messages that Colonel Gui and his soldiers from the Congolese army ran into the bandits somewhere between Kisangani…

By Trip Jennings and Kyle Dickman; Photographs courtesy Kyle Dickman, Skip Brown, and Terese Hart We just arrived this morning and I already want to leave Kisangani, a city of 700,000 in the center of Congo’s jungle. A cholera outbreak started in the city last week and left 27 dead—200 more cases have been reported.…

By Kyle Dickman and Trip Jennings; Photographs by Andy Maser It's been a fortunate few days. We arrived in Kinshasa on Monday exhausted from 36 hours of transit and found the Congo just as hot as we left it two years ago. On Tuesday morning, we met with Dr. Teresa Hart, a 30-year veteran of…

By Kyle Dickman and Trip JenningsToday, I'm packing. After two years in the works, we’re kicking off the Elephant Ivory Project in earnest on Sunday morning when Andy Maser and I fly to Kinshasha, the capital of the Democratic Republic of the Congo, with a case of collection vials and the goal of saving a…

 By Andrew Tolve; Photograph courtesy Chris Korbulic  The Itanda Falls in eastern Uganda are a treacherous, quarter-mile run of rapids lined by dense jungle and heaving with Class VI whitewater from top to bottom. Hendri Coetzee, the South African kayaker killed by a crocodile on the Lukuga River in December 2010, considered this “big water kayaking in…

Over the past few weeks, the kayaking community has come together to ask us to honor legendary paddler Hendri Coetzee in our Adventurers of the Year feature. Their voices were heard. This underground icon of the kayaking world captured the spirit of adventure on par with the world's greatest explorers. He will be greatly missed.…

By Tetsuhiko Endo Since the popularization of whitewater rafting and kayaking, the North Fork of the Payette has become one of North America's premier stretches of whitewater with 15 miles of continuous Class V rapids, including the infamous series of drops known as "Jacob's Ladder." Record rainfall in the region has swelled the river to…