Places to Visit in Mpumalanga – South Africa

April 20th, 2021 No Comments »

Mpumalanga: Home of the Rising Sun in South Africa Mpumalanga is one of South Africa’s top tourist destinations – and for good reason. Arguably, few regions in the world can compare with […]

Africa Overland – Johannesburg to Victoria Falls – Episode 670

August 24th, 2019 No Comments »

In this special episode of Amateur Traveler, I get to introduce to you some of the wonderful people who joined me in Africa last May. We did this trip with Intrepid Travel, […]

Africa Overland – Tour from Johannesburg, South Africa to Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

July 14th, 2019 3 Comments »

Once a year I try and take a trip with a group of listeners of Amateur Traveler somewhere in the world. This year we chose southern Africa and took an overland trip […]

Safari Packing List – What to Pack for a Mobile African Safari

December 25th, 2018 4 Comments »

I was just on a mobile Safari in Africa in Botswana and wanted to summarize what I learned about what to bring from that experience. I started with a packing list from […]

Hunting with African Wild Dogs on Safari in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana’s Okavango Delta

December 20th, 2018 2 Comments »

We bounced along the dirt “roads” of the Moremi Game Reserve trying to keep up with the pack of wild dogs. Royale Wilderness owner, safari guide, and formula one fan Johnny Ramsden […]

5 Years In Africa – This Week in Travel #244

December 19th, 2018 No Comments »

This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, and Jen Leo are joined by this week’s guest: Travel author Francis Tapon from, and host of the WanderLearn Podcast […]

Amateur Traveler Trip – Africa 2019 – Kruger to Victoria Falls

March 15th, 2018 Comments Off on Amateur Traveler Trip – Africa 2019 – Kruger to Victoria Falls

Kruger to Victoria Falls – 8 days/7 nights We are taking the adventure up to 11 for the Amateur Traveler 2019 trip, but be advised this trip has more camping than our past […]

Travel to Cape Town, South Africa – Episode 539

December 3rd, 2016 4 Comments »

Hear about travel to Cape Town, South Africa as the Amateur Traveler talks to Annika Ziehen from Midnight Blue Elephant about her former hometown.  Transcript Annika fell in love with South Africa […]

Travel on a South African Safari – Episode 429

July 19th, 2014 5 Comments »

Hear about travel to South Africa on safari as the Amateur Traveler talks to Susan Portnoy from about her recent experience in the Timbavati Game Reserve. This is the 5th time […]

“Unseen Africa” with Francis Tapon – This Week in Travel #166

May 31st, 2014 No Comments » Subscribe on Apple podcasts | Become a Fan on Facebook | Download the iPhone app | Download This Week in Travel – Travel News Podcast. Regular hosts Gary Arndt, Jen Leo and Chris Christensen are joined by […]

Traditional South African Food

February 5th, 2013 5 Comments »

South Africa is renowned for its long white sandy beaches, astonishing landscapes, wild animals, and breath-taking vistas; however, its cuisine is as impressive as its land. South Africans are known for their […]

Book Review: “African Approaches” by Jo Jordan

January 9th, 2013 No Comments »

[amazon_link asins=’B00FL0WLSS’ template=’ProductAd’ store=’chrischrissho-20′ marketplace=’US’ link_id=’ 115df3cc-34bb-4bb0-895c-2cbf7708456c’]   Jo Jordan’s new tale, “African Approaches: Roads to a Far-Off Place”, is on the surface a somewhat chronological journey of Ms. Jordan’s business travels […]

Book Review: “Crossing the Heart of Africa” by Julian Smith

January 19th, 2012 No Comments »

“The Nile slides thick and silent beyond a grid of barbed wire. I slump in a plastic chair that’s soft from the heat and watch a cloud of tiny silver fish leap […]

Volunteer Travel to West Africa (Sierra Leone & Liberia) – Episode 272

March 19th, 2011 1 Comment »

The Amateur Traveler talks to Chris Guillebeau from the Art of Non-Conformity about his years volunteering in West Africa with the NGO (non-governmental organization) Mercy Ships. Chris and his wife volunteered with […]

Map of Africa

February 21st, 2011 No Comments »

This map of Africa shows travelers the numerous Amateur Traveler podcast episodes (both audio and video) about Africa. Click on the orange icons to get more information about an episode. View Larger […]