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By: Andrew Pateras

Ten Minutes to Live

Tags: Africa, Travel, Photography

Our local guide “Galaxy” pulled us aside right before venturing out on our hike to give us the two minute survival brief. He explained that if charged by a rhino, elephant or hippo, you have to run as fast as you can in a zig zagging pattern and then up a tree. At this point I was wondering what I had gotten myself into.  He made it very clear that he was not kidding, and then wen...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Living in the Bush

Tags: Africa, Travel, Photography

In Africa, the bush means the wilderness. For the past two nights, I was truly roughing it. Charging batteries? Showers? I don’t think so. Out there, the only creature comfort we had was fire. Our polers brought us to our site with their Mocoro’s (African dugout canoes). With an efficient assembly line, we unloaded supplies and equipment for our two nights in just minutes. We passed te...Read More

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Yes, You are Allowed to Hate me Right Now

Tags: travel, photography, dominican,

Last week was spent doing the part of my job that makes people the most envious... Can anyone say Destination Wedding???  This summer I actually have three of them on my schedule and this was the first. The location was the Riu Palace in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic and it is gorgeous! Vibrantly coloured walls, beautiful majestic skyscapes and soft sandy beaches (notice I did not say "...Read More

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The Gods Must Be Crazy!

Tags: Africa, Travel, Photography

If you have ever seen that movie, you know what a San Bushman is. I had the experience of a lifetime when I got to go for a walk with a family of San Bushmen yesterday. They showed us how they survive. How they find water, food and the virtual hospital they have in plants and roots in the Kalahari.  Their language was especially interesting, with clicks and strange sounds built into the front...Read More

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Maverick and Goose, wrapped up into one Crazy Pilot

Tags: Africa, Travel, Photography

Our first view from the Okavango Delta was a majestic one. 1,000 feet above the tributaries and grazing elephants, we got the bird’s eye view of the entire area. You get a true appreciation of the vastness of this green oasis in the middle of the Kalahari.  The title of this entry does not even begin to describe the daredevil we had as a pilot. Alberto literally banked and dove, pulling...Read More

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Major Website Upgrade Coming Soon!

Tags: General, photography, travel

Calling all readers! Over the past few weeks I have been working tirelessly on a complete website upgrade. I like to call it andrewpateras.com version 2.0. I know, very original! There will be significant speed upgrades as I know that the load times were long. We the internet generation cannot wait the full 48 seconds for the page to load. This will be drastically improved. It is going to be a ful...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

The Heart of Africa

Tags: Africa,travel,photography

As I was shuttled from place to place over the last week, I passed through countless small towns and villages. With the fresh African air in my face I would often wave at groups of people. With delight and enthusiasm they would wave back and smile! It became addictive and I kept waving at strangers as I passed through their villages at over 80 kilometres an hour. I could not help myself, I felt li...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Practice makes a Perfect Climber

Tags: Africa, travel, photography

My Kilimanjaro summit is still over a month away, but I have been feeling lazy the last few weeks. As most of you know, I am a little bit of a gym junkie. Being away from the iron for this long is a little out of the ordinary for me.  Today I had the privilege of climbing the Waterberg Plateau in Namibia. It was great exercise and the view was well worth the climb up. We are only 200 kilometr...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

Out here, if you’re not fast... you’re food.

Tags: Africa, Travel, photography

I normally consider myself to be a morning person, until this leg of the expedition. We are up every morning before dawn to get the best sightings of wildlife. I have spent the last three days on game drives through Etosha National Park and it has been worth every 4:30 am rise.  After a quick breakfast, we are off in the safari vehicle and the sun has barely broken the horizon. Giraffe and Ze...Read More

By: Andrew Pateras

T.I.A. – “This is Africa”

Tags: Africa, Travel

It was a stark contrast from Quad Biking through the massive sand dunes in Swakopmund, Namibia yesterday to the walk through the shanty towns today. Sure, I had a great time enjoying the natural scenery and the adrenaline of flying up the dunes at 90 km/hour, but the walk I took through the townships today is main reason I made the long trip across the Atlantic. It was my first interaction with pe...Read More