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Joan Larsen’s Secret Wonders – In Photos: Africa’s Mighty Victoria Falls, One of the Seven Wonders

March 1, 2017

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By Joan Larsen Sometime in your life, you should stay at a grand British colonial hotel befitting of the grand old days.  And sometime, too, you should see one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World,  the stunning Victoria Falls in southern Africa. Tranquil, shaded, with a chorus of frogs in the courtyards, with […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Living With Giraffes

August 17, 2016

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By Joan Larsen Enchanting. . . and as you glide up to Kenya’s Giraffe Manor, you will find that your breath is actually taken away by the sight of a stunning estate – made of bricks from long ago — with beautiful vines covering it. But your eye is actually caught by a bevy of […]

Joan Larsen Presents: A Second Look at Tippi of Africa, the Child Who Lived With Wild Animals

June 22, 2016

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By Joan Larsen “Fascination” has to be the word so many of us have for that little French girl, born in Namibia (with photographers as parents), whose photos taken with African wild animals – who actually looked tame in her presence – were both beautiful and – yes –  mind-boggling !   Many new photos of  […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Cavorting With Hippos in Africa

February 3, 2016

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By Joan Larsen By the time our very small plane had landed on a remote airstrip in the African country of Botswana, I felt I had researched every bird and animal we even had a sliver of a chance of seeing. However, it always seemed that the zoo hippos, heads peeking out of water, had […]

Joan Larsen Presents: My Touching Encounters With Mountain Gorillas

September 16, 2015

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By Joan Larsen I crouched low, my eyes already tearing with emotion, as this mother gorilla – so close to me – showed off her new baby to me. There was no fear but instead, intense pride – and love. Mother to mother, I thought – a universal feeling. I was not afraid. Instead, in […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Africa’s Mighty Victoria Falls, One of the Seven Wonders

March 11, 2015

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By Joan Larsen Sometime in your life, you should stay at a grand British colonial hotel befitting of the grand old days.  And sometime, too, you should see one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World,  the stunning Victoria Falls in southern Africa. Tranquil, shaded, with a chorus of frogs in the courtyards, with […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Defying Gravity – Nature’s Acrobats

January 21, 2015

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By Joan Larsen   As my family climbed in the Canadian Rockies last year, clinging to what turned out to be sheer rock faces, finding ourselves in places where no one wanted to look down – all of us were “stunned” – and more – that we luckily had been so sure-footed and made it […]

Alice Friedemann in Deepest Africa: On Safari in Botswana, Crown Jewel of Wildlife Conservation – PART 2

November 5, 2014

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A dear friend of Joan Larsen takes us with her into the wilderness of Botswana, and the results are spectacular. By Alice Friedemann It was hot, up to 102 F, but dry, so not too bad, a free sauna. The human ability to cope with the worst heat of the day is one of our […]

Alice Friedemann in Deepest Africa: On Safari in Botswana, Crown Jewel of Wildlife Conservation – PART 1

October 30, 2014

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A dear friend of Joan Larsen takes us with her into the wilderness of Botswana, and the results are spectacular. By Alice Friedemann   This country is mostly a desert, with the vast majority of the 2 million people living in a small region in the south east corner near South Africa, where there’s water. […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: A Glimpse of the Ultimate Honeymoon Hideway – Villa 11, North Island, The Seychelles

October 8, 2014

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By Joan Larsen     Picture this: turquoise waters, glittering sands, and the most exclusive hidden villa in our world — on an island that is about as isolated as you can get. And – after a 3-day wedding in Venice that often eclipsed the world news, viewers were sprinkled with a series of carefully […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Cavorting With Hippos in Botswana

September 3, 2014

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By Joan Larsen By the time our very small plane had landed on a remote airstrip in the African country of Botswana, I felt I had researched every bird and animal we even had a sliver of a chance of seeing. However, it always seemed that the zoo hippos, heads peeking out of water, had […]

Joan Larsen Encore: Hidden Wild Africa at its Best – Climbing the Dune

May 28, 2014

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By Joan Larsen We all eventually find that there are those solitary moments in life when it is quiet.  Often, it is then that we look back on what we think of as the “highs” of life.  You know:  the times when we have gone far beyond our own doorsteps and discovered worlds — worlds […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Gorillas in Our Midst

April 30, 2014

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By Joan Larsen   The world is still in semi-darkness when we were awakened at 6am in the almost unknown country of Africa’s Rwanda, settled into vehicles, and off to what can only be described as one of the most magical encounters on our planet. To be honest, I do not believe I slept last […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Living With Giraffes

April 16, 2014

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By Joan Larsen Enchanting. . . and as you glide up to Kenya’s Giraffe Manor, you will find that your breath is actually taken away by the sight of a stunning estate – made of bricks from long ago — with beautiful vines covering it. But your eye is actually caught by a bevy of […]

Joan Larsen Presents: A New Look Back at Tippi of Africa

January 22, 2014

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By Joan Larsen   Readers have continually remained fascinated, returning to our site to again read the story of a little girl named Tippi, who had the most special bond the world had seen with the animals of Africa. Searching, I have been able to find some additional videos as well as a few photos […]

Joan Larsen Presents: A Second Look at Tippi of Africa, the Child Who Lived With Wild Animals

October 9, 2013

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By Joan Larsen “Fascination” has to be the word so many of us have for that little French girl, born in Namibia (with photographers as parents), whose photos taken with African wild animals – who actually looked tame in her presence – were both beautiful and – yes –  mind-boggling !   Many new photos of  […]

Joan Larsen Presents: Tippi of Africa, the Little Girl Who Grew Up With Wild Animals

June 19, 2013

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By Joan Larsen   Meet Tippi, named after Tippi Hedren, the actress who starred in Hitchcock’s The Birds (and later formed a wildlife refuge of her own).  Tippi was born to Alain Degre and Sylvie Robert of France, who worked as wildlife photographers in Namibia, my own favorite of countries in southern Africa.  Growing up […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel: Over the Top – Africa’s Victoria Falls

March 20, 2013

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By Joan Larsen Sometime in your life, you should stay at a grand British colonial hotel befitting of the grand old days.  And sometime, too, you should see one of the Seven Wonders of the Natural World,  the stunning Victoria Falls in southern Africa. Tranquil, shaded, with a chorus of frogs in the courtyards, with […]

Joan Larsen’s Travel Stories: Climbing the Dune

November 7, 2012

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By Joan Larsen As a child, I whirled the big round globe that graced our living room, with a single finger choosing the countries I would go to when I grew up.  For so many of us, the pictures in National Geographic  fed our dreams… dreams that danced in our heads, refusing to go away.  […]