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Susan Portnoy
Susan Portnoy is a confessed safari addict, world explorer and photographer who blogs as The Insatiable Traveler. Susan also contributes to Yahoo Travel, Wendy Perrin, Green Global Travel and Solo Traveler, among others.

Entries by Susan Portnoy

The Drama, the Suspense, the Thrill of a Wildebeest Crossing

(0) Comments | Posted January 6, 2016 | 12:15 AM

The new year is upon us and it's a perfect time to start thinking about your 2016 travels. Spontaneous adventures are great but for many destinations a little planning is in order. Case in point, if you want to see the Great Migration, it's a good idea to book ahead,...

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21 Photos That Will Make You Want To Visit Central Park Now!

(4) Comments | Posted November 16, 2015 | 9:47 AM

If I could only visit New York's famed Central Park once a year, I would choose a day in the Fall.

Yes, in Winter it's a snow-capped wonderland. In Spring and Summer, a flower lover's delight. But in the Fall, it's utterly magical. There's nothing like wandering the park's winding...

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Eagles' Nest Vineyard: A Must on Any Cape Town Itinerary

(3) Comments | Posted August 4, 2015 | 7:05 PM

Twenty minutes drive from Cape Town, South Africa, high up in the hills of the Constantia Mountain Range, the city's wine country, sits Eagles' Nest, an award-winning boutique vineyard that has become a treasured respite for locals and travelers alike.



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In the Midst of the Namib Desert, an Oasis Awaits: Serra Cafema

(0) Comments | Posted June 25, 2015 | 2:19 PM

After five days exploring the depths of the desert, it was surreal to wake up to the smell of water. Outside, the Kunene River which separates northern Namibia from Angola, rushed westward at the foot of my private deck on its way to the Atlantic Ocean. I was a guest...

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The Elusive Desert-Adapted Lions Of Namibia And The Man Who Loves Them

(0) Comments | Posted June 10, 2015 | 4:59 PM

Across the dimly lit tent stood Dr. Philip "Flip" Stander, the world's foremost expert on Namibia's famed desert-adapted lions, looking every bit the grizzled, stereotypical researcher who's spent most of his life alone in the field.

(Two of the Five Musketeers)

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Dreaming of Namibian Adventure? Don't Miss This Day Trip of a Lifetime (Photo-essay)

(0) Comments | Posted May 6, 2015 | 5:14 PM

In a remote section of Namibia's Koakveld, a coastal desert in the country's northwest, sits Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp, a new, state-of-the-art accommodation that offers its guests a day-trip unlike any other. It will take you across 40 miles of the camp's namesake, the Skeleton Coast, with its spectacular shifting...

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11 Great Pre-Trip Prep Tips to Start Your Travels off Right

(1) Comments | Posted March 5, 2015 | 4:19 PM

Alexander Graham Bell once said, "Before anything else, preparation is the key to success." I'm pretty sure he wasn't talking about travel but it's apropos nonetheless. It's the little things that you do up front that pave the way to a stress-free experience. While I can't guarantee you won't hit...

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Enjoying the Wilds of South Africa at the Umlani Bushcamp

(0) Comments | Posted July 28, 2014 | 4:36 PM

(View of my front door and the dining area and boma in the background)

In June, I had the great pleasure of exploring the Timbavati game reserve in South Africa, a ruggedly beautiful region about six hours northeast of Johannesburg by car....

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5 Amazing Lesser-Known African Wonders You Have to See [PHOTOS]

(0) Comments | Posted May 20, 2014 | 5:06 PM

(Thousands of Southern Carmine bee-eaters congregate during their migration through Zambia. Photo: Andrew Schoeman/National News and Pictures)

Africa is one of the most captivating continents on the planet with thousands of things to see and do.

There's Namibia's famed

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Exotic Silhouette Photos to Inspire Your Travels

(0) Comments | Posted March 26, 2014 | 5:14 PM

Scenes in silhouette are shrouded in drama and mystery, and more than a drop or two of romance.

I love them for what I don't see as much as for what I do.

( A golden sunset falls on the ancient temples of...
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The Time the Hadzabe Tribe in Tanzania Got My Goat... Literally (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted March 24, 2014 | 8:27 PM

(Dust swirls in the air obscuring our view as we drive to visit the Hadzabe Bush Tribe in Tanzania)

It was the end of our second hour driving down a pot hole-infested, rattle-the-teeth-out-of-my-head dirt road in Tanzania, and I was...

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Exploring a New City? Here Are Four Reasons to Hit the Dog Park [Photos]

(0) Comments | Posted March 3, 2014 | 6:48 PM

(Dogs romp at a waterfront at the base of the Albany bulb near Berkeley)

While visiting friends in Berkeley, I found my way to a nearby waterfront adjacent to the Albany Bulb, an old landfill that has become a park of sorts. It...

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Flying High: The Thrill of a Hot Air Balloon: What to Expect, Where to Go and Why It's Worth Every Penny (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 19, 2014 | 11:27 AM


No matter how many adventures you embark upon, you'll never forget a ride in a hot-air balloon.

There's no feeling of speed or ascension, yet you can see that you're moving. It's like standing 1,200 feet in the air, your basket...

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Mourning Kiti: The Passing of an Abu Elephant (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 14, 2014 | 5:10 PM



I got some terrible news recently.

News that struck me hard in the chest as if a fist had been wedged between my ribs. It was mixed with the usual disbelief and the hope that a mistake had been made, all the...

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A Butterfly Cure For The Winter Blues (a.k.a. Bite Me, Polar Vortex) (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted February 4, 2014 | 12:05 PM

It happens this time every year. I go a little crazy.

One of the many beautiful butterflies in the conservatory.

Months of seemingly endless cold and grey, and time spent sequestered in my apartment (doesn't help that my home is also my...

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Pelicans, Egrets and Spoonbills, Oh My! 6 Tips for Getting the Most Out of a Visit to the Ding Darling Refuge

(0) Comments | Posted January 24, 2014 | 11:43 AM


(Two snowy egrets challenge each other in a show
of dominance, or they're dancing. Not sure.

After weeks fighting the cold, grey blech that is New York City in January, I couldn't take anymore and jumped on a flight to...

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Amita Thai Cooking Class: A Delicious Alternative To The Usual Bangkok Attractions (PHOTOS)

(0) Comments | Posted January 13, 2014 | 12:17 PM

Kang keaw wan gai -- green curry chicken in coconut milk -- yum!

Rife with exotic palaces and temples worthy of exploration, Bangkok is a traveler's dream. But if you're looking for something a little different, a few hours in a...

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6 Photography Tips I Learned From a Wildlife Photographer You Can Use Anywhere, Anytime [PHOTOS]

(5) Comments | Posted December 5, 2013 | 3:20 PM

Photographing wildlife in Africa is a unique experience, but what I discovered about photography when I shot with professional wildlife photographer Gerry van der Walt, director of Wild Eye, and his team in Kenya this past September was surprisingly universal. Whether in the bush or in...

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A Holiday Haven for the Shopping-Averse: Park Avenue Garage

(0) Comments | Posted November 18, 2013 | 9:07 AM

Apparently I am an odd bird -- at least that's how I feel every time I tell my friends I hate shopping. Note that I didn't say I hate new things; I just hate the process of shopping. I used to like to shop, but over the years I've become...

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6 Questions You Should Consider When Booking a Photography Tour Vacation

(3) Comments | Posted October 8, 2013 | 2:37 PM

A photography tour vacation can be a spectacular adventure: exploring a bucket list destination, making new friends who have shared interests, and getting to improve your skills with the help of a talented professional. But with the myriad of organizations offering excursions of all kinds, it can be a challenge...

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