Tag Archives | RUSS

Where’s the African Jungle? 4 Trends Showing Our Future.

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“Really? Most of the African Jungle is gone and the demand for resources is sky rocketing? I need to rethink my Mining Engineer biases.” You know how you think Texas is filled with Long Horned Cattle and Cowboy? Well, it’s the same with Africa. There should be tons of Jungle and Bushmen. Right?  Remaining is very […]

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Travel Africa: Cool Land Rover Gear You Can’t Live Without

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Posts of kitting our Travel Africa overland vehicle started Our African Retirement Estate on Wheels,  then Land Rover TD5 Right Vehicle?  followed by 5 Essential Vehicle Modifications and now Cool Gear. Storing and Preparing Food Hooray, if you travel Africa you won’t have to forage or survive on crackers and tuna fish!  Depending on locality and […]

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5 Essential Land Rover Modifications to Travel Africa


Your Land Rover modifications depend on how much stuff you need for your choice of African Travel. Basically your travel plans, comfort needs, off road expectations, and of course your budget determine the modifications. Some people shell out tons of money for a frame up rebuild; $150,00 plus. Others add a few extras on old stock […]

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Land Rover Defender – Our African Retirement Estate on Wheels


Confidence in the bush with “all” the comforts of home. Let us show you how this Land Rover Defender became our home while traveling Africa searching for people saving wildlife. I first pictured OVERLANDING in Africa as driving our old 2001 Land Rover Defender through deep sand or muddy impossible Jungle from the Sahara to […]

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Tracking African Wildlife – New Perspective

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Unique encounters while tracking African Wildlife for 5 days on foot. Looking down there is a fresh track in the soft sand. I can’t keep the grin off my face, “This is the right front paw of a female Leopard!!” Feeling a bit smug the next thought hits me hard, “BUT WHERE IS SHE NOW?!?!” […]

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How We Are Sharing Our African Adventures


Keeping all these African Adventures to ourselves seems a bit selfish, don’t you think? Margrit, I, and Landy (our 2001 Land Rover) have such a good time roaming Africa and Helping People Saving Wildlife. Recently we found a way to share it all with you and as many others as possible through almost daily videos […]

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Second Wind – Iconic Adventure in our Land Rover


Overlanding Africa in our old Land Rover is like driving a Harley-Davidson without the roar. The unexpected benefit of buying an old Land Rover to travel Africa is its iconic nature.  We thought it would be more African and thus nostalgic, but we had no idea.  People walk up to us in parking lots, seek […]

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PODCAST: Planning, Packing For Africa #NikelaAfrica

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Ride along with us as we meet dedicated wildlife conservationists, view amazing wildlife and have some crazy adventures along the way via our Podcasts. “You should look into podcasts,” said Ryan. “Many of us want to follow you, but the only time we have is in the gym or commuting to work.” So I looked […]

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Africa for 8 Months Departure Video #NikelaAfrica

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Oh the People we’ll meet. Oh the Wildlife we will see. #NikelaAfrica Russ and Margrit are off to Africa again helping people saving wildlife. Many thanks to Eric with Mount Carmel Films for producing this marvelous video. After five years of running Nikela we’ve learned that we’re not very good fundraisers, but we’re pretty darn […]

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Happy Birthday Nikela! Look What’s Happened!

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Five years ago this month Margrit and Russ founded the nonprofit Nikela to help people saving African wildlife. Five Years It’s hard to believe that it has been five years! Six really since that visit to the African Bird of Prey Sanctuary… the one that sparked it all. Well actually it was the years previous […]

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