Michael Distler’s love of adventure and the outdoors has inspired amazing journeys in every corner of the world.
An avid photographer, our Safari Specialist Michael Distler has chosen to share a photo essay with readers of our blog.
Having worked almost exclusively with Admiral Travel clients anxious to learn about the unique destination for nearly a decade, I know our photos offer a special lens into the bush which is difficult to comprehend with narrative alone. Personally, I love these close-up shots of the wildlife we encountered throughout Botswana and South Africa. My only wish? That I could capture the full spectrum of emotions our clients experience as they come face-to-face with rhinos, hippos, elephants, lions, leopards, cheetahs and zebra for the first time.
In addition to the wildlife, the group on this 10-night itinerary returned home with many other special memories:
Monique and Chris Fallows’ Apex Shark Expeditions have been prominently featured on National Geographic, BBC: Planet Earth, Discovery Channel’s Shark Week and other similar documentaries. Our group participated in a great white shark cage dive in False Bay with Apex, coming face-to-face with 10+ adult Great White Sharks amongst thousands of Cape Fur Seals.
This Admiral Travel group enjoying Boekenhoutskloof Chocolate Block in Franschhoek, one of the regions most acclaimed for South Africa’s best wines. However, it’s our guide Dion in the photo (the gentleman in the middle to the left wearing glasses), who also had our clients talking. Our guides in the Western Cape are often the same individuals trusted to guide heads of state and international dignitaries.
The group also enjoyed an exclusive lunch with Chef Bruce Robertson at his Flagship Home in Simon’s Town (previously in Scarborough and called the Boat House). Having opened less than one year ago, Flagship Home has already been named the #1 dining experience in Cape Town by TripAdvisor - an impressive designation among more than +1,500 restaurants!
When he isn’t escorting groups of Admiral Travel clients throughout Africa and working directly with our partners, Michael is staying abreast of all industry happenings to best serve your travel experiences in Africa. We’re always on top of all new happenings on the continent. This particular group were some of the first travelers to pass through the newly-opened Skukuza Airport which offers a new, fantastic connection between Cape Town and the bush (avoiding the need to connect in Johannesburg or a lengthy road transfer from other small regional airports).