To paraphrase the Beatles, It was 20 yrs. ago today that the Jourberts taught me to play…. in Botswana. It was my 1st trip for National Geographic and the film camp for Dereck & Beverly Joubert in Botswana was my first stop. They introduced me to their neighbors, some of Africa’s most famous wildlife, lions, hippos, and elephants by taking me right up the neighbors front door, close enough to almost shake hands with them.
It was an experience that hooked me on Africa & has lured me back to the continent almost every year since. This past year I returned for a 20th anniversary reunion with the Jouberts at the site where we first met. This is an interview we did reflecting on those 20 year old experiences and looking at the changes their films have helped bring to conservation in Africa. There are some scenes from that 1994 trip here, but also some new images showing how the Jouberts are still getting closer to the animals than you could imagine possible to bring you intimate portraits of Africa’s wildlife. The full interview is on my radio show National Geographic Weekend this week.