Because we need to return to Israel for some family events, it made sense to combine the two destinations into one trip.
The original plan was to visit South Africa again, as it seemed to be the logistically simplest option, whereby we would fly directly to Johannesburg, photograph wildlife in the Timbavati, and then fly to Tel Aviv.
Unfortunately, a combination of circumstances meant that South Africa was not a viable option for this trip.
Firstly, the cost of accommodation at safari lodges has considerably risen since our visit in 2012.
Secondly, we could not easily obtain a private 4WD vehicle, as the lodges either no longer offer them due to low-impact regulations in the Timbavati, or as was the case with one lodge, we would have had to pay for an extra tent/rondeval, which made the cost prohibitively expensive.
Thus, South Africa was off the agenda.
Enter Plan B: Kenya.
The initial thinking was that Kenya would be more logistically difficult than South Africa, but it is actually not much more difficult in terms of logistics. Plus, we were able to secure outstanding accommodation and a private vehicle at a lower cost.
I am not sure what kind of photographic opportunities I will have in Israel this time (I did not engage in any photography on the last trip), as it is more of a social visit than a photographic visit; but I am sure I will have the chance or two to capture some images I did not capture during previous visits.
Our schedule is going to be quite full, but I am sure I will land an image or two.
The countdown begins!