Wilson to show and tell of recent African adventure

Wilson to show and tell of recent African adventureCasey Wilson, a member of Ridge Writers and past president of its parent California Writers Club, packed up his cameras, grabbed his US pilot’s license and passport and headed for Africa.

Ridge Writers has scheduled him to show and tell about his African photo safari on Wednesday, Oct. 2, at 6:30 p.m. at the Ridgecrest Presbyterian Church, 633 Las Flores Ave.

After qualifying for his South African pilot’s license, Wilson climbed into a Cessna 182 Skylane for an adventure from Lanseria, South Africa, across the Kalahari Desert and Okavango Delta, over Victoria Falls, down through the Tuli Block Game Reserve and along the Kruger National Park to finish the odyssey back at the starting point.

“Landing at bush camps in Africa was an adventure of its own,” he said. The first task was to make a low pass over the strip before landing to confirm that no wildlife had claimed the real estate.

While riding in open vehicles out of the bush camps, he photographed antelopes, lions, leopards, elephants, rhinos, giraffes and zebras along with jackals and hyenas — all of them up close and personal — and has lots of photos of those and other animals to prove it.

He piloted the Skylane more than 1,300 miles over South Africa during his two-week adventure.

Asked if he has any plans on returning, he replied, “It’s not out of the question,” noting that his SA pilot’s license is good for five years and his passport doesn’t expire until 2019.

The public is invited to attend this program, and admission is free.

Story First Published: 2013-09-25