Wild Frontiers

A celebrity safari experience

Written by: Michael Lorentz

At Passage to Africa we pride ourselves on the exclusive nature of our trips, valuing the privacy of our clients above all else. However, when your client is Ellen DeGeneres and she gives you permission to share something as good as this, sometimes you’ve just got to share it!


Ellen brings her own humble humour to every situation and never more so than her take on ‘comfort stops’ in this video. Check it out….

One of the joys of having a privately guided safari is that, more often than not, your private guide doubles up as your very own photographer and videographer. All too often we’re caught behind the camera, capturing unique moments with friends and family, only to find on our return when viewing the footage that we do not feature! Being able to shoot some of the video and images for Ellen was a real privilege.

lion elephant leopard-in-tree

And finally, my favourite anecdote from a fabulous trip. Out on a game drive, we had spent half an hour following some honeymoon lions. As we were leaving, another safari vehicle pulled up. As guides do, we chatted and exchanged pleasantries, and as guests do, they studiously avoided making eye contact with each other. Shortly after, the wife in the other safari vehicle exclaimed: “Look, it’s Ellen and Portia!” Her husband quickly grabbed the binoculars, shouting: “Where, where?!” Ellen casually remarked: “Now I know how the Big Five feel!”

male-lion elephant-browsing

Passage to Africa

Passage to Africa are first and foremost African safari specialists. We are also a travel company with a difference; our partners include professional Pan-African safari guides whose knowledge, experience and passion infuse every one of our safaris. We believe that all journeys begin with a dream and end with an extraordinary story. We aim to make that story unique and provide the ultimate in personalised service. From our bases in both East and Southern Africa a dedicated and expert team is there to show you, your family and friends, an Africa inaccessible to all but the very few.

  • Gerri Elliott

    Ellen has oodles of money. It would have been great if she had donated to the Rangers to help in the poaching fight. It’s been horrible losing them.

    • Freedom

      Gerri that money is put in the pockets of corrupt officials point blank.

  • Freedom

    I feel quite sure she did,as I do but I don’t shout it from the roof tops,Ellen is a very giving person.My husband of 45years & I often visit Kruger,we donate every year,a member of my son-in-laws family is a game ranger(conservationist) who put the team of women together called the black mambas to patrol the bush for poachers

  • Gail McKay

    Ellen can probably put her ‘celebrity self’ to use more so than her money. Raising awareness can be of benefit and engage a wide audience in supporting the fight – it will take this collective voice and attention (fortunately, a positive voice in this is instance!) to bring change as much as money will.

    • Freedom

      Gail we all know don’t we where donated Dollars, Euros,Rands etc go to Ellen would do the correct thing and raise awareness,I feel quite sure she knows or has heard how corrupt this country is,starting from the very top MR Jacobus ZUMA down to the tea lady.I have recently returned to South Africa,I am quite ashamed to tell anyone from what country I am.

  • Bggl

    It would be nice if Ellen in her show encouraged people to support the conservation, and boycott those who shot Africa’s precious wild life, especially the big five and their close relatives, the other cats and dogs. “Only shoot with cameras” should be her call

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