Africa

Just a few years ago, heading to the bush for safari often meant packing an entire trunk full of reference books and field guides. Now that many of these books have been converted to apps for smart phones...
South Luangwa, Zambia is home to many wonderful animals. Lions, leopards, giraffe, zebra and hyena are just a few of the animals you’re likely to see on safari. But, a big draw for me, and for many guests of...
The King of Africa’s animal kingdom is in danger.  Throughout Africa but particularly in East Africa, lion populations are declining fast.  Recent habitat studies along with specific research done by the Wildlife Conservation Society and the University of...

Photographic hides

Besides great memories, many visitors hope to return from their African safari with epic photos. In fact, photography can be the inspiration for going on a safari in the first place. I’ve written before on what equipment is best...
Home to southern Africa’s grasslands, the swift, small and lightweight Oribi antelope is southern Africa’s most endangered antelope species.  The Oribi can be seen in South Africa’s provinces of KwaZulu-Natal, Mpumalanga and the Eastern Cape.  Habitat loss and...

My safari guide from hell

I’ve been on over 20 African safaris. Every journey has been unique for one reason or another but one thing that ties them all together is the quality of the guide and its correlation to my satisfaction with...
South Africa’s conservation and tourism departments are progressively planning the country’s fourth largest game park.  Looking at the plans, it is exciting to see that this new game park will rank among the country’s best – the Kruger...

Uganda gorilla trekking

Uganda: A top destination for tracking mountain gorillas Uganda, Rwanda and D.R Congo, in that order, are the world's only destinations for a mountain gorilla experience. Uganda is home to over half of all the remaining mountain gorillas, with the...
I was glad when we finally left the Kruger. We’d just spent three days in the National Park on our first ever safari vacation. It was long enough for me to lose interest in self-driving for hours on...
Night time game viewing has a different ambience compared to daytime game viewing - it brings one so much closer to the wild animals. At night, it's all about survival.  Predators against prey – there is no lazing...