A television programme that has, for twenty-five years, presented the successes and disasters of conservation to South Africa's people. 50|50 has influenced environmental policy, stirred the public against environmental injustices, promoted the work of our dedicated conservationists, and helped to create a stronger awareness of conservation and environmental issues in South Africa. Weekly on a Monday on SABC2 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm Visit the 50/50 website , or follow us on Facebook
Aaron Gekoski is a filmmaker, writer and photographer (both land and underwater). He specialises in raising awareness on the plight of threatened species and writes for over 30 publications worldwide. Aaron has recently covered the trades of shark finning in Mozambique, lion hunting in Zimbabwe, seal culling in Namibia, manta ray fishing in Indonesia, and Madagascar’s ‘tortoise mafia’. For more information please visit his website or head to his conservation film and media company.
Adie Ceruti grew up in Kyalami and has always been on outdoor person with an incredible love for horses for as long as she can remember. She has been involved on the advertising and content marketing side for Africa Geographic since 1998 and is as passionate about her work, as she is for the African continent. In her spare time, she enjoys photography, competing on her horse in show jumping competitions and enjoys getting out of the busy world of advertising to de-stress in the bush, her camera always at the ready.
Adventure Camps has three fixed camps in the southern wilderness of Tanzania, as well as the only mobile safari and overland transfer operation in the area, who can take you where no-one else can go. We offer a genuine safari experience with few frills but rustic comfort.
Africa Geographic Editorial
We're the Africa Geographic editorial team – a diverse set of editors, designers and social media natives, all united by our passion for this addictive continent.
Africa Geographic Kids
Africa Geographic Kids contains a selection of fun, forward-thinking content provided by kids and tailored for kids. See Africa from a young, fresh outlook and share in the experiences of our youngest explorers.
Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year
The Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year Competition is brought to you by Canon and Cape Union Mart, in association with Anantara Medjumbe, Airlink, Tintswalo Atlantic, African Luxury Hideaways, iSimangaliso Wetland Park and Big 5 Photos. The competition will run from December 2015 to May 2016 and entrants can submit images via the online entry form. This profile will be used to showcase photographic tips from experts as well as blogs from our sponsors to set you on your way to becoming our Photographer of the Year!
Africa Media is an environmental based media company specializing in the production of photographic, video and editorial media from the African Continent. Our mission is to chronicle the African continent in a manner that pays respect to the beauty, trouble, conflict, passion and heartbeat of Africa’s wild places.
African Budget Safaris
African Budget Safaris works with a curated selection of safari operators, offering packages from Cape Town to Ethiopia. From one day of shark diving to 56 day pan-African overlands, we have it covered. Travellers benefit from our in-depth knowledge of both destinations and operators, and our prices are all guaranteed lower than booking directly.
African Parks is a non-profit organisation that takes on total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments, wildlife organisations and local communities. We operate seven national parks in six countries: Zambia, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Chad. Please see www.african-parks.org or visit our Facebook page for more information.
Alecia Cohen is an American living in Marrakech, she is also the winner of the 2011 Morocco Travel Blog Awards. 18 years of music magazine publishing and 30 countries later Cohen started a Moroccan travel company with her berber husband Hossaine Amiri. Travel Exploration Morocco offers tailor-made tours to all the best places in Morocco, and Alecia makes sure to blog about it on the way. Cohen is an expert on Moroccan culture and the subject of “world music”. She has lectured World Bank on culture & sustainable development in Africa and hosted New York Times best selling author, Caroline Myss, on a trip to the sacred spaces of Morocco.
Alessandra Soresina has worked on a number of wildlife projects around the world. In Saadani Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania, she was involved in a mammal monitoring project which led to Saadani being upgraded to a National Park. In 2001 she setup the lion project in Tarangire National Park, northern Tanzania, and for over 5 years concentrated her efforts on lion-human interactions. After setting up a snow leopard project in the Himalayas with the Università degli Studi di Siena, she is now involved in mammal monitoring projects in Mozambique, Tanzania, Gabon and Botswana which are essential to the implementation of new protected areas. She has published two books and the third is due out in July 2014. Since January 2013 Alessandra is an Expert Member of AIEA - Associazione Italiana Esperti d'Africa.
Alessandro Bonora is the Art Director on Safari Interactive Magazine .After studying Journalism at university, he began a brief stint in hard news before opting for a career on the visual side of the creative word. He worked as a designer for an advertising agency during a four year spell in Rome, Italy before returning to Cape Town and joining Africa Geographic. He is passionate about digital story-telling and considers it very fortunate he gets to combine this with his love for wildlife and travel on a daily basis.
I am a full-time IT Consultant based in Helsinki, Finland, but I moonlight as a wildlife photographer whenever I can take time off work. I have loved animals since I was a little kid and my biggest wish was to see lions in the wild in Africa. Now, I have a perpetual case of Africa Fever, and when I am not in Africa chances are I am dreaming about it – so some things never change, but they do become more acute! I have travelled to over 40 countries spanning 5 continents, and recently I discovered that the only other thing I love almost as much as being on the road is sharing pictures and stories of my forays into amazing places around the world. To know and see more please visit my website.
Alison Nicholls is an artist Inspired by Africa. She teaches guests to sketch wildlife during Africa Geographic Art Safaris and is a member of Artists For Conservation, the Society of Animal Artists and the Explorers Club. Alison donates a percentage to African conservation organisations from the sale of every painting, field sketch and limited edition reproduction.
Amakhosi Safari Lodge
AmaKhosi Safari Lodge, situated in the heart of what was once the great Kingdom of the Zulu in northern KwaZulu-Natal. AmaKhosi Safari Lodge, is situated on the banks of the Mkuze River, in its own Private Game Reserve and is home to the big 5 as well as an abundance of bird life.
Amrit studied Environmental Science in University and gave up on the science part after getting his degree .He, however continued down the Environmental road by working for Greenpeace , since the age of 17. He presently works onboard Greenpeace ships .
With a teaching background in physical education and geography, based in Canterbury, UK, and as an education advisor for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, he has been travelling around Africa for the past 10 years, taking opportunities to support education and wildlife projects in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Some of his highlights include diving with hammerheads in the Red Sea, trekking to see gorillas in Uganda, helping with white shark research in South Africa, assisting with anti-poaching and education projects in Zimbabwe and, most recently, supporting the work of Game Rangers International in Zambia. Between these projects, he leads school groups on adventure tours to South Africa and Nambia. My biggest project to date takes place in August 2013, when I and two cousins will cycle through Zambia in aid of the Elephant Orphanage Project, part of Game Rangers International and supported by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
I have grown up living in some of Southern Africa’s most beautiful places; from Cape Town, where I was born, and sandy Arniston Bay, to the shores of the great Zambezi, the pristine Okavango, and starry Namibia, with a stopover in Jo’burg for a few big city years, finding solace at boarding school in the hills of KwaZulu Natal. After a year of making beds and cleaning toilets in Scotland, scoffing one pound noodles on the streets of London, Swiss skiing, and Thai island-hopping, I set my sights on Rhodes University. There I finished a Bachelor of Journalism & Media Studies while blissfully and barefootedly dwelling in the revelry of small town living and learning to navigate the local Pick n Pay with my eyes closed. I have a deep love for this extraordinary country & the African continent, her people and her beautiful, fragile wilderness. Follow me on Twitter .
Angama Mara is an owner-run safari lodge located high above the floor of Africa’s Great Rift Valley. Inspired by the Swahili word for ‘hanging in mid-air’, Angama Mara overlooks Kenya’s Maasai Mara and is considered by many as the loveliest game reserve on the continent.
Animal Demography Unit
The Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town believes that the best way to achieve biodiversity conservation is through enabling conservation decisions to be based on solid quantitative evidence. The mission of the Animal Demography Unit is to contribute to the understanding of animal populations, especially population dynamics, and thus provide input to their conservation. We achieve this through mass citizen science participation projects, long-term monitoring, innovative statistical modelling and population-level interpretation of results. Visit our Facebook page to keep up to date with all the latest news.
I am a Namibian by birth and live in Windhoek, my profession being a visual artist specializing in postage stamp design. I have always had an inherent love for wildlife and nature – especially lions and birds, and developed a passion for photography a few years ago. I am a keen observer and try to capture special and unexpected moments wherever I am. Conservation is close to my heart and I tried to raise awareness through postage stamp designs and by supporting the Desert Lion Conservation project. I am rarely parted with my camera and am fortunate to have a large garden with an abundant birdlife. My happiest moments are those that are spent outdoors, travelling around Namibia and other places, with my family and camera close by.
Anna Breytenbach is a professional animal communicator who has received advanced training through the Assisi International Animal Institute in California, US and has been practising for 12 years in South Africa, Europe and the US with domestic and wild animals. Her conservation experience includes working with cheetahs, lions, wolves, baboons and elephants in educational and rehabilitation programmes. Anna's goal is to raise awareness and advance the relationships among humans and other species, on both the personal and spiritual levels. She?s also the subject of the documentary movie 'The Animal Communicator' due for international release in 2013. In her communication and conservation work, Anna lives her personal mission of being a voice for the animals and the wilderness. Find out more at http://www.animalspirit.org
Publishing editor of Africa Geographic Magazine.
Anton lives in Pretoria, South Africa, and works in his family's property development and investment business. He and his wife Renate both have a passion for wildlife, with a special interest in birds. Leopards also have a special place in their hearts, and Anton initiated, and is currently running the "Limpopo-Lipadi Leopard Identification Project", where they have identified more than 20 leopards already on the Limpopo-Lipadi Private Game and Wilderness Reserve in the Tuli Block of Botswana.
A designer by qualification and a photographer by passion, Archna Singh's foray into the world of photography began in 2006 assisting Delhi based acclaimed photographer Akhil Bakhshi. Working behind the lens was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and it encouraged her to actually start playing with the camera. Self-learning and experimentation have brought her to where she stands today. Backed by a strong design background, she has been actively involved in designing and publishing books, calendars, walks, events & exhibitions on wildlife for the last few years under her trademark “Orah Wildlife”. Orah Wildlife is an amalgamation of Archna’s desire to immerse herself into this beautiful world of wild animals and actively work towards raising awareness and participate in conservation efforts. See more of her photos on her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
I am Armand Grobler and I am a 22 year old wildlife enthusiast! I was born in South Africa but grew up in Australia where I lived out my passion catching snakes, lizards and other creepy crawlies! I have since, returned to South Africa where I live out my passion now as a game ranger and wildlife photographer, spending as much time in the bush as possible.
Ashanti Lodge provides facilities for backpackers, lodge and guesthouse accommodations with outstanding service and excellent security. Ashanti offers a fun and friendly way to discover Cape Town. Ashanti Travel Centre provides great advice on getting around Southern Africa and also booking information on care hire, bus tickets, Cape Town adventure activities, Baz Bus, Kruger Park, Garden Route and general African overland safaris.
Editorial consultant for Africa Geographic.
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Becca Bryan is a freelance writer living in Florida in the United States. She has published interviews with U.S. military members, veterans, celebrities and journalists.
‘Living the dream’ is a much over-utilised cliché, but finding myself immersed in the African bush after being born and raised in England, it's a phrase that eloquently sums up the life-changing events I have experienced. I always had an affinity for African wildlife and, as a child, spent countless hours reading literature, watching documentaries and daydreaming about living in this magical terrain. When the chance came along unexpectedly, I jumped at it and within a couple of months found myself deep in the bush, studying to be a field guide. I have never looked back. I have been in the industry for more than six years and currently ply my trade at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve www.sabisabi.com alongside my wife and soul mate who is also a guide here. The photographic opportunities are endless and, as a keen amateur photographer and writer, I am in my element. I am incredibly proud of my achievements and currently hold FGASA 3, trails guide and SKS birding qualifications, but I still wake up each morning with a sense of excitement about what the bush holds for me to learn. No two days or sightings are ever the same and it is this emotional rollercoaster that drives me to pursue and share my passion on a daily basis. These blogs and others can be found on www.sabisabi.com/blog.
BirdLife South Africa
The vision of BirdLife South Africa is to promote the conservation, research, understanding, observation of and enjoyment of natural birds, and their habitats. By focusing on birds, and the sites and the habitats on which they depend, BirdLife South Africa aims to improve the quality of life for birds, for other wildlife and ultimately for people. BirdLife South Africa is the largest non-profit bird conservation organisation in the country. It relies on donor funding and financial support from the public to carry out its critical conservation work. For more information, please contact Linda van den Heever at firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 789 1122.
Boutique Safari is the only Maasai owned and staffed safari company in East Africa. We offer unforgettable and meaningful safaris and tours throughout Tanzania and Kenya. Explore our extraordinary nature and connect with the Maasai people and culture. Empower a community while on safari.
Brendan van Son
Brendan van Son, a travel writer and photographer from Alberta, Canada, is the Editor-in-Chief and creator of Vagabundo Magazine , a digital magazine geared to adventure travellers who explore well off the beaten path. Brendan’s personal travel blog, Brendan’s Adventures has also become one of the most popular travelogues on the internet.
Bumi Hills Safari Lodge
The incredible panoramic vista one get’s from Bumi Hills Safari Lodge cannot be matched by any safari lodge in southern Africa, coupled with fantastic game viewing from both land and water and enriching cultural opportunities make this a must-visit destination!
Bushwise offers comprehensive 50 and 23 week FGASA Professional Field Guide courses and Hospitality Internship Placements at Safari lodges in Southern Africa - a life altering experience and ideal platform for a successful career in the challenging and competitive ‘Big 5’ industry.
Callum and Jemima
Meet bloggers Callum Sargent and Jemima Middleton . Take one South African with over 5 years of guiding and photography experience, add a bright-eyed Cambridge undergraduate, put them in the bush and, well, strange things happen! We are based in northern Botswana at Mombo Lodge in the middle of the Okavango Delta, where we share our love for the wilderness with visitors from all over the world. Averaging about an adventure a day, we have made the bush our home, and we have many a story to tell!
Campi ya Kanzi
A real, inspiring eco-lodge. Come to enjoy game drives and game walks with Maasai professional guides and trackers, looking across to Mount Kilimanjaro. Here, responsible ecotourism preserves the Maasai heritage. Be sure to visit us to experience a safari of a lifetime. Feel free to also take a glance at our blog .
Carole has a clothing shop in Belgium, but discovered her passion for wildlife and photography during a trip to Botswana. Back home after that first trip, she became disappointed with the quality of the pictures she brought back, and decided to take a few photography lessons and attend some workshops. Then arrived the time to fully commit “bite the bullet” – she invested in a professional camera setup and gear. She has since returned to Africa in what some would describe as almost fanatical if not obsessive fashion. She has visited Botswana several times, South Africa with a vengeance, Zimbabwe with loose abandon and has recently fallen in love with Kenya. She is nowhere more at home than when totally surrounded by nature and immersed in the moment and her shot - especially when lost of hair, horns, tusks, fangs and claws are at work. For Carol, nothing matches the thrill of seeing wildlife in action and capturing that moment has become her life quest.
I am a Brit working as a wildlife researcher in South Africa. I graduated with a BSc in Biology in 2014 and have been studying leopards, caracals and black-backed jackals since then, falling even more in love with the African predators. It is my passion to photograph this stunning place and I am lucky enough to be starting my PhD in September. I will be back in Africa as soon as possible!
Carolynne Higgins loves life, sometimes a little bit too much, she admits freely. This quality became evident at university, where she managed nevertheless to finish her degree in English, teach herself web design & SEO, study copywriting and cartooning. She's passionate about photography, writing, sketching, design, travelling and the outdoors. Recently, she has developed an odd obsession with a lion pride in South Africa's Klaserie Nature Reserve, near Kruger. Her interests are sometimes a little bit offbeat as she doesn’t particularly care for the normal, and her 'winging it' approach to travelling has led her into some interesting situations. If something's boring, Carolynne will ensure it becomes an adventure. Her current position at Sun Destinations, a company that handles marketing, sales and reservations for a number of camps and lodges, manages to curb her not-being-able-to-sit-still problem and allows her to write about travel … and travel.
I’m Catherina Hall-Martin and I’m based out in Congo Brazzaville, currently working as a volunteer for the African Parks Network. Follow my blog posts The Congo Chronicles for stories about working hard to create community development projects around the wilds of Odzala National Park.
Hey, Catherine here. I’m the new blogging intern at Africa Geographic. I graduated from UCT in 2010 after studying Media &Writing and then took off to work and travel my way through South America and learn a thing or two about the world. I came back with a Spanish repertoire, a few salsa moves and an intensified love for writing, blogging and ‘discovering’. It is these passions which landed me on the doorstep of Africa Geographic. Viva!
I am a part field guide, part photographer, part tiara-wearing South African based in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park. Over the past six years, I have really settled into life in the bush, and besides living out my childhood dream of being a game ranger, I have developed a passion for capturing the special moments of my daily life on camera. While I don’t think I will ever fully appreciate how fortunate I am to be out in the bush all the time, I do realise that I live the life many can only dream of. I take great pleasure in sharing my magical moments and stories with anyone who cares to listen, and have connected with people from all over the world through my photography. Please feel free to visit my daily blog or my photography page on facebook for updates from the bush.
My name is Chad Wright and I'm a part-time wildlife photographer based in Johannesburg. I've been shooting seriously for a few years and am driven by a complete love for the bush and all things wild. Some of my favourite places to travel are Kruger, Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg, Mountain Zebra and De Hoop Nature Reserve. Follow me on Facebook and on my website.
Diary of a Muzungu follows my African adventures, initially as a VSO volunteer with the Uganda Conservation Foundation supporting anti-poaching and human wildlife conflict projects in the National Parks. Yes, some lucky devil got paid to go on Safari. I fell in love with Uganda the moment I set foot here – and despite the challenges – still can’t think anywhere else I’d rather be. A would-be travel writer in Uganda and beyond, I share random thoughts, (mis)observations & travel. Together we go off the beaten track, be it on safari adventures, birding or walking my rescue dogs through the slums
Cheetah Plains is a small, authentic bush camp in the world renowned Sabi Sand Game Reserve - you can be assured of exceptional game viewing. With only 8 rooms the focus is on a traditional safari experience. Expect superb fire cooked meals served in the open boma as well as friendly and attentive hosts.
Cheryl Lyn Dybas
Cheryl Lyn Dybas, a science journalist and ecologist, and Fellow of the International League of Conservation Writers, brings her passion for wildlife and conservation to many publications, including Africa Geographic, Scientific American, BBC Wildlife and The Washington Post. She has been a featured speaker on science journalism and conservation biology, and serves on the committees of several international scientific societies.
Cheryl-Samantha Owen is a photographer and writer specialising in the environment, conservation, science and ecology, with particular reference to Africa. Born in Kenya, Sam developed a fierce drive to protect the continent’s resources, and decided to train in the biological sciences. Sam holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Imperial College, London and a MSc in Conservation Biology at the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute, University of Cape Town. She has lived in Africa for most of her life, and her work with Fauna and Flora International, Conservation International and the Save Our Seas Foundation has taken her across the continent and along its oceans and coasts, including expeditions to the remote Aldabra Atoll, Djibouti and the Tana River Delta. Sam’s visual style combines an artist’s eye with both a scientist’s knowledge and a journalist’s sense of storytelling. She hopes her work will take the viewers on a journey of discovery and stir their curiosity. More than that, she strives to provide a visual stimulus, which will encourage us all to become better custodians of our planet.
Hi, I’m Chloe. I’ve recently learnt that life is full of surprises and that one should learn to embrace that, as there’s little else to do when confronted with the element of surprise. This became obvious to me during the months I spent in the Kruger National Park, where my FGASA group would set out on game drive with bated breath, camera at the ready and snap-happy fingers poised. What we were to see could never be predicted. After obtaining my degree in organisational psychology at the University of Cape Town, I headed off, rather surprisingly, into the bush to learn game-rangering. Even more surprisingly, I became a qualified field guide (despite the lack of any sort of vertebrate present during my practical). I'll cut out the long, weepy story of how I came to leave the magnificent veld, and fast-forward to the part where I can happily announce that I’m living the dream – so very nearly. My job at Sun Safaris requires that I read and watch and look and listen to everything that is safari. I relish in the responsibility to write about this fascinating world, and to blog for Africa Geographic is the cherry on top. The ‘so very nearly’ part? Well that’s in anticipation of a surprise offer to visit the glorious African countries I love to read and write about!
Chris Martin is a wildlife photographer and qualified Field Guide, currently working in South Africa, both as a freelance wildlife photographic guide and as a member of the Africa Nature Training team. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in the UK. His photographic work has been regularly featured in magazines both in South Africa and internationally. Chris’ formative years saw him grow to love wild places and to explore and discover a love for adventure that continues to this day. In his younger years as an accomplished mountaineer and skier, Chris led and participated in expeditions across the globe, particularly throughout the Himalaya regions, Europe, North America and Alaska. Following an expedition in 1993 to East Africa, to climb in the Mount Kenya region, Chris experienced Africa for the first time and it captured his soul. Visit Chris's website
I left my native Spain, its great food, siestas and fiestas to become an ornithologist at the University of Cape Town and to start Tropical Birding, a company specialising in bird-watching tours worldwide. The past 11 years have seen me travel to over 60 countries in search of 5,000 plus bird species. Time passed, my daughter became convinced that I was some kind of pilot and my wife acquired a budgie for company – that’s when the penny dropped. Thrilled to join the Africa Geographic team, hardly contained in an office, I look forward to reporting on new and exciting travels, and continue to share the joy of birding and exploration.
Christie Fynn is passionate about wildlife, Africa, conservation and travel. She grew up exploring her grandfather’s farm in Zimbabwe and, after leaving school, spent seven years working at some of Southern Africa’s top game reserves. She then went onto work for Getaway magazine as an online travel manager and photojournalist. Her passion for wildlife conservation has most recently been fuelled by the surge in rhino poaching. Her articles and blogs covering rhino poaching have helped raise awareness around this issue to national level which has made her a source on the subject. She currently works in Zululand for Wildlife ACT and the Wildlife ACT Fund , companies that assist in monitoring endangered wildlife such as the African painted dog, cheetah and black rhino. Follow her on twitter @christiefynn
Christopher Clark is a British freelance journalist based in Cape Town. After travelling to more than 50 countries worldwide, he came to Africa on a one way ticket in 2008, in search of sunshine and stories. He writes for various platforms including News24 and Future Challenges and was featured as one of The Big Issue's best young writers in South Africa in 2012.
I recently moved to Joburg in October last year. I have had a passion for photography all my life but only took it seriously 5 years ago. My goal for the next year, is to find out where the best places are in Gauteng to take sunrise and sunset pictures. I’m trying to find places that are reasonably safe yet not too far from Johannesburg. I still have a lot to learn about photography and my camera! Just got a Nikon D610 and I’m loving it. If it wasn’t for my boyfriend driving me around, I would not be able to get half the pictures I get. To see my work please visit my website.
I’m Claire Craig-Nassar , currently on a six-year gap year in Egypt. I’ll rejoin the world one day, but not yet. After a degree in Anthropology in London and a stint as a music journalist, I went to work in Egypt, getting paid to explore the region and drag others around with me while doing so. I now run a small B&B, Sunrise Lodge, in Dahab, Egypt, run a travel company called The Curious Camel Company and am a very proud mum to my daughter Salma. After my time in Egypt there’ll be more adventures; I just don’t know where to yet, and I like it that way.
Clarissa Hughes has worked and travelled widely in Africa. With 30 years experience in the tourism industry her knowledge is varied and wide. Her interest lies at the nexus of human development and environmental conservation. Clarissa also has an interest in African culture. She is a co-founder of the Nhabe Museum in Maun, Botswana as well as the author of a book on the indigenous beliefs around the night sky titled ‘Flowers in the Sky – a celebration of southern African starlore‘. She is the author of a number of tourism and African culture related articles and is a member of the International League of Conservation Writers.
Instead of going into the expected world of finance after completing his economics degree at Wits University in 1977, Colin landed his first job as a safari guide in Botswana. In those days a cold beer came out of a wet long sock, tied to the side mirror of his Land Rover and cooled while hanging in the breeze. That was as good as it got. In 1983 Colin co-founded Wilderness Safaris with one of the best guides in Southern Africa, Chris McIntyre. The two of them ploughed all their enthusiasm, energies and limited savings (and one second-hand Land Rover) into creating what became one of the most successful specialist safari companies in Africa. Many of these lodges gained their “bush cred” through partnerships with local communities: it was through those negotiations and relationships that Colin started to learn – by trial and error – what worked sustainably and what did not. He went on to co-found Great Plains a year later. Colin is now completely independent and this freedom has allowed him to immerse himself in the Africa’s Finest book project without any vested interests. The book profiles the good, the bad and the ugly of the tourism and wildlife industries. Colin’s operations have successfully re-introduced rhino into the wilds of Botswana and pioneered sustainable partnerships with rural communities in Namibia that ensure that rhino thrive outside of protected areas.
In 2003, Colleen Begg and her husband Keith started working in the little known Niassa Reserve in Northern Mozambique. Their focus is on promoting the place and coexistence between people and lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyena in this incredible wilderness. They currently live for 8 months of the year in Niassa Reserve with their young children, Ella and Finn. Follow Colleen’s blog posts for updates from the remote corners of Mozambique.
As a child my father used to take photo's of almost everything and that is where my passion for photography started. Then my husband gave me my first camera, a Minolta that changed my life. As my interest grew in photography, I upgraded to new and better equipment. I hope my shots elicit an emotional response in the viewer. My favourite place in the world is the Kgalagadi. To me this place just has some magic in its bones and many of my photos, as well as much of my blog content, is born there. This deep connection to the animals and bush, is quite simply the love of my life. My hope is that you will feel my deep love and respect for animals and nature through my photographs and in reading some of my blogs you can experience a little what I see when I am out there, doing the thing I love most. You can read more on my adventures and see more of my photography on my website
"Life is either a daring adventure or nothing.” - Helen Keller. I’ve scaled the daunting heights of the mind in order to get a PhD. I’ve explored the limits of my body by running the 90km Comrades marathon. Yet there is no greater adventure than to travel, and to travel as a family, through the vast wonders of Africa. Follow our family adventure here
After completing a Masters of Philosophy degree in Sustainable Development at the Sustainability Institute in Stellenbosch, South Africa, Cris Robertson has managed to keep his head above water by freelance writing, representing South Africa at the Youth 20 and working for a multinational corporation. Born in Cape Town, he is currently based in Kenya, where he is researching the effects of poverty and culture on schoolchildren from the Maasai tribe.
After graduating with a BSc in Zoology, Cristina Garcia traveled to Namibia to work with a jackal research project. It was there in Cape Cross that she discovered her passion for African wildlife. She is currently working on her first travel memoir Dual Nature, co-written by wildlife photographer Hal Brindley (who is also her husband). Together they founded Travel For Wildlife, a website dedicated to wildlife adventure travelers. Their goal is to promote wildlife conservation through responsible wildlife tourism.
After graduating with a BSc in Zoology, Cristina Garcia traveled to Namibia to work with a jackal research project. It was there in Cape Cross that she discovered her passion for African wildlife. She is currently working on her first travel memoir Dual Nature, co-written by wildlife photographer Hal Brindley (who is also her husband). Together they founded Travel For Wildlife, a website dedicated to wildlife adventure travelers. Their goal is to promote wildlife conservation through responsible wildlife tourism.
Dalene is passionate about her home continent, Africa, and everything in it. There isn’t a stretch of Africa she doesn’t hope to travel to and a story about her experiences she doesn’t want to share.
Originally from California, Dana has lived and worked in Southern, Central and East Africa for the past twenty-five years. He currently resides in Zimbabwe. Dana founded PhotoSafari in 1991 and has led small groups of enthusiastic visitors around Africa for many years. Millions of viewers have enjoyed his images through various publications, cards, calendars and books.
David is pastey of complexion and lily-livered of disposition. None-the-less he has been forced to overcome these genetic handicaps in order to fulfil a lifelong dream of travelling from Casablanca to Johannesburg overland. This journey has required two primary prerequisites: oodles of patience and unemployment. David has been particularly happy to oblige the second of these. When he is not unemployed he can be seen in the hospitals of KwaZulu-Natal trying to convince both patients and nurses alike that he is, in fact, a doctor. He believed that his interest in Emergency Medicine may come in handy during his travels. He was wrong. His predisposition to rashes in ungodly places would have made dermatology a finer choice. His great love is to travel and he has been fortunate enough to have stumbled through over thirty countries spanning every continent except for Antarctica. But of all of these Africa has always held the most allure and David has been happy to shed many layers of singed skin along its crazy and varied landscapes.
David Johnson has a focus: the impacts of human population and consumption growth. “It’s the growing number of us humans and the amount we consume which is the greatest threat to maintaining healthy ecosystems. You can worry about climate change mitigation, but when there are twice as many of us, can those mitigation measures be effective? For marginalised rural communities the situation can be worse, they often rely on healthy ecosystems for food, water, medicines, fuel and livelihoods” he says. With the population of Africa expected to double by 2050, David believes a new approach to conservation is needed. In partnership with the Endangered Wildlife Trust and NGOs specialising in voluntary family planning, women’s rights, early childhood development and job creation, David is seeking funding for a new style of integrated programme, which will lead to greater community and environmental benefits than had those organisations acted alone. You can read more of his work on his website and follow him on Twitter: @DavidJohnsonSA
David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust
The David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust embraces all measures that complement the conservation and protection of wildlife. These include anti-poaching, wildlife veterinary assistance, community outreach, safe guarding the natural environment and the rescue and hand rearing of elephant and rhino orphans.
Like the living will inevitably turn to dead, a stone will turn to sand. The only thing that remains is the message left behind. Jop Floris and Marie-Fleur de Raad fell in love with Africa after their first separate trips to the continent almost a decade ago. Passionate about photography, writing and travelling they complete each other and form a journalistic couple.
Dereck and Beverly Joubert are award-winning filmmakers from Botswana. Their mission is the conservation and understanding of the large predators and key African wildlife species that determine the course of all conservation in Africa.
Destinations Africa’s knowledge is unrivalled. Access that knowledge to arrange your perfect escape (designed to cost no more than if booked directly yourself). Armed with 24/7 emergency numbers and pre-arranged personal transfers from every point of departure, you are free to explore the wonders Africa in perfect safety and comfort.
Businessman, conservation activist, fundraiser for rhino conservation. Involved in raising global awareness for the plight of Africa's wildlife, especially endangered species of rhinos, elephants and lions, using social media platforms to educate against use of ivory and rhino horn in markets in Asia.
Dmitri began capturing images at the age of 7,playing with his grandfather’s film cameras. Overtime his passion for arts and photography grew, but only in an art school he realized that the dream can become a reality. In 2003 Dmitri Markine Photography was finally established. Since then his work was featured in numerous publications and won more than a 100 national and international awards in Wedding, Journalism and Wildlife categories. He was recently named one of the top 10 wedding photographers in Canada and is currently one of the most sought after photographers in the World! There is not a place in the world he would not travel, in order to get unique shots that he truly wants. And there is not a thing he won’t do to get that perfect shot. It is not uncommon to see him kneeling, laying on the ground or bent to an awkward position just so that the camera can capture what his eyes see. Visit his website, and blog to get more insight on what makes Dmitri so different from all other photographers.
Donna Van Wyk
Hi, I'm Donna. I am fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time travelling all over the world and also some of Southern Africa. Currently I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Cape Town, and I'm enjoying every moment of being here. I love the outdoors, keeping active and I'm always on the lookout for a new adventure.
Dr Ken Firestone
Ken has a doctorate in a sub-specialty of cultural anthropology, a psychotherapist and teacher. In addition to teaching in academia, he facilitates groups in informal educational settings and applies his background to business, leadership and community development. He has traveled extensively and is fascinated by issues related to cross- cultural understandings and the integration of educational, psychological and industrial theories. He is currently applying his background and interests to creating interactive cultural immersion experiences for travellers in remote areas of the African bush while integrating it with eco-tourism and economic development in East Africa through a company he helped to establish, Zohar African Safaris Ltd.
Dr Margaret Jacobsohn
Dr Margaret Jacobsohn is a Namibian anthropologist, writer and community-based conservation specialist who has been working in Namibia's communal areas for the last 30 years.
Durban Green Corridor
Durban Green Corridor offers adventure, nature and cultural tours via 3 Adventure Parks along the Umngeni River Valley, Kwa Zulu Natal stretching from the river’s estuary in Durban to Inanda Dam and the Valley of a Thousand Hills. On offer are authentic Zulu cultural tours, hiking, mountain biking, canoeing, bird watching, trail running and much more.
EcoTraining is a passionate environmentally-conscious company specialising in the training of nature-guides and those with a deep appreciation of the natural world. We provide participants on our courses with amazing life-changing experiences. Courses are run in simple unfenced bush camps.
Elodie Sampéré has served as Ol Pejeta’s Head of Conservation Marketing since January 2010, but has been working with Ol Pejeta in a consultant capacity for over four years. Elodie earned a BA in Political Science and Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. Prior to joining the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elodie served as the Director of Marketing for the African Wildlife Foundation for seven years. Elodie also works for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the Northern Rangelands Trust and Save the Elephants , dividing her time between all four organisations.
Entim meaning forest in Maasai, is a safari camp discreetly tucked away in woodlands overlooking the Mara River. The Mara’s premier photographic camp, Entim has hosted many of the world’s top wildlife photographers and its guides are experienced in helping guests get the best photographs.
Etali Safari Lodge
Nestled in the magnificent malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve, Etali Safari Lodge has earned a reputation for offering our guests a unique and personal African bush experience wherein nature, relaxation and luxury combine to form an unforgettable memory. At Etali we provide guests with an experience beyond the expected. Whether on safari with our expert game rangers, dining on our delicious cuisine, rejuvenating in our spa, or, simply relaxing in our luxurious and comfortable suites.
I am a professional field guide with an irrepressible enthusiasm for wildlife photography – a born and bred Zimbabwean, I grew up on a tobacco farm where I was exposed to the great outdoors from a young age. Now with more than 10 years guiding experience across 5 countries, and many hours spent behind a camera, I have realised that photography has the potential to become our greatest conservation tool. I now live in Zululand where I work at Thanda Private Game Reserve and am an active member of Project Rhino KZN – dedicated to the protection of South Africa's rhinos.
Fair Trade Tourism
Fair Trade Tourism is pioneering the development of sustainable and responsible tourism in southern Africa and beyond. A non-profit organisation, it grows awareness about responsible tourism, helps tourism businesses operate more sustainably and facilitates the Fair Trade Tourism certification programme.
Felix Reinders has a big passion for wildlife photography and sharing his adventures and knowledge with others. He is driven in capturing wildlife in a beautiful and unique way. If he is not in the bush and photographing wild animals somewhere in Africa you can find him as a family man and working as an industrial engineer. You can see more of Felix’s adventures and photography on his website and Facebook page.
am a freelance adventure sport and underwater stills photographer and journalist with special interest in sharks. I turned professional in April 2006 after having been practicing as an Attorney for twelve years-and haven't looked back since. I travel the world extensively and write about adventure travel and conservation for various local and international publications. I also teach underwater photography, running specialist workshops for digital photographers on various locations around the East Coast of Africa.
Flash Mac Tours
Africa Flash McTours has the experience and knowledge of Africa to ensure that any holiday booked with us exceeds your expectations. Our team of consultants have all traveled and experienced Africa and are passionate about this beautiful continent and what it offers in the way of wildlife, culture and the many varied landscapes.
Fred von Winckelmann
After experiencing many creative jobs, Fred never forgot his big heart for nature and finally found his dream of being a wildlife photographer. He is passionate about Africa and continues to learn every day. He hopes to regain a certain amount of freedom to make a job out of his passion in this lifetime (hopefully enabling him one day quit his day job). Visit his Facebook page or website now.
Friends of Serengeti
Friends of Serengeti is a nonprofit organization of travel companies who seek to preserve a priceless world heritage for future generations. Our travel companies and their travelers help build a coalition of support, advocacy, and funding for the Serengeti ecosystem. 439
Frikkie the Wild Dog
Frikkie is the 9th member of an intrepid Adventure Dynamics team currently preparing to climb Everest from the north face. He is determined to be the first African wild dog on the summit of Mount Everest and has requested that a photo journal records his progress to the top and his safe return. The journal will be auctioned along with Frikkie himself as part of Adventure Dynamics’ team objective to increase the awareness of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s fundraising efforts for their African wild dog research project in the Kruger National Park. Frikkie hopes to raise at least R500,000 as a contribution towards it. He has already spent a week acclimatizing in Kathmandu and is doing well, soaking up the local culture.
Gail Potgieter is a carnivore conservationist who specialises in addressing human-predator conflict. After spending a year volunteering for the Cape Leopard Trust in Namaqualand to find out more about carnivore conservation on farmlands, she headed to Namibia to work for the Cheetah Conservation Fund whilst completing her M.Sc. on the use of livestock guarding dogs to conserve carnivores. As a human-predator conflict consultant for the Namibia Nature Foundation, she currently works closely with communal conservancies in the southern Kunene region. Her dream is to find practical, sustainable solutions to human-predator conflict in areas that are not officially protected by national parks. The views expressed in her blog posts and other social media are not necessarily those of the NGO’s mentioned above.
Hey, I’m Gareth. Ever since I can remember I’ve had a great interest in nature. From a young age I visited the Kruger National Park, which has probably been the main reason why I followed the path to become a field guide. Now with 10 Years of guiding experience in the Eastern and Western Cape and a passion for birding, I have recently set up set up my own guiding business in Plettenberg Bay. Through my passion for nature and being a keen amateur photographer I hope to be able to educate and share some of my interesting finds in this area as I continue to be amazed by the diversity of Plettenberg Bay on a daily basis.
Garth Owen-Smith is a Namibian conservationist. He was awarded the Goldman Environmental Prize in 1993, jointly with Margaret Jacobsohn, for their efforts on conservation of wildlife in Namibia, where illegal hunting was threatening species such as elephants and black rhinos. His book "Arid Eden" is a must-read for serious conservation-minded people.
I grew up escaping Johannesburg city to go horse-back riding in the Magaliesberg mountains or Land Rovering in the Madikwe sand veld. Accustomed to the sun on my face and the wind in my hair, I then embarked as a trainee sailor on a three-masted barque to travel the world beyond my beloved Southern Africa. Ship life steered me to remote destinations and ecological treasure houses like the Galapagos, Pitcairn Island and Polynesia. Once grounded, my love of the outdoors developed into a deep respect for the environment and a desire to preserve it which led to a full time career at Africa Geographic.
Gillian Hazell was born and raised in Johannesburg, but now lives in Cape Town with her husband and two children. She works part-time as a physiotherapist, and has a passion for nature and the ocean. With her family she spends at least some part of every week interacting with nature, whether it’s exploring rock pools, spending time in the sea, working in her organic veggie garden, or walking one of the many easy trails around Cape Town. She wishes her children to grow up loving the incredible African continent and realising how fortunate they are to be able to experience wildlife in it’s natural habitat.
Giraffe Conservation Foundation
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is dedicated to securing a future for all giraffe populations and (sub)species in the wild. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation's vision is that of a sustainable future where all giraffe populations and (sub)species are protected and secure in the wild.
Glory Safaris specialises in wildlife safaris, bird watching, mountain climbing, beach holidays and adventure packages in Kenya and Tanzania. All our guides are either Bronze or Silver medal holders of the KPSGA and have vast knowledge in flora, fauna, history, geography and culture. We operate our own fleet of 4X4 safari Landcruisers and safari mini vans. We highly emphasise on customer satisfaction, offering competitive rates and ensuring a memorable holiday experience.
Gondwana Game Reserve
Set on 11, 000 hectares, Gondwana is the only Fynbos reserve in the world with free roaming Big 5 species. Luxury accommodation in Kwena Lodge or private bush villas ideal for families while an enriching junior ranger experience for children is also offered. Enjoy exhilarating game drives in a spectacular landscape with expert field guides. Accessibly located only 4 hours from Cape Town and 45 minutes from George Airport.
The Mountain Gorilla Veterinary Project (MGVP) is dedicated to saving the mountain gorilla species one gorilla at a time. MGVP’s veterinarians, the Gorilla Doctors , provide hands-on medical care to sick and injured mountain gorillas living in the national parks of Rwanda, Uganda, and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). With only about 800 mountain gorillas left in the world today, the Gorilla Doctors believe that the health and well being of every individual gorilla is vital to the species’ survival.
Gorongosa National Park
Gorongosa National Park, in Mozambique, is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration story: a 20-year public-private partnership between the government of Mozambique and the Gorongosa Restoration Project, a U.S. non-profit organization. To learn more about the Park, its history, the animals that call it home, ongoing research in the area and how you can plan your Goronogosa adventure visit the Park’s website: http://www.gorongosa.org/our-story
The Governors’ Camp Collection comprises of 7 award winning luxury safari camps and lodges. We are in the heart of the best wildlife viewing areas of Kenya and Rwanda, set in some of East Africa’s most spectacular scenery. Our clients benefit from the incredible location and style of our properties, our commitment to service excellence, the exceptional training of our guides and the strong bonds we have created with our community neighbors over the 40 years we have been in operation.
I am a South African who grew up in the former Transkei, (now the Eastern Cape) and I spent much of my time along the Wild Coast. For over ten years I have been working as a guide in northern Botswana, for a company called Wilderness Safaris. I spend many days of each year leading photographic safari trips with small groups of people through our fixed camps in the Kalahari, Okavango, Linyanti and Savuti regions, mostly. My special interests are birds, lions and photography, in no special order. When I am not guiding in the field, I take part in some of our companies environmental projects. Botswana is a country with a solid conservation ethic, and I am fortunate to be able to share some of what I do and see by means of my writing and my images. Visit my photography page
Inspired by a childhood love of nature and driven by a distinct dissatisfaction with ordinary living, South African Grant Christie aims to walk from Alexander Bay on the west coast to Kozi Bay on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, carrying all his possessions on his back. Starting in early October 2013, this seven month journey will conclude in early May 2014; covering a distance of over 3000 km on foot. Endorsed by the Wilderness Foundation South Africa, the purpose of the journey is to uncover the environmental burdens on the coastline and to raise awareness of these issues as well as for two of the Wilderness Foundation’s conservation programmes; namely the Forever Wild Shark Conservation Initiative and the Pride Project. Follow his progress on Facebook, Twitter or on his website.
Grant Notten grew up in the African bush and is now an explorer and advocate for the protection of the earths wild places. Together with his wife, Charli, and their 4 children, they have recently sold up everything they own and committed to an epic journey exploring the wild regions of Africa and beyond. You can follow his journey on their website or via Facebook and Twitter.
Green Renaissance are a South African production company focusing on green content creation. Green Renaissance specialise in helping non-profit organizations and environmentally-conscious businesses develop creative content that promotes green and conservation initiatives. We find inspiration in Nature everyday and we hope to encourage others to affect change and inspire action.
Greenpop is a social business that believes greening and sustainable living can be fun, POPular and accessible for all. We believe in inspiring a greener, more conscious, inclusive movement and do this through tree planting projects and days, green events, company team building days, education, social media and activating people to start DOING!
Gustaph Tjiundukamba, 51, was born in Omusati, former Kaokoveld. His family survived on livestock and hunted game on horseback, using a bow and arrow. His parents were moved from the Okaukuejo area, now Etosha National Park, under the Apartheid Odendaal plan, to the village of Okanambundona. Before Omatendaka conservancy was formed in 2003, Gustaph was Secretary to the Ongava Traditional Authority, and later elected to be a member of the conservancy committee, and later still as chairperson. Today he serves as Chairperson of the Kunene Regional Conservancy Association.
Helen & Jason Florio
British born, New York based husband and wife team – award-winning photographer, Jason Florio, and photography producer, Helen Jones-Florio – have worked together on assignments in Mexico, DR Congo, Kenya, West Africa, and the USA. They met in the Gambian bush over 15 years ago and in 2009 they made the first recorded circumnavigation of The Gambia by foot. 'A Short Walk in the Gambian Bush – a 930km African odyssey’. Jason produced what became an award-winning series of portraits of village chiefs Now they embark on their second expedition in this part of the world: ‘River Gambia Expedition 2012 – 1000km source-sea African odyssey’
Growing up on a farm, Hendri Venter has been enchanted by wildlife and the natural world from a young age. As a child he would often go off exploring either on horse-back or by foot. It was these experiences that shaped his amazement and love of wildlife and the outdoors. Then he picked up a camera and discovered that he could capture nature’s magic on film. He has never looked back. He now works as a wildlife photographer in Africa.
I’m Holly - born and raised in the rural British Counties, my mother began life on a sugar farm in Zululand. After reading Anthropology at university in London, working for a political activist filmmaker in India, and doing a short stint under the bright lights of Bollywood – I decided it was time to return to the motherland. To earn a crust in the name of wanderlust, I finished up a post grad in media and hotfooted around South Africa as a freelance travel journalist.
Hope for the Future
The Hope for the Future expedition team comprises of four South African university friends, circumnavigating Lake Malawi on their kayaks and raising money for charity. Caiden Lang, Guy Robertson and Matt and Marc Hampson plan to complete the 1400km of paddling unaided - no vehicle to follow them with backup and supplies! They'll be dodging hippos and crocs, fighting with swells and mosquitoes and fishing for their food, alone. They're raising money for the Hope for the Future Foundation in Tanzania. View their website: Lake Malawi Expedition
Horizon Horseback - Limpopo Safaris
Horizon Horseback/Limpopo Safaris offer specialised horseback safaris in the Waterberg region of South Africa and Mashatu Game Reserve, Botswana. Their reputation is for excellent horses, guiding, riding terrain and outstanding hospitality. Accolades include The Good Safari Guide Best Riding Safari Africa 2016.
I do Africa
Dorette and Guillaume de Swardt not only decided to take the leap and get married but, while they were at it, also to cash in their wedding budget, pension and savings, quit their jobs, leave their rented house and follow their dream…to take a trans-African voyage. Their wild idea became even wilder when they decided to do this on their 150cc delivery motorbike… for their honeymoon. After some planning, a lot of scheming and a bit of bargaining, the newlyweds were on their overloaded bike, making their way to Egypt at 85km/h. Their desire for exploration, love of Africa, thirst for new experiences and like-mindedness promises to not only get them through Africa, but to help them find loads of adventure along the way. Visit the I do Africa blog
Ian Manning is a writer and wildlife ecologist deported from Zambia for campaigns against protected area alienations and the bushmeat and ivory trade. He opposes the plunder of Lower Zambezi NP for copper mining. His book 'Out of Zambia: a history of conservation and plunder' will be out on e-book.
Ian has spent the last 24 years working as a specialist guide, photo-journalist and consultant across Africa, including a stint of 13 years based in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. When not guiding, he writes predominately for Africa Geographic covering topics on conservation, wildlife management, ecotourism, and the environment, and has been writing his popular monthly column since 2001. Ian is also the author and photographer of seven natural history and travel books on Africa, and is a past winner of the bird category in the Agfa Wildlife photographic competition (1997). He has also worked as a researcher and field coordinator on various natural history television documentaries for international broadcasters and as a consultant on ecotourism to various private sector and government agencies. Prior to his life in the wilderness, he spent eight years practicing as a stockbroker in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Irene Amiet Quiroga is a previous marketing executive who first came to South Africa as a conservation volunteer. In her “Love Letters to Africa” she writes of her love of the Dark Continent and her hope that the human race will get re-connected with nature in order to better conserve our heritage.
Isabella Monson is a freelance journalist who writes travel pieces for newspapers and magazines in Nairobi. More recently she has begun writing a biography in Naivasha. After completing an Anthropology degree in London, Isabella returned to Kenya where her mother was raised. Following in her father’s footsteps, she decided to pursue a career in writing. Although she loves nothing more than to follow her globally nomadic tendencies, she finds there is always something to scribble about in Kenya. Nairobi especially supplies a torrent of fuel for the writing fire, and she recommends this dynamic city to any wayward traveler.
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values. The 332 000 hectare park contains of three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place.
Ivanhoe Sea Safaris
Ivanhoe Sea Safaris is the original operator that pioneered South Africa’s boat based whale watching industry that kick started in 1998. We also boast the most exclusive permit in South Africa being Area 6 which is celebrated as the best location from which to view the magnificent southern right whales. Area 6 of Walker Bay has the town of Hermanus on its northern shore and the town of Gansbaai on its southern shore. The Ivanhoe launches from the quaint fishing harbour of Gansbaai, from there we travel along the cliffs of De Kelders and on towards Plaat beach. Gansbaai is a beautiful, scenic 35-minute drive from Hermanus and a two-hour drive from Cape Town.
Situated in Madikwe you can expect friendly and personal service assuring an African Safari to be remembered. Jaci's Lodges are vibrant combinations of colour, canvas, shaggy thatch and breathtaking raised walkways. Imagine fire cooked & starlit meals - heaven indeed! Perfect for romantic safaris and that bush escape.
James Williams completed his B.Sc in Zoology and Environmental Science and immediately did some time in the Sabi Sands reserve. Thereafter, he moved into a little thatch and reed bungalow 4m off the Zambezi River where he lived and worked as a guide in Barotseland, Western Zambia. After Zambia, he spent some time in corporate agriculture before starting his own tourism and eco-adventure business called Corporate Wildman where he hosts specialized wilderness events and runs Wildman Challenges in the best wildlife, birding and fishing destinations of Southern Africa. He lives in Hout Bay, Cape Town but will always be found somewhere in nature in his free time. He is a keen photographer and a very bad fly – tier!
Jamie Joseph is the founder of savingthewild.com and is a writer, strategist and activist working full time on Africa's poaching crisis. She regularly interviews global thought leaders engaged in the war on poaching, navigating the battlefield of supply and demand, greed and exploitation. She is currently based at various locations across Africa, reporting from the frontline and sharing 'stories from the trenches.' Connect with Jamie on Facebook and Twitter.
I am the first to confess that I have been bitten by the travel bug… badly. I am a lover of all things travel from basic tenting with creepy crawlies to lazing in luxury lodges; I will give it all a go. I am passionate about wildlife and conservation and come from a long line of biologists, researchers and botanists. I am the general manager of Africa Geographic when I am not out exploring Africa.
Zimbabwe-born Jason Wharam grew up on a farm, where the local elders taught him about the cultural backgrounds and traditions of Zim's varied people. From them, he also learned about the landscape and became passionate about nature. Jason's high school years were spent at an old, military-type boarding school – Plumtree, near the Botswana/Zimbabwe border. There, his love for the bush blossomed as he spent time birdwatching, hunting, camping, fishing and exploring the surrounding wilderness. After completing his Cambridge studies, he became a trainee safari guide in the Gwayi Valley on the outer perimeters of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. He has worked with safari legend Lionel Reynolds and honed his white-water rafting skills. Jason has been a professional guide since 1999, leading safaris throughout southern Africa's most remote and beautiful parks and reserves from the Skeleton Coast in Namibia to Botswana and down the wild Zambezi. His second passion? Photography. Jason has recently retired from guiding and is using his camera to create incisive, inspiring images that are designed to help protect wildlife and the parks in which they live. See his images at jasonwharamphotography.co.uk
Jeff and Kerryn
Kerryn-lee grew up in the wilds of the Kruger Park, where she developed a love of all things nature. Jeff grew up in the wilds of Jozi’s northern suburbs, where he developed a chronic longing for all things nature. After spending 5 months road-tripping Southern Africa a couple of years back, and then another 5 months backpacking the Indian sub-continent, they've decided it's time to get to know their own country a little better. They're currently traveling the circumference of South Africa for their honeymoon, which presented the perfect excuse to go on another adventure. Read about their travels here, or catch them at passthemap.com or on Instagram (@passthemap, @KERRING_LEE).
I’m a simple guy and know what makes me happiest - time spent in wild natural places, preferably with awesome rocks, amazing clouds and my camera. After a number of years in the eco-tourism industry in Botswana and a backpacking stint around eastern Europe and Asia, I recently completed my MSc in conservation biology. My belief is that human population expansion, the root cause of the majority of our conservation problems, will eventually peak and reverse. My goal in life is to try to make sure we still have as many natural places as possible left at that time. See a portfolio of my photographic work or like my Facebook page for more constant updates from wherever I happen to be.
I feel lucky to share this beautiful planet with such an insane diversity of wild and wonderful creatures. It troubles me deeply that we humans and our antics have devastated so much of our wondrous world over such a short time. I aam a freshwater conservation biologist living in Cape Town, South Africa. My passion is to unearth and communicate the hidden beauty and plight of our freshwater ecosystems and thereby give them a fighting chance to share planet earth with us long into the future.
John K Kasaona
Namibian John K Kasaona, one of 12 children to Himba-Herero parents, only went to school after the age of eight because his cattle herding role ended when most of his family’s cattle died in the great drought of the early 1980s. Today he works in community-based conservation. After giving a TED talk in 2010, he became a sought after Community-based natural resources management (CBNRM) speaker internationally, and has contributed to two US congressional hearings on conservation issues, as well as to the illegal wildlife trade meeting organised by Prime Minister David Cameron in the UK in 2014. His passion and commitment to uplift rural Namibian communities through CBNRM drives him, and he spends as much time as possible in the field among communities. He is chairman of NACSO, the Namibian Association of CBNRM Support Organisations and highly respected both locally and among Namibian decision-makers. Apart from his powerful community facilitation skills, he has made a major contribution to enhance understanding and support for CBNRM among top political decision-makers in Namibia, and beyond.
Born in Cape Town, South Africa, Josie Borain was officially recognised as the first South African Supermodel. She was the Fashion Editor for Fair Lady Magazine and further success came by establishing her name as a leading photographer with over twenty years experience doing portraits, self-portraits and reportage. In 2003 she published her own life story in a book, ‘Josie, You and Me’ by Bell-Roberts. Follow the Josie Borain in Africa blog series.
Journeys Discovering Africa
We believe in creating your perfect African safari – whether paddling a dugout canoe in the Okavango, tracking mountain gorillas or experiencing the Great Migration. We will work with you to craft your ideal trip, offering a customised service to ensure your safari is truly a Journey Discovering Africa.
Juanita Welgemoed grew up on the banks of the Olifants River near the Kruger Park. She now lives in Cape Town and is engaged to her best friend and love of her life, photographer Alex Aitkenhead . They see themselves as eco-warriors, passionate about documenting anything that helps protect nature and its wildlife. Together, they run several successful blogs about Animals, Photography and Hiking. Follow her on Twitter
Hi, I'm Judy. I am passionate about our planet, its wild landscapes and its bustling places. People fascinate me, animals even more and wide open spaces simply mesmerise me. I've travelled some and have been privileged to see a handful of Africa's amazing sights. Oh, and I love to write.
As a youngster growing up in sunny South Africa my addiction to the natural world developed at a young age. The unfortunate part of it all was that I was forced to grow up in a small town near Cape Town making my agonising cravings for wildlife and the bush extremely tough to satisfy. To compensate for this I spent a great amount of my time diving, surfing and searching for snakes in the fynbos. Once done with my arduous schooling career I was free to delve into the “proper bush” and attempt to fulfill my lifelong dream of pursuing a career as a game ranger and wildlife photographer. Now that I am halfway there and loving life in the bush, I wish to share my experiences and stories with you. I do pray that my posts will be somewhat helpful to you when planning a holiday or photographic trip. If you would like to view more of my work please feel free to view my website and Facebook page.
Cook, traveller and lover of life, Justin Bonello is the veteran presenter and producer of Cooked – a television series aired on the BBC in which the first season saw him and a bunch of friends embark on an epic 30-day foodie road trip across South Africa. He is also a published author of 3 recipe books, with Out of the Frying Pan spinning a quirky Bonello touch on quintessentially South African dishes like bobotie. Now the self taught bush-cook is busy filming a new series where he looks at how our choices as a food consumer directly impact the people and our planet. This blog brings you the best of Justin’s recipes and travel tales, straight from the horses mouth.
Kafunta Safaris is a safari operator in South Luangwa, Zambia, offering exceptional services at their two (soon to be three) camps. A combined stay at Kafunta River Lodge and Island Bush Camp offers an intimate and authentic safari experience to accompany the renowned wilderness and spectacular wildlife of South Luangwa National Park.
Kagera Safaris is a small independent local tour company based in Uganda, with an intimate knowledge of the products and activities we recommend. We arrange tailor made eco-friendly treks and safari holidays for individuals, families, and groups in Uganda and Rwanda.
Kane Motswana grew up in the African bush, and he is an renowned tracker and photographer in Botswana. His home is the village of Gudigwa, in the north east of the Okavango Delta. Kane spends his days out in the field, leading guests on landrover and bush walking safaris all over Botswana. The bush is like his backyard and he can track down lions and leopards for game viewing like no other. Follow Kane’s blog posts for stories from the San about canoes dodging hippos & ellies crossing rivers.
Karen Blixen Camp
Karen Blixen Camp offers that the little extra to your safari. And it is all about people. We are operating an eco-friendly luxury camp that gives a sense of the exciting explorer days when the savannah was seldom visited. Karen Blixen is an elaborate and comfortable camp providing a luxurious and stylish retreat after each day’s adventure. Committed to uplifting the living standards of the host Masai community we also run various CSR projects that all our guests are welcome to be part of.
I am a freelance editor/writer, ultra-distance trail runner and mother of one. My passion for the natural world and a desire to fix all that we are doing to it runs deep. In my twenties I travelled fairly extensively in southern Africa. Before varsity, I headed off to Malawi to work as a 'travelling chef' . In the early 90s, I spent about 6 very happy months working on the Zambezi/Chobe Rivers as chef-cum-guide. I am happiest when running, hiking or cycling up or down a mountain, or in big open spaces and wilderness areas, away from the madness of the city. In my freelance work, I write predominantly for school kids and almost always about matters environmental. I have an overriding interest in species, habitat loss and in looking at ways to live 'lightly'. Through my writing, I hope to whip up a desire to shift behaviour and to help people see the connections between all that they do and how the earth copes (or does not cope!)
Kate Olivia Pettit was born and brought up on the East coast of Scotland. After reading an undergraduate in Communications, and an MA in human rights, Kate has lived and worked for numerous NGOs and non-profits around the world. Her passion is being able to experience and learn from others, and use those experiences on her journey to discovery. She is truly invested in travel with purpose and innovative platforms to make the world go round that little bit smoother. She loves the peace and tranquillity she receives from new cultures and norms, and as a skier and rock climber, she is a natural thrill seeker, and thrives off the inner euphoria’s she recieves from adventure travel. Following a generation of footsteps on her mother’s side, she has followed her dream and become a freelance writer.
I’m a South African gal with a bit of an explorers heart. A travel blogger and digital marketing strategist with a travelling problem, I’m a lover of the great outdoors and am African travel obsessed. I’m a happy camper and am at my happiest when placed in an untouched bit of wilderness, taking it all in. The more remote and wild the environment, the better for this bushbaby. When I’m not out chasing sunsets and listening to the night sounds of the bush from a tent, I’m daydreaming and planning the next time I can. I love to write about my experiences and share them.
Kevin is a self-taught animal behaviourist, he has broken every safety rule known to man when working with wild lions. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them, he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them. Kevin’s unique relationships with these large predators have opened many doors and captivated the imagination of many people throughout the world. He has presented and produced several documentaries that detail his relationships with the animals and highlight the plight of lions both in captivity and in the wild. Kevin has also written a book appropriately named, "Part of the Pride" detailing his work over the years with the large carnivores and is now affectionately known by his fans worldwide as "The Lion Whisperer".
Kicheche Camps welcome you to the heart of the African wilderness in Kenya’s finest Conservancies in the Masai Mara and Laikipia. A world of bounteous animals, dazzling birds, sweeping grass lands, flat-topped acacias and breathtaking sunsets. Staying in a bush camp doesn’t mean compromising on comfort; the food and service are first class, as are the warmth and expertise of Kicheche staff, making your safari unforgettable.
Kingsley Holgate is considered one of Africa's most colourful modern-day explorers. A humanitarian, adventurer, author, TV Personality and fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, Kingsley has travelled to and embraced every country on the African continent to include her island states, all along using adventure to improve and save lives.
Klaserie Sands River Camp
Rediscover Africa at Klaserie Sands River Camp in the greater Kruger region. This privately owned camp is intimately managed and offers unrivaled privacy with elegant interiors in a pristine bushveld setting. Enjoy guided walks, Big 5 sightings or lounge around on the deck overlooking the riverbed, frequently visited by elephant and buffalo.
Currently studying Creative Writing, I am in the process of writing a fiction novel for young adults. I'm also a Journalism student with a dry, sarcastic humour but a warm and independent heart. My interests are wildlife and conservation, science, biology, films and music. I am still young and have a lot to learn, but Wildlife Journalism was always a calling - the need to inform you about what's out there and how you can join it. Things you've never realised before, animals you've never seen before, places you wish you knew about before...
Kwando Safaris is owned by John Mynhardt, a citizen of Botswana and prominent businessman. John and his wife, Janie, have a deep appreciation for the wilderness regions and recognise the special place that the wilderness occupies in their lives. To this day John, Janie and their three children continue to enjoy the remote Kwando concessions as often as possible and believe in sharing their love of the bush by promoting an intimate and traditional safari experience for all the Kwando Safaris’ guests. You can be sure that when you come to Botswana on a Kwando safari, there will be a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that will prevail from the time you step off the plane to the day you leave.
Kwandwe Private Game Reserve
Within South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province lies Kwandwe Private Game Reserve. This world-class Big Five safari destination in 22,000 hectares of pristine, private wilderness offers exceptional wildlife diversity, experienced professional guides and intimate, luxurious accommodation for the discerning traveller.
Kyle de Nobrega
Incredibly passionate and driven, Kyle de Nobrega is a field guide, naturalist and adventurer. This Capetonian is constantly on a mission to find, experience and share the jewels that nature throws his way. From taking photos of the spoor left behind of a beetle grub, to painstakingly lying on a rock waiting for a Green-headed oriole to fly by, he thrives on nature and what it has to offer. Trained and employed in the Waterberg , Sabi Sands and currently at Tswalu in the Kalahari, the knowledge he seeks in new areas is a top priority. His time away from work is entirely focused on travelling and exploring new game reserves or any great wilderness areas in Africa, seeking the enjoyment of life. You can follow his Facebook page: Inthestixx and his website for more memories and encounters from out there in and among the things that make him smile.
Starting in March 2010, I have travelled through 46 countries and am still counting! I started out with a little point and shoot camera, which I had a lot of fun with. All went well and I started doing cover shoots, designed posters and covered events. I ended up doing nightlife photography, and made some cash taking photos around the Cape Town club scene. By the end of all this I had managed to save up enough ZAR to get myself the 5D Mark|| and thats how it all started. Soon after, I set off on my adventures armed with my Canon, and my affair with landscape and portraits just happened very naturally as I crossed the border from one country to the next. Learning a bit more each time, defining (and refining) my style as I went. Follow me at Kyle Mijlof Photography.
Land Rover Experience
Last Chance Safaris
Last Chance Safaris ethos is simple: through the experience of an indelibly imprinted safari we create awareness, make meaningful contributions to sustaining Africa’s endangered wildlife, and ultimately turn every traveller into a conservation disciple. - Experience - Awareness - Conservation -
Lauren De Vos
I figured out early on that two things would dictate how I lived my life. I love to learn, and I’d be absolutely delighted if I never had to be indoors again. My parents and professors managed to curb the latter tendency long enough for me to complete my MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (an academic path that actively encouraged my tree-climbing tendencies!). My research has placed me in unique situations – scaling termite mounds in the Kruger National Park, hurtling after chacma baboons up Cape mountains, spending salt-encrusted days at sea, facing stand-offs with buffaloes in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal and spending afternoons submerged in the Mutale River’s crocodilian waters … mine is a life lived in love with Africa’s wildest spaces. I am currently an assistant researcher at UCT’s Marine Research Institute, conducting the first underwater camera survey of False Bay. A deep reverence for our natural world keeps me driven to find conservation solutions. 'll be sharing my research and experiences with you on a regular basis. Look out for me – I'm the one surrounded by sea!
Laurent and Dominique
Laurent Renaud and Dominique Haution are teachers and photographers living in northern France. They first discovered Africa in 1982 and have returned every year since to photograph African wildlife. Kenya, Zambia, Tanzania, Botswana, Namibia and South Africa are their favourite countries. They regularly accompany travel groups on their voyage of discovery through the wonderful continent of Africa characterised by such a wide variety moods and character, sharing their passion for wildlife and photography along the way. Together with friend Bertrand Martel they have published three photographic books on Kenya, Botswana and Tanzania. The first one on Kenya – Wild open spaces in Samburuland – has been awarded best photographic book of the year. Like them on Facebook or visit their website to see more.
Legend Lodges, Hotels and Resorts
The Legend portfolio encompasses the diversity of South Africa - her people, culture, scenery, and abundant bird, marine and animal life. The Group features safari and country lodges, coastal hotels and lodges, urban hotels, cultural villages and shebeens in South Africa and Mozambique.
Linda is working as a freelance a photojournalist, travel and fiction writer. She considers herself to be the better looking half of Moving Sushi and the only one who is ever online. She blogs on behalf of Moving Sushi for various online magazines and writes travel guides for Buggl.com. Her main loves are writing about travel, the natural world around us and how we as people interact with it, as long as it’s not anything to do with snakes. Snakes give her the willies. Follow along @moving_sushi.
Lindsay Seegmiller is a Canadian-based freelance travel writer (and photographer) whose heart lives at least part-time in Africa. Through work, volunteering and personal travel, she has explored the better part of the continent, though her curiosity fuels an ever-expanding bucket list. She has just returned home from a year’s drive across Mozambique in a mighty Pajero Junior, followed by a brief luxury spin through South Africa. Always on the search for an adventure, a new type of cheese and a cup of fresh coffee, you can see her work and follow her musings at www.lindsayseegmiller.com.
Liquid Giraffe is a registered travel agency in Maun, Botswana. Our portfolio includes a range of lodges, horseback adventures and mobile tented safaris throughout Botswana. We also provide tailor-made journeys to Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.
My name is Lohi Ogolo , but you can say Low-He, and consider me a lover all things to do with naija food. I am a young Nigerian and a culinary enthusiast. My love goes back to my early years and fond memories of tasty homemade cooking. Since then I have taken gastronomy head on, teaching myself new recipes, food plating and photography. I hope you find my culinary creations inspiring enough to try them at home. Visit Loli's website
Thirty years of travelling to and living in eleven African countries – from my first trip to southern Africa on assignment as a fashion model, to my recent role as Africa Adventures Specialist in East Africa for the Jane Goodall Institute – has nourished my lifelong passion for the natural world. In 2009 I sold my big house and most of my stuff so I could live more simply. When I'm not traveling in Africa I’m writing about it from my small cabin in the Teton National Forest in Moose, Wyoming. You can find me at SavingWild.com
Mabula Ground-Hornbill Project
The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project is working to reverse the decline of the Endangered Southern Ground-Hornbill – charismatic, a savanna flagship, culturally important and a top-order predator. This is done through a multi-pronged approach of education, threat mitigation, reintroduction and sound conservation research. Help us!
I spend much of my time at VulPro watching the copulation behaviours of Cape vultures, hauling carcasses in varying states of decay, or smashing bones with a sledge hammer. You would not be the first to call me crazy for considering these enjoyable pastimes. I am conducting my Master’s research in South Africa alongside VulPro’s Cape vulture captive-breeding program. My study is the first to investigate captive-bred release success of the highly threatened species. I spent my early 20’s travelling East Africa while managing chimpanzee and blue monkey research projects. In my spare time I explored the region in self-guided mountaineering and hiking expeditions. I was born in America but have always found (or created) reasons to keep returning to Africa – what now feels like my home continent.
As a journalist I believe in the power of words. When I set out for Africa, it was with a specific purpose: to travel the world visiting various wildlife sanctuaries, and write about them in order to tell everyone of the great work they are doing to help preserve different species of animals. I adore being surrounded by the people who are working to help wild animals survive and thrive. I am also the founder of Wildlife Sanctuaries Worldwide, a not-for-profit organization which aims to enable writers who are deeply passionate about wildlife to use their skills in a new and innovative way in order to help raise awareness about good and ethical wildlife sanctuaries around the world.
Makanyi Lodge is a luxury five-star game lodge located in the Timbavati Game Reserve, which is adjacent and open to the Kruger National Park, offering an unparalleled safari experience.
Marcello Arrambide, a day trader and travel blogger born in South America, is the founder and editor of The Day Trading Academy , a day trading education company teaching people around the world how to achieve financial freedom whatever the location. Marcello travels the world and writes about it on his blog The Wandering Trader , he has fond memories of East Africa with highlights in South Sudan & Somaliland.
Marcus & Kate
Marcus and Kate are a freelance writer/photographer team, contributing stories on travel, conservation and human interest from across east and southern Africa. They just completed a year in Kenya's Masai Mara where they conducted a research project on wildlife tourism and community-based conservation, including working on projects such as Elephant Voices and Living with Lions. They are a Swedish-Australian couple with itchy feet and a love for Africa, adventure and discovery. To see more photos from Marcus and Kate, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.
Marius Coetzee is a professional safari leader and award-winning wildlife photographer . His photos have graced the covers and pages of numerous publications including Africa Geographic. Marius spent many years in the world renowned Sabi Sands Game Reserve, bordering Kruger National Park. Here he made the area’s celebrated leopards his principal photographic subject. This led to a 12 page portfolio on these shy and elusive felines in the world’s biggest natural history magazine; BBC Wildlife. With over 11 years experience in the safari industry, Marius’ knowledge of and enthusiasm for both wildlife and photography are encyclopedic.
Marlon du Toit
An adventurous person by nature, Marlon has been immersed in Africa and its beauty from a young age. Growing up alongside the Kruger exposed him to the wonders of nature and has since crafted his passion for guiding and photography. As a Field Guide at Singita Sabi Sand, Marlon specialises in connecting travellers with the secret lives of some of the most amazing creatures in the wild.
Martina Polley is a freelance journalist living in Cape Town. Her work can be found in local publications where she writes about social issues, wildlife, conservation or the joys of travel. She spent two years living on a game reserve, a year surviving on baguettes through Europe and a month exploring India solo. Her favourite pastime is donning her Vellies for a trip into the bush.
Matembezi is a Tanzanian safari company with the aim of taking guests to beautiful locations to experience great wildlife moments and human encounters unmarred by mass tourism. From wilderness areas inhabited by hunter gatherers, to remote bird rich forests and the lush reefs of the coral sea, their intimate knowledge of Tanzania is the basis of their ability to offer safaris off the beaten track. They operate excellent mobile camps and pride themselves on superb guiding, as well as attentive and friendly service.
Mbali Mbali Lodges and Camps
Mbali Mbali Lodges and Camps has taken great care in designing solar-powered, low impact eco-lodges in Tanzania. Experience game viewing in Serengeti, Tarangire and Katavi; visit Dr. Livingstone's Memorial in Kigoma; trek for primates and chimpanzees in Mahale and Gombe. Our six destinations, staffed by locals from surrounding communities, offer personal service to create memorable safaris.
To combine in one person, a healthy dose of oestrogen and the ability to use a large calibre rifle accurately should only prove interesting! But guns and hormones generally don’t feature a huge amount when one’s passions primarily involve trees, birds, teaching and writing. Megan is best described as a naturalist with a creative bent and literary inclinations. With a conservation degree and years of guiding and training field guides in her background, she has a solid grounding in all topics natural. But her career has been more eclectic than the traditional “bush-whacker” and has involved, amongst other things, creative expression through both written and visual media. Currently, Megan is the Senior Producer on the 30-year old SABC 2 environmental TV programme 50|50 and her book “Game Ranger in your Backpack” has reprinted three times since its release two years ago. Megan is most at home behind her pair of 10x32 binoculars stalking an LBJ or snapping a macro shot of something obscure that someone else might have stepped over or passed by. When she’s not gallivanting in the bush for whatever reason, she is most probably enjoying a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in the company of her good friends or encouraging the keys of her Yamaha concert piano to produce a tune.
Michael Schwartz is an American consultant currently living in upstate New York. It wasn't until the age of twenty one when he got the opportunity to pack his bags and visit a South African game reserve. What started as a hobby soon developed into a passion for the African continent. With advanced degrees in Journalism and African studies, he has since had the good fortune of exploring the breadth of Southern Africa from its scenic shores to the rugged hinterland, as well as assisting in regional humanitarian endeavors. He plans to continue his journey discovering Africa while seeking out new ways of using his freelance photography and writing to promote environmental conservation and to raise cultural awareness.
Michael van Rooyen
Michael van Rooyen is a freelance photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. Hailing from a background in graphic design and art direction, photography later became his preferred medium of visual expression. When not shooting for commercial clients, Michael enjoys applying his photographic skills to document his various travels and adventures, which have taken him as far afield as Argentina, Bolivia, Peru, Madagascar and Ethiopia to mention just a few.
Michelle Sole is a safari guide and wildlife photographer in South Africa. Michelle was born in England and raised between England and Andorra and as a result she was educated in English, Spanish, Catalan and French. Michelle competed for Great Britain as an alpine ski racer for ten years, chasing winters around the world. As a child Michelle always had a love and respect for nature and animals and after a family holiday to Africa in 2008 she fell in love with elephants and found her calling (and summer!). In 2011 she moved to South Africa and completed her studies to be a field guide. She currently works as a field guide within the Marakele National Park in the Waterberg mountains, South Africa. In Michelle’s time off she explores the wilds of Southern Africa, camera in tow. Her thrill for adventure, the outdoors and adrenaline are at the core of her photography and writing. Follow her on Facebook or Instagram.
I am an explorer, poet and photographer who's passion is not only to explore the world in which we live but also our own inner world's. I do the later by working within the field of organisational psychology and human development. My own exploration is done either by sitting still, deep in thought or moving forward, camera in hand and a smile on my face. I know no better place on earth than the African bush shared with friends. See my website here.
Molly Feltner is an award-winning writer and photographer dedicated to telling stories about conservation and the natural world. With 10 years of experience as a travel writer with a specialization in adventure and eco-tourism, Molly believes that tourism, when properly managed, can help save endangered species and threatened landscapes.
Morgan Trimble is a freelance photographer and writer based in South Africa whose work has been featured in a number of magazines, books, and exhibitions. Morgan grew up on an American bison ranch in rural Kansas, then moved to Boston to study sciency things at MIT and did a stint on an archaeological dig in Kenya, before an around-the-world nautical voyage introduced her to South Africa. After graduating from MIT, she moved to Pretoria for an MSc on elephant biology. Besides keeping busy with her ongoing studies in conservation ecology, Morgan is an outdoor enthusiast and will drop everything at the prospect of big adventure. To see more, check out her website Morgan Trimble Photography
It may look like he's a full-time guide or a full-time photographer, but the truth is he's neither. Morkel Erasmus grew up with a love for the wild places and wild animals of Africa like many South Africans do. The problem is that he became obsessed with capturing their enigmatic beauty when he first picked up a camera. When he's not being a family man or working as an Industrial Engineer you can find him as far away from civilisation as possible...with a camera in hand. Morkel now leads safaris for Wild Eye in his spare time, and spends a lot of time sharing his knowledge and passion with others online. Check out more of his work at www.morkelerasmus.com
The Mozambican Traveler is a free digital travel magazine from Club of Mozambique, the producer of Living in Maputo, covering Mozambique and the region. This is a magazine for the English speaking community in Mozambique and for people interested in travelling to Mozambique. It is published on the last Friday of every month and regularly contributes travel tips and stories to Safari.
Mozambique Tourism Company
The Mozambique Tourism Company specialises in holiday packages and tours to the wonderful paradise of Mozambique. Our packages include honeymoon, corporate, family and group packages, self-catering, B&B as well as 5-Star resort luxury. Expect stunning memories of the beautiful surroundings, friendly local people, mouth-watering cuisine and sparkling white beaches on your dream holiday.
MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet
The MySchool MyVillage MyPlanet fundraising programme is one of South Africa’s biggest community support programmes. We raise essential funds for schools, charities and environmental organisations through a system that encourages cardholders to swipe their card at our retail partners, who will donate a percentage of your purchase value to the beneficiary of your choice without costing you a cent. Get your free card today. Every swipe counts!
N/a’an ku sê
The award-winning N/a’an ku sê Foundation was started in 2006 to protect and improve the lives of the people and wildlife of Namibia. The mission of the N/a’an ku sê Foundation is to conserve the land, cultures and wildlife of Namibia and rescue species threatened by an ever-shrinking habitat. N/a’an ku sê means “God will protect us” in the beautiful clicking language of the San - a language which Marlice van Vuuren, the founder of the N/a’an ku sê Wildlife Sanctuary, speaks fluently, having spent her life deeply involved with the San culture.
Naibor Camp is a luxury tented camp, a striking combination of contemporary style and comfort, in the heart of Kenya’s world famous Masai Mara Game Reserve. The camp is hidden in a grove of riverine woodland on the banks of the Talek River and consists of sweeping pale canvas tents, king-sized beds made from local fig-wood, wide sofas furnished with bolster cushions, and wool rugs - a luxurious base from which to explore the Mara.
Namibia Tourism Board
Namibia is a land of endless horizons. Skyscraping dunes crash into jagged coastline. Joyful music rings over the savannah. Adventure is at every turn. The people of Namibia invite you to share their country and explore the rugged, natural, soulful, liberating place they call home. Their Namibia can one day be yours.
Running free in the wild may be simply a dream for many in today’s constraining world. In my case, the quest for ‘mamofa’ country (miles and miles of f*** all, as once aptly expressed by an exploration geochemist from the University of Cape Town) has become an integral cornerstone of everyday life which I’ve had the fortune to nurture both above and below water, on snow-covered mountain slopes and desert dunes, along forested fjords and in the dry bushveld. On my journeys I have enjoyed the occasional company of snakes, parrotfish and giant fruit bats and have always shared my adventures with good friends or fellow long- and snowboarders. Born in Cape Town, raised in Germany and Switzerland, and travelling in Namibia and South Africa during lengthy visits to family and childhood friends, I can converse with humans in four languages (English, German, French, Italian) but the language of the wild remains elusive. It is for this reason that I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been accepted as an intern at Africa Geographic in Cape Town. This extramural practical forms part of my studies in International Journalism at the University of Bremen, northern Germany. When I’m not out and about, you can find and visit me on my blog: framedbynataliaflemming.wordpress.com
Natural Track Safaris
Natural Track Safaris is an outdoor adventure and destination management company located in Westlands, Nairobi. We offer you tailor-made safari holiday packages for all outdoor activities, both guided and private. The guided activities include luxury lodge safaris, budget holidays, camping and nature treks.
Natural World Safaris
Natural World Safaris is a specialist tour operator with a focus on wildlife, creating extraordinary journeys that put clients in the heart of the natural world. The NWS team have extensive on-the-ground knowledge and have all lived, guided or explored in great detail the destinations that they specialise in. We craft itineraries using a selection of handpicked camps and lodges to create private tailor-made safaris, small group trips or specialist led tours that put clients in the right place at the right time to maximise their safari experience.
Naturally Africa Collection
The Naturally Africa Collection is comprised of a carefully selected portfolio of eco-lodges and responsible safari operators. Each member of the collection provides unique and unparalleled safari experiences and together we offer innovative and unforgettable African journeys.
In May 2014, I set off on “Long John” my Rikulau Titanium steed from Taipei 101. The destination? Cape Town. Ten months down the line, and I’ve made it across the Asian continent and well into Africa, still in one piece and with a lifetime worth of surreal and amazing experiences. Follow along through the blog, videos, or photography. Or, take part yourself by supporting the cause!
A collection of current affairs articles and press releases from third party sources.
Nomad Sports Academy
Carmen and John Nomad have lived in Africa for the most of the last 20 years, from Cape Town, where John was a student in 1994 to Namibia where they opened several businesses and also worked with the San people for almost 16 years, to Botswana and Zambia, where they are currently building the only sports academy for orphans. Committed to exploration and humanity, they are global travelers, believing that we cannot understand the plight of our world if we don't experience it ourselves. If you are interested in keeping informed about their whereabouts and adventures, follow their blog.
Norm is a professional environmental manager with over 15 years of experience in conservation, tourism, environmental and community relations. His career has realised the position of officer in charge of the oldest and one of the most exclusive game reserve’s in Africa (Hluhluwe Game Reserve), through to general manager of a tourism company in the luxury safari market based in Botswana and Zambia.
Norman Carr Safaris
Back in the 1950s, a young game ranger pioneered walking safaris in Zambia’s Luangwa Valley; Norman Carr. His dream was to preserve this unique place by enabling the local people to benefit from conserving its wildlife. His legacy of conservation through tourism lives on through his company, Norman Carr Safaris and six award-winning camps in the South Luangwa and a new operation in Liuwa Plain, Zambia.
O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges
O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges is a proudly Namibian hospitality company. It’s our warm, down-to-earth nature, and love for our country, that turns staying at our resorts into an unparalleled experience. O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges are the owners and managers of Mokuti Etosha Lodge and Midgard Country Estate. We are currently developing the Strand Hotel Swakopmund scheduled to open on 9 October 2015 as well as the Chobe Water Villas in the Zambezi Region, opening on 1 December 2015. We are dedicated to developing further opportunities in line with our total commitment to the hospitality industry in Namibia.
Offbeat Riding Safaris
Offbeat Riding Safaris have been operating since 1990 and have a stellar reputation for providing unrivalled mobile horseback safaris amongst big game. Riding up close to elephant, lion and buffalo, or galloping with wildebeest and zebra are life changing experiences. If you are a rider, there is simply no better way to see Kenya than from the back of a well schooled and fit horse.
OnePhotography Photo Safaris
OnePhotography offers the ultimate photographic safari experience. The company utilises the best locations and provides quality tutoring in order for clients to get the “shot.” Safaris are conducted in small groups to ensure each client receives personal attention.
OSCAP (Outraged SA Citizens Against Poaching) which is a South African based NGO that is vehemently opposed to the opening of rhino horn trade and has called for a National Moratorium on Rhino hunting in an effort to stem the flow of rhino horn trade onto the black market via pseudo hunting. OSCAP recently hosted an international conference in SA where the risks of Rhino Horn Trade were dealt with by a host of knowledgeable international and local speakers. OSCAP assists private rhino owners with anti-poaching equipment such as tracker dogs, camera traps, bullet proof vests and in 2013 had the first ever Rhino Ambulance manufactured for the Rhino Orphanage and has a further 2 ambulances in production which will be out in the field in the next month.
Outlook Lodge and Safaris
Outlook Safaris was established in 1998. We are individuals that all add to Outlook being a company with a conscience and every staff member of Outlook got involved in the industry because of our individual passion for our natural heritage and for the people of the remarkable country and continent that we call home.
The Project for the Application of Law for Fauna in the Republic of Congo (PALF) has been fighting wildlife crime and corruption in the Republic of Congo since 2008. Their strategy is to increase the risk of coming against the law for wildlife crime and to end the sense of impunity held by wildlife criminals in the Congo. In this way PALF is assisting the Congolese government to work towards better application of wildlife laws in the hope of discouraging poachers and illegal traffickers from undertaking these crimes against nature.
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.
Patrick and Chloe
Patrick, Chloe and their Landcruiser have driven through 5 African countries over 6 months and traveled over 23 000 kms together. This African safari is the first leg of their journey around the world. They share a love for spontaneous adventures, cold beers and capturing life as it is with their cameras. Follow their adventures on their blog.
Paul Steyn spends his days submerged in the world of digital story telling. When coming up for air, he prefers it to be somewhere in the middle of the wilderness. He is obsessed with finding new and interesting waays to distribute content to all those who love and connect with Africa.
Perfect Africa specialises in creating tailor-made itineraries, for individual travellers, throughout Southern and East Africa. We provide personal service from the initial enquiry and after travel. We believe in employing African experts, who are well trained and well travelled.
British-born Pete Oxford has been a resident of Ecuador, South America, for the past 27 years. He and his South African wife and photographic partner, Reneé Bish, have been regular and frequent visitors to southern Africa for the past two decades. They are presently based in the Marataba private concession in Marakele National Park, Limpopo province, where they work as 'photographers-in-residence', documenting both the treasures and the rebuilding of the contractual national park. The Oxfords' work has appeared in magazines around the world, including Africa Geographic, Time, Smithsonian, Life, BBC Wildlife and National Geographic. The couple has published 12 books. Pete is a founding fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers, has been represented 10 times in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and was recognised by Outdoor Photographer Magazine as one of the top 40 most influential nature photographers in the world.
Cape Town-born Peter Borchert has a career in publishing spanning four decades. He has travelled widely in Africa and has written extensively about the continent.
Peter Oberem is a veterinarian, game rancher and President of Wildlife Ranching South Africa (WRSA). He was born in East London and schooled there at Selborne College - these he counts as his most important formative years. Three years at Rhodes saw him obtaining a B.Sc. in zoology and entomology (study of insects) - the latter becoming his specialisation. He then obtained his veterinary degree at the faculty of Veterinary Science, Onderstepoort of the University of Pretoria as well as a post graduate degree in Veterinary Parasitology. Peter is the Managing Director of his own animal health company, Afrivet, partner in Dabchick Wildlife Reserve, Councillor on the South African Veterinary Council and President of WRSA.
Pioneer Lodge, Camp and Safaris
Come out of Lusaka and into Africa. The relaxing nature of Pioneer makes the most of every safari moment; enjoy the quiet and serene ambiance within our Miombo woodland. Located just thirty minutes from the airport, it is the perfect place to start or finish your safari experience.
Porini Camps are small, rustic eco-camps in private conservancies within the Maasai Mara, Laikipia and Amboseli ecosystems, Kenya. Our camps are situated on lands leased from local communities and are staffed by local people, making your holiday with Porini a truly meaningful experience for all concerned.
Primate Lodge Kibale is an exclusive eco-lodge situated in the heart of Kibale Forest National Park, home to 13 different species of primates including the chimpanzees. Privately secluded in the rainforest, this luxurious accommodation offers you a truly unique African experience and is the perfect gateway for tracking the primates of Uganda.
At Pulse Africa we are an experienced team of travel specialists, designing luxury holidays to Africa. We pride ourselves on our hands-on knowledge and ability to offer unique trips for leisure travellers, families, groups, incentives and special occasion celebrations to Southern Africa, East Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands.
Hi, I’m Rach . If not adventuring in the African bush, the chances are I’m dreaming about it. My childhood played a big role in this passion as I was privileged to travel much of Southern Africa from an early age. Needless to say, I’m happiest barefoot with a sketchbook in hand – watching elephants at a water hole or listening to lions roaring around a campfire. Wildlife, children and storytelling are a big part of my life. Follow my adventures on my blog www.bushboundgirl.com
Rani hotels, safari destinations and private islands have been designed to meet world-class standards of luxury. Beautiful bedrooms, fine cuisine, air-conditioned comfort and the highest levels of personal service are guaranteed. But what sets us apart is the sheer untouched beauty of our island, beach and wilderness locations. Our spectacular wildlife and marine adventures, we believe, are unrivaled.
Remi & Chantal
Chantal de Koning & Remi Vermeulen are travel and wildlife photographers that started traveling the world in 2002 and started to take photos seriously from 2007. They are passionate about wildlife, with Africa as their favorite wildlife destination and they have spent many hours photographing the great migration in Kenya and Tanzania. Their favourite destinations in Africa also include Madagascar for the Lemurs and Uganda and Rwanda for the primates. In the end they like to photograph all wildlife from birds to mammals and reptiles. Besides Africa they also enjoy visiting other wildlife destinations around the globe to photograph tigers, jaguars and other wildlife. Visit their website and Facebook page to see more of their work.
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge
Rhino Ridge Safari Lodge is the only private lodge situated within the Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park, KwaZulu Natal. Situated high up on a ridge the lodge commands spectacular views over the park. Game drives and walks are offered in the heart of Big 5 territory.
Rhino River Lodge
Rhino River Lodge is a Big 5 safari lodge in KZN. It is situated along the shore of the Msunduze River in the southern section of the Zululand Rhino Reserve. This 23,000 hectare private game reserve is located in the very heart of Zululand , 30kms North of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. It’s in an area renowned for its African wildlife and rich cultural heritage. The private game lodge offers you an intimate and comfortable safari experience, with excellent game viewing and luxury accommodation.
Rhulani Safari Lodge
Rhulani Safari Lodge, situated in Madikwe Game Reserve, is set along a crest; commanding stunning vistas. Rhulani offers 5 star luxury accommodation in a malaria free environment. Through unforgettable game drives you will spot a wide variety of species, including the legendary Big 5.
Richard De Gouveia
With an absolute passion for nature, I am fortunate enough to be living out my childhood dream as a guide. I started out as an environmental consultant but soon realised that the corporate world was not for me and so followed my heart and ended up at an amazing piece of Africa called Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. A passion for photography and sharing this incredible place with the rest of the world has driven me to blog for the past two and half years and I look forward to sharing more with all of you through Africa Geographic. You can follow daily updates about what I am seeing on our facebook page.
I am a 22 year old South African field guide/wildlife photographer. I have worked in reserves all over my amazing country. Soon as I left high school I packed my bags jumped in my car and left the city behind to pursue my lifelong dream to become a game ranger. I have always had a deep passion for photography, but only really took it up in 2009 and ever since then you won’t see me without my camera in hand. My goal is to take photos that can let someone that wasn’t there experience the way I felt through the emotion of the image. I have been incredibly lucky to meet some amazing people through my passion, and I owe all my success to them. If you would like to see more of my photos and stories please don’t hesitate to “like” my photography page on facebook.
Hey, I’m Rich . I’m a solid believer that adventure is wired into the heart and soul of every human being alive. I consider myself lucky that I’m in tune with my own wiring, and carry the burden of an unrelenting wanderlust. While I like nothing more than to get my fix of adrenalin and taste the elixir of life at its sweetest, I’m deeply passionate about Africa and all its precious places, people and wildlife. After studying Journalism at university, I’m currently interning at Africa Geographic with Safari , an opportunity that I am tremendously excited about. I’m a keen writer and photographer, and my goal is to use my talents to develop my voice on conservation issues in our beautiful continent. Follow me on twitter @richpearcephoto
Hey, I'm Dr Roan D. Plotz. I am currently a Scientist and Project Manager of the Traditional Ecological Knowledge Weather Project in the Pacific, with the Australian Bureau of Meteorology in Melbourne. Previously, I was a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, and Centre for African Conservation Ecology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, R.S.A. I spent three years researching and tracking black rhino on foot in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Zululand, towards my PhD (The interspecific relationships of black rhinos in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park). Prior to this I completed a BSc (ConsBiolEcol) Honours degree from La Trobe University in Australia. My interest and research in Africa’s animals came from my childhood in South Africa before I emigrated to Melbourne, Australia. I have also done remote fieldwork on fur seals on Kangaroo Island, South Australia and trained and taught high school for two years in the UK and Australia. For all my publications and details see my LinkedIn Profile.
Born in a small mining town in Zambia, Chililabombwe (literally translated as “the place of the croaking frog”), Roanna has always felt a strong connection to the African bush. Having spent the last 7 years of her life as a financial analyst buried in spreadsheets, she recently “surfaced” from the corporate world to focus on her passion for nature through photography, writing and skills development. You are likely to find Roanna behind her camera at the edge of a waterhole deep in the bush or on her endless pursuit of making the perfect cup of bush coffee!
Robin Pope Safaris
At Robin Pope Safaris we have one simple goal: to give our guests an amazing African safari holiday, experiencing the wonder of Africa's secluded wilderness, rich culture and outstanding wildlife, whilst staying in our lodges and safari camps in Zambia and Malawi.
When Cape Town born Robyn Bowden is not spending her time online she loves to escape to the Bushveld and explore South Africa. Her passion for horse riding and bird watching has taken her across the country. You can follow her on Twitter - @bobonabudget or on her blog bobonabudget.com
Roger Horrocks is an environmental photographer based in Cape Town, South Africa. In 2010, Roger was voted as the Photojournalist of the Year at South Africa’s PICA Awards and his work has featured in the likes of Nat Geo Traveller. He’s worked as an underwater photographer for the BBC and in 2009 he teamed up with Didier Noirot and the Foster Brothers/NHU Africa to co-direct and produce an award winning documentary called “Into the Dragon’s Lair” about diving with Nile Crocodiles in the Okavango Delta, Botswana.
Rowan Martin heads up the World Parrot Trust's Africa Conservation Programme. Rowan first became involved with parrot conservation during his doctoral studies and in 2009 he moved to South Africa to take up a post-doctoral fellowship at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town. During his time at the ‘Fitz’ the allure of the continent’s parrots became too great and he took a lead role in reviewing the state of research and conservation in African parrots.
Roxanne Reid is a freelance writer and editor. She has authored two travel books, Travels in the Kalahari and A Walk in the Park, and her articles have appeared in magazines like Getaway, Wild and Country Life. She also has her own blog, which focuses on African travel, people, wildlife, heritage and small country villages. She's happiest in the middle of nowhere, meeting the locals, trying something new, or simply watching the grass grow.
Rudi van den Heever
“What an awesome privilege to view the wonderful detail of God’s creation through a man-made lens”. I am a South African lawyer, photographer and conservationist (not necessarily in that order). Nature, the diverse wildlife of the beautiful African continent and the conservation of its natural treasures, are very close to my heart. Needless to say, with the advantages and development of digital photography my passion came into being, albeit a couple of years to late, if you ask me. I hope that through my photography, I can share the beauty of the African continent and its wildlife with my fellow Africans and with those that are not as privileged to live in this enigma we call Africa. But most of all, I hope I can inspire others to protect and conserve our natural heritage and that of our children...
As one of Africa's leading professional guides, Russell Gammon has been conducting photographic safaris throughout Southern and East Africa for over 25 years. In addition to his encyclopaedic knowledge of Africa's wildlife, he is also an authority on the life of the Scottish Missionary and Explorer David Livingstone. A gifted communicator, Russell has lectured extensively on Africa's past as well the challenge that face us in preserving it's dwindling wilderness to audiences as far afield as Singapore, Hong Kong and the USA.
Ruth Leeney is a researcher and training provider, with a PhD in marine biology. She grew up in Ireland and the UK and now lives in Namibia, but work has taken her to the Arctic, the USA, Greece and a handful of West African countries. She has spent the last decade and more, working on conservation and research projects focusing mostly on whales and dolphins. She also works on community education initiatives and the development of sustainable marine tourism, and has an interest in culture and traditions in coastal communities, particularly in West Africa. Her work, adventures and the colourful challenges of the ‘dark continent’ are documented on her blog, West Africa Cetaceans.
I have worked for Wilderness Safaris and affiliated camps in the Okavango since 2004. Wild places, travel, writing and photography are my passions, and for the last year I have had the opportunity to combine all of these in a position for Wilderness Safaris, where I generate media, pictures, stories and blogs about our exceptional environment. From my base in Mombo Camp, I travel to the Okavango camps of Xigera and Vumbura, on the lookout for noteworthy sightings, events, animal characters and photographic opportunities, which are then uploaded and proliferated through various digital media. Visit my website Ryan Green Photography
Deep in the African bushveld, within South Africa's famous Sabi Sand Reserve, 'something enchanting lies in wait' - the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. This award winning private game reserve offers world-class standards in luxury accommodation, exceptional close wildlife encounters, personal service and delicious cuisine.
Safari365, a leading African travel operator, provides life-enriching journeys to the continents finest destinations. Based in South Africa and offices in Brazil and Australia, our vision is providing tailor-made trips while supporting sustainability and development efforts through tourism.
Botswana is an extraordinary wildlife destination that hosts some of the most diverse wildlife regions in Africa. Safari Lifestyles is an independent tour operator based right on the edge of the Okavango Delta offering lodge accommodation, mobile camping, self drive and specialist safaris. Let us show you the wild side of Botswana.
Safari Specialists are a small team of safari consultants based in Maun, Botswana. We have all either lived, worked or grown up in the beautiful Okavango Delta. Though we are not writers by trade, we have so many experiences and a wealth of local knowledge that we would love to share. When we are not exploring the bush or writing blogs we run a small independent travel company, creating extraordinary safaris throughout Botswana and Southern Africa.
Sam and James Suter
From a young age James and Sam Suter were exposed to the wonders of Africa and it’s wilderness areas. After graduating with a diploma in Environmental Studies, James went on to guiding where he honed his skills, picked up his camera and started to document his day-to-day scenes. James now offers private photographic safaris and operates throughout Southern and East Africa. As well as his private guiding, James is co-owner of Black Bean Productions – a small independent production company in Cape Town. Sam is the producer at Black Bean Productions. With a passion for conservation, travel and Africa – she creates short films and assists teams in raising much needed funds and awareness to continue the good work they are doing on the ground. Black Bean Productions have produced films for the SANParks Honorary Rangers, Hoedspruit Endangered Species Centre and most recently is working on a film for the Black Mamba Anti-Poaching unit – the first all female anti-poaching unit that are doing critical work in the Greater Kruger National Park. James and Sam have extensively traveled throughout Africa and recently got married and decided to take 6 weeks to explore the wild places of Namibia – they plan to visit many of the protected areas between Cape Town and the Kunene region in Namibia and share what they discover.
Samara Private Game Reserve
Samara is unique. One of the best kept secrets in South Africa, its 70 000 acres encompass some of the most breathtaking scenery in the semi arid regions of the world. Its 5* lodges support ecosystems that are threatened. View species on foot: cheetah, black rhino, aardvark, cape mountain zebra, blue crane. Experience Karoo hospitality.
The Sanctuary Retreats’ portfolio of luxury safari lodges and expedition ships bring the boutique experience to guests with the added promise of authenticity. Located in some of the most stunning locations in the world, each property is completely individual in its design and operated around the philosophy of “Luxury, naturally”.
Sarah Borchert was previously the editor of the print edition of Africa Geographic magazine.
Sarah Davies is a Project Manager at Game Rangers International, working alongside the Zambia Wildlife Authority to support wildlife conservation. GRI also support anti-poaching operations in the Kafue National Park. She qualified as a lawyer in the UK before moving to Zambia.
Sarah Duff is a freelance travel writer and photographer, editor of Peregrine, an online travel magazine, and writer for Discover Africa. She reckons she has the best job in the world - in the name of work she's tracked mountain gorillas in Rwanda, eaten her way around Mauritius, hiked into a volcano in Reunion, road tripped from Joburg to Malawi in a Mini, beach hopped Mozambique, flown over the Namib Desert in a hot air balloon and tested out hammocks all over southern Africa. Follow her travels on Twitter @SarahDuff, Instagram or on her blog.
I am a social media marketer for a specialist African tour operator selling luxury safaris, honeymoons and family holidays. I often say that I have my dream job. Having always had a passion for travel as well as African wildlife, with Mahlatini African Travel I get to indulge these two passions in equal measure. For the past 6 years I have been privileged enough to travel most of Southern and East Africa - all in the name of research! My husband and I are both South Africans currently living in the UK but with plans to return to Africa one day. Our idea of the perfect break is escaping the rat race and heading for our little piece of heaven - the Kruger Park. Having recently become parents to a baby boy we are very excited to introduce him to the African bush and all the adventure that it brings.
Experienced tour operator for safari, trekking and beach holidays in Tanzania and East Africa. Passion and experience at your service. Exciting range of safaris.
Savi and Vid
Savi and Vid are avid travellers struck by wanderlust. They have traveled to 40 countries so far. They have driven with zebras in South Africa, been caving in Austria, cavorted with bedouins in the Sahara, befriended soldiers in Israel, and partied in a nuclear bunker in the Czech Republic. They blog about their travel and fashion adventures at www.bruisedpassports.com. You can follow Bruised Passports on Facebook and Twitter.
Photojournalist Scott Ramsay focuses on exploring the national parks, nature reserves and community conservancies in Southern Africa, taking photographs and interviewing the experts who work in these protected areas. Through his work, he hopes to inspire others to travel to the continent's wild places, which Scott believes are Africa's greatest long term assets. For more, go to www.LoveWildAfrica.com or www.facebook.com/LoveWildAfrica. Partners include Ford Ranger, Goodyear, Cape Union Mart, K-Way, EeziAwn, Frontrunner, Hetzner and Globecomm.
My focus is obviously wildlife and nature. This is what I love to do. What affords me the opportunity to do it, is my day job at an advertising agency in New York where I work as a creative director and writer. I’ve also lived in Boston, Denver, Detroit, and the back of a Subaru Outback. My photography and writing has appeared in magazines like Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Natural History Magazine, Shutterbug and Spa, and has even made its way to Broadway, serving as a backdrop to the hit play Impressionism, starring Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen. I’ve been awarded by Nature’s Best in their Windland Smith Rice International competition, Communication Arts, Luerzer’s Archive, the North American Nature Photographer’s Association, and the National Wildlife Federation. Feel free to have a look at more of my photos on my website.
While taking photographs in the Cederberg, neck deep in water with a modest film camera, Sean Messham opened the shutter that he wanted to focus his energy towards environmental journalism. For more of Sean Messham’s images visit his Facebook Page, Sean Messham Photography.
Sharon Gilbert-Rivett (formerly van Wyk)
Africa and its wild places grabbed award-winning writer and film-maker Sharon Gilbert-Rivett (formerly van Wyk) when she was but a babe. Her family hauled her from the UK to Kenya when she was three, to South Africa when she was seven and what is now Zimbabwe when she was 11, before taking her back to Cambridge, the town of her birth, to be schooled. She was pushed into journalism in the early 1980s by her first boyfriend, rock guitarist Phil Collen of Def Leppard. "I used to write him long letters while he was on tour and he nagged me to turn pro, so I did," she says. Sharon returned to South Africa permanently in 1991, trading black leather for khaki and rock magazines for mainstream media. She now writes widely on conservation, eco-tourism, safari and travel and also makes natural history documentaries with her company, Painted Earth Productions.
Shem Compion is a naturalist and professional wildlife photographer working throughout Africa. His passion for natural areas and photography has led to a life of travel and creating environmental awareness through his photography. Shem is known for his creative representation of common subjects- leading to a diverse range of subject matter. His images have won national and international awards and his work is published worldwide. He has published three books. Shem also owns and runs a specialised photo safari company; www.c4images-safaris.co.za which run photo safaris and workshops. You can see more on of his work at www.shemimages.com
Shenton Safaris ‘up-close and personal’ photographic hides are just one of the elements that make Kaingo Camp and Mwamba Bush Camp so special. Surrounded by spectacular game, these camps offer incredible game-viewing and bushwalking opportunities deep within South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp
Shindzela Tented Safari Camp is an authentic bush camp within the Timbavati Nature Reserve, Greater Kruger National Park. The camp accommodates a maximum of 16 guests and is unfenced. Shindzela is a comfortable tented bush camp, offering guests 2 safari activities per day which can be a game drive or a walking safari. Each safari tent is built on wooden decks with grass roofs and en-suite bathroom (shower, hand basin & toilet). The camp has a swimming pool and main area that overlooks a little watering hole, from where you can watch animals come down to drink.
Sibuya Game Reserve
Sibuya is a magnificent, malaria-free game reserve spanning the meandering Kariega River. With just 12 luxury tents in two camps, professional guides are able to offer personalised game drives, rewarding walks and exclusive boat trips. The ancient floodplains and pristine coastal forest host an abundance of birds and game (45 species including the “Big Five”). The splendor of the vistas, with the Indian Ocean as their backdrop, will leave you saying “Sibuya” – we will return.
Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris
Sights & Sounds of Africa Safaris is an indigenous African safari company based in Uganda. We offer mountain gorilla trekking trips, wildlife safaris, amazing cultural tours and education trips. Led by a tourism professor, our team guarantees quality service, value for money and memorable experiences.
Simon Espley is an African of the digital tribe. He has travelled extensively in Africa – walking, driving, boating, cycling, horse riding and flying his way in pursuit of wilderness and elusive birds. Simon is CEO of Africa Geographic, a chartered accountant, director of numerous companies and successful businessman in the online.social.mobile space. The views expressed in his posts are his own and not necessarily those of these entities. Connect with him on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.
Surrounded by the haunting beauty of Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, Sirikoi’s reputation as a game lodge without exception is reflected in unparalleled game viewing, exquisite rooms, fabulous hospitality and the promise of an exciting choice of wildlife, adventure and cultural activities.
Sosian is a 24,000 acre wildlife ranch in Kenya, which was re-habilitated to become a vital wildlife haven in this area. We pride ourselves on managing an entirely sustainable and unique blend of conservation, tourism and traditional cattle ranching in Laikipia’s highlands. The beautiful ranch house accommodates up to 14 people against a back drop of Mt Kenya. The lodge has a swimming pool, tennis court and a stable yard of 30 safari horses. Besides game drives and horse riding, guests can also walk, camel trek, fish, fly camp, kayak, cattle ranch and jump off the stunning waterfalls.
Hi! I am Stu, a long time early adopter of the interwebs and digital technology with the goal of avoiding working 9 to 5 for some management type corporate person. I build websites for moolah, take photo’s for inspiration and generally believe there is more to life than working for a living. I like beer, shooting the breeze and my couch. Which is not coming with me unfortunately. Currently embroiled in a giant road trip around South Africa you can follow me on Twitter - @going_homeless or on facebook.com/thegoinghomelessproject, visit my blog goinghomeless.co.za or better yet, see you on the road.
Taj Cape Town
The Taj Cape Town is perfectly located in the centre of historic Cape Town at the entrance of the famous pedestrian precinct, St George's Mall. Its prime location ensures a blend of fascinating history within walking distance to most tourist attractions, monuments, museums, shopping, restaurants, markets and nightlife. The two dining experiences, the Indian fine dine specialty restaurant, Bombay Brasserie and Mint, the Local Grill a relaxed all-day dining restaurant. Both are warm and welcoming and serve outstanding cuisine. Alongside this you’ll find wonderful Champagne and tapas bar known as The Twankey Bar which is exceedingly popular with both locals and guests alike. The award winning Jiva Grande Spa is one of its kind in Africa.
Located in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park. Tanda Tula Safari Camp features 12 luxury tents nestled in riverine forest overlooking a riverbed while the Tanda Tula Field Camp is an exclusive use 4 tented walking safari camp, modelled on the early explorer camps with modern comfort. The Tanda Tula camps are owner-managed.
Born and raised on a farm near Velddrif on South Africa's Cape West Coast, Tessa Melck is made for adventure. After spending five years working on luxury Super Yachts in the Mediterranean and the Caribbean, she has taken her life to the next level, competing in the 2013 Tour d'Afrique – a cycle race from Cairo to Cape Town, covering 11 different countries over a distance of 12,000 km in just four months. Adding heart to her endeavour, she is doing this in aid of the Make A Difference foundation, a charity that gives financial support to deserving young people to pursue an education. Follow her on Twitter, donate to her charity (tdatessa.givengain.org), or find her on Facebook.
The Endangered Wildlife Trust
The Endangered Wildlife Trust (EWT) is a non-governmental, non-profit, conservation organisation, founded in 1973. We aim to conserve threatened species and ecosystems in southern and east Africa to the benefit of all people. Help us deliver Conservation in Action by supporting the EWT.
The Human Ocean
For four months, a six-person team made up of scientists, photographers and social entrepreneurs will sail in the vessel, Lo Entorpy, a 70'ft monohull beauty on an expedition along the east coast of Africa. Their aim? To use a technology called stereo-imaging to dive and film transects spanning from Mozambique to Kenya to provide the first baseline assessment of the fish fauna spanning the length of the East African ecosystem. Join the team as they explore the relationship between humanity, our marine environment, science, technology and cultures in order to shift in the way we build or begin to build our conservation networks on coral reefs.
The Nomadic Diaries
The whole 'life is too short' cliche is real and I'm out to take advantage of it. I don't like money and I have no aspiration to be financially wealthy so I'm bartering and hitch-hiking my way around the world, offering any help needed, writing articles and guitar-gigging for food and lodgings as well as volunteering with wildlife\marine conservation organisations where I can to raise vital awareness. Life is one shot. No more. No less. Go live it. Follow my journey on Facebook or on my website.
The Rare Finch Conservation Group
The Rare Finch Conservation Group ( RFCG ) was founded in August 2005 by a group of South African and Australian finch enthusiasts , who all volunteer their services, and wish to play a meaningful role in ensuring the ongoing survival in the wild of the world’s threatened finches. The founding members are all experienced in the field of finch husbandry and wish to utilise these skills to the benefit of wild finches.
The Responsible Safari Co.
The Responsible Safari Co. is a tour operator and destination management company specialising in experiential travel to Malawi. Our markets include independent travellers, schools, universities, charity challenges, corporate & special interest groups. 5% of our profit is donated to community & environmental projects within Malawi. Email us for a range of safaris
With degrees in zoology from the universities of Cambridge and Pretoria, Tim Jackson is mandated to keep his finger on the pulse of the science underlying African conservation and wildlife issues. His insights appear in publications such as Africa Birds and Birding, Safari interactive magazine and in Africa Geographic, where he is the scientific editor. Tim is passionate about travelling and enjoys nothing more than heading into the African wilderness with his trusty camera and notebook to uncover the latest developments and news in the world where wildlife and science collide.
Time + Tide – Miavana
Time + Tide is a private collection of owner-operated camps across Zambia and Madagascar with the dream of conserving unique places in the bush and by the beach. Sister lodge of Norman Carr Safaris and Chongwe Safaris’ camps, Miavana is the newest 5 star development for the brand, opening late 2016, on the island of Nosy Ankao off the north east coast of Madagascar. Blue safaris will be on offer with activities such as scuba diving, snorkelling, fly fishing, lemur trekking, forest walks and kite surfing, just to name a few.
I am a young passionate South African wannabe photographer who truly appreciates the natural beauty you can only find by venturing to wild places. Born in Welkom and now based in the vibrant city of Johannesburg, my travels often take me to beautiful locations which I try to share through some of the work. My ultimate goal is to make a difference and help to save the wild animals that call Africa home. Visit my facebook page here or my website.
Tintswalo Safari Lodge
Settled on the unfenced western boundary of South Africa’s Kruger National Park, at the heart of the African bush, lies the private Manyeleti Game Reserve. Sharing the vast Manyeleti wilderness with only one other commercial lodge, the luxurious Tintswalo Safari Lodge offers all the raw, natural beauty of Africa.
Photography has been Tommy`s passion his whole life and now he works as a professional photographer. Tommy is a perfectionist when it comes to photography and images - always thinking about composition, exposure and light when he photographs. Tommy simply loves to be outdoors, and this is his free space where he finds calm and peace within. See more of his images on his website and Facebook page.
Australian writer Tony Park fell in love with South Africa on a short trip in 1995. He is a major in the Australian Army Reserve and has worked in journalism and PR, including six months in Afghanistan in 2002 as PR officer for the Australian ground forces. Tony and his wife Nicola now divide their time between Sydney and the African bush. For more information on Tony and his books, visit www.tonypark.net
TOSCO Trust is a non-profit organisation linking local people, conservation organisations, scientists and the tourism industry. By supporting conservation projects and local people who share their land with wildlife, TOSCO Trust contributes to safeguarding Namibia’s natural assets. TOSCO Trust closely cooperates with the Desert Lion Conservation Project.
<a href="http://www.wildtrack-safaris.com/"Wildtrack Safari Eco Lodge, Pandamatenga. This upmarket 11 roomed luxurious all inclusive accommodation offers the most unique wildlife experience. Facilities include a swimming pool, Wi-Fi, boma, restaurant, lounge and bar. Activities include game drives, bush dinners, guided walks and cultural tours.
Tracking the Wild
Tracking the Wild is a wildlife social media platform that is a fun and easy way to explore Africa’s parks & reserves, safely capture and share your wildlife sightings with a community of wildlife lovers and make a valuable contribution to conservation. The platform uses the concept of crowdsourcing to collect the valuable data that conservation research needs to protect Africa’s biodiversity. Tracking the Wild is available for free download on Android or iPhone. You can also find them on Facebook, Google+, Twitter and Instagram.
Tracks of Giants
Following ancient elephant migration paths linking major wildlife parks, conservationists Ian MCallum and Ian Michler are undertaking a five month west-to east journey across eight southern African countries. They will travel by bicycle, on foot and by kayak (Zambezi River and Okavango Delta) . The expedition will take place between 1 May through to September 2012, with the purpose of raising awareness and exploring possible solutions to current environmental and wildlife challenges. The journey aims to rekindle the rapidly declining indigenous knowledge base of the human – animal interface, and indigenous solutions to conservation challenges and issues. Along the way they will meet with local communities, work with partners and survey and document animal movements and conservation issues. Visit the Tracks of Giants website
Tracy Angus Hammond
Tracy is part of an expedition traveling by road from the southernmost to northernmost points of Africa, via 33 000km and through 23 countries. Along the way they are creating two school food gardens in each country, as well as encouraging people to #seeafricadifferently. Follow Tsitsikamma to Tataouine on Twitter, Facebook and their website.
My name is Claire O’Shaughnessy and I’m an amateur wildlife photographer and a true lover of nature. I’ve traveled all over the world from Russia to Sweden to Ireland, but I have to say there is no place like Africa! Although I am only twelve, I hope to become a freelance writer/photographer in Africa and pursue my dream of traveling to every corner of the best continent on Earth.
Tuli Safari Lodge
Tuli is a unique, timeless part of Africa with spectacular wildlife, breath taking landscapes and fascinating history, tucked in the easternmost corner of Botswana. Tuli Safari Lodge offers a relaxing retreat to complement the varied safari adventures in the reserve beyond.
Umlani Bush Camp
Umlani is located in the Timbavati Private Nature Reserve, which shares an unfenced border with the Kruger National Park. This is true Big Five territory and guests have an opportunity to see lion, leopard, elephant, buffalo and rhino on safe, expertly guided game drives and bush walks. A Fair Trade certified classic safari camp
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Zimbabwe's most innovative resort, the superb Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and enjoys uninterrupted views of unspoilt bushveld, spectacular African sunsets and game sightings at its on-site waterhole. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is one of Africa Geographic's Special Places .
Wal-mark Africa Safaris
Wal-mark Africa Safaris is an African based safari company specialising in offering the best African luxury and budget safaris tailor-made to suite clients needs in Uganda, Rwanda, Tanzania and Kenya. These safaris include gorilla tracking, chimpanzee/primate treks, wildebeest migration safaris and nature and wildlife tours.
Wesley Walford is a wildlife enthusiast born and raised in South Africa. He has a desire to improve tourism and to ask those questions others don't want to address. He is a “part-time” photographer who enjoys wildlife and landscapes much more than portraits. To round him up he is a wildlife-crazy South African out to research and talk about travel, tourism and animals. His one goal is to improve communication and inspire discussions related to travel and tourism. Find out more about Wesley on his blog or follow him on Twitter.
WESSA is a South African environmental organisation with a mission to implement high impact environmental and conservation projects which promote public participation in caring for the Earth. Critical focus areas include life-supporting eco-systems such as water, energy and biodiversity.
White Elephant Lodge
White Elephant Lodge located in the Pongola Game Reserve, is the only lodge in South Africa to offer Kariba-like, water based safari activities (motorised and canoeing) as well as the traditional land based activities. Safari Lodge captures the history and romance of a bygone era.
Wild Frontiers is a safari company – and our aim is to take you to wild, beautiful places, to DO, SEE and EXPERIENCE things. We operate excellent camps and lodges, in some of the best areas of Africa, offering you fantastic service and comfort to complement your safari.
WILD KID is an all-action natural history multi-platform returnable series (13x30) whose purpose is to teach children about African wildlife, while amusing them with active, outdoor stories. It is presented by children, for children, showing them the beauty of the wild while actively educating and entertaining through its fast pace, simple narrative and stunning images. It is being produced by Dream Tent Films.
Wildlife Trails is a UK based travel specialist, with 15 years experience of designing custom and tailor-made safaris for our discerning clients all over the world. We are on a mission to make African safaris more accessible to passionate wildlife enthusiasts on mid-range budgets.
Winestyle magazine is a South African glossy quarterly magazine, along with an online community that gives you all the best and latest in wine, food, and travel! You can either subscribe for a R140 a year, and we deliver to your doorstep, or buy our magazine at local South African stores, CNA or Exclusive Books. The online community is free to join and you get all the latest news, reviews, delicious recipes, great give aways and big bargain discounts on some of SA's finest wines! Go to www.wine-style.co.za and join today.
Your African Safari
Your African Safari is a comprehensive travel site for anyone wishing to plan an African safari. It features over 1 300 safari tour operators, 1 600 itineraries and 5 500 photos. YAS members can review tour operators and game parks, upload their safari photos and ask for pricing on specific safari itineraries.
With five comfortably appointed en suite cabins, the Zambezi Voyager is your perfect base to explore the Chobe/Zambezi ecosystem. Cruising within the bounds of the Chobe National Park, and its rich and varied game and birdlife in this iconic wildlife destination.
Bush mad! Zimbabwean is the best way to describe Zane. After growing up in Zimbabwe running around the bush, he moved to England to continue his education. As you would expect he was bound to end up in the African bush again, dashing back at the first opportunity. He completed his FGASA training before working as a guide and anti-poacher in Kruger national park. Then going on to follow his passion for photography, Zane began leading photographic Safaris. Photography is his way of sharing his passion for nature with world. Becoming a photographic tour leader is a dream come true. By traveling all over Africa leading photographic safaris, Zane hopes to make his mark as a photographer and conservationist. Have a look at Zane's work on his facebook page.
Zara Tours, founded in 1987, is currently the No. 1 Kilimanjaro outfitter in Tanzania and one of the largest safari operators in the country. Proud to be known as one of the best operators in the region with a reputation for providing an exceptional, unforgettable and safe experience, Zara owns and operates two hotels and four wild camps.