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One night in the Kalahari


Rachel Lang discusses her time in the Kalahari: from amusing hornbills and small scavengers to the night sky.

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The crocodile, the eagle and the catfish


A crocodile sends fish guts flying and leaves guests gobsmacked one fine lazy day fishing in the Chobe.

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Tips for an ‘epic’ Southern African odyssey


Some excellent travel advise: Christopher Clark tells us what to do, what to bring and what to expect on an overland safari in Southern Africa.

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A tale of a leopard’s tail


Adorable images of a mischievous leopard cub using its mother’s tail as a play toy.

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Hippo wars


During a morning game drive in the western part of the Moremi game reserve in Botswana this blogger happens upon some hippos acting strangely.

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Up close and personal with wild dogs


This blogger was on a walking safari along the Selinda Spillway in Botswana when she had an up-close and personal encounter with a pack of wild dogs.

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Snared elephant – report back

Siddi two weeks after the snare was removed.

A young, snared elephant bull would have been put down were it not for Elephants Without Border’s help. Photos of the bull and news on his recovery here.

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A lion and elephant encounter in Savute


In the remote setting of Savute, this photographer watches a lone lion feasting on an elephant carcass and an interesting encounter ensues.

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Elephant rescued from poacher's snare


A young bull elephant is rescued from a poacher’s snare by the Elephants Without Borders organisation in Botswana.

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Leopard stalks pangolin


A rare series of photographs of a pangolin being stalked by a leopard in Botswana.

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A leopard gets some morning coffee

Original Source: Attie Cilliers Attie Cilliers saw this leopard in Deception in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve, Botswana. The leopard prowled around the campsite during the night and drank all the water from a plastic basin he left on one

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Thanks Botswana, you’ve been awesome


A few weeks ago we were in Namibia, and tomorrow we drive onto Zim. Time seems to have flown in Botswana. But we’ll remember these last 19 days for a very long time. We’re writing this post from a place

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Elephant Crossing at Chobe


A herd of elephants use their trunks as snorkels to cross the Chobe River after warning off a group of buffalo trying to tag along behind them. We crossed over from Zimbabwe into northern Botswana, going no further than Kasane,

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A Bush Pilot in Botswana


Flying above the watery wonderland of the Okavango Delta is a once-in-a-lifetime experience, but for a lucky few it is a daily adventure. We flew into the heart of the Okavango with bush pilot Ben Jordaan to Sanctuary Baines’ Camp

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It’s Raining Wild Dogs and African Bullfrogs at Botswana’s Limpopo Lipadi Game Reserve!


Date: 14th-17th January 2013 Location: Limpopo Lipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve, Tuli Block, Botswana I left Grasslands Lodge and drove to Planet Baobab (Gweta area) for the night, a half way stop off to Limpopo Lipadi Game and Wilderness Reserve in

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Botswana’s Beautiful Beasts and Bushmen


Date: 6th to 12th January 2013 Location: Maun, Botswana to western central Kalahari, Botswana I arrived in Maun at around 16h30ish where I was meant to be meeting my friend Mike Penman.  I had no address, a few key locations that I

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The Lion, Hyena and the Tragedy of the Baby Giraffe


By Jemima Middleton I have always been told that after the rains, the bush erupts in a frenzy of territory-marking and reclamation of domains, as the storms wash away all previous signs of ownership and dominance. As a result, the

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Lions by the Swimming Pool


By Jemima Middleton It was an unlikely afternoon. Stifling and sticky-hot: that kind of pressing heat that wilts or melts anything it touches. I was slower off the mark than usual, hanging around the office when I should have been

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Snapping Crocs on Botswana's Chobe River


– Chobe, Botswana to Livingstone, Zambia. 14/15/16th   November – Sho! Pangolin Photo Safaris did NOT disappoint! Once again I found myself welcomed into a home by a lovely couple, Gerhard (aka Guts) Swanepoel and Kerstin Rath. Upon arrival I immediately

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A catch-up session with Limpopo-Lipadi's wild-dogs

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One of Africa’s most precious gems, with its big ears and splotchy fur, and also one of its most endangered species.  It is none other than the African wild-dog. The data suggests that there are no more than 5500 dogs

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Botswana Kills Trophy Hunting – Ian Michler reflects

Botswana bans hunting licences

Just under 2 weeks ago, the President of Botswana, Lt. Gen. Ian Khama, gave a speech wherein he announced that by the end of 2013, trophy hunting would no longer be allowed in Botswana. Speaking at a local kgotla in

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Botswana will not issue any more hunting licenses!

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Botswana’s president Ian Khama has announced that the government will no longer issue licenses for hunting wild animals in the country. In a progressive move to protect the country’s natural heritage and the tourism industry, he said that the government

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Hyaenas Under My Bed?


The piercing screams of a distressed elephant are not the ideal interruption to a peaceful sleep. I awoke to this devilish cacophony and glanced at my watch. It was half past 3 in the morning. Angry trumpeting and the thundering

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The elephant with strange tusks!


I came across this elephant family recently on Chiefs Island in the Okavango Delta. I couldn’t help but notice the female of the group had very oddly-shaped tusks. By looking at one of her young, it appears that this deformity

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End of the road marks the beginning of environmental change…

Horuseb River Valley

Tracks of Giants, the epic conservation trek over 5000 kilometres through six southern African countries has come to an end. But the impact of the expedition will have a lasting effect for years to come. Starting on the Namibian coastline

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The Majesty of the Makgadikgadi

Makgadikgadi Pans

I have on many occasions accompanied guests, friends or family through the Makgadikgadi Pans of northern Botswana. Without fail the feedback has always been one of only two responses: a few have questioned my sanity for bringing them to such

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The tales and toils of travelling on Africa Time


Trying to reach Kubu Island in a smart car was a really dumb idea. We made it onto the Magadikgadi pans but destroyed the fan belt and water pump in the process. With no way of fixing it out on the

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Bachelor Bulls herd-up in Botswana's Waterways

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This year Botswana has experienced lower rainfall than usual and the natural waterholes are beginning to dry up… This forces the game population to congregate early at permanent water sources such as rivers. Normally big gatherings happen around August but

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A lesson in honey badger etiquette!

Photo copyright Stela Prodanovic

By Stela Prodanovic It took four seconds for the lion to realise that he cannot leave this fight as a winner. It was a scene which I thought I would never witness – a great welcome to Botswana on our

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The Perfect Start: Botswana's Kubu Island in a Smart Car

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On the start of our trip to the Serengeti we were already behind schedule. It wasn’t a good omen for our first challenge along the way: to reach Botswana’s Kubu Island in our Smart car. We had woken far too

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A battle in the trees!

Recently, photographer Dana Allen and I found Legadema the leopard with the kill of a young red lechwe below a knob thorn tree. Other guides out on drive told us that three young male lions from the Mporota Pride were

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An elephant never forgets: the sunken hide at King’s Pool, Botswana.

Linyati, Botswana

One of the unique features of King’s Pool in the Linyanti, Botswana is the ‘sunken hide’ at one of the outlying pans, a kilometre from the Linyanti River. It’s a buried shipping container with windows and allows you to sit

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Elephant trunk-strokes my pregnant tummy

Jabu the elephant

Image and text courtesy of Caitlin Carter I was at Baine’s Camp in Botswana with Sanctuary Retreats and had the pleasure of meeting Jabu, the patriarch of the Elephant Experience there. I stood chatting to ‘elephant expert’ Doug Groves, while Jabu meandered

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The black-maned lioness of the Okavango

Photo copyright Ryan Green

There is a small pride of lions at Mombo Camp in the Okavango called the Western Pride. One particular female within this pride – known by the locals as Mmamoriri – is very special. She has a dark, full mane,

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Stuck in the Okavango Delta in a mini-skirt


By Jemima Middleton. Photos by Cayley Christos “Do we know where we’re going?” “Yep.” This sounded fairly confident, so we leapt into the Concession 4×4 in our clean white shirts and smart black skirts, and headed out into the bush.

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Legadema spotted on the Mombo walkway!

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Legadema, the female leopard made world-famous by Dereck and Beverley Joubert in their documentary film, “Eye of the Leopard”, has turned up on the Mombo Camp walkway!  The camp itself is situated in the centre of her territory, so every

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Don't mess with my island!

One afternoon recently, two guests were relaxing by the bar – they had been admiring a hippo in a pool in front of the deck. Nicknamed ‘Flump,’ this particular hippo has formed the centre-point for meet & greet’s with guests, as

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Field Guide Training: Mashatu, Botswana (January 2012)

Ever dreamed of spending a year in the African bush? That’s exactly what Londoner Philip Dumas did when he packed in the city drone for the thrill of the Botswanan wilds. Here he recounts an unnerving lion encounter while on an

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Cause an Uproar!

In support of Lion conservation, the National Geographic Society has agreed to donate 10 cents to lion conservation in Botswana every time this YouTube video is viewed. Share it with your friends and Cause an Uproar! Also make sure to

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Water for elephants – Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta

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    I watched a baby elephant being born! This is a very rare sighting and as guests in Abu Camp witnessed, Shireni gave birth to her third calf and the herd gained a bouncy baby girl called Warona, a

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Punch snake love!

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I am a light sleeper. Which is why, in the early hours of the morning, I wake up with a jolt upon hearing a cautious but firm “Ah-ha” from the person lying next to me. “What is it, Callum? What’s

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10 things I love about Africa

A few weeks ago I had to sit down and write my first editorial of the new year for Africa Geographic. COP17 had just wound up with the same old pseudo commitment on the part of some countries and regions

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Our Christmas in the Bush

This year, I woke up on Christmas morning to the sound of a baboon unceremoniously peeing on my roof. In the Linyanti (Botswana), it is an unmistakeable sound, and mildly concerning when your roof is made of old canvas: it

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A Warthog Hunt


In northern Botswana, the rainy season is the time when many animals have their babies.  The carnivores of the area know this, and will often concentrate their efforts on catching these young animals.

Our life in the bush

On paper, it shouldn’t have worked out. A Joburg-born, St. John’s boy on a path to do a B-Comm at Wits, with a secret love of the bush that would eventually lead him away from the city before his degree

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Okavango Endurance: Day 5


Canoeing from Motswiri tented camp to the TFC cutline on the Selinda Spillway

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