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Secretarybird dies, leaving behind valuable conservation information

BLiNG, the famed secretarybird that was fitted with a GPS tracking device, has died but he leaves behind valuable conservation information for BirdLife South Africa.

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From South Africa to Botswana by cable car

There are many examples of interesting border crossings in the world but few can be as exciting as gliding between South Africa and Botswana across the legendary Limpopo River by cable car.

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How to celebrate World Rhino Day

Dereck Joubert is the co–creator of the extraordinary Rhinos without Borders campaign. He explains how everyone can join the campaign and help save the rhino this World Rhino Day.

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5 highlights of Botswana

Sean Messham guides Africa Geographic Travel’s walking tour of Chief’s Island along with some game viewing at Botswana’s Moremi Game Reserve.

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YOU can save these rhinos

Rhinos Without Borders is on a mission to move rhinos to safe havens in Botswana in order to save them from the poaching crisis and they need your help!

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Hippo versus lion on the Chobe River

Some fascinating interaction took place on the Chobe River in northern Botswana recently, between two of the bigger species that are found there.

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Frogs, frogs and more frogs

Through the lily pads of Sanctuary Stanley’s camp in the Okavango Delta the are wide variety of amphibians to be seen and heard.

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Okavango Delta listed as 1000th World Heritage Site

Botswana’s Okavango Delta became the 1000th site inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List.

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Discover Botswana’s hidden secrets

Finding a part of the great Botswana that is remote, unfrequented by camera-happy humans, and somewhat hidden from sight could be one of the most rewarding safari experiences of one’s life.

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Securing a future for rhinos

Khama Rhino Sanctuary is a land dedicated to the preservation of rhinos. The long-term goal of the sanctuary is to let the rhinos safely breed within its borders and re-introduce them into their natural wild habitats.

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Fences and wildlife

The plains adjacent to the Boteti River, which flows into the Makgadikgadi salt pans, in Botswana, are home to some of the most amazing wildlife in Africa and conservation tourism is helping to preserve this wild area and its animals.

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Botswana says NO to canned hunting!

In a statement recently published on the official website of the Republic of Botswana Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism the country declares its position on the practice of canned hunting and its plans to ban the practice.

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How dung beetles give birth to baobab trees

Scott Ramsay realises that despite our remarkable achievements, humans are not the only impressive life forces. That title also belongs to any number of other living things such as the impressive baobab tree or the humble dung beetle.

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Rhino games

Holiday-maker and photographer, Rory Bruins, talks about an uplifting and wonderful encounter with some of Botswana’s beautiful rhinos.

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Baines’ baobabs: Botswana’s ancient oasis

Baines’ baobabs; a cluster of millennia-old baobab trees in the Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana are a sight sought by many travellers venturing into the untamed terrain of Botswana.

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Baines’ baobabs: Botswana’s ancient oasis

Baines’ baobabs; a cluster of millennia-old baobab trees in the Nxai Pan National Park in Botswana are a sight sought by many travellers venturing into the untamed terrain of Botswana.

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Co-existence between cheetah and farmers

Cheetah Conservation Botswana, situated among farmlands in the Ghanzi area, has been studying and working to assure a secure future for the nation’s cheetah. The coexistence between livestock farmers and the cheetahs is really the key to their survival.

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Brave lioness takes on croc to protect cubs

Amazing images of a mother lion taking on a deadly crocodile to give her cubs a safe swim across a river in Botswana’s Okavango Delta.

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100 rhino to be moved to Botswana for safekeeping

South African safari operators and conservation groups have said they plan to move up to 100 rhino to Botswana for safekeeping, as poaching levels spike to new highs.

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Botswana’s rhino sanctuary leading the fight against poachers

We go inside the Botswanan rhino sanctuary where not a single animal has been poached in 24 years.

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Botswana hunting ban takes effect

The Botswana Ministry of Environment, Wildlife and Tourism’s ban on wildlife hunting commenced at the beginning of the year, says ministry spokesperson, Ms Caroline Bogale-Jaiyoba.

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Only 6 signatures – how successful was the Botswana Elephant Conference?

In the wake of the Elephant Summit held in Botswana in early December where urgent measures to halt the rampant illegal ivory trade were adopted one is left asking if it is enough?

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Botswana minister in lion trade scandal

Botswana’s Minister of Agriculture, Christian de Graaff, is under fire after he exported a large shipment of lions to a canned hunting outfit in South Africa last month.

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Meet the birds of the Kalahari Basin

Situated in central Botswana, the Central Kalahari Game Reserve is home to impression landscapes and a great variety of wildlife. In this blog, meet and learn more about some of the beautiful bird species that call it home…

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My road trip through Africa

This blogger embarks on a month long adventure in Northern Botswana, Zimbabwe and Zambia and tells us about his adventures.

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Brown hyena awesomeness at Limpopo-Lipadi

Anton Kruger visits Limpopo-Lipadi Private Game and Wilderness Reserve in the Tuli-block in South Eastern Botswana and experiences some great wildlife encounters.

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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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Overlanding through Africa

Meet Patrick and Chloe – two new bloggers to join the Africa Geographic online community! This soon-to-be-wed couple departed in June 2013 to follow their dream of overlanding through Africa. They have so far travelled 9802 kilometres through Namibia and Botswana

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African Four Corners

Original source: leeabbamonte.com The African four corners is a name given to the approximate meeting place of four nations: Namibia;,Zambia, Zimbabwe, and Botswana. The Caprivi Strip of Namibia, which has long been a disputed region is kind of a dividing

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Walking in the Footsteps of Giants

Walking with elephants in the wilds of Botswana made us feel more closely connected than ever before to these majestic creatures. Deep in the heart of the Botswana bush, Doug and Sandi Groves live in a rustic bush camp with

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Ethiopia, Zambia, Botswana – A photo exploration continued

Below you will find the remainder of photographs taken whilst on safari in Ethiopia, Zambia and Botswana. If you missed the first part to this blog post, which contains a collection of portrait photographs, you can read it here. All photos

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Ethiopia, Zambia, Botswana – A photo exploration

I’d like to share some pictures from my recent trip to Africa. It was an amazing experience. I had no phone or internet connection for most of the trip! At times I’d put down my camera and just immerse myself

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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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New 50|50 Episode, 4 February 2013

Nastia rescued Last year we featured a story on the plight of Ukrainian brown bears living in harsh and cruel conditions. Bears that would under normal circumstances walk hundreds of kilometres daily are spending their entire lives in tiny cages

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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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New Year’s Eve at Victoria Falls and Botswana’s Beautiful Makgadikgadi Pans

Date: 30th Dec 2012 – 5th January 2013 Location: Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe and Makgadikgadi Salt Pans, Botswana So I arrived at the the Stanley & Livingstone safari lodge, to be greeted by super friendly staff and checked into the… Honeymoon suite!

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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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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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Botswana will not issue any more hunting licenses!

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 Majesty of the Makgadikgadi

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

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

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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Tracks of Giants journey reaches one-third milestone

Tracks of Giants is a five-month,  field-based nature conservation expedition following in the tracks of ancient elephant migration routes through six countries across southern Africa. The Tracks of Giants team passed the 1 700-kilometre milestone on 1 June 2012 at

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