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Richard Turere: Young Wildlife Hero

Richard Turere hates African lions, yet this thirteen-year-old Kenyan has become one of the wildlife heroes protecting African lions. Like most village boys his age, Richard is responsible for safeguarding his family’s livestock. “We are enemies, “ he says about the large-cat

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10 Gifts from Africa this Christmas

1. Kanga from Kenya The kanga is a colourful piece of cotton cloth, worn by women and occasionally by men throughout Eastern Africa. The fabric is painted with pretty Arabic-style patterns, and along the one edge there is always a printed message in Swahili

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The Maasai Mzee

By Shem Compion While in the heart of Maasailand one morning, I  saw this Maasai Mzee (Elder) some 100m away on a walk, and immediately knew I wanted to photograph him. My Masai friend introduced us and the chatting started.

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15 remarkable photos that will make you pine for Kenya!

After returning from Kenya, photographer Marius Coetzee showed us his photographs from the safari and we all became instantly and painfully jealous. Here’s a selection from the album to make you also ache for this remarkable part of Africa. Share

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Competition Winner, Debbie Roberts

Nomad Competition Winner!!

The Safari team is delighted to announce Debbie Roberts as our Nomad Overlanding Competition winner! Debbie, from Zambia, will soon be off on a two-week overland adventure through Kenya and Uganda, compliments of Nomad Africa Adventure Tours. [quote]I entered the

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Ten Mind-Blowing Mara Migration Moments, number one

10 Mind-Blowing Moments from the Great Mara Migration

By: Jay P. Ross, Omaha, Nebraska (USA) My girlfriend and I recently visited the Masai Mara, a 583 square mile national reserve near the equator in southwest Kenya.  We timed our trip to coincide with the annual Great Migration, a

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An African Love Story, Dame Daphne Sheldrick

An African Love Story

Blogger Lori Robinson so enjoyed the warm, passionate autobiography of Dame Daphne Sheldrick, founder of the David Sheldrick Elephant Trust in Kenya, that she reviews it here for you. An African Love Story is Kenya-born Daphne Sheldrick’s memoir about how love

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Weekly Wanderlust: Kenya's Lamu Island

Every Friday, as the working week draws to a close, my mind starts to wander off to far away lands and I sit here and salivate over exotic, come-get-me-now locations. Instead of dribbling and drooling all to myself, I’ve decided

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6 Reasons to go to Kenya’s Rock-Rollicking Rift Valley Festival

Here’s why you should boogie-on-down with the bongos and birds, sounding-off on the shores of Lake Naivasha… 1. The festival takes place along the waters of Kenya’s Lake Naivasha, which means you can get foot loose and fancy free beside

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Saddle up for Kenya’s Camel Derby

With the Olympics coming to a close, Kenya’s competitive spirit has turned to next weekend’s annual camel derby. The event promises to be a hump-jerking contest, bringing colour and action to the remote desert outpost of Maralal. This year celebrates the

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5 point Guide to Understanding the Great Wildebeest Migration

Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest have begun to surge across the mighty Mara River, in a migration crossing that is truly one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. Often portrayed as an event that takes place annually around the month

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Save the Elephant

Visiting Save the Elephants in Kenya

The gunshot makes no sound. I’m only sure it’s been fired when the matriarch’s knees buckle under the weight of her one and a half-ton elephant mass. “In this kind of operation every minute matters,” the vet tells us. “No

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African Fish Eagle

Fascinating encounter between a fish eagle and monitor lizard

By Simon Moore This incident occurred in late March on the bank of the Mara River. A large catfish had died and was floating in the river. An immature fish eagle was standing on what looked like a rock in

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I do Africa: Luchi the Kenyan beach boy

We met Hassan Luchi two years ago during our first visit to Kenya on a beach in Tiwi, just outside of Mombasa. Back then we helped him out a bit but weren’t really able to do much and sadly we

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Kenya: where Princess Elizabeth became a Queen

Sixty years ago, in February 1952, Her Royal Highness The Princess Elizabeth learnt of her accession to the throne while in Kenya. Princess Elizabeth was just twenty-six years old, and had travelled to Africa along with her husband Prince Phillip. It

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Maasai Warriors

Safari in style

One of the most spectacular wildlife shows on the planet can be seen in the Masai Mara where the rolling green plains dotted with lone acacia trees play host to an astonishing amount of wild animals. A welcoming party was

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Win a Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Kenya and Uganda

WIN! A Two Week Masai Mara & Gorilla Trekking Adventure in Kenya and Uganda Safari interactive magazine and Nomad Africa Adventure Tours invite you on the overlanding trip of a lifetime! Leave Nairobi for 14 days in the wilds of

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A Maasai wedding

A Maasai Wedding: The bride wore beads

A Maasai wedding with its colourful ceremony based on ancient customs is a sight to behold. We were invited to the wedding of our friend Lekishon, a local Maasai and naturalist at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp. The wedding party was

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Ol Pejeta – thirsty for rhinos

Ol Pejeta, in Kenya’s northern Laikipia District, is East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary. It stands to reason that during my trip there for Africa Geographic – see the full feature in our May issue – that I should come

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Walking with Maasai

Walking with Warriors

Walking with the Maasai among the incredible wildlife of the Loita Hills was an unforgettable experience. The remote village of Olorte is far off the beaten track but it was worth every bump in the road to get there. Olkoroi

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Rare spotless cheetah sighted in Kenya

Armed with a spotter plane made by the Israeli army (and coincidentally called Cheetah), a radio and a LandRover in hot pursuit, wildlife artist Guy Coombes went in search of the elusive ‘morph’ cheetah. “I was told about this incredible

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Kenya in a Little Red Suzuki

For me, entering the world of the gainfully employed meant making the transition from freelance writer and professional beach bum, to Nairobi urbanite. It was a good move. I am now the associate editor of Destination Magazine. An occupation that

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The Birds and the Beads

I have been floating on clouds. Literally as it turns out, because I managed to do the impossible, I managed to hitch a lift on a helicopter. And I have been floating on clouds ever since – metaphorically this time,

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Kenya Road Trip

My friend Olive and I decided to embark on a road trip to the north coast of Kenya. We set out feeling like Thelma and Louise, but were hoping to avoid murder, police chases and joint suicide. The reason for

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Diani: Paradise Lost?

My feet have taken me homeward. I’ve been away for a little while now, working on a biography in Naivasha and a ’48 hours in Nairobi’ piece for this fine publication. It always gives you a warm feeling to be

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Serengeti Highway update

Readers are by now familiar with the controversy over the Tanzanian governments proposed new highway through the Serengeti National Park, which is a World Heritage Site . It’s been something of an ‘on-again, off-again’ saga as the pros and cons

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Issue 1

Travel features:   Wings over the Namib Join editor Paul Steyn on a four day expeditions flying over the mighty Namibian coastline.       Ready, steady GORONGOSA! This feature explores the bumpy history and bright future of Mozambique’s flagship

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The New Year Starts with a Bang

It’s happened – today we are thrilled to confirm 2 matings for our northern white rhinos. The first mating was between Fatu and Suni (northern white on northern white). The second mating was Sudan – our oldest northern white male

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Just another rainy and muddy week on the Ol Pejeta Conservancy!

The construction of the fence – for the rhinos’ new 701.5 acre enclosure – is ongoing. Our team is working as hard as they can to stay on schedule for the release of the rhinos the first week of April.

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