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Why I love Kruger

Janine Mare explains why Kruger National Park holds a special place in her heart.

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How to prepare for a photo safari

Some tips and tricks on preparing for your first photo safari along with a list of what you should pack.

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Walking safaris in the Kruger region

Getting a closer look at the African bushveld and all its components is one of the highlights of a safari holiday. Walking in a Big 5 reserve offers an element of excitement and speaks to some of the keenest adventurers.

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Kariega Game Reserve photographic safari

Guests comment on a successful photographic expedition to Kariega Game Reserve

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Watch as Alison Nicholls helps in the painting of a school in rural Tanzania.

Where is the lion’s eye?

Watch as Alison Nicholls helps in the painting of a school in rural Tanzania.

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Sketching among the Maasai

Alison Nicholls talks about sketching with, and for, the Maasai in Tanzania.

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Tourists answer our African travel survey

Africa Geographic is running an ongoing online survey aimed at finding out more about the modern day African traveller.

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Welgevonden: A quintessential safari experience

Michael Schwartz reminisces about the splendid sights of Welgevonden Game Reserve in South Africa, on his first ever African Safari. Although, one of the smaller African parks it still left a huge impression.

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The 5 symptoms of khaki fever

Khaki Fever is the age old aliment of being attracted to a man in uniform that spreads like wildfire through the savannah where rangers in khaki gear are found.

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The makings of a great guide

While at Tanda Tula Field Camp, Janine comes to realise that the quality of your guide can make or break the safari experience.

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Make the most of a winter safari

Winters in the African bush are a truly special time. Yes it may be a little chilly during winter, but the incredible game viewing is absolutely worth it and all you need is a warm jacket and a hot beverage to keep you cozy and warm.

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On safari with Robin Pope

Robin Pope is probably the most experienced and respected safari operator in the whole of Africa. His speciality is mobile camping and walking safaris, but his superb permanent camps and bush lodges are unrivalled.

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A walk on the wildside

There’s an added dimension of excitement and anticipation when walking through the bush as opposed to embarking on the typical game drive.

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Looking out for the little things

A game drive safari should not only be about the big five but the small creatures as well. Here are some often-forgotten animals in the African bush.

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Why Malawi is ideal for your next family holiday

We believe that Malawi might just offer that perfect mix of off the beaten track adventures, cultural interaction, safari, adventure and a safe and welcoming environment for your next family holiday!

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The 25 best guides in Africa

Safari guides hold it in their hands to make or break dreams, yet finding a good one can be vexing for the uninitiated. Graham Boynton has spent 18 months traveling through the bush with guides in 6 countries to come up with this list of his 25 top safari guides.

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4 African cats you’d be lucky to see on safari

Here are 4 of Africa’s smaller cat species you’d be lucky to see on safari. These elusive wild cats, highly specialised for their own survival, are often categorised as vermin and persecuted as such.

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5 safety questions to ask when going on a guided safari

While a guided safari may sound the safest option for the newbie safari goer there are some questions you should ask be asking before you book your trip.

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Socialising your safari

This blogger embarks on an adventure to the Kgalagadi and meets some new friends along the way. She share her tips on how to socialise while on safari.

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Spotting the elusive leopard in the Pilanesberg

Until a recent trip to Pilanesberg National Park, this travel writer had never seen the elusive leopard. We follow him as he comes face to face with a leopard for the first time.

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A winter wonderland at Sabi Sabi

There is something magical about Sabi Sabi in winter as the bush fades from its lush greens to dead browns, the rains disappear and the parched earth cries out for a drink.

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5 reasons why you should visit Chyulu Hills

The legendary Chyulu Hills offer a unique and inspiring African safari experience. It is here where visitors can find luxury accommodation, amazing wildlife and wilderness adventures, and an authentic experience with the Maasai people.

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A love affair with the bush

Aleema Noormohamed rediscovers her love for the bush on a trip to Selenkay Conservancy in Kenya. Read about her adventure here.

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5 things NOT to forget for your next camping safari

You get your normal camping safari packing list for what to take into Africa, but there are a few items which don’t make the usual lists, but do make all the difference when you have them. 1. Hot water bottle

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Walking with Giants in Tsavo

This was a true safari – from a bygone era!  Africa Geographic guests recently spent 5 days following elephants in Kenya’s Tsavo National Park. The 80km route winds through the park, following the Galana River and the wise old matriarchs

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The lion eats tonight

There is something magical about the bush at night. You might expect it to be silent as everything goes to sleep, but in fact that’s when it starts to wake up. Nature has a shift-work system in operation: when one

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The Naked Baboon

Photos by Ann Warner These pictures were taken outside the complex of the Caribbea Bay Hotel, Lake Kariba in Zimbabwe. Says Ann Warner: “We were coming back to the hotel about 4.30pm in the afternoon, when I could not believe

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10 Hilarious Toilet-Humour Signs

Ok, apologies in advance; but this photo series had to happen eventually…   1. Record anyone? Source   2. In case you need directions Source   3. Bad idea Source   4. If you are thirsty Source   5. The

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Conservation is Politics: Zambia's Hunting Landscape

On 9 January 2013, the Zambian Minister of Tourism Sylvia Masebo – responsible through its board for the parastatal the Zambia Wildlife Authority (ZAWA) – called a meeting at very short notice in Lusaka of all the hunting-safari stakeholders. Vice-President

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Elephant Kicks Buffalo in the Head!

This amusing video has emerged from the Sabi Sabi Game Reserve in Mpumalanga, South Africa. A curious teenage elephant tries his luck with a big buffalo bull…


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The 10 Most Remarkable Birds in Ghana

Here they are – the most interesting and sought-after birds in all of Ghana according to Africa Geographic travel director Christian Boix. For the opportunity to see these birds, join Africa Geographic’s unique birding expedition to Ghana. Enquire here.  

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11 of the Craziest African Inventions Ever Made

Africa – a place of innovation…   1. Hot water on tap! Source   2. Motorcycle water-pump Source   3. Water recycler Source   4. Extended bike trailer Source   5. Trolly braai! Source   6. Tractor spit Source  

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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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10 Reasons to Learn to Dive in Cape Town

[quote]SCUBA diving is sensual. To breathe underwater is one of the most fascinating and peculiar sensations imaginable.[/quote] TEC CLARK, forward, Karen Berger’s Scuba Diving On a bit of a whim, I recently signed up for a Padi dive course with

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Finding Leopard Cubs in a Tree and other Photographic Adventures

“Leopard,” I heard our guide, Andrew, shout, “And a cub in that tree”. We had barely left camp on our first game drive and we had already struck leopard. It was too much for my eyes to comprehend. It was

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12 of the Funniest Signs of 2012

A fantastic set of signs from all around this amazing continent. Submit yours to the Facebook page: Africa, this is why I live here.   1. source 2. Source 3. Source 4. Source 5. Source 6. Source 7. Source 8.

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10 Essential Things to do on Safari in Tanzania

1. Witness the migration – nothing compares to seeing hundreds of wildebeest thundering by in unison across the plains. 2. Bird watching – try any of the amazing parks for great diversity in the bird life. 3. Visit the incomparable

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13 Pics That Prove Africa is Not for Sissies

The Africa, this is why I live here Facebook page has spoken. Here are the top pics for the week that prove Africa is not for sissies. Submit your own pics to the page or tweet this story with 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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10 reasons to suspect lions are an alien species

I’ve often wondered whether lions originally came from another planet… Why, you may ask? Well, my suspicions initially surfaced during my time as a guide in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa, when I spent many hours a day following

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10 of the most addictive things about a photo safari

It’s official, I’m completely addicted to photographic safaris!  Why? I recently visited Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve with Nikon Africa Travel and had an incredible experience, certainly the most enjoyable and insightful photographic experience I have yet had in the

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Thieves, Chiefs and Okavango dreaming!

9th -14th  November  A spot of bad luck. One of the great things about this road trip is seeing how the terrain changes. Heading into the Kavango region and things are looking a lot greener than the warm hues I

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11 amazing devices that could only have been invented in Africa

Here are some great examples from the popular Facebook page, Africa, this is why I live here. Now available online or at a store near you…   1. The hand-held sprinkler system. Source   2. Box ball Source   3.

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8 reasons Medjumbe Island could be the setting of a classic Mozambiquan romance novel

It’s obvious why honeymooners love this little island in the middle of the Quirimbas Archipelago in Mozambique – it’s like something out of a classic romance epic. Here are ten pics that prove it. 1. The island is tiny (you

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Tense stand-off between elephant and rhino!

By Francois van Heerden Safari enthusiasts always crave that special sighting of a specific species to tick off their list. We had the priviladge of ticking many of these animals off the list in one single sighting!  On arrival at

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The Return of Lions to Central Mozambique

By Paola Bouley, Senior Researcher Projecto Leões da Gorongosa – the Gorongosa Lion Project. Alluring, potent, irrevocable – this is Gorongosa – a resilient, wild landscape that is home to Central Mozambique’s core population of African lion, and the focus

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