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The good old days of wildlife photography

Marlon du Toit reminisces about the good old days of wildlife photography where photos transported the viewer into another world, a world filled with danger and excitement and exploration.

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Five reasons you should see wild lions

“Wild lions are Herculean” according to Michael Schwartz. In this blog he give five reasons why these apex predators are the king of the megafauna in Africa.

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Awesome advertising helping Africa’s wildlife

Will the power of worldwide advertising give a voice to the voiceless and help save Africa special wildlife. These Ad campaigns provide a very thought provoking and emotional trip regarding issues like poaching, extinction and wild animal abuse.

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Why I love Kenya

Porini Camps reflect on the many things that make Kenya special.

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WildLeaks attracts major wildlife crime leads in first 3 months

WikiLeaks-style website, WildLeaks, yields 24 tip-offs including elephant poaching, tiger killing, illegal fishery and forest destruction.

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Senator Raymond J. Lesniak stands with advocates from Elephants DC and the Humane Society after the historic passage of New Jersey's ivory and rhino horn sales ban. The elephant pictured is Satao, the largest tusker in Kenya recently slaughtered by poachers. © Rebecca Nowalski.

State legislators make elephant history with unprecedented ivory ban

The New Jersey State Assembly overwhelmingly approved a bill banning ivory and rhino horn sales on Monday, making New Jersey the first state to take a definitive stand against wildlife trafficking.

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Wild iMfolozi wilderness trail- the home of the wild

Scott Ramsay, along with fellow campers, explores the natural wonders along the iMfolozi wilderness trail in South Africa.

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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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A flying GoPro!

The only thing that beats a GoPro on Safari is a flying GoPro!

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Breaking records for the love of birds

John Kinghorn set aside 2014 as his Big Birding Year, determined to break the record for the youngest person to see 800 bird species within a calendar year in the Southern African sub region.

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Spreading the conservation message to local children

As part of ongoing work to improve the relationship between wildlife and communities, Gamewatchers Safaris and Porini Camps recently invited 42 students from neighbouring schools to the Ol Kinyei Conservancy to learn about conservation.

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Lack of resources and skills hamper wildlife law enforcement

Is our government really doing all they can to combat rhino poaching? In a report investigating the challenges facing the enforcement of South Africa’s environmental laws, shortages in resources, skills and multiple, changing legislations have been identified as the most serious shortcomings.

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Will “Slow TV” save the wildlife documentary?

Has the wildlife documentary seen its death due to the sensationalised melodrama and reality shows that grace our channels or is there still hope for the animals in Norway’s new trend of Slow TV?

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Rhino horn trade conference “tells it like it is”

The controversial OSCAP conference, entitled ‘Risk Assessment of Rhino Horn Trade’ ended yesterday on a positive note. The participants agreed to work together to ensure that all South Africans were made aware of the risks associated with legalising rhino horn trade.

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Photographing the Masai Mara with Albie Venter

Albie Venter loves the Masai Mara, Kenya – he says that being able to witness and photograph nature’s incredible events in this stunning area is a worthy addition to anyone’s bucket list.

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Head of CITES says no to rhino trade

An interview with the CITES Secretary-General, John E. Scanlon, about trade in wildlife products and poaching of wild animals.

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Book Review: Wildlife Photographer… Stories from Behind the Lens

Wildlife Photographer… Stories From Behind The Lens is a free downloadable book in which Martin Harvey has selected 25 luminously beautiful and dramatic images from his stock of photographs.

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Artist retreat for elephants

A group of artists, specialising in wildlife, gather to create greater awareness about elephant poaching in Africa.

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Why did South Africa skip a vital conference on illegal wildlife trade?

In London last week, international media scrambled to cover the high-level and much anticipated international conference on illegal wildlife trade. However, there was one notable absentee, namely South Africa.

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Tanzania sacks wildlife director over incompetence

The Tanzanian government has announced the sacking of the director for wildlife, Alexander Songorwa, for failure to do his work properly.

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White House announces ban on ivory trade

The United States announced a National Strategy for Combating Wildlife Trafficking as well as a ban on the commercial trade of elephant ivory.

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6 things you’ll love about the Kalahari

The Kalahari Desert spans across Botswana, South Africa and Namibia; a total of over 900 000 square kilometres. Here are just six things we think you will love about this vast area.

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Life sentence for poachers

The Kenyan parliament has passed a new bill that calls on a life sentence as punishment for wildlife poachers.

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Greg Du Toit’s new book – AWE

We review Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Greg Du Toit’s new book, AWE.

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Oh, the things you’ll see in the Kgalagadi

With one-third of its bulk in South Africa and the other two in neighbouring Botswana, the Kgalagadi Transfontier Park covers an uninterrupted 30 000 square kilometres of distinctive desert landscape. A trip to the Kgalagadi involves amazing sightings of some fascinating animals…

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5 reasons to go on a walking safari

Escaping the confines of your game drive vehicle and exploring the bush on a walking safari opens a whole new world of the wild…

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Historical Africa

In the Africa Geographic offices, we often come across images that depict what it was like for our ancestors living in Africa. From classic vehicles off road in early game reserves to camels used as military transport and lions sharing

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To drive or be driven, that is the question…

I’m giving a first-time visitor to Africa some advice about game-viewing at the moment, and the eternal question of a private game lodge or reserve versus a self-driving safari in a public national park has once more raised its head.

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Elephant smashes car window

Video Source: Africam.com “This video was taken by tourists in the Kruger National Park in South Africa. They thought the elephants were tame and would not harm them so they tried to get as close as possible. They were lucky

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Desert Life in the Kgalagadi

We’ve just spent 6 nights in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park. What a pity it couldn’t have been a bit longer – it’s like nothing either of us have ever seen before. Well actually I have seen it before, but I

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A Four-Wheel Drive Discovery in Khaudum NP

Namibia is well known as the land of great distances, desert and diamonds. Deteriorating shipwrecks litter the soft sand along the inhospitable Skeleton Coast, while kilometres of windswept red sand dunes constantly recreate the shape of the Namib Desert, where

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Mac: Kruger’s legendary tusker

Did you know? A tusker is an elephant whose tusks are more than three metres in length. During the past 55 years or so, the legendary tusker Mac has spent his annual musth cycle traversing the northern reaches of South Africa’s

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Art on Safari

The perfect way to brush up your skills in the bush. Three years ago Africa Geographic Travel and Alison Nicholls embarked on a fascinating and rather left-field Safari concept for the first time – an Art Safari.  We planned for

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2 lions, 1 cheetah – who wins?

Young lions learn the meaning of inter-species competition. It was an uncharacteristically cold and rainy day in the bush, my family arrived to visit me from England after one of my photographic safaris and we decided to make the most

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Victory for Animal Welfare: Zimbabwe Releases Captured Baby Elephants

Post courtesy Simon Bloch – Sunday Argus – January 20th 2013 A day after the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force announced its intention to bring a high court application against the country’s wildlife authority for selling baby elephants to zoos in

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11 Photos of Wild Animals Having a Great Time

Here’s proof that wild animals enjoy life just as much as the rest of us!   1. Hilarious! Alan Mclean: Source   2. Play time Liz Hart: Source   3. Otters surfing Luc Hostens: Source 4. Monkey hand-stand Source  

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Chad? 8 reasons Chad should be your next African adventure

Way off the tourist radar Chad tempts the adventurers of today to discover truly uncharted territory. Here’s why we reckon Chad should be next on your hit-list for an ultimate African adventure. 1. Wildlife – Zakouma National Park is one

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My first time in Kruger National Park

I have fulfilled a childhood dream. On the 5th October, 2012, Callum and I were handed the keys of our new old Land Rover TDI Defender. We met the landy, now named Layla, in a parking lot in Maun, and

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10 most ‘liked’ wildlife photos from our readers

In our last issue of Safari we asked you to send us your best wildlife photographs from Africa. We received hundreds of entrants, wittled it down to three winners, and were left with a Facebook album of wildlife eye-candy. Here

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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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24 Hours in Paradise: A Game Count in Zimbabwe

I’m tired but happy. I’ve counted 14 different species and there are literally hundreds of animals spread out before me, cropping the fresh emerald grass that is sprouting through the black ash left by a veld fire that tore through

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Wondrous Winter Morning

The coldness enveloped us like an icy shroud as we pulled out of Bush Lodge. Hot breath from our recently consumed coffee condensed on contact with the air, causing plumes of vapour to erupt from our mouths with every exhalation.

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Adapt or Die: A Trunk-Squirting Elephant's Story of Survival

I was rounding a bend yesterday afternoon when I spotted an elephant bull quenching its thirst from a small pool. I immediately noticed that half of this elephant’s trunk was missing… A snare wound, a natural injury or even a birth

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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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Meeting face to face in Niassa

Ella was doing her home-schooling work the other day,  a lesson on the five senses. “What is a smell you like?”. “Flowers”, she says. “Ok, well what is a smell you dislike?” With no hesitation, “Dead elephants!”. She’s five and

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African animal Olympians: smashing records!

Okay, so Olympic athletes are awesome. Throughout history, Olympians have striven to push their physical limits, compete and break records.  But what about creatures in the animal kingdom who push their limits every day, for no glory whatsoever? Well, looking

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