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Destinations, Namibia, Natural history

Beach lions again hunting seals and coastal birds in Namibia, after 35 years

Research has revealed that the desert-adapted lions eking out a living on the harsh northwest coast of Namibia’s Skeleton Coast National Park (SCNP) are again specialising in hunting seals and coastal birds such as flamingos and cormorants, after an absence of 35 years.

Destinations, Kenya, Maasai Mara, Natural history

Discovering the forest birds of Maasai Mara

The banks of the Mara River in the Maasai Mara of Kenya offer ideal habitat for birds – and for bird-watchers, especially if you find a puddle of water, and especially during the heat of the day.

Natural history

Shoebill – 7 reasons to love this dinosaur of birds

The shoebill (Balaeniceps rex) looks like a bird that belongs in the prehistoric age. Found in the marshes of East Africa, the shoebill is classified as vulnerable and is a bucket-list sighting for any avid birder. Here are seven reasons to love this big bird.

Destinations, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle, Uganda

Birds, great apes, and so much more in Uganda

Safari report-back: A trip of a lifetime to Uganda – spectacular sightings of birds, great apes, and so much more. By Malcolm and Trish Lund

Uncategorized

Samburu National Park’s top 10 birds

Your Samburu birding bucketlist!

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Photographing birds in action

Birder, Mark Drysdale, explains how to photograph birds using a pair of mating pin-tailed whydahs as an example.

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Observing purple-banded sunbirds

Purple-banded sunbirds feed their chicks in KwaZulu Natal

News

Just hatched! One of South Africa’s rarest birds

Rare footage of the South Africa’s rarest bird, the blue swallow, hatching from an egg.

Uncategorized

Kingdom of the birds, a pied piper and a vegetarian vulture

Scott Ramsay visits Ndumo, home to about 85% of the 500 species in the Kwa-Zulu Natal area, making it one of the best birding spots in the country.

Destinations, Uganda

Top 10 Ugandan birds

Uganda, is known as Africa’s premier birding destination and with the list of birds found here topping 1 000, it is difficult to narrow down what we would consider the top 10, but here goes….

Uncategorized

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. 1. White-necked Picathartes Bounds through the forest stealthily and effortlessly from one liana to the next in gollum-like fashion. These birds gather in silent and mysterious crowds by cave entrances to breed  in …

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya

Gedi Ruins

Gedi was an important medieval East African city of trade. Today, you can visit Kenya’s Gedi Ruins to discover a lost Swahili civilisation

Botswana, Destinations, Khwai

Wall-to-wall wildlife – Khwai Private Reserve

Khwai in Botswana offers non-stop wildlife action. Our Photographer of the Year finalists visited the reserve for an epic experience

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, Kenya

Arabuko-Sokoke Forest

Kenya’s ancient Arabuko-Sokoke Forest, home to endangered creatures found nowhere else on earth, is a birder’s dream

Opinion Editorial

THIS WEEK

Gorilla trekking in Bwindi, the ultimate beach holiday in Mozambique, the miniature owls of Africa and giant otters – this week with AG

Natural history

The miniature owls of Africa

Africa hosts a variety of miniature owls. From scops-owls, to white-faced owls & owlets, here is the rundown of these small, endearing birds

Destinations, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle

Safari Season – visit Africa in Sept, Oct, Nov

When is the best safari season in Africa? We answer one of the most common safari questions with a comprehensive look at the best African destinations and when to visit them in September, October and November.

Snakes
Natural history

Snakes – everything you need to know

Admired and feared, snakes are marvels of natural engineering, behaviour & movement. Here’s everything you need to know to understand snakes

DR Congo, Kahuzi Biega National Park, Lake Kivu, Mafia Island, Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda, Tanzania, Volcanoes National Park

Primate Quest – DRC, Rwanda & Mafia Island

One family’s adventure with AG to Rwanda, DRC & Mafia Island in search of primates, bats & other weird and wonderful creatures

Opinion Editorial

THIS WEEK

Our favourite bushveld dining spots, Kalahari’s vanishing hornbills, insider safari tips, the beginning of the end for captive lion breeding, and another leopard incident in Greater Kruger – this week with AG

Decoding science, Natural history

Five years until the Kalahari’s hornbills start to vanish

Scientists have predicted that the Kalahari’s hornbills will start to vanish in five years – and climate change is to blame

Akagera National Park, Rwanda

Akagera National Park

Akagera National Park is Rwanda’s last refuge for savannah-adapted wildlife, and safeguards Central Africa’s largest protected wetland

Making Hippocrates proud: How animals self-medicate
Decoding science, Natural history

Making Hippocrates proud: How animals self-medicate

Scientists have observed chimpanzees medicating the injuries of their peers – a behaviour never before witnessed in the animal kingdom

Northern Madagascar
Destinations, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle

Northern Madagascar

Northern Madagascar – biodiversity, lush rainforests, mangroves, azure lagoons, palm-fringed beaches, lemurs and ferocious fossa

Kenya, Meru

Meru National Park

Meru National Park is a resilient expanse of vital Kenyan wilderness. This Big 5 safari destination of ‘Born Free’ fame is a land reborn.

Opinion Editorial

THIS WEEK

Surviving post-pandemic Zim, gorilla trekking in Volcanoes NP, & learning lessons about context in Luangwa NP – all this week with AG

Rwanda, Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park

Volcanoes National Park is a leading gorilla trekking destination in Africa. This volcanic landscape offers stunning scenery & biodiversity

Sleep out under the stars
Safari Tips, Travel & Lifestyle

Sleep out under the stars

Stargazing under African skies from a comfortable bed will add magic to any safari. Here are our top spots for sleeping out under the stars

Opinion Editorial

THIS WEEK

Photographer of the Year announced, plan your dream safari, speedy evolution & 3 epics safaris – all this week with AG.

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year 2022 Winners

We have a winner! Announcing the winner, runners-up and highly commended images from Photographer of the Year 2022!

Destinations, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle

South and central Madagascar

South and central Madagascar is popular with tourists who enjoy the spiny forests, elegant sifakas, ring-tailed lemurs and desert canyons

Opinion Editorial

THIS WEEK

Our last week of Photographer of the Year entries (in 2 galleries), your guide on the best places to see leopards, female birdsong in swallows and changing seasons – all this week with AG.

Tarangire National Park
Tanzania, Tarangire

Tarangire National Park

Tarangire National Park has magnificent scenery, giant baobabs & an abundance of wildlife – all the ingredients for the perfect safari

Natural history

Jackals of Africa – consummate survivors

Jackals are the ultimate survivors of the African bushveld. These social & intelligent canids are expert opportunists and masterful lurkers

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year 2022 Weekly Selection: Week 6

Photographer of the Year 2022 entries for Week 6 are here! Enter for a chance to win your share of US$10,000 and a Botswana safari.

Comment – teamAG
Opinion Editorial

Comment – teamAG – Friday 04 March 2022

Comment – teamAG – Friday 04 March 2022

Natural history

Southern ground-hornbill – Africa’s rara avis

The southern ground-hornbill is a complex, social, endangered species that marks the dawn chorus with its haunting, thunderous call

Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle

São Tomé & Príncipe – Africa’s undiscovered paradise

São Tomé and Príncipe – two islands off the west coast of Africa – brim with ecological marvels, captivating history, and welcoming people

AG director and safari expert Christian Boix checking out new exciting experiences for our clients. Mutinondo Wilderness, Zambia
Opinion Editorial

Comment – teamAG – Friday 21 January 2022

Comment – teamAG – Friday 21 January 2022

Photographer of the Year Winners Trip 2021
Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Khwai – photographer’s paradise

Khwai (Botswana) is every wildlife photographer’s dream. Check out this gallery of images & contact us for your safari plans

Destinations, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle

Eastern Madagascar

A journey through eastern Madagascar is an adventure for endemic lemurs, birds, reptiles, pristine beaches and ancient forest

Destinations, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle

Western Madagascar

Western Madagascar boasts iconic images and creatures – fossas, lemurs galore, upside-down trees and rocks with teeth!

community-based conservation
Hunting, Opinion Editorial

Furore over Namibian community-based conservation

Journalists target Namibia’s community-based conservation program. This is what 76 affected entities have to say – decide for yourself

Travel & Lifestyle

Sensing Kenya – A blind woman’s safari

Imbar Golt is blind. Sensing Kenya, she experiences the wonders of Africa through the smells, sounds, tastes and feels of a camping safari

Opinion Editorial

Comment – teamAG – Friday 10 December 2021

Comment – teamAG – Friday 10 December 2021

Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle

Gombe and Mahale – the chimpanzee forests of Tanzania

Gombe & Mahale in Tanzania combine safari with chimpanzee trekking in the magic forests on the shores of Lake Tanganyika

Comment - teamAG
Opinion Editorial

Comment – teamAG – Friday 26 November 2021

Comment – teamAG – Friday 26 November 2021

Natural history

Sunbird feathers and the sweltering cost of beauty

Gorgeous iridescent sunbird feathers play an essential role in visual communication but could dangerously increase heat absorption – new research

Comment - teamAG
Opinion Editorial

Comment – teamAG – Friday 19 November 2021

Comment – teamAG – Friday 19 November 2021

Natural history

Caracal – Africa’s deadly beauty

The caracal, with its luminous eyes, dramatic ear tufts, bold facial markings and stocky physique is arguably Africa’s most exquisite cat

Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle

Ghosts in the gorges – on the fugitives’ trail

Fugitives’ Drift is a rejuvenating getaway for heart and soul, where the hills breathe history and ghosts whisper in the moonlit gorges. The lodge is a haven of family hospitality in a breathtaking natural setting. 

Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle

Samburu – home of the Samburu special 5

Samburu – an arid land steeped in rich tradition, where people, livestock, and wildlife thrive side by side, sharing precious resources.

Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle

Cape Town – Mother City

Cape Town – the Mother City – offers a blend of a nature-lovers playground, modern city lifestyle, cultural diversity and foodie heaven

Comment - teamAG
Opinion Editorial

Comment – teamAG – Friday 15 October 2021

Comment – teamAG – Friday 15 October 2021

Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle

Zakouma National Park – jewel of the Sahel

Zakouma – a park returned to vibrant wilderness teeming with life, is a once-in-a-lifetime journey for travellers looking for safari adventure

Comment - teamAG
Opinion Editorial

Comment – teamAG – Friday 08 October 2021

Comment – teamAG – Friday 08 October 2021

Natural history

African eagles – Avian apex predators, part 1

African eagles soar through the skies, sharp-eyed and fierce, bringing unexpected death from above to their prey.

Opinion Editorial

Comment – teamAG – Friday 01 October 2021

Comment – teamAG – Friday 01 October 2021

Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle

Chobe National Park – Africa’s elephant Eden

Chobe National Park boasts the world’s highest elephant density, lush riverine woodland & vast dry savannas – embodying the safari spirit

Natural history

Counting the Cape parrot – Africa’s rarest

Counting Africa’s rarest parrot – the Cape parrot – on a mountain top in Magoebaskloof, South Africa. By teamAG, led by CEO Simon Espley

News

Proposed wind farm in Addo buffer zone

A proposed wind farm within the acclaimed Addo Elephant National Park buffer zone has created an uproar from tourism stakeholders.

teamAG - comment
Opinion Editorial

Comment – teamAG – Friday 03 September 2021

Comment – teamAG – Friday 03 September 2021

Travel & Lifestyle

Murchison Falls National Park

Uganda’s Murchison Falls NP: home to a smorgasbord of wildlife and diversity set against the backdrop of the spectacular Nile River

Travel & Lifestyle

Western Namibia – shades of ochre

Western Namibia is a land of heat, sand, sea and remarkable biodiversity surviving against the backdrop of harsh but stunning scenery

Comment - teamAG
Opinion Editorial

Comment – teamAG – Friday 13 August 2021

Comment – teamAG – Friday 13 August 2021

Natural history

Marvellous meerkats – mongooses of the desert

Marvellous Meerkats – socially complex and fascinating little mongooses found across the deserts of Southern Africa.

Natural history

A journey to see Africa’s threatened sea turtles

Five of the world’s seven magnificent sea turtles swim Africa’s oceans and nest on the beaches – all are threatened by human beings

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Destinations, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle

Luangwa Valley – vast Zambian wilderness

The Luangwa Valley is a vast Zambian wilderness and playground for tourists seeking an authentic safari experience

Casketts
Opinion Editorial

Casketts citrus farm and Greater Kruger are now bedfellows

The Casketts citrus farm on the Greater Kruger border is here to stay. We consider the context and settle a few rumours and untruths

Natural history

Otters of Africa – four adorable mustelids

There are four species of otter in Africa – all of them intelligent, playful, fascinating predators.

Opinion Editorial

CEO note: And the winners are …

CEO note: And the winners are …

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year 2021 Winners

Our 2021 Photographer of the Year has come to a glorious finale as we present the best submissions. The winner and two runners-up will share the princely sum of USD 10 000 and join their partners and our CEO Simon Espley and his wife Lizz on the ultimate private safari in Botswana, where they’ll take …

Decoding science, Natural history

Do tracking collars impact animals negatively?

New research indicates that animals fitted with tracking collars, experience no long-term, negative effects. Further research is needed however.

Natural history

Serval

With its long limbs, spotted coat and characteristic spring-loaded pounce, the serval is one of the most striking cat species in Africa

Botswana, Destinations, Natural history, Tuli Block

Tuli

Botswana’s Tuli is a place where the wind carries stories of the past, whispering over rocks, around baobabs and across the vast wilderness

Amboseli, Destinations, Kenya

Amboseli National Park – Kenya

Amboseli National Park in Kenya nestles in the shadow of mighty Mount Kilimanjaro. It is a land of exquisite contrasts, iconic scenery and extraordinary biodiversity.

Hunting

Recreational hunting: 50 years of scientific research

Trophy hunting: Massive meta-analysis on recreational hunting fails to find answers to the crucial questions of the polarising hunting debate

Opinion Editorial

CEO note: Lions | lions | lions

CEO note: Lions | lions | lions

Amboseli, Destinations, Kenya

Community stops avocado farm in the Amboseli region

Success story – avocado farm in Kenya’s Amboseli region loses license after local Maasai people and conservationists protest

Opinion Editorial

CEO note: Hope 4 elephants | Mundari | safari tips

CEO note: Hope 4 elephants | Mundari | safari tips

Opinion Editorial

CEO note: Lions vs giraffes | parrot voodoo | Gorongosa

CEO note: Lions vs giraffes | parrot voodoo | Gorongosa

Islands, Mauritius, Natural history

PROTECTING PARADISE – Mauritius

Mauritius – an island beach paradise that also offers volcanic mountains, ancient forest & incredible biodiversity – the perfect green safari

Opinion Editorial

CEO note: Makeup monkey + elephant hunting

CEO note: Makeup monkey + elephant hunting

Destinations, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle

Safari Season – visit Africa in Dec, Jan, Feb

When is the best safari season in Africa? We answer one of the most common safari questions with a comprehensive look at the best African destinations and when to visit them in December, January and February,

Natural history

Mandrill – a colourful character

The mandrill is a colourful, tool-using, socially complex monkey that lives in groups called hordes in the forests of western Central Africa.

Natural history

African canids – 11 fascinating species

Today, 11 African canids, from excitable African painted wolves and shrewd jackals to the tiny fox species, hunt the continent’s desert, alpine grassland, savanna and woodland.  

Kasanka, Natural history

Kasanka Bat Migration – an astonishing natural wonder

The Kasanka bat migration in Zambia is the largest mammal migration on planet earth. It’s a spectacular must-see for nature lovers

Laikipia
Natural history

Laikipia – land of staggering natural beauty

Laikipia in Kenya – a land of staggering beauty & biodiversity – a mosaic of wildlife conservancies, ranchlands & commercial farms

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year 2021 Weekly Selection: Week 8

Fantastic images from our Photographer of the Year 2021. Enter now to win US$10,000 cash and a Botswana safari

Destinations, Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda

Nyungwe National Park

Nyungwe National Park is one of Rwanda’s best kept secrets – a magical tract of montane forest bursting with extraordinary biodiversity

Natural history

African Wildcat

African wildcats are one of Africa’s “Secret 7” – tough little cats are just as untamed and fierce as their iconic big cat cousins

Natural history

Aardwolf

The aardwolf is one of the most specialised carnivores on the planet – eating termites – and the undeniable black sheep of the hyena family

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year 2021 Weekly Selection: Week 3

Fantastic images from our Photographer of the Year 2021. Enter now to win US$10,000 cash and a Botswana safari

Kruger, People, South Africa

THULAMELA

Thulamela is an ancient and sacred walled kingdom in Kruger National Park that unlocks some of the fascinating history of southern Africa

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year 2021 Weekly Selection: Week 1

Fantastic images from our Photographer of the Year 2021. Enter now to win US$10,000 cash and a Botswana safari

Natural history

Cape Parrot

This is Africa’s rarest parrot. The Cape parrot is found only in small fragmented patches of the remaining mistbelt forests in South Africa

Decoding science

The extinction business – South Africa’s cold-blooded reptile trade

South Africa’s amphibian & reptile trade is a growing industry that is unregulated, unsustainable, and unethical – says report

News, Uncategorized

Paradise is closing down: The ghastly spectre of oil drilling and fracking in fragile Okavango Delta

Okavango Delta under threat as oil drilling and fracking loom on the horizon after Canadian company tests massive prospecting concessions