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Meeting Jane Goodall

“Just a typical Tuesday morning,” I commented to my colleague Harriet, as we sat on the foyer stairs of a Camps Bay house, Atlantic Ocean as the backdrop, listening to an operatic rendition by a quirky German man by the name of Heinz. Next to me sat the world-famous primatologist Dr Jane Goodall, who was […]

Fashion Tourism

Earlier this month, a glittering trail of fashion fundis, world-class designers, and red-hot models, rocked the runway at Cape Town Fashion Week. This year, South African Tourism came on board as a major sponsor, catapulting the country into the global arena of fashion-buying destinations. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9tQU5fXh9Q&feature=player_embedded I was lucky enough to get hold of near front-row […]

Afrika Burn video

Every year an outrageously hot, dusty and over-the-top festival descends on the Tankwa Karoo Desert of South Africa. Get the full story @ Safari interactive travel mag httpv://vimeo.com/23658689 afrika burns from aerocam on Vimeo.

Wilderness in the City

There are few places in the world where it is possible to leave your mid-city office at 5pm on a Friday, drive 10 mins, start walking, and by 7pm be in the middle of the wilderness making dinner on a log fire. The Table Mountain hut in Cape Town is one of those places. At […]

End the mockery now

Developments over the last week in South Africa’s rhino poaching crisis clearly indicate that trophy hunting is one of the largest contributing factors to the ongoing slaughter. This is the cue for the professional hunting bodies, both in this country and abroad, to play their part in attempting to solve this sorry saga. They need […]

Wet ‘n Wild on the Berg

South Africa is a destination for great sporting events – people come from all over the world to take part in challenges such as the epic Cape Argus cycle race. Another bucket-list feat is the mighty Berg River Canoe Marathon – one of the longest and toughest river races in the country. This week celebrates […]

South African explorer takes on Iceland

He was the first person to cycle across Africa – a journey that involved pedalling through 34 countries, being imprisoned in Equatorial Guinea, and held captive by drugged teenage rebels in Liberia.

James Bond is coming to Cape Town

It was revealed recently, at a book launch in London, that the new James Bond book  – and eventually movie – will be based in Cape Town. Bond will apparently be boarding at hotels like the Cape Grace and dining at restaurants like Beluga. When asked about why he chose Cape Town for the backdrop […]

Leopard Attempts to Chase Wild Dog off Kill!

The predator interactions in the Sabi Sands always astound me! I was privileged and intrigued to witness a pack of six wild dogs kill a bushbuck right in front of our eyes. This incredible spectacle was made even more amazing by the charging addition of a female leopard on the scene: The dogs were ripping […]

Lake Jozini: floating islands and mythical reptiles.

Lake Jozini spreads its vast watery fingers across the bushveld of Maputoland in northern kwaZulu-Natal. Winding down from the Lebombo Mountains above, the view reminded me of the network of snaking backwaters in southern India, dotted with houseboats drifting lazily across its murky waters and fringed by an unruly matt of undergrowth.  

The Velvet Canter, Namibia

httpv://vimeo.com/25717144 The Velvet Canter, Namibia from Africa Geographic on Vimeo. For the full interactive story, go here: http://agsafari.com

The legal killing of rhino?

The latest issue of Africa Geographic carries an update on the rhino poaching crisis. When going to print, approximately 160 animals had been killed. That figure is now over 190, which means at the current rate, somewhere between 400 and 450 animals will be illegally killed by the end of this year. And the slaughter […]

Okavango Adventure

Steve’s official survey video: httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qIKX9058LG8&feature=player_embedded

Silversmiths of Ibo Island

For centuries, artisans on Ibo Island off the northern coast of Mozambique have been hand-crafting silver jewellery using ancient techniques passed down from father to son. There are about 40 silversmiths on the island, many of whom work out of Ibo’s 17th century star-shaped fort. The tradition dates back to the 12th century A.D. when […]

Ibo Island: Through the lens

In this next issue of Safari, I’m exploring the Islands nestling off the Swahili shoreline. Here are a few teaser photographs a week ahead of the release of Safari’s July issue. Ibo Island is a tropical Indian Ocean atoll tempting a trickling number of paradise-seekers to its shores. The island is one of 27 that […]

Game Ranger of the Year 2011

Game Rangers have a unique lifestyle. Their day ignites with the sunrise, when the animals are most active, and often ends late at night when the last guest has gone to bed. In this time, they track and locate high profile animals, 4×4 through sticky situations, interpret and explain ecology, host dinner until late – […]

Caption competition 2

Submit a caption and you could win an Africa Geographic scarf. Send us a caption for the picture below and the wittiest entry will win the prize. Image by Duncan Boustead.

Caption competition 1

Submit a caption and you could win an Africa Geographic scarf. Send us a caption for the picture below and the wittiest entry will win the prize. Image by Danni Adelaine.

Mojo on Safari

I’ve just got back from assignment in Addo Elephant Park, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. One of the first emails to ping my inbox on return to the office, was of this utterly ridiculous photograph. Me, jigging around on the back of a game drive, wielding a gopro head-mount, an SLR Nikon D-90, and a twitter-linked […]

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 have been highlighted by the various parties involved. More recently, government plans for other infrastructural […]

King Mackerel Bruschetta

King Mackerel Bruschetta   We were lucky enough to make this on a tropical beach in Mozambique, but’s it’s just as lekker when made for mates on the braai in my back garden. We used king mackerel, but any oily fish, like yellow tail, will do the trick!

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 game reserve, Gorongosa National Park.  

Safari hits the airwaves!

Last week, Paul Steyn – editor of Safari, was interviewed by Jenny Crwys-Williams of Johannesburg’s much loved Talk Radio 702. Jenny’s show is known for its intelligent and unpredictable conversation, she won the 2010 MTN “Best Daytime Show” and has interviewed famous personalities such as Meryl Streep and Archbishop Desmond Tutu! Despite voicing his pre-air nerves […]

Holly says Howzit!

Howzit! South Africans love to greet each other with howzits – pigeon English for ‘how is it going?’ And according to Wikipedia, also found in Hawaiin Pidgin – although the origin is apparently unknown….how very odd. Anyway. I’m Holly – Assistant Editor @ Safari Interactive Travel Magazine. And this is to introduce myself to you […]

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A Personal Safari

Here we are! The launch issue of Safari is live and ready to go! And we’re all enormously proud of it. It’s been an incredible technical, design and editorial process…  but apart from anything, it’s been great fun. Africa Geographic is a prestigious brand; know around the world as the litmus for amazing African stories […]

New date for Wild Dogs fund raiser

The fund raiser for the African Wild Dogs/EWT evening at the Rosebank Hyatt will be on 30 September 2010. Tickets are R500 per person aor R5 000 per table. Please let your friends and family know about this so we can get a full house – it is for a great cause and all proceeds […]

Drunk Wild Dog in Kathmandu

We weren’t exactly sad to see the end of Base Camp and actually looked forward to the harrowing 13-hour road trip to Kathmandu. In particular, Frikkie couldn’t contain his excitement and spent much of the journey with his head stuck out of the passenger seat window, agape. Additionally, there was the rugby to look forward […]

Frikkie reaches the top of Everest!

The summit with Vaughan at last! Well, there it is. More than 12 months ago, Frikkie decided that he would be the first Wild Dog to summit Mount Everest without supplemental oxygen and all his efforts were finally crowned with success on the morning of 24 May 2010 at 8:00 when he stood on top […]

Frikkie nears the summit

Frikkie contemplates yet another bowl of soup. All else being equal it seems as if the summit is within the team’s grasp, all the preparatory work having been done. Hopefully the summit will be ours on 24 May 2010 (the same day Sean and I summitted in 2006). It has been a long, hard slog […]

Frikkie meets donkey en route to summit

Frikkie meets Burro Maybe it was chemical but they never really got on – Frikkie and Burro, that is. Burro is a Mexican donkey (see above) also going for the summit of Everest without oxygen. The two of them literally bumped into each other in the streets of Zhangmu during the team’s recent R and […]

Frikkie reaches the North Col (7050 m)

Checking out Camp 2 from the North Col.   The last day at Base Camp before our second rotation was interesting to say the least. Everyone in the team (*or* so we thought) had taken a shower, knowing full well that we would not be able to do so for the next week *or* so. […]

Frikkie inspired by Jane Goodall

Frikkie was inspired by the answer given by Jane Goodall to a question posed to her in an interview in Time Magazine (yes, he does try to broaden his horizons by reading widely but does have the infuriating habit of moving his lips when he reads). The question was: “Do you think there is still […]

Frikkie heads for North Col

It is not easy living at 6,500m. The thin air plays havoc with the nasal cavaties and lips. Frikkie knows where I keep the Labello and when I go for that particular pocket he automatically puckers up. A good night”s rest is impossible as the body tries its best to adapt to the rarified atmosphere. […]

Frikkie disappears for a while

“Yum yum.” The other day at Interim Camp Frikkie disappeared for the morning, which was not unusual, but suspicions were aroused when he didn’t appear for lunch. The sound of lusty gnawing emanating from behind a cairn betrayed his position where he was enjoying the leg of some luckless antelope with noisy appreciation. We had […]

South African Everest Team including Frikkie the Wild Dog bare all

Chatting in the mess tent last night about the move from Base Camp to Interim Camp, not having said anything all day Frikkie suddenly blurted out, his eyes sparkling, “why don’t we photograph the entire team with Everest as a back drop but wait for it dudes – everyone is naked! We can auction this […]

Frikkie’s Amazing Everest Adventure update

First view of Everest The team took on provisions in Shegatse for Base Camp. An interesting experience – plenty of frenetic activity and animated bargaining. Frikkie has a voracious appetite particulary for meat, always studiously avoiding his vegetables. As a result he was not allowed at the meat market (see picture) as it would simply […]

Frikkies Great Everest Adventure – a message from Vaughan

12 Apr, 10 – 07:02 Lhasa is now a memory and a particularly favourable one for Frikkie as he really did enjoy himself on his last night there, partaking of a traditional Tibetan meal followed by a show of Tibetan dancing. His third helping of fried sheep’s lung did raise eyebrows, however. “Don’t knock it […]