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Great white shark megaworld? Really?

On Tuesday 25 June, an updated regional estimate of great white shark populations in South Africa’s ‘shark capital’, Gansbaai in the Western Cape, is to be released to the public. And the results may come as a surprise. Shark numbers in the area may not be what you thought. The research was conducted by the Dyer […]

Ivory, Apes and Peacocks

As promised in my previous post, I have finished reading wildlife film-maker Alan Root’s rollicking autobiography. It’s taken a while, I know, what with magazine deadlines and other office-related matters, but what a roller-coaster ride of a book this is. You’ll laugh, get a lump in your throat, be horrified and, above all, be enthralled […]

Chillin' in Central Cape Town

When in Cape Town, absolutely do not miss a stroll around one of the city’s greenest and most tranquil refuges – the Company Gardens. And for those of you who, like me, are privileged enough to live here there’s really no reason at all not to take a walk, relax on a bench, gaze at […]

Cricketers Albie Morkel and David Miller are batting for rhinos

New rhino champions, cricketers Albie Morkel and David Miller, will go to bat to help raise R1-million to protect our rhinos. Our endangered rhinos have gained new supporters in the form of Proteas all-rounder Albie Morkel and his team-mate David Miller who will go out to bat to raise funds for the animals during the […]

Strange but true, in Africa

It’s uncanny how often we discover themes that link features we run in Africa Geographic, serendipitous connections that help us uncover a fuller picture of wildlife and conservation in the continent. Editor Sarah Borchert has herself commented on this very occurrence in an earlier front-of-the-mag column. Recently we came across a remarkable link between an article […]

Vanishing Flora…

Lose yourself in the magical inner world of flowers in photographer Anneke Kearney’s new pictorial work Vanishing Flora. Then get the lowdown on how they are faring in her text. What is it about macro images of flowers that is so appealing? The exposing of secret inner whorls and workings, proud stamens and delicately formed […]

A close encounter for rhinos

At no point in my life have I been so intimately harnessed to another human being. But then again, at no point have I ever leapt from an aeroplane at 11 000 feet. But I did it. I was tucked and hooked and clipped in a surprisingly snug and reassuring fashion to Craig, who’d assured […]

Orcas hunting common dolphins in Gansbaai, South Africa

The best thing about working on the ocean is never knowing what you will find. Thanks to Kira Matiwane and Katja Vinding-Petersen for spotting this incredible encounter. Never before has this predatory behaviour been documented in Gansbaai! Orcas hunting common dolphins in Gansbaai, South Africa.  Check out more about these incredible 5 000 kg orcas […]

Recalling the falls

While scrolling through Africa Geographic’s Facebook page, I came across an image of the Victoria Falls. There are many pictures of this spectacular natural wonder around, but some, like this one (posted on 14 May), always manage to tug at my heartstrings. It rekindled my fondness for the falls … once seen, they never seem […]

Slewing cross the Serengeti

Our last day dawns damply, but we are determined to get in our final game drive. Faru Faru stands on a bend of the Grumeti River, which has come down in flood, running helter-skelter along its gorge and tossing full-size trees on its rapids as if they were toothpicks.

Lions 19, Ellies 0

Faru Faru Camp in the western Grumeti may be the camp of my dreams, with its spacious tented accommodation and views that stretch to where the landscape melts into the sky. It manages to combine luxury, tranquility and warmth. Mmmm, and the food is fabulous too! Visitors are encouraged to express their creativity, and pencils, […]