Rachel speaks about her amazing mum and how she demonstrated one night that even the best mothers among us are human too!
What it takes to be a bush girl.
Rachel Lang discusses her time in the Kalahari: from amusing hornbills and small scavengers to the night sky.
An amazing sighting of a baby honey badger in Botswana’s Linyanti concession.
A wild experience involving a fight between lions under moonlight in Klaserie Game Reserve.
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.
Rachel Lang has a magical encounter with elephants at a waterhole in Etosha National Park.
We follow up with Nicky, the blind baby rhino that was featured on the last episode of BBC’s Africa series.
We have the privilege of seeing the deep blue wilderness through the eyes of scientist Lauren De Vos. It’s hard to believe that Lauren grew up so far from the ocean, in the city of Johannesburg, one would sooner have believed that she was brought up with mermaids and seals.
A fascinating investigation into the cultural and economic importance of eating insects.
It’s no secret that Africa is home to a startling variety of life. Learn about Africa’s fascinating creatures with the Biodiversity Southern Africa conference, hosted by UCT’s Department of Biological Sciences from the 2nd to the 7th of December 2013.
Rachel Lang meets Addo Elephant Park’s flightless dung beetles, one of the rarest species of dung beetle.
Rachel visits a Namibian Himba village and is immediately greeted by the joyful snotty-nosed children of one of the last surviving truly nomadic tribes on earth.
Rachel embarks on Namibia’s Living Desert tour and discovers little weird and wonderful desert-adapted creatures in a seemingly dry and lifeless place.
Namibia is an incredible country. I still have much to discover, but already I have been romanced by it’s rugged open plains and the feeling of wild freedom these expanses stir within me. It’s certainly an unusual kind of beauty. At first glance, much of Namibia can seem dry and lifeless, yet it really isn’t! […]
Day one of Go Big Namibia took us on an exciting whizz-about tour through Namibia’s capital city, Windhoek, a vibrant place that is a blend of old and new – long-standing colonial churches built by early German settlers stand amongst bustling modern-day infrastructure. The city is safe to explore on foot, and, if you know […]
That adrenalin-tingling anticipation when an adventure is just around the corner – it must be one of the best feelings in the world! On the 23rd of August I’ll be leaving for Namibia (my first visit to the country), taking part in ‘Go BIG Namibia’, a 10 day tour organised by Namibia Tourism Board to […]
Original source: bushboundgirl.com The thing about climbing a mountain is that you have to do it one step at a time. Like the way you would eat an elephant – one bite a time. Although it’s not clear why anyone would want to eat an elephant (unless starving with no other option) – some folks […]
Original source: bushboundgirl.com If I was born into a family of Verreaux Eagles, my sister would have pushed me out of the nest a long time ago. Beth and I had a love-hate relationship growing up. Sometimes we were best friends, other times we wanted to rip each other’s hair out. Although she is younger […]
Original source: BushBoundGirl.com As far as cities go, Cape Town is a winner for the outdoorsy type. After spending a year and a half exploring this wonderful city and its surrounds, I’ve finally concluded that the place I love most is Cape Point. I love watching waves throw themselves wildly against the rocky mountain cliffs, spotting […]
‘…this is the story of safaris and nights under the stars; of my ‘soulmate’ David, my daughters Jill and Angela, the birth of our elephant orphanage, my life lived – all interwoven with spell binding stories of the many different animals that have immeasurably enriched my life, animals I have reared and loved and come to […]
Original source: bushboundgirl.com ‘Guess what?’ said Scotty, bounding up to me with a big grin, ‘we are going snorkelling with seals this weekend! I just saw a friend of mine, Steve, who runs Animal Ocean – they take people snorkelling with seals off Hout Bay, and he’s convinced me that we should go on Sunday.’ Clearly, it didn’t […]
Original source: bushboundgirl.com Braving a night-time walk in Laikipia, Kenya, I made my way down a little dirt path through the camp. Suddenly I froze. In the light of my torch shone two little blazing eyes, unblinking, gleaming at me boldly. The bushbabies’ little frog feet clung to a small acacia bush, just two feet […]
Original source: Bush-boundgirl.com In every bush-loving family there is the story. That legendary tale that gets told again and again around the campfire to new friends on full moon nights, when buffalo-shaped bushes shift in the wind, casting shadows that look like stalking lions… This is our family’s story, set on a night just as […]
Original source: www.bushboundgirl.com Being on horseback in the bush is exhilarating! You can approach game from a close distance because the animals seem to recognise you as a fellow four-legged creature, rather than a human, so they are accepting of your presence . Also, unlike a noisy Landrover, you can move quietly. The horse I […]
Original source: bushboundgirl.com One of the best things about a holiday in the Kruger is the feeling that I am partaking in a family tradition – my Grandad has been going the Park since he was just a little baby, and my Dad too. On a recent family trip, while having ‘sundowners’ at Lower Sabie rest […]
As an aspiring conservationist, I recognise the importance of appreciating all forms of life – the ‘cute’ and the ‘beautiful’, the ‘ugly’ and the ‘ferocious’. But, quite frankly, I have always found it most difficult to love crocodiles. When I was a child I had a recurring nightmare in which I watched hopelessly as my […]
When my mum and dad first began dating, my dad was stationed in the Kruger National Park, where he was working on vegetation maps for the army. My mum, desperate to impress her new wilderness man, decided to study the names of trees. It worked! And now, years later, she still surprises us by sprouting […]
Ever dreamt of embarking on an extreme, once-in-a-lifetime adventure? What about summiting a previously unclimbed peak? … or having an intimate encounter with a shark? 21-year-old Rick Kotze, who recently took part in Mike Horn’s Young Explorer Program, shared his experience of a brave new world with Africa Geographic. Rachel Lang: Tell me about yourself… […]
My parents didn’t let us watch Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park when it first came out. But my dad, whom we begged stories out of nightly, relayed his own version of the dramatic screenplay, in which the Tyrannosaurus Rex was the most fearsome of all – the biggest, strongest, meanest, meat-eating dinosaur of all time – […]
Cute … kind of ugly … spiny… delightful … adorable – I find it hard not to love hedgehogs! So here’s a bit more about these too oft-ignored little creatures… Stranger Danger! The Southern African hedgehog’s most distinguished feature is the sharp-tipped spines that cover its body like armor. An adult has about 5,000 of […]
Yesterday was World Biodiversity Day … so what’s the big deal? Africa has eight official biodiversity hotspots. A biodiversity hotspot is an area that is alive with a rich variety of unique species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Have you been to any of these amazing regions…? Cape Floristic Kingdom, Coastal […]
We had been travelling for two days straight. Our destination? Zambia’s famously beautiful South Luangwa National Park. But in just two seconds our hopes were destroyed – along with two goats that had wandered merrily into the middle of the road. I shed a silent tear for the dead goats, but soon wished I hadn’t. […]
Growing up brought with it a certain disappointment for me. Perhaps because, as a child, I always believed that the hero wins, that the good guy comes through in the end. And even if he dies it’s always for a greater good. After all, isn’t that how all great adventure stories end? Frodo destroys the […]
What if you could hold your breath for a whole six minutes? For freediving ocean warrior Hanli Prinsloo, diving 65m into the deep blue ocean is like coming home. But what if, as Hanli believes, we all have the untapped ability to do this? Sound crazy? It may not be as crazy as you think. […]
I was quite amused when first invited to go ‘frogging’. It was while working as a school-teacher at a lodge in the Sabi Sands. Our head ranger, Kate was taking out two trainee rangers to introduce them to the amphibian world. They arrived kitted out with headlamps, gumboots and frog identification books. ‘Do you like […]
I arrive at Adventures With Elephants in Bela Bela and immediately fall in love. But can you blame me? Surely no true African adventure can be complete without these iconic and awe-inspiring animals. Does anything compare to relaxing in a camping chair, sipping Amarula and watching an elephant family come running down to the river […]
When David Livingstone first laid eyes on the Chobe River, he cried. It is recorded in one of the many journals that he kept. But it wasn’t from exhaustion, fear of drowning or even the thought of crocodiles lurking in its depths – he was deeply moved by the extraordinary beauty of the river. The […]