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Returning to Mashatu

I was enthralled by my initial visit to Mashatu in 2015, so this year I returned to this beautiful game reserve located in the Northern Tuli Game Reserve, Botswana. The stand out feature of Mashatu is their photographic hide which allows you to experience the magnificent wildlife at very close quarters!

Tusker, the bull elephant, treated in Mana Pools

On the 14th March, 2017, Aware Trust Zimbabwe received a call from Nick Murray from Vundu Camp – Bushlife Safaris and Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (PWMA) that there was an injured bull elephant near Vundu Camp in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.

Running the Lewa Marathon with ForRangers

The annual Lewa Safaricom Marathon is one of the most anticipated events in East Africa. Organised by Tusk Trust it takes place in one of the most dramatic settings on the continent: Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in northern Kenya, a UNESCO World Heritage Site and home to some of Africa’s most endangered wildlife.

Video: Three-week-old wild dog pups

Guests at Makanyi Lodge in Timbavati Game Reserve, South Africa, had front row seats to an unforgettable sighting of these adorable wild dog pups that were just three weeks old when they made their first appearance out of the den.

A ‘lazy leopard’ sighting

Recently, our Lodge Manager at Kafunta Safaris in South Luangwa, Lisa Peake, joined in on a guest game drive. She was fortunate enough to see a leopard relaxing in a tree – what she reckons was her best sighting ever.

Rwanda set for high-end gorilla tourism

Following the recent 100% increment in the gorilla tracking permit price, Rwanda is now focusing efforts to promote gorilla safaris to overseas travellers who can afford such high-end prices.

Video: Capturing spotted cats with camera traps

Africa Geographic recently met up with the Cape Leopard Trust in the Cape, South Africa, to discover more about leopards and to find out why you should sign up for your free MySchool card to help raise funds for their environmental education programme.

Impala: The ‘fast food’ of the African bush

You have to feel sorry for impala, they are probably one of the most under appreciated animals of the bush because of their abundance and docile nature. But these guys have learnt a thing or two about being evasive!

The tamboti tree: plant warfare in the African bush

The flora found in Africa is fascinating, and each performs its own function in the diverse ecosystem of the bush. For example, some of our trees perform what is called allelopathy, a form of ‘chemical warfare’ that occurs amongst various plant species.

Photographic hide: A unique experience in Kenya

At Saruni Samburu in Kenya, we offer our guests a unique experience: access to an elephant-proof, ground level hide based at a waterhole, where from both novice and professional photographers can safely photograph wildlife.

Tanzania: A quick guide to Swahili greetings

Language and everyday culture are intertwined, so it’s worth learning some polite phrases in Swahili, as making the effort to speak another’s language is welcome in any country.

Sunny side up in the Mara

One of the lodges at Saruni in Kenya recently came across this lioness who had a particular penchant for ostrich eggs.

Why are mountain gorillas endangered?

Mountain gorillas are endangered animals because of the threats they face that are harmful to their well-being and habitat. Here are some of the threats they face.

Mafia Island’s whale sharks: A brief study of abuse

An international code of conduct for whale shark tourism is voluntarily adhered to by a few. It should therefore be no surprise that most whale sharks that we see around Mafia Island, off the coast of Tanzania, bear the scars and wounds of human disregard and exploitation.

Harsh times for young storks

Bird-lover or not, the impressive yellow-billed stork colony in the Nsefu sector of the South Luangwa National Park in Zambia is definitely worthwhile paying a visit.

Conducting a game census safari on horseback

The Ant Collection’s game census safari is an annual event, but this year it was even more essential to assess the grazer and browser populations on the reserve. The most efficient way to count the game is from horseback, and this year 19 guests and 19 guides took part.

Photographic safari: Tips for the Serengeti

With collective migrating game numbers in the millions, the opportunities for great photographs are not in short supply. Although there is a richness of wildlife to focus your eyes and your camera on, great photographs are about more than just getting hundreds of shots and picking the best ones.

Getting ready for wild dog puppies

It has now been around two years since the resident pack of African wild dogs had puppies, but we have been cautiously optimistic that they would den again this year at Jaci’s Lodge in Madikwe, South Africa.

Tips for enjoying your safari in Uganda

If you are looking into going on a safari for your next vacation with family or friends, then you should consider Uganda as your next destination for a safari adventure.

Kids go wild on a South Luangwa family safari

When it comes to unforgettable family holidays, it’s hard to beat a safari in South Luangwa. For parents, a safari is a chance to reconnect with nature. For children, it’s a chance to get to know it.

The Victoria Falls Marathon 2017 highlights

Fielding the largest contingent in the corporate challenge, Africa Albida Tourism had 75 participants running in two of the event’s three categories, with 25 of the runners taking part in the race for the first time.

The quirky birds of Hwange

While you are on your game drive or even just relaxing at your lodge, you’ll spot a wide variety of our feathered friends enacting their quirky habits.

Golden monkey tracking in Uganda and Rwanda

Uganda and Rwanda are two of the lucky countries in the world that are home the endangered golden monkeys. These rare primates are native to Africa and are found within the Virunga Massif.

10 things I learned while becoming a safari guide

If the internet had been around when I left school I’d have found out how easy it was to become a safari guide. But alas it was not the case. Instead I waited some 20 years for my mid-life crisis to take hold.

A watchful hyena mother and her curious cubs

Recently at Xanatseni Private Camp in Klaserie Private Nature Reserve, South Africa, we were fortunate enough to stumble upon a female spotted hyena at the entrance of a den site. She had been hanging around the area for a couple of weeks and we were beginning to get suspicious. What was she up to and could there be cubs involved!?

Video: Elephant calf rescue

The compassion of an elephant herd is evident when an Elephant calf falls down a hole and the entire herd come to its rescue

The mighty lion prides of Madikwe

In Madikwe Game Reserve, Jaci’s Lodges guide, Andrew, has encountered three lion prides with cubs in the area, and just like any family group, each of these prides have their own unique dynamics and stories to tell.

Gorilla trekking 101

Ranked at the top of most bucket list adventures to East Africa, gorilla trekking is an amazing experience as well as an important tool to save the critically endangered mountain gorillas and their habitat.

Photoseries: Spotted bush snake enjoys a frog dinner

Anna van Doorn and Ludovic Wilmart managed to take some excellent photographs of a harmless spotted bush snake (Philothamnus semivariegatus) who had caught quite a large frog and was in the process of devouring it whole.

NEW weekly video series: Escape to Africa with Robin Pope Safaris

For those moments when you just can’t get out of the office and into a game vehicle, Robin Pope Safaris launched a YouTube video series: Safari Diaries. Every Monday, a new 60-second video is released and takes you on a virtual safari through the Zambian, Zimbabwean and Malawian wilderness.

The lion kings Ginger and Garlic

In South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, live two ferocious lions named Ginger and Garlic. These two brothers are the symbol of strength, ranking among the most powerful of all.

Exploring Uganda, the pearl of Africa

With its dense and misty forests, snow-peaked mountains, glassy lakes and sprawling savannas, it is no wonder Winston Churchill dubbed Uganda “the Pearl of Africa”.

Addicted to the Ant Collection

“During my first trip to Ant’s, one of the guides told us: ‘Once you get the dirt of the Waterberg in your shoes, you will come back’. I must have gotten a truck load in my shoes – I’ve been back 17 times!” ~ Bobbi Laurens.