The number one concern of many people who are considering a South African safari is the threat of crime. The crime statistics in South Africa are indeed unsettling, and there is no doubt that the crime rate is high. But how often are tourists affected? This is the key question to ask from a tourist’s point of view.
Set in the upper Karoo on the edge of the Great Escarpment, the Karoo Ridge Conservancy is a 5,000 hectare private conservancy founded to restore, protect and safeguard the diverse wildlife, landscape and natural resources of the region.
A pack of wild dogs provide a whole day’s worth of entertainment for a photographer in the Kruger National Park.
A southern ground-hornbill in the Kruger finds a rare treat in the form of a juvenile hare.
The Gantouw Project aims to restore eland on the remaining natural areas on the Cape Flats in South Africa.
Uganda has begun counting its population of critically endangered mountain gorillas amid confidence their numbers are steadily rising, boosting prospects for its tourism industry that relies heavily on the primates.
South Africa’s Kruger National Park is one of the largest conservation areas in the world. For budding and professional wildlife photographers, or ‘wildographers’, as they are becoming commonly known, it’s a much-prized destination.
The ground squirrels at Mata-Mata Rest Camp in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa provided endless hours of amusement with their antics – from acrobatics, to wrestling to rugby moves!
In the tropics, fast growing human populations and an increased need for agricultural land clash with the need to protect biodiversity hotspots. Often nature loses out and pristine habitats become fragmented and gradually degraded. How does this affect the animals that have roamed these landscapes before humans started to exploit them? Can they cope with these changes?
We get an insiders view as to what happens during the relocation process of an elephant heading to a new home from Lewa to Tsavo in Kenya.
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers a great sighting of a leopard trying to hunt birds in the heat of the day.
Many people think that going on a mountain gorilla expedition is like running a marathon, or taking on Mount Everest. Well, the good news is that it isn’t – but being prepared for the trek is always a good idea!
Artist Alison Nicholls answers some frequently asked questions regarding the Africa Geographic Travel art safaris that she runs in the Kruger National Park and Madikwe in South Africa.
The famous Kazinga channel links Lake Edward and Lake George over a distance of about 32 kilometres, and is one of the primary features in Queen Elizabeth National Park in Uganda.
In the depths of the night a magical event took place as an elephant gives birth right on the grounds of a tented camp in the Maasai Mara.
The story of how the orphan giraffe, Tala, came to live at Ekorian’s Mugie Camp in the Mugie Conservancy in northwest Laikipia, Kenya.
Despite the fact that they are known to have an aggressive nature and displays unexpected behaviour, a cold-blooded kill by a hippo is rarely caught on camera in the wild.
Imagine being able to enjoy an African safari experience while contributing to conservation solutions for the continent at the same time.
An ambitious combined Zambian and Zimbabwean team are planning to run the London Marathon in April 2018, to raise funds for Save the Rhino International.
Botswana’s researchers contribute to the debate surrounding large elephant populations and their impact on the environment in southern Africa.
It’s no secret that the dry season is an excellent time to view wildlife in South Luangwa. However, what many people don’t know, is that a safari during the rainy ‘Emerald’ season, can be just as spectacular.
A spotted hyena tests out his tree climbing skills while trying to reach an impala carcass that seemed to be just out of his reach.
One of the best parts about being a field guide is that you can follow the stories of animals, you can watch cubs grow up and witness the change in dynamics within herds. Yet, as always within nature, there are moments of pure joy but also of great tragedy.
Four cubs have been spotted recently, sticking closely to their mom, at Somkhanda Community Game Reserve in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. This is a true success story around wild lion and their translocation to one of the only community-owned reserves in the country.
A photographer is invited to be part of the vibrant festivities of a Sukuma wedding in Tanzania.
Guests in the Kruger experience an incredible sighting of a leopard stalking her prey. The question is: was she is successful in her hunt?
A greedy lion cub wants the buffalo carcass all to itself!
A lost lion cub finds its pride and is eager to play with its elders, including biting on a male lion’s family jewels…
A camera trap is always an exciting thing to use, even more so in the bush! There is always a level of excitement when one wakes in the morning to go and check the trap.
Motherhood is not easy, whatever species you might be. Successfully raising one or several young to adulthood, feeding, protecting and teaching them how to find food is a great feat. But for a mother from a solitary species like leopards, things can get exceptionally hairy.
The patience of three cheetahs is incredible as they go on the prowl for three hours, stalking an impala herd in the hopes of making a kill.
The giant African millipede (Archispirostreptus gigas), is one of the largest millipedes around, and recently an unusually brightly coloured reddish-pink specimen was discovered on Pongola Game Reserve in Kwazulu-Natal, South Africa.
When you take a road trip in South Africa you are bound to get to see a troop of baboons at some point. I am thrilled at every sighting, but realise that my reaction towards seeing baboons is out of the ordinary. For most people the baboons evoke very different feelings: to some they are the witches funny flying monkeys, while others harbour a more intense dislike for them, usually over a past picnic invasion.
You would be forgiven if you have never heard of Ruaha National Park, it seems to be one of the best kept secrets in the safari world. But those that know it and have been fortunate enough to visit it, return again and again to this truly unique and diverse wilderness. Here are a few reasons why you might want to investigate this amazing place and put it to the top of your 2018 safari wishlist.
The islands of the Okavango Delta are created under what seems like phenomenal circumstances, mainly thanks to termites and birds.
The dry season in South Luangwa is always exciting when it comes to wildlife sightings, and on one particular occasion two hippos clashed over territories, providing a mighty display of raw power.
Black-backed jackals take their chance with a young blue wildebeest calf while the adults try to chase them away to no avail.
Being a guide is all about interpretation and anticipation. Where could the animals be moving and what they are going to do are probably the two most important questions we have to ask ourselves. Thankfully, one afternoon I was lucky enough to have my interpretations come true.
Fascinating interactions go down in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park involving a Cape cobra, mice, sociable weavers and fork-tailed drongos.
A black-backed jackal gets a little too cheeky with a cheetah cub in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
The charming town of Lamu in Kenya is one of Africa’s oldest and most authentic places, and has so much to offer for the intrepid traveller.
A promising future for Nala the lioness – who survived a deadly virus outbreak – as a new pride is formed with her cubs and a new male.
Uganda is a premier travel destination for primate tracking enthusiasts. Enjoy these top activities.
Little is known about how pangolins might cope with the direct and indirect effects of a changing climate. A PhD researcher is therefore investigating the body temperature, diet, and activity patterns of free-living ground pangolins in a semi-arid environment in South Africa.
Meerkats may be small, but they’re pretty tough when it comes to living rough. Able to withstand harsh environments like the desert, meerkats have developed unique ways in which they are able to adapt and thrive in such arid conditions. To put it simply: they’re incredibly fascinating (and hardcore!) creatures.
A guide is amazed to find a male lion and crocodile feeding side by side on a waterbuck kill at Pondoro Safari Game Lodge in Greater Kruger.