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Ghana: a journey to the mecca of West Africa

Whilst the existence of the mosque was first recorded in 1421, there are claims that it’s much older than this. It’s certainly known to be the oldest building in Ghana. Known as “The Mecca of West Africa”, the mosque also houses a Quran which is said to date from 1650 and was a gift from heaven to the Imam for his prayers.

Sustainable tourism: the fairest Cape’s fair-traders

Visitors to South Africa are spoilt for choice when it comes to sustainable tourism destinations in and around Cape Town. Indeed, the Western Cape is widely regarded as “Fair Trade Tourism Central” with easily the highest concentration of certified establishments and activities on the sub-continent.

Kosi Bay: boats, birds and paradise!

The haunting cry of a fish eagle resonates across the lake as we pull up at Kosi Bay Lodge. The powder soft sand, raphia palms and Umdoni (Water Berry) trees create a tropical, African welcome. With beads of perspiration on our brows, we are anxious to unpack and seek replenishment at the Nhlanga pub to soak in a stunning view of the largest and third lake of the Kosi Bay system. It is here that we plan the next few days of our boating photographic expedition.

The climb for anti-poaching dogs

The Climb for K9 is supported by the SANParks Honorary Rangers, KZN Region. We hope to spur your interest in the protection and conservation of our precious wildlife heritage, and to raise funds for the continued upkeep and training of the SANParks anti-poaching dogs (K9 Units).

Experiencing a bird’s eye view of Victoria Falls

Spanning over 1km in width, the mighty Victoria Falls is the widest waterfall in the world and one of the Seven Natural Wonders of the World. The falls are so popular with tourists that one of the most common reasons for travelling to Livingstone, Zambia, is to witness Victoria Falls first-hand.

Ethical animal encounters for your bucket list

Not all wild animal encounters are unethical. Here are a few options for appropriate animal encounters that still provide the thrill of being up-close to wildlife, while not compromising the animals’ well-being.

Giraffe fight: Romeo vs Romeo

After a great game drive through Lake St Lucia within the iSimangaliso Wetland Park World Heritage Site, we were heading back to the Makakatana Bay Lodge for breakfast when I saw some impala run in the distance, then stop and stare in one direction. As we drove closer to investigate we came across two giraffes fighting.

The link between hunting & tourism in Namibia

I am not a hunter. Nor have I ever been. I am a vegetarian (since the age of about 11), I am part of the environmental NGO sector and I have interests in the tourism industry in Namibia. So, it might surprise you that I am a strong supporter of the hunting industry in Namibia, and indeed, throughout Africa.

Safari service with a smile!

Nestled in the northern end of Maputaland, lies Tembe Elephant Park, a unique community run safari lodge co-owned and managed by the Tembe Tribal community.

3 unique romantic experiences in Africa

Whether you’re popping the question, planning a honeymoon, or just treating your loved one to a well-deserved getaway; it’s hard to beat the romance of Africa.

Lone buffalo bull enjoys a soothing mud bath

Preferring dense habitat, such as reeds and thickets, buffalos are rarely seen in the open woodland. Fortunately, luck was on their side when guests had a fantastic sighting while out on a game drive with Jaci’s Lodges.

Servals released into the sanctuary of iSimangaliso

Two servals have been released by iSimangaliso CEO Andrew Zaloumis and Emdoneni cat rehabilitation centre owners Louis and Cecillie Nel into the Western Shores section of the iSimangaliso Wetland Park, adding to the small resident population of the ‘savannah stalker’.

Gorilla trekking: what gear do I need?

Knowing what gear to pack when heading off on a gorilla trekking experience in Africa can become a bit overwhelming. Fortunately, Rwanda Gorilla Trekking are here to help! Below we’ve listed some important gear that you shouldn’t go without:

Conquering the extinct volcano of Mount Sabyinyo, Uganda

Straddling the borders of Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo and Uganda, lies Mgahinga Gorilla National Park (MGNP). It is but a tiny sliver forming part of the greater Virunga Conservation Area: one of Africa’s last remaining true wildernesses. While the name lures those in search of Africa’s great apes, we came to conquer an extinct volcano instead!

Photoseries: the night of the lion

On hearing reports of a huge male lion that had made his way onto the traversing area at Umlani, guests and guides go out in search of the magnificent male.

In search of adventure – an epic road trip across Kenya

2,000kms. 20 days. 2 burst tires and 1 unforgettably cold morning! A journey from Africa’s equator to the dusty plains in the shadow of Mt. Kilimanjaro to the dazzling turquoise waters of the Indian Ocean… and a couple of extra stops in between!

The predators of the Okavango Delta

The sheer magnificence of the area is enough to warrant a trip alone, however, there’s something special about seeing the wildlife in the delta. Elephants spraying each other, water-loving lions swimming across channels, and more hippos than one could imagine. There’s always something spectacular to be witnessed.

Baby elephant tragedy leads to appeal for help

At around 4:00am, 28th of August 2016, Eric Sagwe, the head ranger at Wildlife Works in the Kasigau Corridor, Kenya, received a phone call from a community member. A baby elephant had been hit by an oncoming large vehicle in Maungu.

Going solo on safari in Kenya

On a solo safari, I knew I’d be missing out on the knowledge – and keen eyes – of a guide. But I wanted the adventure of driving myself and having intimate experiences with any wildlife I found.

Capturing the magic on a Kalahari photo safari

The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is well known for its high density of big cats and famous Kalahari desert animals. To experience these captivating scenes yourself, join Amazing Views Photo & Adventure Tours on an exclusive Kalahari photo safari and learn from the multiple award-winning professional wildlife photographer Hannes Lochner.

Video: fun facts about Hippos

They’re not everyones cup of tea, but like them or not, you have to admit that hippos are weighty creatures. Makakatana Bay Lodge have put together an interesting list of facts about these burley beasts.

The surprises that lie in every safari game drive

When one sets out on a game drive you never truly know what will be in store for the day. Amazing sightings and observing wildlife interactions are all part of the African bush experience, and on one particular drive, my guests and I at Makakatana Bay Lodge in Kwazulu-Natal were treated to exactly that!

The magnificent Sipi Falls of Uganda

Located in the earthy foothills of Mt. Elgon National Park on the boundary of Uganda and Kenya, Sipi Falls is a little known jewel in East Africa.