Interested in going on an African safari in June? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.
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.
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!
The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park offers a great sighting of a leopard trying to hunt birds in the heat of the day.
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.
Imagine being able to enjoy an African safari experience while contributing to conservation solutions for the continent at the same time.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
An opportunistic brown hyena helps itself to a cheetah kill in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park in South Africa.
A field guide shares his story of a lone, half-blind, lioness who took down a giraffe for her and her cubs to feast on in the Kruger.
Have you ever seen an aardvark? It’s a question I have asked African safari guides for decades. The response always seems the same: “they are here but you never see them.”
An incredible, almost unbelievable sighting as a Verreaux’s eagle catches a young impala and flies off with it in the Magaliesberg.
A brilliant photoseries of lion cubs and the rest of their pride play-fighting in Addo Elephant National Park in South Africa.
Memorable sightings are part and parcel of a Kruger safari, right? While most guests expect to see a kill when they hear about a lion sighting from a passing vehicle, our guests got to see something much more unique – animal interaction in its most basic sense.
An incredible sighting of a leopard cub with its mother in Moremi Game Reserve, Botswana – one for the bucket list!
There are some 477 species of feathered friends on the official bird list of South Africa’s iconic Kruger National Park. However, some bird lists for the park include as many as 517 species, which includes some rare and unusual visitors.
While many people go on safaris with the hope of having some spectacular wildlife encounters, sightings can never be guaranteed and any encounter with the wilderness should be treated as a privilege in itself. However, if you’re lucky, nature may just treat you to something wonderful.
Over the past few months, Hluhluwe iMfolozi Park (HiP) in KwaZulu-Natal – managed by conservation agency Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife – has been hard hit by a significant escalation in rhino poaching. Ezemvelo has subsequently been hard at work developing more effective anti-poaching and resource management strategies. In support of this, Peace Parks Foundation has committed an additional R10,6 million towards the implementation of advanced technology solutions in this sacred rhino protection area.
Africa just has this huge variety of charismatic and beautiful creatures and how interesting can a crocodile basking in the sun really be? One sleeping crocodile looks exactly like another sleeping crocodile, or so I thought.
Lion cubs come out of hiding for some grooming and playtime with their mum!
If there was a checklist for the perfect travel destination, South Africa would tick most of the boxes. Famed for its amazing wildlife and landscapes, superb local cuisine, warm hospitality and great weather, (plus the added bonus that its affordable) it’s easy to understand why tourism is so big in South Africa.
A magnificent sighting of a female cheetah with six cubs at the Big 5 Izingwe Lodge in Welgevonden Game Reserve, South Africa.
November is usually a time of the year in South Africa and Lesotho where temperatures start warming up in preparation for the warm festive season of summer. However, every now and then the weather can throw a surprise curve ball, and one such example happened recently where heavy snowfall was reported falling in the Drakensberg, among other places.
The Kruger National Park is vast, at about 2 million hectares, and requires a thorough management strategy in order to ensure long term sustainability. Part of that strategy, The Elephant Management Plan – compiled by Kruger management and Scientific Service – is currently in force, and covers the period 2013 to 2022.
November is a great time in Africa, and the ideal time to go on safari thanks to lower prices at lodges and fewer tourists.
Being out on safari is about connecting with nature, more than simply seeing amazing animals and birdlife, it is witnessing the next chapter of an ancient and incredible story unfold, it is the ‘bush theatre’.
It was on one particularly windy morning when we were out on a game drive, having just come from watching lions being chased by a young elephant bull, and I came around a corner and straight into an elephant breeding herd!