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.
At sunrise on 2nd December Madswimmer took the plunge to attempt the fastest 100km swim ever in one day. Twenty one swimmers and a 24 strong support team made their way to the mighty Agulhas Current about 20km offshore from Park Rynie in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa – to swim to Port Edward to raise awareness for sharks being on the verge of extinction
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.
A trip to Africa can sometimes provide unique sightings other than elephants, lions and antelopes. And extraordinary sightings such as a fishing spider feeding on a freshly captured Argus reed frog is one such example.
Lion cubs come out of hiding for some grooming and playtime with their mum!
As part of our four-month trip around Africa, we decided to spend some of our time with the mountain gorillas in Volcanoes National Park in Rwanda.
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.
Extremely gruesome footage as a leopard and hyena battle it out for a warthog meal in a once-in-a-lifetime sighting.
The Kgalagadi always delivers unusual opportunities to photograph animal and bird behaviour – such as a bird-eating heron.
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For the Maasai, the Emuratare is one of their most important ceremonies, and a life-changing milestone for the boys and girls who celebrate their transition into adulthood.
Project Rhino, an association of like-minded organisations established in 2011 that facilitates vital rhino conservation interventions, is making a national and international call for funding to have approximately 200 rhino de-horned in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa over the next year.
Vast open spaces. Spectacular scenery. Magnificent wildlife. Beautiful contrasts. Welcome to Namibia!
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!
This time every year as the rains bring the Liuwa Plain in Zambia back to life, Africa’s second biggest wildebeest migration moves into the southern reaches of the national park to drop their calves.
At the start of October, myself and a group of friends were treated to a sighting of one of the most sought-after animals on safari – the pangolin. Any discerning safari goer places this animal at the top of their wish list, mainly due to the rarity of sightings and the uniqueness of these special animals.
Seeing a lion cub on a game drive is a massive privilege. Seeing four tiny, fluffy six-week-old lion cubs is pretty much a safari miracle!
According to a report, North Korean diplomats are involved in state-sanctioned rhino horn and ivory smuggling.
On a recent expedition to Morocco, Grégory Breton, director of Panthera France, captured stunning (and viral!) videos and photos believed to be the first-ever sighting of wild sand cat kittens in their African range.
The importance of the Maasai’s livestock is mirrored in the way their homestead is constructed, with the cattle enclosure positioned in the centre of it.
It was a weekend trip through the south of Kruger with friends and we had been lucky to see Big 5 on both days, but there’s always a rush of excitement when something crosses our path – like a southern ground-hornbill taking on a snake.
One of the most peculiar, yet fascinating appendages, on an elephant is its trunk. Rather like a combination of a nose and an upper lip, an elephant’s trunk is its lifeline. It would find it very difficult to survive without one.
Last night saw a large crowd of conservationists gather in Cape Town for the Tusk Conservation Awards to pay tribute to a few of Africa’s true heroes – the men and women who continue to dedicate their lives to conservation at ground level.
Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away.
A pride of three lions are thriving in their new home, Somkhanda Game Reserve in northern KwaZulu-Natal, after a successful translocation.
On Saturday, 7th October, the fourth annual Global March for Elephants and Rhinos will be taking place in cities all over the world.
While conservationists in South Africa and around the world urge travellers and tour guides to stop all wildlife interactions, Scott Baldwin, a rugby player for Ospreys and Wales, was caught on camera petting a lion through a fence before it bit his hand at Weltevreden Game Lodge in Bloemfontein.
For the Maasai, cattle is considered extremely valuable and form an intrinsic part of their daily lives. Their cattle are at the centre of everything, providing food and materials, as well as playing an important role in their rituals and representing their wealth and status
John Vosloo shares with us his experience on a photographic safari – his prize for winning our 2017 Photographer of the Year competition.
A large group of vultures descend on a wild dog kill, providing an incredible sighting of frenzy, feathers and downright epic action.
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What was initially believed to be a single male lion on the loose in the area of Fochville in Gauteng for the past six weeks, has turned out to be a pride of five.
From the 18th to 22nd September, 2017, South African National Parks (SANParks) will be offering free access to most of the 21 national park in South Africa for day visitors.
In 2014, I visited a Himba group in the Kunene region in Namibia as a run-of-the-mill tourist with a guide, bringing gifts to the chief to be allowed into his kraal to take photographs. I loved the experience – the women were so beautiful and captivating, and the children so photogenic.
I have just finished a photographic safari in South Luangwa with guests from South Africa. They were looking forward to great wildlife sightings and the remote seclusion offered by the Nsefu Sector, and I believe that Luangwa delivered on both!
You might think that top predators have a superior position in the wild, though you might be mistaken after watching this video.
In our frenetic lives, it’s the norm to grab that cup of coffee, a bowl of Cornflakes and the car keys – all on the run. Ironically, in Africa, breakfast on the run is not a rushed affair. Timing is everything, and patience is a virtue especially for the lions in the Okavango Delta.
Usually on every traveller’s mind when going on a safari game drive are spotting those elusive lions.
Most people see cheetahs as the least aggressive of all the big cats in Africa and generally like to avoid confrontations over food with other animals. But when it comes to territorial disputes between rival males, the gloves comes off!
Guests staying at Eagles Crag Lodge in the Eastern Cape, South Africa, can opt for a different kind of safari, one where you learn how to photograph wildlife!
Let Saruni Mara guide, William Ole Tinka, teach you how to count from one to ten in Maa (Maasai language).
Caesar is part of my photographic project aiming at finding and photographing truly representative individuals from iconic species, referred to in hunters’ parlance as the biggest “trophies”.
A photographic experience in the hides can be captured with a simple smartphone. On more than one occasion, a camera lens brought the elephants too close and I had to resort to my smartphone to capture the herds as they came to drink, one herd after another.
While game drives are a great way to cover large distances in the bush while searching for wildlife, nothing quite beats viewing wildlife through a horse’s ears while on a horseback safari. It’s a unique vantage point and one that offers many benefits.
Epic video footage of sandgrouse swooping down at a waterhole for a drink in the Sera Conservancy in northern Kenya.