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2 lions, 1 cheetah – who wins?

Young lions learn the meaning of inter-species competition. It was an uncharacteristically cold and rainy day in the bush, my family arrived to visit me from England after one of my photographic safaris and we decided to make the most of the visit. Even though the weather resembled that of England rather than Africa, we […]

Unique perspectives of African Wildlife

These incredible photographs are courtesy of Anup Shah and were captured using remote-controlled, hidden cameras which he camouflaged to look like they were part of the natural landscape. More photographs can be found on his website www.shahrogersphotography.com Looking for tips on how to capture great images of wildlife? Be sure to check out this article on […]

15 Of the Cutest Wildlife Shots

We asked our readers to send in their cutest wildlife shots so that we could pick the top 10, but they were all so dam cute we could only cut it down to 15. Enjoy… 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15.

Hyena Men

This series of disturbing and yet fascinating images forms part of the work of acclaimed photographer Pieter Hugo. Hugo visited Nigeria to better understand this strange relationship between man and beast after seeing an image taken by Nigerian journalist Adetokunbo Abiola. He travelled with this small family group of street performers who use these animals […]

Christmas is about Family

Best wishes for a wonderful holiday season with all of your friends and family! Volcanoes National Park, Rwanda. Nikon D3s. Nikon 70-200 mm. ISO 1100. f 4 @ 1/250 sec. Lexar Media.

Finding Leopard Cubs in a Tree and other Photographic Adventures

“Leopard,” I heard our guide, Andrew, shout, “And a cub in that tree”. We had barely left camp on our first game drive and we had already struck leopard. It was too much for my eyes to comprehend. It was pure dumb luck, the kind that would make you “Pphhhht” disparagingly at the fortunes of […]

Finding Leopard Cubs in a Tree and other Photographic Adventures

“Leopard,” I heard our guide, Andrew, shout, “And a cub in that tree”. We had barely left camp on our first game drive and we had already struck leopard. It was too much for my eyes to comprehend. It was pure dumb luck, the kind that would make you “Pphhhht” disparagingly at the fortunes of […]

The Golden Gate Vulture Hide: Photography Tips

Recently Tim Jackson and Morgan Trimble took a trip to try out the new Sasol-sponsored vulture hide at the Golden Gate Highlands National Park. Here he gives you the low-down from a photographer’s persepctive…   The hide You approach the hide, on top of a ridge, from a car park a couple of hundred metres […]

Scoping out the new vulture hide at Golden Gate National Park

South Africa’s Golden Gate National Park, in conjunction with Sasol, opened a new vulture hide providing much improved opportunities to view the resident Cape and Bearded vultures at the park’s long-standing vulture feeding project. Previously, guests hoping to see action at the “vulture restaurant” would park along the Oribi Loop road, clamber over the ridge, […]

10 of the most addictive things about a photo safari

It’s official, I’m completely addicted to photographic safaris!  Why? I recently visited Cheetah Plains Private Game Reserve with Nikon Africa Travel and had an incredible experience, certainly the most enjoyable and insightful photographic experience I have yet had in the bush. Here are 10 examples of what makes a photo safari so addictive and why […]

Ode to the Impala: a photo essay

So I’ve been thinking about what to write about on my first blog for Africa Geographic for about 2 months now…I’m normally overflowing with stuff to write about and share but this time I almost got ‘stage-fright’. Well, I’m over that now and I thought I would start off with something simple and graceful, instead of breaking down the […]

African Green Pigeons in flight

One of the most mesmerising sights in the Northern Congo is the massive flocks of thousands upon thousands of African Green Pigeons (Treron calva) gathering at Lango Bai. The sound of their wing beats as they descend and take flight in unison fills the air in every direction. Location: Parc National d’Odzala-Kokoua, Republic of the […]

World Press Photo Contest: Winning Images from Africa

The 2012 World Press Photo Exhibition is currently being showcased in Luanda, the capital city of Angola, after which it will travel to the remaining chosen 45 countries on a world tour. For over 55 years the World Press Photo Contest has encouraged the highest standards in photojournalism, with an archive of winning images recording more […]

10 most ‘liked’ wildlife photos from our readers

In our last issue of Safari we asked you to send us your best wildlife photographs from Africa. We received hundreds of entrants, wittled it down to three winners, and were left with a Facebook album of wildlife eye-candy. Here are the ten photographs you ‘liked’ the most: 1. Taken in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, […]

Leopard catches more than it bargained for

On a recent trip to Etosha National Park in Namibia I found a Leopard resting in the shade close to a waterhole and decided to hang around in the hope of her hunting Springbok or other antelope at the waterhole. After about two hours I noticed some movement in the water and so did the […]

A pizza, a beer and a couple of white lions please

People come from all over the world to visit Africa, and in particular the ‘wilds of Africa’, to see for themselves a host of fierce creatures such as crocodiles, elephants, lions and, occasionally, tigers (yes, I regularly get asked if we are going to see tigers!). But the animal that my guests most frequently ask […]

Behind the Scenes: Photographing October’s Cover Star

Shoebills are a rarity that few get to see, but I was fortunate to spend a few weeks in Bangweulu Wetlands, Zambia, up close and personal, with cover model Kapotwe.* This isn’t Kapotwe’s first brush with fame. Earlier this year, Africa Birds and Birding (now combined with Africa Geographic in one AWESOME mag) ran a […]

Fantastical Shoebills: 7 Fab Facts

Ladies and gentlemen, I bring you King Whale-Head (the English translation of Balaeniceps rex), cover star of the October issue of Africa Geographic. From the front he appears to me like an old university professor, big-nosed, peering over his spectacles. Very serious, very respectable. From almost any other angle though, he’s a total hoot. In […]

The girl who made the stars

Legend has it that many, many years ago, the Khoisan people of Africa’s Kalahari Desert created the stars. Khoisan folklore says that one evening a young, lonely girl was dancing around the night fire when she threw glowing embers high up into the sky. The embers remained as a wide shimmering pathway, illuminating the once […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 9′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue. Here are week 9′s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

My life as a photographer

I started taking photographs in 1982, my first camera was a little Bell and Howell half frame. It was my first love. I love cameras. Not only do I feel comfortable behind the lens but I feel safe too. I suppose I have become a bit of a camera snob…a bit like one of those oh-so-irritating […]

Photo Gallery: Dunes & Deserts of Namibia

German Photographer Arno Dietz shares a collection of his photographs taken in Sossusvlei, Namibia. Sossusvlei is a salt and clay pan surrounded by high red dunes in the southern part of the Namib Desert. The name ‘Sossusvlei’ is of mixed origin – vlei is the afrikaans word for ‘marsh’, while ‘sossus’ is nama for ‘no return’ or ‘dead end’.   This area is characterized by high sand dunes of […]

The Worlds Greatest Density of Floral Species is in the Cape

The Cape Floral Kingdom of South Africa is home to the highest density of plant species of any of the six great floral kingdoms around the globe. Photo © Dana Allen Covering just 44,000 sq. kilometers, the tiny Cape Floral Kingdom has over 9000 species of plants, over 6200 being endemic and is famous for […]

It’s Spring!

Spring Day has arrived …. and the prospect of the hot African summer is definitely on the horizon. At this time of the year, all my photographic thoughts turn to the return of the migratory birds and the opportunities to be had in getting some startling bird images! I love this period. It always gives […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 7′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the seventh week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 6′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the sixth week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 5′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the fourth week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 4′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the fourth week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 3′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the third week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

5 Ferocious Shark Shots

This year it’s the 25th Anniversary of Shark Week, a week-long series of feature television programs dedicated to sharks and aired on the Discovery Channel. Here, we’ve selected our favourite 5 shark shots, taken from some of the documentaries featured in Shark Week. With each photograph we’ve listed five fascinating shark facts, to raise awareness and respect for […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 2’s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the second week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 1’s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue. Here are the first week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out our […]

The legend of the Mapogo lions

“Legend” – A person whose fame or notoriety makes him a source of exaggerated or romanticised tales or exploits.  ‘Legend’ is a word that is thrown around all too often in this day and age, but the term surmises the reign of the Mapogo lions in the Sabi Sands to perfection.  For the last 6 […]

Learning the collective nouns for African animals

I believe in unicorns, just not pangolins… I have a thing for trying to learn the collective nouns of animals (trying being the operative word), as some of them are just utterly ridiculous, and clearly concocted by English gentlemen with far too much time on their hands…or is it whiskey in their hands, I forget? […]

The gauntlet of the Manyeleti game reserve

The lodge I worked at in the Manyeleti had no fence around the entire lodge and staff village which allowed EVERY kind of animal to wander through, and oh boy how they liked to walk through… At least once a week we had a young bull elephant that would come and play havoc with the […]

Fascinating encounter between a fish eagle and monitor lizard

By Simon Moore This incident occurred in late March on the bank of the Mara River. A large catfish had died and was floating in the river. An immature fish eagle was standing on what looked like a rock in the river – but on investigation with binoculars, turned out to be the dead catfish. The […]

Africa Geographic Cover Shot competition!

Calling all photographers! Enter our Cover Shot competition and your photograph could be on the cover of Africa Geographic’s January 2013 issue! Have you ever looked at the cover of Africa Geographic and thought, ‘I could do better than that?’ Well, now’s your chance! From 13 July to 31 October 2012, you can enter our […]

Top 10 Picture of the Day entries – June 2012

Here’s our editor’s selection of the top ten picture of the day entries from June 2012: [slickr-flickr tag=”toptenjune” captions=”on” descriptions=”on”] Submit your own best African wildlife image!  The best of the bunch for the month will be published in the magazine and the top ten on our blog. Submit your image to cindy@africageographic.com, please include a short […]

Photography tips – try a new perspective and shoot low

These days, when I look through so many of the images posted on social media, it’s even more true to say that those images that make the most profound impact are those where the photographer has managed to attain an angle of view that is either level or slightly lower than the eye level of […]

The Perfect Start: Botswana’s Kubu Island in a Smart Car

On the start of our trip to the Serengeti we were already behind schedule. It wasn’t a good omen for our first challenge along the way: to reach Botswana’s Kubu Island in our Smart car. We had woken far too late, but the mojitos at the farewell – the ones with the test tubes of […]

Gorilla trekking in gumboots

Crossing into the Congo wasn’t the most comfortable experience we’ve ever had but it was an awe-inspiring adventure to go and meet the majestic mountain gorillas, making a childhood dream come true for Marcus. Bouncing around in the back of a safari truck, we wound our way through fertile farmland and villages with grass-thatched huts […]

A love of leopards

I have just finished another shortened work stint in the Lowveld, and I realised two things:  firstly, winter is almost over and I am still wearing my short shorts (okay, it’s only a third of the way through, but I am trying to be positive here!) and secondly, I really do love leopards. And before […]

An elephant never forgets: the sunken hide at King’s Pool, Botswana.

One of the unique features of King’s Pool in the Linyanti, Botswana is the ‘sunken hide’ at one of the outlying pans, a kilometre from the Linyanti River. It’s a buried shipping container with windows and allows you to sit at ground level and watch antelope and elephants arrive to drink at one of the […]