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Camera modes: shutter priority, aperture priority or…programme mode?

Probably the single question I’m asked most by people keen to improve their photography is “How do I move on from using the Program or Auto mode on my camera”; “What settings should I use”. Wildlife photography is a challenging branch of photography that can test your skills to the limit and often in very […]

Top 10 Picture of the Day entries – May 2012

Here’s our editors’s selection of the top 10 best picture of the day entries from May 2012: [slickr-flickr tag=”agreaderspicsmay” 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, please include a […]

Sardine Run Set to Stir-Up South African Seas

The sardine run has been likened to the great wildebeest migration across the Maasai Mara and Serengeti. A geographic wonder and a spectacular marine event dubbed ‘the greatest shoal on earth’. Sardines are winter’s gift to Durban; every year at some point between May and July, locals anticipate the glittering deep-sea wave as it rolls […]

Amazing rooms with a view!

In the current issue of Safari interactive magazine, we showcase the portfolio Rooms with a View – some of the most amazing views from lodges, camps and hotels across Africa. We couldn’t include every image that made us gasp of course (the final decisions were really tough!), so here are a few of the rooms that didn’t […]

Botswana in the green season

Most people wishing to visit Botswana will likely be advised to head to the country during the dry season which runs from April to October. The reason for this would be that it is cooler than the hot Nov – Mar period.   With less rain, the wildlife concentrates around permanent water (Okavango and Chobe) and it is easier […]

Top 10 Picture of the Day entries – April 2012

Here’s our editor’s selection of the top 10 picture of the day entries from April 2012.  [slickr-flickr tag=”agreaderspicsland” 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, please include a short […]

Chad Cocking: my life in the bush…

Chad Cocking is a passionate wildlife photographer and field guide. He has been charged by big cats, learned to deal with demanding guests and mastered early mornings wake-ups, but this is no ordinary jeep jockey… What inspired the field guide dream? Did you grow up spending a lot of time in the bush? I blame […]

Introducing Morgan Trimble: blogger and photographer

Hello, I’m excited to start blogging for Africa Geographic and to share and discuss some of my favorite topics: photography, travel, conservation, and the great outdoors. Living in South Africa is such a privilege for a nature photographer. Not only is South Africa blessed with what must be one of the world’s most beautiful natural landscapes, but it also provides a […]

Biodiversity in Africa: a reason to celebrate!

Yesterday was World Biodiversity Day … so what’s the big deal? Africa has eight official biodiversity hotspots. A biodiversity hotspot is an area that is alive with a rich variety of unique species, many of which are found nowhere else on Earth. Have you been to any of these amazing regions…? Cape Floristic Kingdom, Coastal […]

Wildlife photography: Chris Martin’s top tips

Sharing views, sharing images, sharing tips and techniques … for me that is the essence of photography. Pro and amateur alike … we will all learn from each other and we never stop learning.  So this week I wanted to look at my “Top 10 tips” on how to capture better wildlife images. Nothing within […]

Making a splash: orcas in False Bay

By David Hurwitz The dolphins were leaping, splashing and rapidly changing direction, I knew that this panic could only mean one thing – the orcas have arrived! Orca sightings in False Bay are exceptionally rare. Occasional reports come in from fishermen and other mariners, but most people are unaware of the existence of orcas in […]

Welgevonden – An African Wilderness Reborn

By Kate Polley Distinguished photographer, Ian Finlay’s coffee table book, ‘Welgevonden – An African Wilderness Reborn’, was launched this year in February. This glossy, collectable book is a culmination of Finlay’s decade long passion for Welgevonden, a game reserve in Limpopo, which forms part of the magnificent UNESCO Waterberg Biosphere. Each photograph documents the rich […]

Photography: all about sharing

Welcome to another of my wildlife photography blogs for Africa Geographic!! What an absolute pleasure to be here sharing news, views and experiences from the real home of wildlife photography … Southern Africa. I grew up in the UK and spent my life in the outdoors from childhood. I’ve had a camera in my hand […]

Ol Pejeta – thirsty for rhinos

Ol Pejeta, in Kenya’s northern Laikipia District, is East Africa’s largest black rhino sanctuary. It stands to reason that during my trip there for Africa Geographic – see the full feature in our May issue – that I should come back with some pictures of the beasts. Trouble is that I was only booked in […]

Introducing Chris Martin: wildlife photographer

Chris Martin is a wildlife photographer working in South Africa as a photographic field guide and as a member of Africa Nature Training. His photographs have been featured regularly in magazines in South Africa and internationally.  Chris is excited about the prospect of blogging for us, and promises to share as much of his advice […]

Afrika Burn: Through the Lens

Strapped up, weighed down, covered in animal fur and steam-punk goggles. I met photographer Stuart Shapiro at Afrika Burn, a festival devoted entirely to radical self expression in the middle of the Karoo desert. There he was walking the sands, this crazy, Mad-Max, half man, half machine, completely and utterly dedicated to the lens. His […]

My City Safari Competition: winning entry

Congratulations to Claire Campbell, whose photo of Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges River in India was chosen as the winning entry for our My City Safari competition.  Claire took this photo while out on a boat on the river early one morning. The image really encapsulates the idea behind someone’s unique perspective of […]

The Smell of Smouldering Fires – the future of Madagascar’s Spiny Forest

httpv:// My very first impression of Madagascar was the smell of smouldering fires. I was more than ten miles out to sea in a 35ft catamaran, having just caught a ride across the Mozambique Channel with two fellow South Africans, when a musty aroma like wet ash permeated the fresh sea air. It was the […]

Wild Kid

Hi! My name is Jan Kolbe but people know me as Wild Kid. I am 11 years old and I live in Bloemfontein, South Africa.

The Power of the Pack

I was on a game drive out of Chitabe camp when we came across an intriguing interaction that took place between the local wild dog pack and their pups, and a young female leopard.

Nikon 1. Super sexy and sleek.

Nikon have just announced the launch of their new Nikon 1 system. Marketed as being ‘one click ahead’ Safari was invited to test the product at the Val de Vie polo estate just outside of Cape Town. I should probably admit that it wasn’t really the camera that lured me out of the office….it was more to […]

Tankwa Karoo National Park

It was Easter weekend and we needed a plan… As avid adventure photographers, any opportunity to get away for a long weekend, especially a location that has the potential for great landscapes and scenery, would not be missed for anything. One of our goals that we are working on is to visit all the National […]

Tsaro Power

It was 02:15 and my final morning of a 17 day safari in Botswana and South Africa with guests Ralf and Perdita Lubbe Scheurmann. I was fast asleep until the mighty roar of a male lion woke me up. I could hear how the predator came closer and closer to my luxurious tent as the […]

Safari feature: A great white shark quest

When I was living and guiding in the bush, the chances of seeing a lion, leopard or wild dog kill in action was fairly low. However, by trusting my knowledge of the particular predator, their hunting times, body language and feeding patterns, I could certainly increase the chances of being there in the moment.

A Little Leopard Learns a Big Lesson

A female leopard that we see quite often killed an impala close to Savuti camp.  After a couple of hours of feeding, she moved off for a while, only to return with her subadult female cub in tow.  The youngster is close to two years old (and not really a cub any longer), and partially […]


Lapping turquoise water, clean white beaches, little white houses with touches of blue and green. We could be anywhere in the Mediterranean – except for the faint whiff of bokkoms and the occasional ‘Hoesit Bra!’ from the parking lot.

The 8th Wonder of the World

It was a misty morning when I first entered the gates of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area; my destination, the 8th Wonder of the World, the Ngorongoro Crater. Upon entering the park, I drove for several kilometers along the mossy afromontane forest rim. Few words can describe the emotion I experienced when I first stood on […]

Ibo Island: Through the lens

In this next issue of Safari, I’m exploring the Islands nestling off the Swahili shoreline. Here are a few teaser photographs a week ahead of the release of Safari’s July issue. Ibo Island is a tropical Indian Ocean atoll tempting a trickling number of paradise-seekers to its shores. The island is one of 27 that […]

Who is following the sardine run?

This week’s blog post comes once again from the Wild Coast in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. The annual sardine migration that takes place here is happening as I write, so I thought I would describe some of the major predators that take part in this wildlife phenomenon. The sardines are only small fish, but they […]

Leopard behaviour – Information technology

It is quite fascinating to follow a big cat when they are on a territorial patrol.  Last month I was able to watch the Dumatau male leopard as he went about on an early morning patrol.  He is one of the most relaxed of big cats, and takes no notice of our vehicles.  For cats […]

A different kind of line-fishing

When this female pied kingfisher dived into the waters of the Savuti Channel to catch a small fish, she got a bit of a surprise.

Cats and the memory of water

It is often said that cats don’t like water. Undoubtedly, this has some truth in it, but for cats living in and around the wetlands of northern Botswana these days, coping with water is a reality.

The Leopards of the Sabi Sand Game Reserve

Living the Dream – My Life as a Professional Safari Guide by Marius Coetzee   It was a Sunday afternoon, living in a small farm town in the North West Province, when the phone unexpectedly rang. It was my brother Hendri and he casually asked me if I would like to come and work on […]

Dying To Breed

[slickr-flickr tag=”gasav” captions=”on”] Each year, beginning in April and May, the woodlands of northern Botswana begin to echo to the sound of male impala carrying out their rutting rituals. This behaviour is triggered by shortening day lengths. Normally quiet, the male impala begin to vocalize with loud, guttural grunting calls. This is just the sound […]

Grant Atkinson ponders a Savuti elephant’s year ahead

[slickr-flickr tag =”grantellie”] The northern wildlife areas of Botswana are well-known for their healthy populations of African elephant.  For the past four years, high rainfall has created conditions that are ideal for the elephants that live around the network of waterways made up by the Chobe, Kwando, Linyanti and Savuti rivers.  Most of the individual […]

Lechwe Lechery

It is the time of the year along the Linyanti River in Botswana’s far north, when several of the local antelope species are occupying themselves with courtship and mating rituals and activities. At least the males are, whilst to the casual observer it would seem that in most cases the females are just going about […]

Carnivore Clash on the Linyanti

On a game drive along the Linyanti River, not far from Duma Tau camp, we followed the sound of some monkeys making alarm calls. We came across a spotted hyena, then a bateleur eagle and then not one, but two leopards, moving about in some thick bushes. After half an hour of seeing only glimpses […]

A Meal for One

Summertime in the north of Botswana is the time when impala females give birth to their young. The arrival of these delicate creatures, weighing only 5kg, is obviously of great importance to the impala population and represents their future generations. However, for the carnivores that they share their habitat with, the young impala signify a […]

Food fight

Researchers tell us that amongst terrestrial carnivores, spotted hyenas have a very complex social system. Hyenas live in groups, but don’t always forage that way. More often than not they will move on their own, or sometimes in small groups, only gathering in larger numbers when there is a large food source. They have alliances […]

Working Mothers

Leopards are solitary cats by nature. They are comfortable on their own. Female leopards lead less solitary lives than males, as they bear young and spend much time with their cubs. Male leopards have little to do with raising their offspring. It is sometimes said that the big cats are poor mothers, but it should […]

Running with the Dogs

2010 has been a good year for African wild dogs in some of the most northern of Botswana’s wildlife areas. At least three different packs raised pups in the Linyanti and Selinda concessions. Wild dog movements become somewhat restricted during the denning period. Even after the new pups come out of the den, the packs […]

Blood Brothers

Male lions live in coalitions. Whilst coalition sizes can vary from two males up to seven, the average size over much of Botswana is two. These males are typically related, sometimes brothers, sometimes cousins, and less often, unrelated. Coalitions are usually formed for life. Many of the duties performed by territorial male lions are carried […]

When Is A Big Cat Long In the Tooth?

One of the benefits of spending more time in any particular wildlife area is that you get to recognize individual animals. It is human nature to try to learn as much as possible about these animals. Trying to guess the age of an animal can be an interesting exercise. Reference works indicate that in the […]

Second Time Lucky

In July 2008 I was guiding a group out of Tubu Tree camp, in the Okavango. On a morning game drive, we saw a hyena crossing a deep channel. The hyena was carrying an impala carcass. Seconds after it had crossed the water a leopard emerged from the trees behind. A moment later, another leopard […]

A Day With A Leopard

Earlier this year, I was staying at Mombo camp, and co-leading a photographic safari with James Weis. I was taking a break from driving the vehicle, and Pete Myburg, who was based at Mombo, was at the wheel. We were halfway through our morning drive when we heard via the game drive radio that the […]