Discovering Monduli Juu in Tanzania – an off-the-beaten-track campsite run by the indigenous Maasai people.
The last three Master Trackers of the Ju/’hoanis from Nyae Nyae in Namibia were invited to the Kruger in South Africa to participate in some pioneering trails. They came to display their extraordinary tracking prowess to guests participating in walking trails. This is an account of their journey.
What do you do to prepare yourself for the trip of a lifetime to the African continent? You learn the language! Here we look at the language of the Maasai people: Maa.
A photographer is invited to be part of the vibrant festivities of a Sukuma wedding in Tanzania.
An unfortunate incident of mistaken identity where an aardwolf was misidentified as a hyena highlights the need for wildlife education.
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.
In Ethiopia, Christians are still today carving new, free-standing churches from solid rock faces, and now there is a project that is currently documenting this at-risk cultural practice.
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.
Living with the Maasai has taught me that conservation is not only about animals but is just as much about us humans; that to preserve any one place we have to be mindful of the local communities that live within it and try to understand the way they view the world to be able to work alongside them to protect mother nature.
The matriarchs of Baleni use an ancestral technique that has not changed for the last 2,000 years, turning the mineral-rich riverine deposits into ‘white gold’ – Baleni sacred salt.
Hanko stamps are the Japanese version of a signature, used throughout Japan to sign deals and important documents, and are made out of a variety of materials, including elephant ivory.
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
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 dreamt of him, and of what would await me at his home, his boma, where he lived with his entire family. Nerve-wracking enough to visit your boyfriend’s home for the first time, never mind meeting his parents, grandmother, brothers, sisters, cousins and whoever else lived at the place.
Let Saruni Mara guide, William Ole Tinka, teach you how to count from one to ten in Maa (Maasai language).
Community-owned conservancies earning income from ecotourism are quite common in Kenya, but Il Ngwesi is different.
The discovery of the Kakiya Cave means our excursions at Mara Bushtops in Kenya have just become even more exciting!
Language and everyday culture are intertwined, so it’s worth learning some polite phrases in Swahili, as making the effort to speak another’s language is welcome in any country.
The Sunset Serenade concert, held at Kruger’s Mopani camp and surrounds, is a three day cultural and wildlife experience in support of anti-poaching
Uganda is a culturally diverse country with over 56 tribal communities featuring a variety of customs and age-old traditions that combine to make cultural tours in Uganda a remarkable experience.
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.
Spice up your Kenyan safari with a fascinating visit to a Maasai village.
Some of Tanzania’s tribes are better known than others – so let’s take a very quick tour of Tanzania’s most famous tribes.
Support the Conservation Services Unit of the SANParks Honorary Rangers by attending the annual Sunset Serenade concert in the Kruger National Park.
During the month of November 2016, Kafunta Safaris and the Mfuwe Sports Association supported the very first Carnivore Conservation Cup football tournament organized by the Zambian Carnivore Program and sponsored by the National Geographic’s Big Cats Initiative.
We all know that in working towards sustainable wildlife conservation, the value of wildlife for communities and countries must be intrinsically recognised and made use of to its fullest potential.
Watch this incredible metaphorphosis video of the people of the Omo valley, Ethiopia.
As the world turns more and more towards organic and holistic practices, it’s time we sat up and looked at what is happening on the ground in traditional cultures.
The streets in Sudan are lined with pottery. Look behind the scenes of this dying tradition.
Renowned wildlife photographer and International Wildlife Photographer of the Year (2013) Greg du Toit is hosting his first ever gallery exhibition of his phenomenal work here in South Africa.
The Hamar are an extraordinary people with a unique expression and culture, and this is why a visit to the Omo Valley is a must for photographers.
Venturing into the wild South Omo region and witnessing the cultural traditions of the Hamer and Mursi people of Ethiopia.
Discover the rich history of Kenya with these three fascinating museums in Nairobi.
Communities work to end Mingi, the tribal killing of newborns and infants believed by male elders to be cursed.
Joining a traditional cultural ceremony with the Sufis in Sudan.
A journey to Chew Bahir – Best told from the scribbles in Kingsley Holgate’s expedition journal…
This Heritage Day, explore the Kruger’s rich cultural heritage and its fascinating history.
Different San groups in Southern Africa celebrate their rich cultural heritage of storytelling, song and dance at the annual Kuru Dance Festival!
Two lucky readers can walk away with a set of four tickets to the One World Festival of Healing on the 24 and 25 September 2016 at the Paarl Arboretum.
Join Trevor Cole on a 12 day photography tour to the Omo Valley.
If you worry about dusty toes, or where to plug in your hair straightener, then this rural village experience is not for you.
Experience an authentic Kalahari trip in the remote !Xaus Lodge in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park.
Make a difference in the lives of local communities in Zimbabwe and Botswana by staying at African Bush Camps.
A cultural morning spent watching the traditional Reed Dance festivities in KwaZulu Natal.
The vital role played by a cultural learning centre in South Africa for the indigenous San people.
Experience how the locals live and get involved in helping communities grow on your next trip to Africa.