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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 […]

Victoria Falls: thrills but no spills at ‘the smoke that thunders’ in Zambia

Last time we visited Victoria Falls we swam across the Zambezi River from Livingstone Island and sat right on the edge of the waterfall at Devil’s Pool. This time our stay at ‘the smoke that thunders’ was no less exciting. Marcus and Kate on a previous visit to Victoria Falls sitting on the edge of Devil’s […]

Thieves, Chiefs and Okavango dreaming!

9th -14th  November  A spot of bad luck. One of the great things about this road trip is seeing how the terrain changes. Heading into the Kavango region and things are looking a lot greener than the warm hues I left behind. Unfortunately, all this beauty has been slightly marred by theft. In Rundu, a […]

What does it take to plan an expedition?

Expeditions are never easy, no matter how romanticised they seem. Some examples of comments we recieve when we talk about what we are doing: ‘Oh boy, sound’s like an amazing adventure’, ‘You are going to have so much fun’ or ‘I wish I could come along’. All this is true, but only in part. Anyone […]

Hawksmoor House: Sophisticated Cape Winelands Accommodation

Hawksmoor House is a stately hermitage with historic flair just 25 minutes from the bustling portside city of Cape Town.   A distinct Cape Dutch influence runs through the fabric of this special property like a golden thatch thread, highlighting the history and charm of years gone by.  There really is a story to be […]

In search of the Cinderella Waxbill

4th  – 8th November – Northward! I’m moving on to greener pastures these days, heading up north to the Kunene River on the Angolan border. Did I mention the veterinary fence? It runs from the ocean all the way into Botswana. It’s a badly maintained, roughly 60 year old fence which elephants knock down periodically. […]

Talking technology

“It’s not that we use technology, we live technology “ – Godfrey Reggio What really makes technology so fun is it’s ability to take an idea and evolve it into action. Don’t get me wrong – that is probably also its downfall, the scope it has to be both terrific and terrifying at the same […]

Meatball mezze

Serve these with tzatiki, pita breads, fresh simple salads. Ingredients 450g extra-lean mince1 small onion, finally chopped 1 flat tsp ground coriander 1 flat tsp ground cumin small bunch Italian parsley, rinsed and coarsely chopped 1 slice white bread, crusts removed milk, enough to soak the bread 1 small free range egg, lightly beaten ½ tsp salt […]

My first time in Kruger National Park

I have fulfilled a childhood dream. On the 5th October, 2012, Callum and I were handed the keys of our new old Land Rover TDI Defender. We met the landy, now named Layla, in a parking lot in Maun, and it was love at first sight: then our epic journey began. Starting with the long […]

Pork medallions with lemon + capers

SERVES 4 Ingredients 8, 100g pork medallions 8 rashers bacon 2 tbsp olive oil 400g green beans, trimmed 2 tbsp salted capers, rinsed and drained 1 cup chicken stock 2 tbsp lemon juice 1 tsp lemon rind, finely grated 400g cherry tomatoes, halved Sea salt and cracked black pepper Method 1. Wrap each pork medallion […]

The Human Ocean expedition begins!

Beneath the warm coastal waters of tropical and subtropical East Africa lie some of the richest coral reefs in the world. Spanning many hundreds of kilometres, they’re home to an incredible array of fish communities and support millions of people surviving off the coastline. Within these systems are large networks of marine protected areas (MPA’s), […]

Life-changing moments in the presence of a rhino, a giraffe and the Himba

Day 15: October 28 – Sleeping under the stars! Today we drove out to the camel patrol team from Save the Rhino Trust, who’s job is to spend three weeks in the bush and one week back home. They are a nomadic group who set up camp and monitor the rhinos’ movements while ensuring their […]

Bush Cooking, Ancient Carvings and Saving the Rhino!

25th October – Day 11 – Trying to cook in an Eco-cushion… I drove up to Twyfelfontein, and had my first real solo camping experience. While I’m not too jacked up on my camping skills these days, I did travel for 9 months on a motorcycle through Australia and New Zealand and we camped every […]

The many creatures of the Namib Desert

Day 10: October 24th – A day bashing around the desert… So I went on an absolutely fascinating tour with one of the most enthusiastic persons I have met in a long time. Tommy, from Tommy’s Desert Tours. The car that we did the excursion in is an old but strong Land Rover that was […]

Roasted tomato, eggplant + halloumi burger

SERVES 4 Ingredients 2 large plum tomatoes, thickly sliced olive oil, for brushing 4 burger buns, halved 1 aubergine, thinly sliced 250g halloumi, sliced 50ml plain yoghurt ½ cucumber, grated and squeezed of liquid salt pepper 5ml lemon juice Method Preheat the oven to 180ºC. Place the tomato on a baking tray and brush with oil. […]

Paddling with the seals in Walvis Bay!

Day 9: October 23rd  – A wet n’ wild day! Today I woke up and drove back to Walvis Bay to meet up with Jean Meintjes – my guide for the morning. We took a 40km drive out to Pelican’s Point through the salt pans and then found ourselves on another planet – Animal Planet […]

Thoughts of Cancer while crossing the Tropic of Capricorn

Day 7: October 21st 2012 – Crossing the Tropic of Capricorn… I packed up the Land Cruiser in the morning but couldn’t start it. This has happened to me a couple of times since I started driving her, I’m not sure why as Lisa (the owner) never has a problem starting it. Anyway, Leroux eventually […]

Inspired by Sossusvlei

The amazing solitude of Namibia – particularly the Sossusvlei – has inspired me beyond explanation. And so I’ve put down a few of my favourite quotes, paired with images from my journey through the vlei. It sums things up far better than I could in words. Enjoy! “Why has the pleasure of slowness disappeared? Ah […]

15 remarkable photos that will make you pine for Kenya!

After returning from Kenya, photographer Marius Coetzee showed us his photographs from the safari and we all became instantly and painfully jealous. Here’s a selection from the album to make you also ache for this remarkable part of Africa. Share the photos with your friends… one should never have to pine alone! Animals as far […]

Sossusvlei: Playing in the dunes!

19th October: Day 5 – Arriving in Sossusvlei… I woke early, packed the car and for some reason looked up at the roof rack to see how all the things on the roof were doing. Lucky I looked as the ratchet strap around the two tyres had come loose. I went on to the roof […]

Wild horses couldn’t drag me away!

Here are a bunch of photos from my encounter with the wild horses of Aus in Namibia. These horses have adapted over the years to the extreme Namib conditions. There are various theories as to how these horses ended up here in the first place, as they are not endemic to the area. The most […]

7 questions to ask when planning a safari in South Africa

Planning a safari can be a daunting task. There are countless places to go, lodges, parks and tours on offer, so making a decision is not always as easy as one two three. Here are a few common questions and answers to help narrow down your search. Is it better to visit a private reserve […]

Mushroom + Oregano Pizza

This is one for the off the map travelers with a taste for home made pizza! Yes pizza in the bush! It is so simple, but oh so delicious, bake it on a Weber.  SERVES 4 Ingredients 500g store-bought dough (Pick ’n Pay sells it in the bakery) 2 tbsp olive oil, plus extra, for drizzling 100g portebellini […]

Ready for lift-off: Packing up and learning to drive a 4 x 4!

The last couple of weeks heading up to departure (the 14th of October) have been slightly chaotic and quite confusing. I have always been one to put too much on my plate. Besides all the paper-work that needed to be certified and photocopied, the new tires for the car and the service, I am also […]

10 Mind-Blowing Moments from the Great Mara Migration

By: Jay P. Ross, Omaha, Nebraska (USA) My girlfriend and I recently visited the Masai Mara, a 583 square mile national reserve near the equator in southwest Kenya.  We timed our trip to coincide with the annual Great Migration, a period during which some 1,300,000 wildebeest, 500,000 thomson’s gazelles, 97,000 topi, 18,000 elands, and 200,000 zebras migrate north […]

Baked egg with spinach + rocket

SERVES 4 INGREDIENTS 100g rocket 200g baby spinach 30ml olive oil 4 free-range eggs 150g thick Greek yoghurt 1 garlic clove, crushed 2.5ml chilli oil or harissa 6 sage leaves salt and pepper, to taste   METHOD   1. Preheat the oven to 150°C.   2. In an ovenproof pan and a little olive oil, […]

How Do You Want to Get Your AG Mag?

How would you like to get and read your copies of Africa Geographic?  Retail or subscription? Print or digital? Desktop, laptop or tablet? In the not-so-distant past, there were two ways South African readers could get the latest issues of their favourite magazine: buying a printed copy at a retail outlet, or through a print […]

Top 10 Franschhoek Restaurants

With stately manor houses and vineyards setting the scene, the Cape wineland region is famed for being the culinary capital of South Africa. Here are ten, top Franschhoek eateries: 1. Monte Rochelle’s Country Kitchen is like a scene from provincial France – fillet medallions and asparagus risotto can be enjoyed outside on a cobbled terrace, overhung […]

Fig + Custard Tart

MAKES A MEDIUM-SIZED TART You can also make this tart with strawberries and raspberries instead of figs, the trick is to use whatever is in season, as long as you get the freshest fruit possible. Ingredients 1 sheet shortcrust pastry 1 punnet of figs 2 extra large free range eggs 3 egg yolks 125g caster […]

Mushroom + Spinach Carbonara

SERVES 4 Ingredients 40g butter 500g exotic mushroom mix 360g egg tagliatelle 6 eggs 4 tbs mascarpone 4 tbs cream 60g Parmesan cheese, grated 400g spinach, stalks removed, sliced Method 1. Cook the pasta in a pot of salted, boiling water till al dente. 2. Melt the butter in a large frying pan and add […]

Riding for Rhinos in the Karoo Sanbona Wildlife Reserve

I’ll bear the scars for a few weeks – deep gashes in my leg from a stumble as I negotiated one of the many stream crossings on my mountain bike.  But the smile on my face will last far longer.  You see I had the pleasure of joining 149 other mountain bikers and trail runners […]

Lamb Burger + Tzatziki + Vine Tomatoes

Create your own lamb burger, excellent with an ice cold beer… Makes 4 INGREDIENTS 350g lamb mince 1 onion, finely chopped cloves garlic, finely chopped flatleaf parsley, coarsely chopped ¼ tsp salt black pepper, freshly ground olive oil tub of store-bought tzatziki tsp fresh mint, coarsely chopped (to add to the tzatziki) truss of vine […]

10 Awesome Adventure Activities in Morocco

Morocco is a land of unforgiving desert-scapes, immense rocky canyons, towering mountains and swirling river rapids – the perfect playground for a myriad action-fuelled adventures. Here are ten awesome activities, sure to get your heart beating and adrenalin pumping: By Alecia Cohen & Holly Meadows 1. Ride dune buggies or dirt bikes across Morocco’s rugged […]

Beetroot + Halloumi Salad

SERVES 4 Ingredients 8 medium-sized beetroots 10 slices halloumi, 8mm thick, pan fried ± 15 caper berries 1 celery stalk, thinly sliced 3 handfuls rocket 1 handful cherry tomatoes, halved Method   Preheat the oven to 180°C Roast the whole beetroots till very tender. Once cool enough to handle, peel and quarter them. In a serving […]

Ryan Sandes Interview: South African trail runner Conquers Fish River Canyon

Ryan Sandes is a South African trail runner whose feet have taken him across China’s Gobi Desert, Chile’s Atacama and Egypt’s Sahara. Last month he tackled Namibia’s Fish river Canyon and smashed the record set in 2003, of 10 hours and 54 minutes, by just short of four hours. Ryan ran the second largest canyon in the world […]

Walnut + Pomegranate Chicken

  SERVES 4-6 Ingredients 4 chicken drumsticks free-range 4 chicken thighs free-range 8 tbsp pomegranate molasses 2½ml ground cinnamon extra virgin olive oil 1 head of garlic, separated but unpeeled 3 large red onions, peeled and quartered 2 large aubergines, cut into chunks 50g walnuts 1 large pomegranate, de-seeded bunch of Italian parsley, coarsely chopped […]

Zimbabwe: safe as houseboats

Return to Eden is a good name for a houseboat. Every time I come back to Lake Kariba I find I’ve forgotten just what a paradise it is. The winter days are sunny and warm and the nights are mild. Hippos honk from the shallows and somewhere in the thick mopane growth of Matusadona National […]

Life in Senegal: Dakar by Taxi

I am back in Senegal and I couldn’t feel more excited to be here. Today I am jet-lagged and searching for DHL on the streets of Dakar. I have missed Africa and its challenges, the strange feeling you get when you arrive somewhere new, and most of all the laughs and smiles of the people […]

Recipe of the Week: Mediterranean Tomato & Courgette Tart

SERVES 4-6 A delicious filo pastry tart bursting with flavours – great for book club night or part of a Sunday lunch. Ingredients   4 sheets filo pastry, cut to size small block butter, melted to paint the sheets of pastry 2 eggs x-large free-range 1 egg yolk x-large free-range 200g ricotta zest of 1 lemon bunch […]

Shark Cage Diving: Fun or Frightening?

Alessandro Bonora shares his impressions of a recent shark-cage diving trip in Gansbaai, off the south coast of South Africa. Shark Cage Diving, Gansbaai, South Africa from Africa Geographic on Vimeo. “So this what it feels like to be prey” I thought to myself as a 3-metre Great White with a melted, half-broken dorsal fin the crew had appropriately […]

Recipe: Justin Bonello’s Easy Egg Bomb Breakfast

Justin Bonello shares this delicious get-up-and-go brekkie. It’s so quick and easy he even managed to cook it while in the Lesotho Highlands, filming for his television series Cooked in Africa (see podcast below). What you’ll need Cup cake tray Puff pastry, cut into squares Eggs Toppings: Smoked salmon, spring onions, capers & crème fraiche Vegetarian: […]

Kiteival: Mauritius’ Kite Surfing Carnival

Kite surf around the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius in this wet n’ wild week-long water sport event. Kiteival invites riders to kite around the fringe of the Mauritian island in an event staged across five days.  The festival brings together amateur and pro-surfers from across the world, and culminates in a weekend competition held […]

Diving with Cow Sharks in Cape Town

When you live in Cape Town you fall in love with two things – the mountain and the ocean. I grew up surfing off Muizenberg Corner (wondering how many sharks had just swum under me), crayfishing at Pringle Bay, sailing off the coast of Simon’s Town and  getting horribly seasick while pulling up snoek from […]

The tales and toils of travelling on Africa Time

Trying to reach Kubu Island in a smart car was a really dumb idea. We made it onto the Magadikgadi pans but destroyed the fan belt and water pump in the process. With no way of fixing it out on the barren pan we towed the smart 250km back to Francistown. Dropping it off at Mercedes […]

Magical moments in Malawi

Malawi, often described as the warm heart of Africa, is a tiny country tucked between safari giants Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. But despite its small size we found that Malawi has a lot more to offer than just its famously friendly people. After the long, dusty drive down from Tanzania it was marvellous to cross […]

A family adventure through Africa: Travelling with kids

By Marie-Louise Kellet My husband, Andrew and I own Gravity Adventures in Cape Town and we specialize in wilderness rafting trips on the Orange River Gorge. Andrew is also a river guide instructor and has done many trips to various parts of Africa to run courses and lead kayak expeditions. We decided to take a […]