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Going to extremes for black eagle conservation, known for live streaming video of African wildlife on the internet, is launching a new camera that will broadcast the wild black eagles of Roodekrans from Johannesburg, South Africa. At the moment the female black eagle Emoyeni, which means ‘upon the wind’, is sitting on her two eggs which are expected to hatch sometime […]


Encounters of the spotted kind

The sun at this time of the year in the Waterberg is irresistible and the warmth of it on our backs, coupled with the glass of wine over lunch, kept us all lingering on the deck well after our meal was finished. But soporific as we all felt, our small party were all on our […]

Adventure and Sport

Top Gear revs up for Durban, South Africa

Petrol heads be warned, Clarkson, Hammond, May and The Stig are revving things up for the South African Top Gear Festival.  Expect adrenalin-charged motoring mayhem, with FMX bikes, donutting, flaming rally cars, and exhilarating, hair-raising stunt manoeuvres. [slickr-flickr tag=”topgear” captions=”on” descriptions=”on”] Photos © In fact, mystery racing driver The Stig was in Durban on 30th […]

Photography, Wildlife

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 […]

Photography, Wildlife

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 […]


The Ngamba chimpanzee sanctuary in Uganda

I’m a little nervous of chimps. Personally, I think it’s because their actions and personalities remind me far too much of us humans. This is also why I am absolutely fascinated by them. When I was in Kampala, Uganda, I took the opportunity to visit the orphaned chimpanzees at the Ngamba Island Chimpanzee Sanctuary. I […]

Culture, People

The Boy with the Sapphire Eyes

The above image was recently submitted by Vanessa Bristow, who called it ‘The Boy with the Sapphire Eyes’. Within minutes of posting this magical picture, there was an enormous flood of comment and feedback. Amongst much of the rumpus was a fair degree of suspicion, doubting and downright slander about the picture’s authenticity. Swoops of […]

Photography, Wildlife

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 […]


Wild Kid shortlist: who is the wildest kid of them all?

Watch these video auditions of two of the shortlisted kids to be the WildKid tv series presenter: Graham Wiggill lives on a game farm in the Timbavati. Life in the wild has certainly never been boring for Graham and his family. He has been chased up a tree by a herd of buffalo, flown in […]

Photography, Wildlife

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 […]


I do Africa: the best and worst of times

Somewhere along the silent mass of Nile water flowing all the way to Egypt, something snapped. Maybe it was the time we were spending with our overlanding friends, and what is to us their magnitude of comfort and gadgets, or maybe it was just time. Whatever the reason and despite our happiness to be back […]

Conservation, People

First leg of Tracks of Giants expedition completed

Three weeks into the epic, five month Tracks of Giants expedition, the team is getting accustomed to the physical demands of the course as well as the harsh Namibian environment. The Tracks of Giants expedition kicked off on the Atlantic coast of Southern Africa in Namibia on Tuesday, May 1, 2012 and will see the […]

Conservation, People

A Brighter Future: day 4 of a Children in the Wilderness camp

There can be no better place to experience the morning than in the bush. The world outside cannot reach you; the hooting of traffic and the anxiety of the day are not welcome here. Here on the banks of the Luvuvhu River, the sun greets the resident buffalo who sneezes a golden dust cloud. Young […]


1.5 tons of elephant tusks seized

(Cape Town, South Africa – 24 May) Sri Lankan authorities siezed more than1.5 tons of ivory in Colombo, Sri Lanka on Tuesday, 24 May. The confiscation of more than 350 tusks is the largest in the island’s history. The tusk cargo had been described as ‘plastic waste’ and was hidden among logs of wood packed […]


Wild Kid auditions: Julia Soderlund

Julia Soderlund is a real outdoor girl from Pietermaritzburg who has a deep connection with all the animals that she encounters. From an early age she has been caring for injured creatures in her garden and many of the birds that she has rehabilitated still live in her area. She also does regular volunteer work […]


Wild Kid auditions: Daniella Cowden

As the time approaches for a final decision on who will be The Wild Kid for the proposed television series of the same name, one of the short-listed finalists is Daniella Cowden, also from Hoedspruit and the Southern Cross School. She has lived in the bush since she was three weeks old and has a […]

People, Wildlife

Wildlife artist returns to his roots

Geoff Louw has always been passionate about art and wildlife. He was born at a Benedectine mission hospital in Zululand, surrounded by beautiful African scenery that made a great impression on him. Then, lured by the bright lights of the corporate world, he spent much of his life working in advertising, which he describes as “all […]


Kgalagadi cheetah chases down an ostrich!

As with so many things in life, timing is critical. Being in the right place at the right time is especially important when one is venturing out in a wilderness area. Here one is always just passing through as the impromptu bush theatre plays out. You are either there just as the thespians strutt their […]


The Last Safari

Photojournalist Elizabeth L Gilbert set out on a journey through remote Africa to present slide shows to Maasai warriors, whom she documented in her books decades earlier. Many have never seen photos of themselves before, let alone a projection on a silver screen under the stars. The Last Safari is a documentary project ‘in motion’ […]


5,000 elephants killed in Republic of Congo

Understandably there has been a major outcry over the killing of hundreds of elephants in Cameroon. Here elephants, numbering into their hundreds, have been gunned down for their ivory. The finger has been pointed at armed horseman from Sudan, more than 1000 kilometres away. According to Richard Carroll, vice president of World Wildlife Fund U.S. […]


Five Tips for Mountain Gorilla Trekking

Of the dozens of wildlife viewing experiences I’ve had in Africa and North and South America, encountering mountain gorillas in their natural habitat takes the cake. On my first gorilla trek in Rwanda in 2008, I felt as if I had been invited to a reunion of distant, hairy relatives. When I first saw the […]