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Burning Man meets the Karoo at Afrika Burn

Imagine a temporary town of thousands of people, with dance floors, themed camps and mutant vehicles. Only this town is in the middle of the desert, with no money and a community of people devoted entirely to radical self expression. Friends of mine have returned from Afrika Burn utterly speechless – ‘mind-blowing’, ‘life-changing’, ‘self-altering’ – […]

Adventure and Sport, Videos

Hope for the Future Expedition

By Caiden Lang After months of planning and rigorous preparation the time has finally arrived for us to embark on our adventure. What we plan to do is to kayak the entire circumference of Lake Malawi. httpv://youtu.be/B-ngbzryEU4 When planning started approximately 5 months ago, our aim was to kayak the coastline of Mozambique. Due to […]

Competitions, Videos

Search for the Wild Kid!

Are you the Wild Kid? Do you have a passion for the African Bush and are you relaxed and confident on camera? If it’s a yes, then we’re looking for you! If you’re interested in becoming the anchor of a new wildlife documentary TV series and if you have an unusual or interesting wildlife related […]

Wildlife

Elephant acrobatics!

Nancy Bareilles was on a game drive in the Lower Zambezi National Park near Baines River Camp when she encountered a herd of elephants. She was amazed when one particular ellie decided to launch himself on his hind legs in search of a tasty branch in the top of a nearby tree! Congratulations, Nancy, on […]

Wildlife

Croc piggy-backs on hippo in Kruger dam

Caught on camera! This is the moment a cheeky little snapper crawled onto the back of a hippo for a ride across a Kruger park dam in South Africa. The opportune shot was captured by 21 year-old field guide and wildlife photographer Richard Millar. ‘When I arrived at the dam the hippo was almost fully […]

Wildlife

Unicorn in the Bush

When I first arrived in the Sabi Sands, I was told about a rare white duiker that was seen in the area from time to time. It was partial to a particular spot on the banks of the Sand River – known to be rich in leopard and lion activity. Without much camouflage from predators […]

Food & Wine

Grilled Tilapia with baby potatoes

Fish, Oh how I love fish! I am such a seafood fiend! I eat more fish than other proteins these days. Let’s start with tilapia, a firm favourite in Nigeria. I made a whole grilled tilapia over the weekend for lunch with some baby potatoes and it was divine. Here are some pictures and a recipe. […]

Wildlife

The great escape!

It was a hot summer’s day in the Sabi Sands when we found a large pride of lions, quietly relaxing on the side of the road. An apocalyptic explosion would not get these cats going, I thought. And began tirelessly explaining to my guests how lions like to sleep for most of the day. We […]

People

Southern Africa set to host world’s largest radio telescope

KAT-7 is the world’s first radio telescope built in the Karoo, South Africa’s semi-desert hinterland. It’s the basis for what’s known as the MeerKAT array, a world-class radio telescope that will be made up of 64 dishes designed to do ground-breaking science. httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q8JixOfSneY&feature=player_embedded All of this is just a prec-cursor to what people are calling the […]

Conservation

Easter born ducklings in Madagascar signal hope for world’s rarest bird

The Madagascar pochard – arguably the world’s rarest bird – has bred successfully in captivity building hope that it can be saved from extinction. The pochard was believed to be extinct until its rediscovery in 2006 on a single small lake, Lake Matsaborimena (or Red Lake), in northern Madagascar. Two years ago an emergency expedition […]

Adventure and Sport, Events

Maasai Warriors take to the pitch in Cape Town

The Maasai are famous the world over for their regal physiques, tall spears, shields, and colourful clothing. Garbed in traditional gear, last Easter weekend a group of warriors battled it out in a surprising contest…cricket.  The Last Man Stands World Champs, took place in Cape Town, South Africa, finishing up on 7 April 2012. It’s […]

Wildlife

Harry the Pygmy Hippo, a rare baby boy for South Africa

In the early hours of last thursday morning, the 22nd of March, a tiny pygmy hippo was born in a dusty Karoo town in South Africa. Harry, named after the Prince because of his love for Africa and its animals, popped out into the world at the Cango Wildlife Ranch in Oudsthoorn, where director Rob […]

Conservation

Top 10 ways to protect Mountain Gorillas

By Molly Feltner The recent popular YouTube video showing a tourist being touched by wild mountain gorillas has captivated more than a million viewers and will likely inspire many travellers to book a trip to visit mountain gorillas themselves. For those of you looking to make a positive impact on mountain gorilla conservation, the Mountain Gorilla Veterinary […]

Conservation, Videos

Earth Hour 2012

“If there was one hour that mattered, one name that counted, it would be yours”  From Times Square to the Sydney Opera House, Brunei to Lithuania, the tallest building on the planet to an Inuit igloo, the world will once again celebrate the largest voluntary action for the environment as the lights switch off for […]

Culture, People

Cape Town Roars to the Sound of Brian May & Kerry Ellis

There can’t be many organisations that could persuade the likes of legendary rock guitarist Brian May to jump on a plane, come to South Africa for a couple of days, and play for a hundred guests or so at the launch of a new conservation project. Such is the power of the British-based Born Free […]

Conservation, Videos

Turtles – something you won’t forget!

Our latest video about protecting the precious turtles of Mozambique. httpv://vimeo.com/39196351

Wildlife

Don’t mess with my island!

One afternoon recently, two guests were relaxing by the bar – they had been admiring a hippo in a pool in front of the deck. Nicknamed ‘Flump,’ this particular hippo has formed the centre-point for meet & greet’s with guests, as his chosen shelter is in a small pool directly in front of the main deck.

Food & Wine

Boerewors Cannelloni

What’s better after a long day than a hearty pasta?  Fresh Pasta Rules – you’re tongue-dead if you can’t tell the difference, capiche! Make sure you buy (or make) fresh cannelloni strips. Fry up some boerewors (a traditional South African sausage) and make a white sauce and your own tomato sauce to which you add a handful […]

Competitions, Food & Wine

Moreish Morocco winner!

In our last issue of Safari interactive magazine we teamed up with Riad Monceau in Marrakech to offer a 3 night-stay in a double room and a traditional Moroccan cookery class for two people.  Pete Luellen, who currently lives near Ithaca in the USA, has been picked as our lucky winner! On receiving the good news, […]

Adventure and Sport

Skydive for Rhinos 2012

By Micah van Schalkwyk Following on from our successful 2011 Skydive for Rhinos, ACT has embarked on a goal to raise R10million this year for rhino anti-poaching initiatives, through our national Skydive for Rhinos 2012 campaign. [slickr-flickr tag=”rhino” captions =”on” descriptions =”on”] The Plan: 448 (minimum) ordinary people and celebrities skydive at five centres throughout […]

Culture, People

Morocco’s Painter by Mouth

Once in a while we come across a person in our lives that allows us to understand the meaning of dignity. For me it is Mustapha El Harchi, a disabled painter by mouth from Morocco’s seaside artist colony of Essaouira, that serves as a reminder of how self-dignity and self-preservation of the soul is free.