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First wild black rhino born in Rwanda in over a decade

The eastern black rhino calf and mom in Akagera National Park, Rwanda © Augustin Manirarora / African Parks

On World Rhino Day, African Parks shared the exciting news that a rhino calf has been born in Akagera National Park in Rwanda – the first wild rhino birth for over a decade.

Field notes: Western lowland gorillas feeding on seasonal fruits

A silverback western lowland gorilla relaxes in the trees in Odzala-Kakoua National Park, Congo

Odzala-Kokoua National Park guide, Alon Cassidy, enjoyed some wonderful sightings of western lowland gorillas enjoying some seasonal treats.

Video: Maasai warriors water their cattle – their wealth

Maasai, cattle, water, culture, Maasai Steppe, Tanzania

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

The best places to see wild lions in Africa

lion viewing from a game drive vehicle, Khwai, Botswana

Aptly named the ‘King of Beasts’, lions are an iconic African wildlife species and are often high up on many travellers’ list of things to see when visiting Africa.

Restless nomads and the walking safari

walking safari, South Africa

A myriad of African adventures awaits the fervent traveller: tented camps, off-the-beaten-track destinations, luxury lodges, camps and mobile camps that follow the natural migration route of the wildebeest throughout the year.

Tips for family travel in Rwanda

Rwanda is one of the countries were you can easily have a family adventure and create long-lasting memories.

The unspoilt wilderness of Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve

CAR’s Dzanga-Sangha Special Reserve is one of Africa’s last vestiges of unexplored wilderness and a place definitely worth visiting.

10 Things I hate about travelling through Africa

I don’t truly hate travelling through Africa, but I blame a lot of things after returning from such a trip.

Running wild at the Victoria Falls Marathon

The thing about this marathon is that it’s not just the race that is fun and festive. The tiny town of Vic Falls is jam packed with countless things to do.

What it means to be outbound in Africa

A wise man once said that even a bad day in Africa could be fixed when a fire is lit. People from different races, continents and religions can congregate around one fire and paint their own picture of their Africa.

Up in the air on a sky safari

Soaring and drifting. Flying and floating. A safari in the sky is both magical and memorable, and should definitely be on your next African itinerary.

Video: sibling’s thrilling African adventure

What happens when two adventure-loving siblings get together and embark on a spontaneous 8-week road trip across Africa? A whole lot of fun and crazy according to Shelton and Angel Du Preez.

We dream of Africa

We dream of Africa frequently, even those living in Africa can dream of an Africa that is molded from a picture, a book or a dream. Africa is a place where one can develop ambitions; craft out personal stories and fulfill desires. The above scenarios were all sculptured from our own experiences and from what we have stored deep in our brain that is locked and saved forever.

Photoseries: The best wild mothers of the African bush

A few fun facts about the wild mothers of the Animal Kingdom in celebration of Mother’s Day on 14th May.

Inventing nature in a post-truth world: send in the trolls

Nature idealised? Romanticised? Isn’t nature natural? An opinion piece that gets to the bottom of the social media influence on our natural world in an African context.

Video: a glimpse of life on safari in Zambia

Have you ever wondered what you might see on safari in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park?

King of the Pieds: the Pied kingfisher

Written by: Tritan Mitter

The pied kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) is a water bird and is found widely distributed across Africa and Asia.

Zanzibar: more than just beaches and sunshine

Six non-sunbathey things that you can delight in during your time on the beautiful island of Zanzibar.

The best time to go gorilla trekking in Uganda and Rwanda

Trekking mountain gorillas is highly thought of as an experience of a lifetime, but knowing the best time to trek these endangered species is essential.

What to pack for an African safari


A frequently asked question by guests is what do we need to bring on safari? Cheetah Plains answers that question in this blog.

8 amazing facts about lions

Changa Safari Camp have put together some interesting facts about lions

Video: fun facts about Hippos

They’re not everyones cup of tea, but like them or not, you have to admit that hippos are weighty creatures. Makakatana Bay Lodge have put together an interesting list of facts about these burley beasts.

Video: a night under the stars in Hwange


A night under the African sky in your own private star-bed is more affordable than you think at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange.

5 ways to see wildlife on an African safari

Traditionally, when one took an African safari, the only way to view wildlife was on a game drive. Today there are more options for game viewing

Video: What to pack for your summer safari holiday

Packing for a safari, particularly if it is your first trip to the African wilderness, can be a daunting experience.

Volcanoes of Africa: Ol Doinyo Lengai and Mount Nyiragongo

If you feel like you need an adrenaline rush, picture yourself hiking up to Ol Doinyo Lengai and Mount Nyiragongo – two of East Africa’s most mesmerisingly beautiful active volcanoes.

African Parks: the NGO that is changing the game


African Parks is an NGO on an epic journey towards a better future for wildlife in Malawi.

Why low season is the best time to visit East Africa

The Travel Industry can be a cruel beast. One month you’re booked solid and can’t find a leopard up a tree without being swarmed by other safari vehicles and the next you’re practically alone in the wide expanse of the Serengeti.

A safari addiction explained


Why does the soul long for the African Bush? What is it that keeps us returning time and time again? Africa, a continent so rich in diversity. A land of breathtaking beauty that draws in adventurous hearts for a closer

Why conservation is failing

Free roaming wildlife populations in Africa are crashing, and natural habitat is being destroyed at an alarming rate. There is a war going on, and the other side is winning hands down – why is that?

Finding Africa’s rarest parrot – Cape Parrots in Magoebaskloof

A birding trip into the Magoesbaskloof in Limpopo, South Africa to find Africa’s rarest parrot

An unapologetic romance in the heart of South Africa at the Belgrace Hotel

The Belgrace is truly a hotel with heart; Shaun and his wife Belinda have done an exceptional job in marrying the exclusivity of a luxurious European style villa with the comfort of a home away from home feel and adding their special recipe of unapologetic romance.

A Summer Storm at Rhino River Lodge

Guests find respite in air-conditioned rooms before climbing into game drive vehicles with beads of sweat rolling down their foreheads. It’s hot during the day but a Summer storm is looming and will soon cool the area.

Round up of conservation success stories

While conservation is as much a buzzword as almond milk, the last few months has seen strong and positive success stories emerging in conservation for Africa.

God bless the rain in Africa, when it comes.

One particular weekend I remember very clearly. For there had being snow in the Midlands, Johannesburg received 200mm in one day and nights downpour and Durban was quite literally almost washed away. But for us here at Amakhosi, it felt like a desert Island

A cheetah hunt is successful in front of guests at Jacis Lodge

During a game drive on a Tuesday morning with young Rebecca, her parents and two other Jaci’s safari lodge guests, driving through airstrip road heading east following wild dogs’ tracks which confused the game ranger Oliver for a long time.

Gorilla trekking is an eco-friendly activity

Mountain Gorilla Trekking is a most unusual and highly desired wildlife experience in Africa; considered by wildlife enthusiasts across the globe as the number one human-animal encounter. These rare and endangered Mountain Gorillas only exist in the Virunga Range which

Insta Favourite of the Year 2017 competition entries: Week 6

The latest set of entries into the Instagram portion of the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year 2017 competition.

A closer look at pangolins and the pangolin men

Imagine the possibility of walking with pangolins. Adrian Steirn’s recent photographic series The Pangolin Men captures a unique and exceptional scenario of beasts and men.

A day at the Office at Jacis Lodge in Madikwe

Four o’clock and the alarms sets off… it is still pitch dark and in the distance I can hear the two male lions we saw last night roaring. As I go to pick up my rifle from the safe at the Rangers’ Room, I bump into the only other creatures that are awake, my colleagues.

Facts about Eastern lowland gorilla trekking in Kahuzi Biega National Park

There is one experience you should definitely add to your bucket list and that is an eastern lowland gorilla trekking holiday.

Spring is in the air and the bush babies are born

What a cliché description of a season this has become and like all great clichés, this one rings true year on year. Whether its the sounds newborn calves and lambs resonating amongst the new grass or the smell of pollen, released into the air by freshly sprouted flowers adding rich colours to an already impressive tapestry.

Five top tips to remember when climbing Mount Kilimanjaro

Thousands of people have climbed Kilimanjaro safely and successfully, but even the mildest route is fraught with difficulty.

The Beat of the African Drum

Life in the African bush follows the rising and setting sun; the flora and fauna change with from winter to summer, whilst the warm welcome by the Shenton Safaris Family in our camps always remains as steady as the beat of the African drum

Wildlife welcome the rains in Majete

At this time of year in Africa, season greetings do not come dressed in cold weather and snowfall like we see on the scenes of Christmas cards. Rather the season greets us with hot summer days and the welcome onset of rain.

5 reasons to ditch the dudes on an all women safari

Single, married, widowed, young, old, mothers, professionals; more and more women are choosing to ditch the dudes and embrace the sisterhood that comes with travelling in women-only groups.

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