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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.

Experience a self drive safari with Outbound in Africa

Experience Africa through your own eyes and create your own memories that will guarantee your return to take on perhaps that legendary David Livingston route through Southern Africa.

Protecting gorillas at all costs: park rangers of the Congo

In the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, the government is trying to develop tourism. But the lives of rangers who patrol areas popular for rare gorillas are on the line.

10 most useful items for a Serengeti camping safari

Packing for any vacation is a challenge, but it’s even tougher when you’re off on a camping safari to the Serengeti. So here’s a list of must-packs so that you know what you can ditch.

96 hours in Zanzibar

The name Zanzibar evokes images of mysterious alleyways, fragrant spices and bui bui clad women with beautifully hennaed hands and feet

What can guests expect from a safari visit to Cheetah Plains?

What do folks actually pay for when they come to Cheetah Plains?

Is it just the soft down-feather duvets; a steaming mug of fabulous filter coffee; a zesty gin and tonic on safari; a lion’s portion of deliciously prepared dinner and a tick-off on the Big Five checklist?

Botswana is the ideal destination for solo travellers

Travelling alone can be a slightly daunting prospect, knowing that you are going all the way to a remote location on your own, with little knowledge of the people or country itself.

Top 10 Safety Tips for Self-Drive Safari in Uganda

Self-drive tours are becoming very popular in Uganda, and car rental companies are mushrooming in Kampala and other towns like Entebbe, Mbarara, Kabale and Jinja among others.

Eco-friendly safaris in Kenya: 5 must-haves for the 50+ traveller

If you could go on just one more trip in your lifetime, what would you do? Trek the Himalayas? Dive the Great Barrier Reef? Walk the Great Wall of China? You might be surprised to learn that African safaris are rapidly becoming the ultimate bucket-list adventure for the 50+ crowd.

The link between technology and wildlife

Having been a professional guide for the past 16 years has meant I have seen the industry and how guests experience the bush change. Some of it is for the better, and some of it I will with hold my judgement for now.

Banded brothers, the mongooses of Marula Lodge

Many people recognise meerkats thanks to a TV series and a UK comparison site but are less familiar with one of our more entertaining garden visitors. Both belong to the same family but there are no meerkats here, just our own banded mongoose

Zimbabwe – a country like no other

You won’t be blamed for knowing very little about Zimbabwe besides its rocky political history which doesn’t do this humble sub-Saharan African country any justice

Going on adventures makes people happy, smart and attractive

Reminiscing about my family vacation in South Africa, Botswana and Zimbabwe this past summer and all the wonderful adventures had.

Predators clashing in the wild is not a pretty sight

Ruaha National Park in Southern Tanzania is well known for its diverse landscapes, big elephant population and high density of predators.

5 proven ways to do a gorilla safari cheaply

Going on a gorilla safari in Rwanda or Uganda has been proved expensive by travellers, from flights and accommodation to permits and catering, we’re here to help make it a little less expensive for you.

Magic moments in the Maasai Mara caught on camera

The well-known phrase “Take nothing but pictures. Leave nothing but footprints” is Journey’s Discovering Africa’s unofficial mantra, and we took that with us to the Mara

Video: An unusual sighting at Tanda Tula

A sighting was recently experienced by guests at Tanda Tula, Kevin Hill and his fiancé, during a game drive they happened upon this unusual interaction between a lion looking to hunt a baby rhino.

The very best gorilla tracking options for you

Tracking for gorillas is an unforgettable wildlife experience, one you should attempt at least once in your lifetime.

48 Hours in Moshi on the lower slopes of Mount Kilimanjaro

If you’re climbing Kilimanjaro and are wondering whether to spend some time in Moshi, then the answer is yes!

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