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Tracking tips from a safari guide

Other than barbecuing – sorry, ‘braaing’ – there’s nothing that awakens the natural instincts like learning how to track an animal.

Top 5 places to see elephants in Africa

Five of the best places to get fabulous elephant experiences in Africa.

Advice for travelling in Africa as seniors

Just because you’re a senior doesn’t mean you can’t explore the beauty of Africa. Prepare for safari with these handy tips.

Visit multiple African countries on one holiday!

Make the most of Africa and travel across borders with these suggested trips to two or more of the continent’s most beautiful countries.

Why millions of tourists choose Africa

A look at why more than 30 million tourists visit Africa every year, and a quick guide to some of the safari hot spots on the continent.

A hunting ban reportedly saps a village’s livelihood

Since Botswana banned trophy hunting two years ago, remote communities have been at the mercy of growing numbers of wild animals that are damaging livelihoods and terrifying villagers.

Skiing in Lesotho

Skiing in Lesotho is an affordable, enjoyable and accessible holiday for South Africans and foreigners alike.

Southern African bearded vulture decline

Humans are largely to blame for the rapid demise of one of Africa’s most famous birds – the bearded vulture.

So long, life as we know it

In a few days time, Kerryn and I will be saying a lot of goodbyes. Goodbye Jozi, you beautiful city. Goodbye friends and family. Goodbye work. Goodbye couch and DSTV. Goodbye Armitage Shanks, Sealy Postupedic, Phillips and Defy. Goodbye spacious

End of the road marks the beginning of environmental change…

Tracks of Giants, the epic conservation trek over 5000 kilometres through six southern African countries has come to an end. But the impact of the expedition will have a lasting effect for years to come. Starting on the Namibian coastline

Caracals count too: mesopredator research in the Cederberg

On a recent trip to the Cederberg with my 9-year-old son, I arranged to meet a young researcher working for the Cape Leopard Trust. I was keen to chat to her about the work of the CLT in the area,

Southern African hedgehogs: life in a prickly skin!

Cute … kind of ugly … spiny… delightful … adorable – I find it hard not to love hedgehogs! So here’s a bit more about these too oft-ignored little creatures… Stranger Danger! The Southern African hedgehog’s most distinguished feature is

Packing your book bag for safari

It’s not my intention to cause any safari guides to lose their jobs, but sometimes it`s just nice to be able to identify whatever creature (or plant) you come across for yourself. And unless you happen to have a photographic

10 Things to Consider When Planning a Safari for your Family

Forget zoos, what could be more exciting to a child than encountering animals in the wild? A safari is a perfect holiday for the family, because not only will children will be exposed to incredible wildlife but also a vastly

Ian Michler’s diary: the rhino crisis

The rhino crisis : Legalising horn trade is not a solution Almost 950 rhinos have been killed illegally in South Africa since January 2010. It’s an alarming statistic, and it points to a major crisis. At the World Economic Forum

Tracks of Giants expedition kicks off in Namibia

Two intrepid conservationists, together with a dedicated support team, have begun a 5000 kilometre, 20 week journey through six countries to help raise awareness of the importance of transfrontier conservation in Africa. The Tracks of Giants expedition kicked off on

All aboard

Gaudy cabaret shows, stale midnight buffets, inebriated singles hankering after an on-board romance. These are all the things I expect from a cruise. One big floating gin palace. Lost at sea with nowhere to go. The very thought gives me

Eyes wide open

It is a well known fact that the two species of oxpecker that occur in southern Africa, the red-billed and the yellow-billed, both feed on parasites that live on or in some of the larger plant-eating mammals that they share

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