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Opinion: The voice missing from the elephant trophy debate? Africans

People are likely to live with wildlife only when they have some realistic incentives to bear the costs of doing so. If wildlife doesn’t in one way or another form part of the livelihoods of people, it will inevitably make way for activities that do. For elephants, these incentives mean tourism and, yes, even trophy hunting.

News wrap: Rhino 8 nabs poachers + US big-game trophy decision

In this week’s news wrap an anti-poaching team celebrates success; US President Donald Trump calls elephant trophy hunting a “horror show”; the Trump administration is sued for allowing US hunters to import elephant and lion trophies; a woman’s body is found after a crocodile dragged her into river; and Mozambique ports have become the new export hub for ivory smugglers.

Opinion: The trouble with trophy hunting

Frank Pope, CEO of Save the Elephants, shares his insight into the latest news around the import of elephant trophies from Zimbabwe to America.

Now Trump calls elephant trophy hunting a “horror show”

President Trump called elephant hunting a “horror show” Sunday and strongly suggested he will permanently block imports of elephant trophies from two African nations despite his administration’s earlier approval of the practice.

US to lift elephant trophy ban

US authorities will remove restrictions on importing African elephant trophies from Zimbabwe and Zambia.

Bicycles help fight poaching in Victoria Falls

Victoria Falls Anti-Poaching Unit scouts were gifted bicycles by international charity World Bicycle Relief through leading Zimbabwean hospitality group Africa Albida Tourism.

News wrap: Cyanide killing Zim’s elephants + rhino injures poacher

In this week’s news wrap a report claims that over 250 elephants have died in Zimbabwe due to cyanide poisoning since 2013; South Korea clamps down on ivory smuggling; while North Korea is accused of rhino horn and ivory smuggling; a suspected poacher is injured by a rhino he was tracking; and questions are raised over Namibia’s killing of desert elephants.

Video: Young elephants kicked and slapped during capture for Chinese zoos

Elephant kicked during capture in Zimbabwe

Rare footage of the capture of wild young elephants in Zimbabwe shows rough treatment of the calves as they are sedated and taken away.

Hwange’s elephant ‘super herds’

elephant herd, drinking water, wildlife, Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe

Hwange National Park in Zimbabwe is home to one of the largest elephant populations in Africa. There are an estimated 44,000 pachyderms inhabiting the 14,651 km² park, which is practically half of Zimbabwe’s elephant population.

The Zambezi River, nature’s seasonal roller coaster

white water rafting on the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe © Wild Horizons

If rivers are the earth’s renegades, then the Zambezi River is leading the revolution, defying gravity and singing the earth’s song.

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.

Volunteering with anti-poaching rangers in Zimbabwe

Volunteering with the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF), Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe

As part of our four-month trip around Africa, we decided to spend some of our time volunteering with the International Anti-Poaching Foundation (IAPF) based in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, not only support the cause, but in hopes we would also have a unique and unforgettable experience.

Interesting facts about the Schalow’s turaco

Schalow's turaco, Zambezi River, Zimbabwe

A few interesting facts about the Schalow’s turaco that can be found along the banks of the Zambezi River in Zimbabwe.

Tragedy as trained elephant kills handler in Vic Falls, and is subsequently shot

two elephants and their handlers, Adventure Zone, Vic Falls, Zimbabwe

A 50-year-old trained elephant handler has been killed in Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, after he was trampled to death by a domesticated elephant bull.

Girl killed by lion in Zimbabwe

A 10-year-old girl has died after being attacked by a lion outside her home in the Chiredzi district in Zimbabwe.

Tusker, the bull elephant, treated in Mana Pools

On the 14th March, 2017, Aware Trust Zimbabwe received a call from Nick Murray from Vundu Camp – Bushlife Safaris and Parks and Wildlife Management Authority (PWMA) that there was an injured bull elephant near Vundu Camp in Mana Pools, Zimbabwe.

Impala: The ‘fast food’ of the African bush

You have to feel sorry for impala, they are probably one of the most under appreciated animals of the bush because of their abundance and docile nature. But these guys have learnt a thing or two about being evasive!

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.

Incredible sighting: lions, hippo and crocs!

The eastern pride of Matusadona lions were found feasting upon a deceased hippo along the banks of Lake Kariba, along with some curious crocodiles keen to join in on the meal.

The Victoria Falls Marathon 2017 highlights

Fielding the largest contingent in the corporate challenge, Africa Albida Tourism had 75 participants running in two of the event’s three categories, with 25 of the runners taking part in the race for the first time.

The quirky birds of Hwange

While you are on your game drive or even just relaxing at your lodge, you’ll spot a wide variety of our feathered friends enacting their quirky habits.

Zimbabwe’s ‘Disneyland’ receives Chinese investment

Zimbabwe just got one step closer to its dream of building a “Disneyland in Africa,” at the site of Victoria Falls, one of the world’s biggest waterfalls.

NEW weekly video series: Escape to Africa with Robin Pope Safaris

For those moments when you just can’t get out of the office and into a game vehicle, Robin Pope Safaris launched a YouTube video series: Safari Diaries. Every Monday, a new 60-second video is released and takes you on a virtual safari through the Zambian, Zimbabwean and Malawian wilderness.

Massive Noah’s Ark project attracts critics

©Antony Alexander, Peace Parks Foundation

The plan is to move 6,000 animals during the coming three years – and in the coming eight weeks alone the project will move 50 elephants, 100 giraffe, 900 impala, 300 wildebeest, 50 kudu, 200 zebra, buffalo and eland.

Man dies as elephant falls on his car in Victoria Falls

A 44-year-old man has died after an elephant fell on top of his car in Victoria Falls, reports said Tuesday.

Video: Walking with wild dogs

Walking with wild dogs in Mana Pools National Park on a Super Sensory Safari

Hunter killed by elephant in Zimbabwe

A professional hunter died on Friday after being trampled by an elephant on a hunting farm near Hwange, Zimbabwe.

Victoria Falls marathon: one of the world’s most scenic running routes

Econet Victoria Falls Marathon, 2017, Zimbabwe

Grab your running shoes and stretch out that hamstring in preparation for the 2017 Econet Victoria Falls Marathon. Taking place in beautiful Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe, the race sprints into its 12th year in 2017 and will be looking to grow from the 2500 participants that attended the race last year.

Lions killed near Hwange after they predate a cow

Two female lions were shot dead in the Dete area near Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe – for ‘Problem Animal Control’ (PAC) reasons.

Video: Elephants at your toetips in Hwange

Imagine sitting at a pool in the middle of the African bush and all of a sudden the local elephants wander down for a drink?

Search called off for missing hunter after possible remains found in crocodiles

Scott van Zyl

Teams searching in Zimbabwe for missing SA hunter Scott van Zyl, 44, have found what is possibly human remains in two crocodiles they shot.

Robin Pope Safaris expands into Mana Pools, Zimbabwe

Exploring the wonderful wilds of Malawi, Zambia, and now Zimbabwe – Robin Pope Safaris is excited to announce its expansion into Zimbabwe within Mana Pools National Park

Why Zimbabwe is the perfect destination for walking safaris

Zimbabwe, wedged between Botswana and Mozambique, is a dream destination for walking safaris.

Escape the modern world at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange

Escape the noise, hustle and bustle of the modern world at Elephant’s Eye, Hwange lodge.

Protecting pangolins with the Tikki Hywood Trust


The Tikki Hywood Trust is an organisation that focuses on the conservation of lesser known endangered animals. Their flagship species is the pangolin which, after languishing in relative obscurity, has found its way into mainstream media as the most trafficked

Magical Mana Pools: a photographer‘s paradise

Mana Pools is definitely one of Africa’s most unique travel and photo destinations. Already many years ago, this spectacular national park in Hwange, Zimbabwe has been designated a World Heritage site by UNESCO.

Video: Lions, impala, mud! An epic sighting at the hide!

Nkosi had taken some guests on a game drive to Ngweshla Pan, a commonly visited area by most who come to Hwange National Park.

Cecil the lion’s legacy

In January this year, we at African Bush Camps updated our audience on the pride of Cecil the Lion- a beloved “king” and spectacular specimen who roamed Hwange National Park.

Running for Wild Dogs – supporting an endangered African animal

A group of schoolboys who ran across Zimbabwe to raise funds for the conservation of African Wild Dogs in 1996 are running a reunion event for the same cause twenty years later.

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

The smoke that thunders at the mighty Victoria falls

The mighty Victoria Falls is situated between two countries namely Zimbabwe and Zambia. The local indigenous who speak Tonga, refer to the falls as the ‘Mosi-oa-Tunya’, which means; the smoke that thunders.

Trophy hunting: sustainability problems in Zimbabwe exposed

Trophy hunting in Zimbabwe’s Matetsi Safari Area is not sustainable at current levels as trophy sizes are declining, there is little scientific data supporting quota sizes and hunting management is seriously incapacitated.

Zimbabwe wants to sell ivory stockpile to China

A Zimbabwean minister wants to sell her country’s supposed US$10 billion ivory stockpile to China using a possible international legal loophole.

10 swoon-worthy reasons to go on a honeymoon safari

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the most difficult decision for newlyweds – where should we go on honeymoon?

Lions take on hippos in Kariba water wars

A pride of lions are ambushed by hippos as they feast on a carcass in Matusadona National Park, Zimbabwe.

The Hide wins Zimbabwe’s best safari camp – tented award for 17th year running

The Hide wins Zimbabwe’s best safari camp – tented award for 17th year running

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