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Destinations, Hwange, Natural history, Zimbabwe

HWANGE

Zimbabwe’s oldest and largest national park, Hwange is a safari paradise that hosts large populations of elephants, lions and wild dogs

DR Congo, News, Poaching

Confiscated parrots fly free again over DR Congo forests

39 poached & confiscated African grey parrots released in eastern DR Congo after being rehabilitated at Lwiro Primate Rehabilitation Centre

Natural history

Chacma Baboon

The baboon is one of the largest monkeys in the world, with human-like cunning and 4cm canines that rival those of leopards

Opinion Editorial

CEO note: Captive-bred lion hunting not ‘fair chase’ + Lost & found

CEO note: Captive-bred lion hunting not ‘fair chase’ + Lost & found

Madagascar, Natural history

Lemurs of Madagascar

The lemurs of Madagascar are a fascinating family of primates of all shapes & sizes that have evolved to fill every niche on the island

Natural history

HERE BE DRAGONS – The Nile crocodile

The Nile crocodile has evolved over millennia to be a cunning, patient and ferocious predator that is capable of taking down large prey

Destinations, Namibia, Photo Galleries, Swakopmund, Walvis Bay

The Colours of Salt

AERIAL ART is a coffee table book by photographers Jay & Jan Roode who celebrate the spectacular Namibian coastline with astonishing images

Destinations, Ruaha, Tanzania

Ruaha

The ancient Ruaha landscape, dominated by huge baobabs & elephants, is home to a wide variety of wildlife for the perfect wilderness safari

Natural history

Bee wise

On the south-western tip of Africa, a bee conservation group has spent the last seven years discovering the wisdom of our wild honeybees

Decoding science

Cyanobacteria to blame for elephant deaths – Botswana officials

Elephant deaths: The sudden deaths of over 300 elephants in Botswana were caused by cyanotoxins produced by blue-green algae, say officials

Natural history

FOSSA: 5 fascinating facts

The fossa of Madagascar has the predatory skills of mongooses and civets – acrobatic and lightning-fast – and the strength of a cat

Decoding science

Domestic cat predation on wild animals in Cape Town

The domestic cat is a honed killing machine whose impact on biodiversity in South Africa is only now being fully revealed

Kruger, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle

A different safari – photographic hides

Fantastic images from a day in the photographic hides of Indlovu River Lodge in Karongwe Private Game Reserve near the town of Hoedspruit

Photo Galleries

A Black and White Photo Safari

An exquisite gallery of black and white images that will have you contacting Africa Geographic about your next safari

Natural history

Are Namibia’s carnivores at risk? Calling on citizen scientists

Namibia is conducting an assessment of its carnivores and you can help by using an app to report your sightings as a citizen scientist

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Natural history, Uganda

Bwindi

Bwindi is the fairy-tale forest we dreamed about as children; it is also where you can meet and spend time with gentle mountain gorillas

Natural history

Sitatunga

The sitatunga is Africa’s only amphibious antelope; specially adapted to their habitat by virtue of elongated, widely splayed hooves

Botswana, Khwai, Moremi, Okavango Delta

Understanding the Okavango Delta

The Okavango Delta is an enormous watery oasis, home to an astonishing variety of wildlife and host to some of the best Botswana safaris

Decoding science

Aardvarks and climate change

Aardvarks are being severely impacted by climate change, says research being conducted in arid areas where temperatures are expected to rise

Natural history

Chameleons – 6 must-know facts

Chameleons are unique, weird & wonderful – changing their skin colour & shooting their tongues out to reach 100 km/hr in 1/100 of a second !

Destinations, North Luangwa, Travel & Lifestyle, Zambia

North Luangwa

North Luangwa in Zambia is remote and wild, accessible only by air or tough 4×4 vehicle – the perfect place for walking safaris 

Natural history

Leopards: silent, secretive and full of surprises

Leopards: These breathtakingly beautiful, charismatic, powerful & mysterious creatures are the top request on safari. Learn about them here.

Kruger, Opinion Editorial, Travel & Lifestyle

COVID-19 safari during lockdown: we test-drive

What will a Covid-19 safari be like under South Africa’s lockdown rules? We test-drive a lockdown safari in Timbavati, Greater Kruger

Photo Galleries

Rescued green mamba eggs hatching

A fantastic gallery of images showing the hatching eggs of a green mamba. The rescued mother and babies were released back to the wild

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year 2020 Winners

These fantastic images from WINNERS in Africa Geographic’s Photographer of the Year will have you contacting AG to arrange your next safari

Natural history

The 10 cat species of Africa

Africa has 10 cat species, from the iconic lion and leopard to tiny secretive species that few people have seen or even heard of.

Natural history

Why are rhinos important for ecosystems?

Learn about why rhinos are vital ecosystem engineers & why Africa’s wild places would never be the same again if rhinos were to disappear

Natural history

The importance of bats

Bats are vital role-players for biodiversity & farm crops. It’s time for humankind to acknowledge & protect these hard-working mammals

Elephant collaring
Decoding science, Natural history

Elephant Warriors

Elephant collaring in the Greater Kruger by Elephants Alive and Blue Sky Society Trust – a process driven by science and the need for data

News, Poaching

American parrot breeder wants to import wild-caught African grey parrots for a captive breeding scheme for the pet trade

An American parrot breeder has applied to import wild-caught endangered African grey parrots into the United States of America

Busanga Plains, Destinations, Kafue, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Zambia

Bountiful Busanga

This travel diary to Busanga Plains in Kafue National Park (Zambia) will have you contacting Africa Geographic to arrange your next safari

white giraffes
News, Poaching

Poachers kill white giraffes in Kenya

The famous white giraffes of Kenya have been dealt a devastating blow, as 2 of the 3 are killed by poachers, leaving only a bull giraffe.

Destinations, Kenya, Maasai Mara, Travel & Lifestyle

Maasai Mara

This interesting introduction to Kenya’s Maasai Mara will have you contacting Africa Geographic to book your next African safari

Decoding science, Natural history

Leopard raids ground-hornbill nest

Video: a leopard raids a ground-hornbill nest in the Greater Kruger – yet another threat facing this threatened species

Bangweulu, Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Zambia

Bangweulu – where the water meets the sky

Bangweulu, where the water meets the sky. This conservation success story is owned by a remote Zambian community of fisherfolk

News, Poaching

Another mass vulture poisoning raises alarm in South Africa

Yet another mass vulture poisoning raises alarm bells that deliberate poisoning of vultures for belief-based use is on the increase, say experts.

Bar-tailed trogon on safari with Africa Geographic
Destinations, Safari Tips, Travel & Lifestyle, Uganda

Uganda birding – 10 best spots

The 10 best birding spots in Uganda, which hosts 1065 species – the ideal place to improve your life bird species list

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Spider Macro Magic

With a record-breaking, never-before-seen 29,887 entries received for our Photographer of the Year 2019 competition, our judges had an incredibly tough time deciding on our winner and runners-up. But at the end of the day, it was the pure macro-magic of Eraine van Schalkwyk’s jumping spider that caught the eye of our judges, and she …

Destinations, Namibia, Photo Galleries

Namibia: Spectacular colours of a magnificent wilderness destination

Be inspired by this selection of images that capture Namibia’s extraordinary light. Expect a visual feast!

Destinations, Kruger, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Experience an art safari in the Big 5 Greater Kruger

Safari report-back: Art safari in Big 5 Greater Kruger with a professional wildlife artist. What my guests had to say. By Alison Nicholls

Destinations, Kruger, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Klaserie Capers

He emerged silently from the gloom and ambled towards us with that gentle rocking gait that big bull elephants use to cover vast distances with minimal effort. His white tusks glowed in the moonshine, but otherwise, he was just a huge dark grey smudge that loomed larger by the second. The eight of us sat …

Decoding science, Natural history, Poaching

African grey parrots: How social media is facilitating both illegal trade and the fight against it

A recent study examines how social media marketplaces facilitate trafficking of endangered African grey parrots.

Natural history, News

Okapi conservation gets a boost, with new DRC reserve management partner

Okapi conservation has received a boost, with the signing of a new management agreement for The Okapi Wildlife Reserve in northeastern Democratic Republic of Congo.

Elephants and trees
Decoding science, Natural history

Elephants and trees

Does removing elephants save trees? This fascinating report delves into this important conservation issue.

Destinations, Gonarezhou, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Zimbabwe

Gonarezhou – Land of Giants

GONAREZOU – a conservation success story and iconic wilderness destination for those seeking true wilderness

Destinations, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle

Off the beaten track: Camping at the Maasai village of Monduli Juu

Discovering Monduli Juu in Tanzania – an off-the-beaten-track campsite run by the indigenous Maasai people.

Decoding science

Vultures of the Old World

“When one thinks about vultures, one envisions a bald-headed, blood-thirsty scavenger waiting for something or someone to perish. We have been brought up to believe that evil surrounds vultures, and this has led to cinematography portraying the species in a negative and unloved light. This has most certainly contributed to the species being disliked and …

News

CITES CoP18 – most controversial one ever? Here are the results for African species

CITES CoP18 – all the results for African species, including rulings for elephant and rhino trade that have some African range states questioning their ongoing participation in CITES.

People, Photo Galleries

The Wodaabe – Nomads of the North

The Wodaabe tribe are nomadic pastoralists of the Sahel region in Africa. Their migratory journeys cover the expanse of northern Africa, where they travel with their cattle and families across the arid areas of Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and the Central African Republic. They are a small, isolated branch of the Fulani ethnic group and …

Natural history

Bushbabies – The Southern Lesser Galago

With their large saucepan eyes, big ears and bushy tails, galagos, also known as bushbabies, are one of Africa’s most endearing creatures of the night. Often referred to in South Africa as nagapies, meaning “little night monkeys” in Afrikaans, they are regarded as one of the smallest of the prosimian primate species. Although reasonably common throughout parts …

Decoding science, Natural history

The Brown Hyena

Steeped in myths and legends regarding magical powers, hermaphroditism and black magic, and more recently cast as villains by Disney, the hyena family undoubtedly suffers from a bad reputation. With their gentle, social interactions and strong kin bonds rarely witnessed, and their reputation amongst farmers as a livestock predator, the misunderstood and secretive brown hyena …

Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

St. Helena – Treasure Chest of the Atlantic Ocean

We bounced across the water on the lookout for our quarry. We had been searching for a while now and were starting to lose hope of any success when suddenly there came a shout: “There’s one!” Just below us, swimming effortlessly in the pristine water, was a gentle giant – a whale shark. In no …

Destinations, Kruger, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Walking safari in the Greater Kruger

My Greater Kruger walking safari in Big 5 country – the best way to unplug and get back to basics – by the CEO of Africa Geographic

Natural history, People, Travel & Lifestyle

Finding my purpose on a safari adventure

Connecting ethical adventure travel with the purpose of making a difference. A member from the latest Journeys with Purpose expedition shares her insights.

Hunting, Opinion Editorial, Poaching

Life with elephants

Botswana elephant debate: We speak to the MOST important people in this equation – those living with elephants

Destinations, Kenya, Natural history

Taita Hills: The cloud forest in a fragmented landscape

Kenya’s Taita Hills is a dense cloud forest teeming with wildlife. While that may sound like paradise, the forest is threatened by habitat loss and fragmentation – which is raising concerns amongst researchers.

Natural history, People, Travel & Lifestyle

Opinion: The future is here – safari game drives will never be the same again

Our CEO test drives the best electric 4×4 vehicle around, and wants one.

Destinations, Ethiopia, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Discovering Ethiopia

Ethiopia is a fascinating country. Rapidly recovering since 1991 from the ravages of Marxism, and only relatively recently discovered by cultural and wildlife tourists, it is one of three countries in the world that has never been colonised. It is the second-most populous country in Africa, after Nigeria, with 105 million people, comprising 80 ethnic groups, …

Natural history, News, People

Become an Eco-warrior and donate towards educational conservation comics for children

Become an ‘Eco-warrior’ and help the Southern African Conservation Trust educate the less privileged children by making a small donation towards their educational conservation comics.

Natural history, News

What CITES will debate at CoP18 in May for these African species

CITES debates: White rhino, elephant, giraffe and other African species come under the spotlight at the May CoP18 sessions.

Decoding science, Natural history

The Honey Badger

There is an expression in Afrikaans that goes “so taai soos ‘n ratel” – which translates to “as tough as a honey badger”. Across the continent honey badgers have earned the reputation of being tough, even lending their name to an armoured personnel carrier used by the South African Defence Force. This reputation is in part …

Karoo, Natural history, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Samara – Rewilding the Great Karoo

It was late in the evening when we sat down for a beautifully prepared three-course dinner at the impeccably decorated Manor House in Samara – a private game reserve located near Graaff-Reinet in the Great Karoo. The main topic making the rounds was about the much-anticipated lion release, which took place earlier in the day. …

Destinations, Serengeti, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Serengeti – ultimate walking safari

Safari report-back: My walking safari in the vast Serengeti wilderness – a fantastic experience for adventurous souls. By Simon Espley

Destinations, Kafue, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Zambia

Nanzhila Plains – Hidden Kafue Gem

Nanzhila Plains is a hidden gem in the remote southern reaches of Kafue National Park, Zambia. Safari heaven

Destinations, Madagascar, Natural history, News

World’s rarest duck released back into the wild

A duck thought to be extinct for 15 years has been brought back from the brink and given a new home on a remote lake in Madagascar.

Competitions, Natural history

The winners of our Best Video Clip 2018 competition

Announcing the winners of our Best Video Clip 2018 competition! Take a look to see who has won the $500 prizes!

Cape Town, Destinations, Natural history, South Africa

Penguins: What’s being done and how you can help

Cape Town is synonymous with many things, like Table Mountain, picturesque landscapes, beautiful beaches, and of course our iconic African penguin.

Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Magnificent Masoala

Bouncing over a line of assailing waves, our boat speeds away from the riverine town of Maroansetra, bound for the lushly forested Masoala Peninsula. Nosy Mangabe clogs the horizon, a perfectly placed puff of cloud lending the 520-hectare islet the appearance of a smouldering volcano. I almost expect to see dinosaurs wandering the island’s liana-tangled …

Destinations, Mozambique, Natural history, News

A great year for wildlife in Maputo Special Reserve

In a conservation success story, more than 4,200 animals have been translocated to Maputo Special Reserve since 2013 through a multi-year rewilding project led by Peace Parks Foundation.

Decoding science, Natural history

The Cheetah

“A cheetah in full flight is one of Africa’s most breathtaking sights – that blindingly rapid and yet sublimely smooth acceleration and the ability to swerve at full speed take one’s breath away. And, with a hunting success rate above 50%, cheetahs are amongst the most successful of Africa’s large carnivores when it comes to …

Destinations, Kruger, Natural history, News, South Africa

New citrus farm on Kruger border – have your say

A citrus farming enterprise has purchased a small but ecologically pivotal farm on the border of the Klaserie and Timbavati private nature reserves (Greater Kruger) near the town of Hoedspruit, and plans to develop a citrus orchard in this vital game reserve area.

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Reflection

With over 25,593 entries received for our Photographer of the Year 2018 competition, our judges had a tough time deciding on our overall winner. However, one photo stood out among the thousands, and it spoke to the judges on all levels. Sushil Chauhan’s photo of a Rüppell’s vulture portrayed vultures for what they are – majestic and …

Destinations, Kruger, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Kruger Glamping

Glamorous camping (glamping) should be an authentic way of enjoying what safari used to be all about. But not too authentic, right? I mean you don’t want to have to catch your dinner or dig a pit latrine. Sure, do away with the permanent lodge structures, but I still want to feel safe and comfortable. …

Destinations, Kenya, Maasai Mara, Photo Galleries, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Mara Magic

My dream Maasai Mara safari, designed by the Africa Geographic team. By keen traveller and amateur photographer Gavin Duffy

Destinations, Serengeti, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Epic Serengeti

Safari report-back: My luxury Serengeti safari during the wildebeest migration – drama, excitement, awe and wonder. By Simon Espley

Destinations, Hwange, Natural history, Zimbabwe

Understanding elephant migration in the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area

What you should know about elephant migration in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park – the world’s largest transfrontier conservation area.

Natural history, Poaching

REST – Rehabilitation & Conservation in Action

The morning sun was starting to make us sweat as we sat on the ground in a circle and waited. There wasn’t a breath of wind as small puffs of pale-yellow dust rose into the air, kicked up by four inquisitive creatures who were making their way towards us. Slowly but surely, they got within …

Destinations, Madagascar, Photo Galleries

Madagascar

This fantastic photo gallery of Madagascar wildlife will have you contacting Africa Geographic to arrange your next safari, and packing your bags

Destinations, Lower Zambezi, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Zambia

Lower Zambezi: where the wild things are

The Lower Zambezi valley, with its majestic escarpment sloping down to meet the Zambezi river, is a remote safari paradise

Destinations, Etosha, Namibia, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Etosha through my eyes

Etosha is the perfect year-round safari destination, with each season having its particular charm and beauty

Destinations, Kibale Forest National Park, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle, Uganda

Video: Searching for the elusive green-breasted pitta

The green-breasted pitta already holds the dubiously honourable rank of number ONE African bogey bird in my books, a title am hoping to strip off today.

Destinations, Kenya, Maasai Mara, Ruaha, Selous, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Our secret season safari in East Africa

Safari report-back: My luxury green (secret) season adventure in Kenya and Tanzania – arranged by Africa Geographic. By Mark Paul

Damaraland, Destinations, Etosha, Kids, Namibia, Safari Tips, Swakopmund, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Walvis Bay

Namibia – On safari with my kid

It’s a familiar ritual to anyone who has camped at Okaukuejo in Etosha National Park in Namibia in June; it takes some effort to hammer your tent pegs securely into the hard, chalky ground, but it’s worth it when the wind blows. Our toddler, Sanne (18 months old), had seen us pitching our tent at …

Kids, Natural history, People, Safari Tips, Travel & Lifestyle

Safari tips: Going on safari with kids

Travelling with kids on a safari in Africa may seem like a daunting task. They can get bored very easily, especially on long road trips, and keeping their attention and interest piqued about wildlife can become a tedious, exhausting and stressful task. However, with proper planning and armed with the knowledge of what your kids enjoy, you can make a safari quite an enjoyable and memorable experience for the whole family.

Boteti, Botswana, Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Botswana’s Boteti

Shortly after arriving at camp, I was relishing a moment of pure bliss, washing off the heat and the dust under the best outdoor shower ever. From cold, foggy Cape Town to sunny Botswana. Filled with a sense of freedom and oneness with nature, I thought, “Can life get any better than this?” I think …

Decoding science, Natural history

The Cape Leopard

The Cape leopard is the stuff of legends. This seldom seen, highly elusive apex predator survives in some of the most inhospitable habitat possible – the rugged, low nutritional fynbos biome of the Cape Fold Mountain ranges. Despite the habitat limitations, this region did historically host many wildlife species such as black rhino, Cape mountain …

Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Aldabra Atoll

In 1874 Charles Darwin, along with six other eminent contemporaries, wrote to the Governor of Mauritius and its dependencies: “We the undersigned respectfully beg to call the attention of the Colonial Government of Mauritius to the imminent extermination of the gigantic Land Tortoises of the Mascarenes, commonly called ‘Indian Tortoises’… No means being taken for …

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Moments

This fantastic photo gallery of African wildlife will have you booking your next safari with Africa Geographic and packing those bags

Natural history, News

Elephants with a purpose

Why did 53 elephants travel more than 1,250 km across three different countries this month? Here’s why.

Destinations, Kenya, Maasai Mara, Serengeti, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle

The Great Wildebeest Migration

The Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystems see huge herds of wildebeest and zebras migrating in a continuous search for the best food and water. Although this journey follows a similar annual route, exact timing varies based on rainfall. When the rains beckon, the wildebeest go. In spite of the big cats in waiting, or the …

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Celebrating Africa’s Avian Candy

This fantastic photo gallery of African birds will have you booking your next safari with Africa Geographic, and dusting off your camera

Natural history

Video: Processionary caterpillars

Processionary caterpillars are recognised by their behaviour of following each other head to tail in long, single file trails.

Botswana, Destinations, Khwai, Moremi, Okavango Delta, Savute, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Botswana: My Dream Safari

Safari report back: My epic mobile tented adventure through the wildlife paradise of Botswana – Okavango, Khwai and Savute. By Ruzdi Ekenheim

Destinations, News, North Luangwa, People, South Luangwa, Zambia

Will Zambia’s Luangwa River be dammed? Have your say

Zambia’s wildlife paradise and legendary safari mecca of Luangwa Valley may in future partially function as one giant tap for some of Zambia’s growing water needs. Gone will be the seasonal, natural water cycles that sustain and nurture this incredibly fecund river valley. You see, a sizeable chunk of Luangwa Valley may be dammed in the near future, at Ndevu Gorge

Destinations, Limpopo, Natural history, News, Poaching, South Africa

Guarding Limpopo National Park’s carnivores

A new carnivore protection ranger force, the Limpopo Lion Protection Team, has been trained and deployed – specifically assigned to support the Greater Limpopo Carnivore Programme and tasked with securing known lion ranges from targeted lion poaching.

Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Victoria Falls (Livingstone), Zambia

Lavish Livingstone

Livingstone is the Zambian gateway to Victoria Falls – the ‘smoke that thunders’ – a superb luxury safari haven

Natural history

The black & white of African wildlife explained

Every now and then nature experiments by producing a black or white mutation of an animal or bird that is otherwise normally coloured. There is something magical about seeing a white lion, black leopard or ‘king’ cheetah in the wild, as if it were a spiritual shadow of the species, a form of higher being.

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Photographer of the Year 2018 Winners

These fantastic images from Africa Geographic’s Photographer of the Year 2018 winners will have you dusting your camera off and booking your next safari

logging © Simon Espley
Natural history, News

Tanzania invites bids for logging in Selous to pave way for huge hydropower plant

The Tanzania Forest Services (TFS) has invited tenders for large-scale logging in the Selous Game Reserve, a world-renowned wildlife area, where it plans to construct a large hydropower plant.