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Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Celebrating Africa’s Elephants

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

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Celebrating Africa’s Big Cats

This fantastic photo gallery celebrating Africa’s Big Cats will have you contacting us to arrange your next safari and packing your bags

Natural history, Opinion Editorial, Poaching

Wild grey parrot trapping methods are ruinous, says new research

A research paper has investigated how different capture methods and other aspects of the grey parrot trade, other than just the actual volume of birds taken from the wild, can affect sustainability of harvest.

Destinations, DR Congo, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Virunga National Park

The Ultimate Primate Experience

Safari report-back: Trekking for gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes NP is the is the ultimate primate experience. By Björn Persson

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

Manyeleti: The Place of Stars

Manyeleti is Greater Kruger’s secret safari haven – undiscovered by most ardent travellers and yet brimming with Big 5 wildlife encounters

Hunting, Natural history

Hunting causes life-threatening build-up of toxic lead in vultures

Research in Botswana has revealed that fragments of lead from recreational hunter ammunition are finding their way into vulture bloodstreams, and represent a significant threat to these critically endangered scavengers.

Natural history

11 Leopard facts you need to know

Discover 11 facts about the African leopard – the most secretive and elusive big cat and the most popular request during a safari game drive

Decoding science, Natural history

The Mighty Zambezi: More than a River

She goes from lazy and beguiling to a raging beast capable of pounding a man and his ambitions into submission. Indeed, the Zambezi River is quite a lady… Most people know the Zambezi as that intoxicating cauldron of the elements and humankind at Victoria Falls – where that massive river inhales and forces itself into …

Bwindi Impenetrable National Park, Destinations, Entebbe, Kibale Forest National Park, Lake Mburo, Murchison Falls National Park, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Uganda

16 days in Uganda

Uganda beckoned – and after 16 years of planning Gerhard Pretorius finally landed in the steamy city of Entebbe for the safari of his life

Natural history

Can elephants run, or do they just walk faster?

A fascinating study has revealed that although elephants can move at considerable pace, there is a question as to whether they can run.

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

Tantalising Tswalu: The Kalahari’s diamond in the rough

It was like a scene out of the movie Jurassic Park. You know, that adrenaline-fuelled, chaotic scene when the bad guys arrive on the island in their vehicles and speed through the bush while dinosaurs scatter out of their way as they hunt for the ultimate dinosaur trophy. Well, this was like that, except I …

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

Kafue: A River Runs Through It

Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa, once said, “If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again”. Well, here I was, indeed on safari again, reclining in my bathtub, luxuriously located on the verandah of our room just metres above the Kafue River at Mukambi Safari …

Safari Tips, Travel & Lifestyle

Safari tips: How to find luxury safari lodges at a discount

Planning an African safari? We provide a breakdown of the various ‘safari seasons’ and when best to travel so as to avoid the crowds.

Kids, Photo Galleries

A new generation of Kruger photographers

The Wild Shots Outreach programme began just over two years ago in November 2015. The programme aims to give students from disadvantaged communities that border the Greater Kruger National Park area in South Africa the opportunity to experience the wonder of the wild and immortalise moments through the lens of a camera. The majority of …

Natural history, Photo Galleries

Macro photography: Up close & personal

How often can you say that to take photographs of your subjects you have to lie down on the ground? Well, how else would you be able to get a ground-level perspective of the life of an ant, or peer in close to fully appreciate the form of a spider? Most people don’t. We walk …

Natural history, Safari Tips, Travel & Lifestyle

Safari tips: safety and wild animals

Here are 10 important pieces of information to keep in mind about wild animals when on safari in Africa.

Leopard in Botswana with Africa Geographic
Botswana, Destinations, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle

Why the green season is the time to visit Botswana

Botswana’s green season, the months of November to March, is known by locals as the “secret season” – when you will have game drives to yourself, and enjoy amazing sighting

Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Quirimbas: A Diver’s Paradise

Quilalea Island in Mozambique is part of the marine-rich paradise of Quirimbas Archipelago. Adventurer Fiona Ayerst shares her experience

Black-maned lion in the Kalahari
Destinations, Natural history, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle

South Africa’s top tourist attractions

If there was a checklist for the perfect travel destination, South Africa would tick most of the boxes. Famed for its amazing wildlife and landscapes, superb local cuisine, warm hospitality and great weather, (plus the added bonus that its affordable) it’s easy to understand why tourism is so big in South Africa.

Botswana, Destinations, Okavango Delta, Photo Galleries

Delta Delight

This fantastic gallery of images by Hannes Lochner will have you booking your Okavango Delta (Botswana) safari with us and packing your bags

Destinations, Madagascar, Natural history

The chameleon the size of a house cat: 7 fascinating facts

The Parson’s chameleon is regarded as the largest chameleon in the world, found in the lush rainforests of eastern and northern Madagascar. Here are some fascinating facts about this giant creature of the forest.

Tip box at a safari lodge © Simon Espley
People, Safari Tips, Travel & Lifestyle

Safari tips: Tipping while on safari

The simple act of tipping can be an anxious moment for many people while on safari, and the subject of much discussion and seeking of advice.

Destinations, South Luangwa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Zambia

Capturing South Luangwa

Safari report-back: South Luangwa in Zambia offers a wildlife-rich safari and fantastic photographic opportunities. By Edward Selfe

Natural history, News, Poaching

49 Vultures poisoned near Kruger National Park

The poisoned bodies of nearly 50 vultures have been found by rangers in Mozambique‚ just a short distance from the boundary of the flagship Kruger National Park.

Natural history

The bird-eating heron of the Kgalagadi

The Kgalagadi always delivers unusual opportunities to photograph animal and bird behaviour – such as a bird-eating heron.

Botswana, Destinations, Khwai, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Kwaai Khwai

Safari report-back: My epic adventure in Botswana’s Khwai – a wildlife-rich area near Okavango Delta, Botswana. By Simon Espley

Water for Elephants Trust, Botswana
Natural history

Water for Elephants

There is a crisis of elephantine proportions playing out in the dry sandy Kalahari woodlands of eastern Botswana, and a determined family of caring people is caught in the middle of the drama. A friend and I spent a few days with them in September this year and came away determined to help. I hope that …

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

Magnificent Madikwe

Safari report-back: My wife and I spent two unforgettable days in Madikwe – the variety of wildlife encounters blew our minds. By Anton Kruger

Botswana, Destinations, Moremi, Okavango Delta

Moremi Magic

My Moremi glamping safari. There’s something immensely satisfying about discovering Africa on a mobile tented camp safari. G&T anyone?

A view of Table Mountain from the V&A Waterfront in Cape Town, South Africa
Botswana, Cape Town, Destinations, Natural history, South Africa, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle

Cape Town + bush safari combos

How does one exactly combine Cape Town’s summer splendours with a wild Big 5 bushveld safari? We provide four fantastic summer/autumn combos!

Photo Galleries, Photographer of the Year

Monochrome Magic

This fantastic black & white photography gallery of African wildlife will have you grabbing your camera and booking a safari with us

lioness, walking, Madikwe, South Africa
Destinations, Madikwe, Natural history, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle

Is Madikwe the best malaria-free Big 5 safari experience?

After a few days in Madikwe we had already seen cheetahs, lions, wild dogs, spotted & brown hyenas, rhinos & elephants. By Marc de Chalain

Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle

Trekking the beautiful Bale Mountains in Ethiopia

This was an amazing opportunity to visit Ethiopia’s most important biodiversity hotspot and see some of the rarest creatures in the world.

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

Kruger- lodges vs self drive

Which Kruger safari option is better – luxury of the private lodges in the Greater Kruger or the self-catering options in the national park?

Destinations, Mozambique, Niassa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Jurassic Niassa

“Are we seriously landing there?” The Cessna Caravan was heading towards a massive rocky dome, and what appeared to be a short dirt track in a dense sea of woodland. But, as we skimmed over a wide sandy riverbed, the track morphed into a landing strip. We bumped down and taxied to a halt. Paradise …

Natural history

Private game reserves are vital for conservation

Without detracting from the wonderful and critical role that our national parks play in conservation we would like to take an opportunity to focus on the positive achievements of the private sector in this regard.

Destinations, Natural history, Uganda

Mabamba Swamp: A bird-lovers paradise!

Mabamba Swamp is a bird-lovers dream destination. It is home to 260 bird species, including the massive shoebill – Uganda’s most sought-after bird!

Photo Galleries

Namibia’s desert-adapted lions

Namibia’s desert-adapted lions are hardy survivors that eke out a living in the inhospitable arid west of this beautiful country

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

Kruger Walking Magic

The three-night Mphongolo Backpack Trail in the Kruger National Park takes takes your soul to a deeper understanding of wilderness

South Luangwa
Destinations, South Luangwa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Zambia

Supernatural South Luangwa

“Turn left. Continue along the road, through a dry riverbed. When the road forks, keep to the left.” We were 371km from home, six hours into our journey, and at the bottom of page two of a three-page printout of detailed instructions describing how to get to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. We weren’t …

Destinations, Hwange, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Zimbabwe

Hwange

The annual wildlife count in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park is a wonderful citizen-science project for all – Tony Park tells his story

Botswana, Savute, Travel & Lifestyle

A photographic bonanza of predators in Savuti

A photographic bonanza safari – predators galore in Botswana’s Savute, Chobe National Parl. This is an Africa Geographic safari

Nairobi National Museum
People, Travel & Lifestyle

3 must-visit Nairobi museums

Discover the rich history of Kenya in these three Nairobi museums.

Damaraland, Destinations, Etosha, Kaokoland, Namibia, Sossusvlei, Swakopmund, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Walvis Bay, Windhoek

Classic Namibia

This fantastic photo gallery showcases the fascinating tribal cultures, wildlife and breathtaking vistas of Namibia – pack your bags

Natural history, News

Palm oil trade to develop in Congo Basin

Gorillas, forest elephants and bonobos threatened by plans to make the world’s second largest rainforest the next frontier in the global palm oil trade.

News

Global trade in African grey parrots banned

Delegates at a global wildlife conference on Sunday voted to ban international trade in African grey parrots, one of the world’s most trafficked birds.

Botswana, Destinations, Kalahari, Kalahari, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Kruger, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Kgalagadi versus Kruger

A daring comparison of two popular Southern African transfrontier parks.

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Wüstenquell in Namibia offers unique rock formations for photographers

Wüstenquell in Namibia’s abundant rock formations make it one of most spectacular locations for any landscape photographer.

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

Kruger2Canyons

Kruger2canyons

Natural history, Opinion Editorial, Poaching

Why you should vote to stop trade in African grey parrots

Sign this petition and help to save thousands of wild African grey parrots!

Destinations, Swaziland, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Swaziland: Africa’s Little Secret

Swaziland enjoys a diversity of landscapes and experiences for the traveller and a laid-back vibe – fantastic for that chilled vacay

News

Leopard kills 33 Endangered African penguins

A leopard has killed 33 Endangered African penguins in a single incident in Betty’s Bay, South Africa

Destinations, Kenya, Photo Galleries, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle

The wilds of East Africa – photo gallery

These magical black & white images of Kenya and Tanzania by Federico Veronesi will have you contacting us to arrange your next African safari

Travel & Lifestyle

Why Etosha is the perfect place to sketch wildlife

Etosha in Namibia provided the perfect African wildlife experience for an artist from Spain – check out his artwork and take in his advice

Gede-ruins
Travel & Lifestyle

Uncovering the remains of an ancient civilisation at the Gede Ruins

A visit to the Gede Ruins uncovers a lost Swahili civilisation and tells stories of how they used to live.

Natural history

Zooming in on mesocarnivores

A camera trap study contributes new insights into the diverse world of small and medium-sized carnivores.

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More incidences of vulture poisoning in South Africa

14 more vultures have been found in KwaZulu-Natal that are thought to have been poisoned by an unknown chemical.

News, Poaching

Kenya’s ivory burn: the story in pictures

Photos documenting the biggest ivory burn in history, which took place in Nairobi National Park last weekend.

News

African grey parrot bust in the DRC

Illegal shipments of African grey parrots intercepted in the DRC and local governors make efforts to crack down on the trade before it is too late.

Toekie-thorn-up-close
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Coral trees of South Africa – a study in scarlet

There is nothing in Africa quite as emblematic of the colour scarlet as the flaming coral tree. Find out more about this family of colourful fauna.

Destinations, Garden Route, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

The Secret Garden Route

Off the beaten track in one of South Africa’s most loved tourist destinations.

Destinations, Selous, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle

Selous: A Long Way From Anywhere

Selous is Africa’s oldest and largest protected area. This fantastic gallery of images will have you contacting our safari team and packing your bags

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

Kruger Addicts

An Australian couple share why they are so crazy about Kruger National Park – after more than 25 extended stays in the park over the years

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

Exploring Etosha

Everything you need to know about Etosha National Park in Namibia – home of giant white elephants & crowded waterholes during the dry season

Natural history

Why you should care about thickets

A thicket is a dense, almost impenetrable tangle of trees, shrubs, and vines, that is home to a host of biodiversity. Here is why you should spare a thought for thickets

Destinations, Namibia, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

I Love Namibia

Exploring the wild places of Namibia makes for a different kind of honeymoon, and our road trip turned out to be the journey of a lifetime

Destinations, KwaZulu Natal, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

iSimangaliso: park for the people

iSimangaliso is a World Heritage Site – a rich and diverse ecosystem that attracts nature lovers and provides sustainable livelihoods for many

Natural history

12 edible indigenous South African plants

Connect to your food and the rhythm of nature in a new, fresh and wild way by growing these 12 indigenous edible plants.

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Where did all the penguins go?

Penguins are in trouble. A 1930’s video clip with Cherry Kearton gives an insight into the extent of the endangered African penguin population decline.

Cape Winelands, Destinations, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

The Cape Winelands with a difference

Four Cap Classique-filled days spent discovering vineyards that are making a difference in the beautiful Cape Winelands.

HERMANUS-AND-FALSE-BAY-WHALES-
Cape Town, Destinations, South Africa, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Hermanus & the not so False Bay

Hermanus and False Bay – things to do, what, when and how. A complete guide to having fun on Cape Town’s coastline – from a local

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Is it possible to save Congo’s parrots?

An examination of the African grey parrot populations in the DRC and suggestions of what can be done to prevent their extirpation.

Natural history

Golden jackal: A new wolf species hiding in plain sight

New research suggests that the golden jackal should actually be classified as a species of wolf.

Destinations, Kalahari, Photo Galleries, South Africa

Kgalagadi – life in a Land of Thirst

Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park is a vast wildlife paradise and a dream safari destination for photographers – check out this photo gallery

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Rehabilitated secretarybird goes back into the wild

A secretarybird has successfully been released back into the wild after a lengthy period of treatment to one of its eyes.

zebras at waterhole
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The effects of drought in iSimangaliso

Understanding the problem of drought in iSimangaliso Wetland Park and finding the solution.

african penguin
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A second chance at life for 19-year old penguin

A 19 year old penguin, rescued by SANCCOB in 1997, has been released after recent oil spill.

soaring white-headed vulture
Natural history

Increased poaching causes surge in African vulture deaths

Facing multiple threats including poisoning by poachers, African vultures are declining at a critical rate and researchers suggest that they are heading towards extinction.

Bat-eared fox in Limpopo-Lipadi
Natural history

4 fun facts about the bat-eared fox

The bat-eared fox is a cute, shy creature that wanders around southern Africa’s drier landscapes at night in search of food

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Rehabilitated penguins to be released after mystery oil spill

Watch the first rehabilitated endangered African penguins be released in Cape St Francis this Saturday, after recovering from mystery oil spill in Algoa Bay.

Natural history

Rescued penguins responding well to rehabilitation

Rehabilitation of oiled penguins continues at SANCCOB in the Eastern Cape

Poisoned vultures in Mpumulanga
Natural history, News

Vultures poisoned in Mpumalanga

Endangered white-backed vultures found poisoned; two rescued in time.

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Oiled African penguins and chicks rescued

SANCCOB rescues 30 penguins from an oil spill in the Eastern Cape.

black mamba
Natural history

Putting right the black mamba’s reputation

The black mamba is a misunderstood snake – the subject of many urban legends and exaggerated claims Learn more here

vulture poisoning
News, Poaching

65 endangered vultures killed in poisoning incident

65 vultures and a tawny eagle found dead in a poisoning incident on a private farm north-west of Hoedspruit.

People

Through a Land of Giants

The Ruvuma River does not give up her secrets easily – but that did not stop 4 intrepid researchers from journeying its length

african penguin
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A project for penguins and people

A successful penguin release at Burgher’s Walk Restoration Project in Simon’s Town.

road kill
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Strong data from latest roadkill survey

A road kill survey of Pilanesberg National Park produces some interesting results.

long-tailed widowbird
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The lovely long-tailed widowbird

From being rather bland the long-tailed widowbird transforms in a Cinderella-like way into the most miraculous bird in the bushveld!

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Destinations, Ethiopia, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Ethiopia’s Church Forests

In the highlands of Ethiopia, American scientist Meg Lowman is working with local forest ecologist Alemayehu Wassie to protect ancient church forests. As in many developing countries, much of Ethiopia’s original forests have been cleared for subsistence agriculture and for harvesting timber and firewood, diminishing northern Ethiopia’s forest cover from 45% of its territory in …

Destinations, Gabon, Natural history, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Finding Gold in Gabon

I was used to working in the savannahs of eastern and southern Africa, where the animals I studied roamed in full sight. I was used to the relative comfort and safety of getting around in a 4×4, and my camera went everywhere with me. Then, in 2010, I arrived in the Central African country of …

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Black-breasted barbet spotted in Zakouma

The first photo of a black-breasted barbet in Chad’s Zakouma National Park!

Travel & Lifestyle

Blown away by Zakouma

Zakouma – a North African safari destination that stands shoulder-to-shoulder with the great wildlife and safari destinations of Africa

Natural history

Life in the Ashes

Walking through the ashes of Table Mountain National Park after last week’s monumental fire, I didn’t expect to see it as a landscape teeming with life, and yet it was. The sensation was one mixed with awe at the devastation, and wonder at the nature that has survived or is already emerging. For 5 days …

News

Rehabilitated Cape parrot thriving

A wild-born female Cape parrot rehabilitated from a deadly viral infection and released back into the wild in 2011 has been seen on several occasions, apparently healthy and living the life.

Hunting

NSPCA’s formal stance on the selective breeding of wild animals for colour mutations

The NSPCA speaks out on why selective breeding for colour morphs has absolutely no benefit to the individual animal, the species, biodiversity or conservation as a whole.

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Captive bred vultures fly free

10 endangered Cape vultures were released back to the wild this February.

Liuwa Plain, People, Zambia

Living Wild in Liuwa

Liuwa Plain, a remote national park in Zambia, is a conservation success story because of cooperation from villagers that live inside the park

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The cuckoo’s nest

The parasitic relationship between cuckoos and sunbirds in Uganda.