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Gorilla trekking in Rwanda’s Volcanoes National Park

Join Africa Geographic Travel in Rwanda on a mountain gorilla trekking experience at Volcanoes National Park and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Virungas.

Destinations, Kenya, Samburu, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

Samburu Sensations

I was enthusiastic about the Africa Geographic team’s bid to get me twitching because they weren’t so mischievous as to give me a rare bird challenge. The list was compiled to demonstrate the diversity and splendour of the region’s birds and there was the added prospect of seeing many lifers. I began preparing by searching …

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The other ground-hornbill

Lucy talks about the under-studied, poorly understood northern or Abyssinian ground-hornbill.

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Wildlife Photographic Course at Zimanga Private Game Reserve

Join our experienced wildlife photographers Andrew Aveley (Canon Ambassador) and Brendon Jennings (Head Guide at Zimanga Private Game Reserve) on this five-day photographic course safari in Kwa-Zulu Natal.

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LepiMAP’s butterfly-filled LepiBASH

Discover what a magical resource butterflies and moths are for local ecosystems at Spring LepiBASH from 18 to the 26 of October.

Chad, Destinations, Photo Galleries, Zakouma

Gallery – Down by the Waterside

In Chad’s dry season the waters of Zakouma attract a veritable Noah’s Ark of animals.

Destinations, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries, Zakouma

Beyond the Infinity Pool

A visit to Zakouma, central Africa’s last wildlife stronghold.

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Chobe Wildlife Photography Course

Africa Geographic and Pangolin Photo Safaris have teamed up to host a Chobe River Safari combined with a wildlife photography course in the game-rich Chobe National Park in Botswana. There is also a possibility to extend your trip to include a stay at a game lodge at Victoria Falls.

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The story of Seymour the shoebill

The Bangweulu Wetlands Project’s latest member, Seymour, the little chick who survived.

Photo Galleries

Deepest Darkest Africa

The importance of dark skies to nature and man.

Natural history, Poaching

Chinks in the pangolin’s armour

How pangolins end up in medicine, on menus and electric fences.

Natural history, Poaching

The Luckiest Pangolin Alive

The story of a little pangolin who’s making a big difference.

Natural history, Poaching

The Living Forest

DEVELOPING A CULTURE OF CONSERVATION IN THE CONGO

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Best of Kenya Birding with Sammy Mugo

Kenya has one of the largest biodiversities in the world – an immense variety of plants and animals, including +/- 1 100 bird species. 10% of Kenya’s 580 000km² is dedicated to national parks or protected areas.

Natural history

Kruger – lions, kingfishers and on foot with ellies

Scott Ramsay’s travels take him to the Kruger National Park, a landmark area in the history of wildlife conservation.

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Kenya’s magical forest – the Arabuko Sokoke

Jeremy sets out birding in Arabuko Sokoke forest, a fragile green jewel of Kenya’s coastline.

Decoding science, Natural history, Poaching

A lifelong commitment

IS OWNING A GREY PARROT THE RIGHT THING FOR YOU?

Decoding science, Natural history, Poaching

Shades of Grey

A JOURNEY FROM A BUSTLING FOREST COMMUNITY TO SOLITARY LIFE IN YOUR LIVING ROOM

Decoding science, Natural history, Poaching

Get to know the grey parrot

There are 25 species of parrot native to Africa, Madagascar and Mauritius, according to the IUCN – with preferred habitats ranging from closed forest to arid zones. Parrots are not as diverse or abundant in Africa as they are in Australasia and the Neotropics. The grey parrot is found in the primary and secondary rainforest …

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Winding down in Mozambique

Jeff and Kerryn, still exploring Mozambique, take Andy the Landy for a spin down the beach.

Natural history

Fun and games with jackals, doves and sandgrouse

Turns out watering-holes in the Kgalagadi are a great place to grab food on the wing if you’re a black-backed jackal

Destinations, Ruaha, Tanzania, Travel & Lifestyle, Travel diaries

A Walk On The Wild Side

RANGER TRAINING IN RUAHA EVOKES THE PERIL AND BEAUTY OF WALKING SAFARIS

Destinations, People, Ruaha, Tanzania

Wild Inspiration

WE ASKED RUAHA’S RESIDENT ARTIST OF 11 YEARS ABOUT LIFE AND INSPIRATION IN TANZANIA’S WILDEST FRONTIER

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Bangweulu Wetlands welcomes shoebill chicks

Breeding season has arrived in Bangweulu Wetlands situated in Zambia, with the hatching of adorable shoebill chicks.

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Madikwe Photo Safari with Francois van Heerden

Six lucky guests will have Leopard Rock Lodge all to themselves during this photo safari with guide Francois van Heerden. Explore the vast expanse of South Africa’s Madikwe Game Reserve and maximise on the fantastic photographic opportunities.

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Walking in Ruaha National Park

Ruaha National Park offers a special experience for those interested in a wilderness walking safari. First, its size – it encompasses an area of over 20 000sq. km, making it the largest national park in Tanzania.  If one adds in the adjoining protected game reserves, it equates to an area of over 40 000 sq. …

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In Flight

A celebration of soaring.

People

Hunting With the Hadza

A journey back in time with one of the world’s oldest tribes.

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Shelley’s crimsonwing – no photos in natural habitat

A rare photograph of an elusive Shelley’s crimsonwing. There is only one other known photographed of this threatened bird.

Decoding science, Poaching

Where The Giants Still Roam

THE GREATEST AFRICAN ELEPHANT CENSUS IN HISTORY TAKES TO THE SKIES

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July is crane spotting month in the Western Cape

It is during the winter months that South Africa’s national bird, the blue crane (Anthropoides paradiseus), are most likely to be seen in flocks.

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An African colonising Europe!

After struggling to survive Britain’s cold winters for more than 300 years the Egyptian goose is undergoing a population explosion.

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Eagle interactions

Two tawny eagles battle it out at a waterhole in the Kgalagadi.

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Forest and still waters at Kosi in iSimangaliso Wetland Park

The Kosi Bay area of northern iSimangaliso Wetland Park in northern KwaZulu-Natal is one of the most photogenic and beautiful in the country.

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Kafue: paradise waiting to be reborn

Kafue National Park, spoken of as the lungs of Africa, is doing great things for conservation with their Elephant Orphanage Project.

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Tembe, land of giants

Tembe Elephant Park in north-eastern KwaZulu-Natal is one of Scott Ramsay’s favourite protected areas. In 300 square kilometres of sandforest, woodland and swamps, you’ll find some of the biggest tuskers in Africa.

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Drongo mimics alarm calls to steal food

Drongo mimics alarm calls to keep stealing food from other species, finds UCT biologist.

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Till we meet again, Malawi.

Jeff and Kerryn complete their last stretch in Malawi, although the last few days are spent sick in bed they vow that they will be back to visit again!

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Chris Packham cuckoo reveals migration secrets

A cuckoo wearing a solar-powered satellite-tracked tag is the first to provide UK scientists with migration data for three years running. Having flown more than 45 000 miles Chris, named after wildlife presenter Chris Packham, revealed overwintering in Angola for the first time.

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Tanzania to mine in world’s most important flamingo breeding ground

Lake Natron may be under threat as Tanzania plans to mine in a flamingo breeding ground that is not only regionally important, but globally.

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Bird calls by Sonto Tembe

A video with Sonto Tembe, a ranger who has worked for more than 30 years at Ndumo, as he performs some impressive bird calls.

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Pitta Quest

Join Africa Geographic on a dedicated birding expedition to find, enjoy and photograph the African pitta along with a host of other beautiful birds in the Zambezi Valley.

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Up close and personal with meerkats

Earlier this year, Will Burrard-Lucas travelled to the Makgadikgadi Pans region of Botswana to photograph some of the most charismatic (and cutest) creatures in Africa – meerkats!

Natural history

How dung beetles give birth to baobab trees

Scott Ramsay realises that despite our remarkable achievements, humans are not the only impressive life forces. That title also belongs to any number of other living things such as the impressive baobab tree or the humble dung beetle.

Natural history

Rhinos: It’s time for Plan B

We do not get a second chance if we get the economics of rhino trading wrong; all the rhino in the wild will be gone. It is time for a Plan B.

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Parrots and people

The lives of parrots and people have been intimately entwined for centuries, if not millennia. Given the familiarity of many of us with some of Africa’s parrots it may come as a surprise that we still know so little about their lives in the wild.

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Baboon spiders: hairy monsters or furry friends?

Baboon spiders are placid, enigmatic animals that would rather keep to themselves than risk an encounter with human beings. And believe it or not, there are people who are fascinated by them…

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Richtersveld National Park in summer

The scenery at the Richtersveld National Park is unique – desert mountains that surround massive sandy plains, and of course the Orange River that flows through the gorge.

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Parrots of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands

We review the book: Parrots of Africa, Madagascar and the Mascarene Islands by Mike Perrin with photos by Cyril Laubscher – a long overdue and proud addition to anyone’s coffee table.

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Namaqua National Park’s cool side

Famous for its flowers, Namaqua National Park’s coastal section makes for a superb wilderness experience even in the off season.

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Meet your cousin: the bonobo

Bonobos are our closest living relatives along with chimpanzees, find out some interesting facts about their lifestyles and social structures here.

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Walking De Hoop’s beaches and dunes

De Hoop Nature Reserve is unique. It’s oozing scenic Cape beauty and boasts several unrivaled physical features and is perhaps one of the most important birding areas on the continent.

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Photographic Safari in Kariega Game Reserve

  Nestled in the lush rolling hills of the Eastern Cape’s Garden Route lies the increasingly popular and relatively undiscovered Kariega Private Game Reserve. A short flight from Cape Town, or Johannesburg, into Port Elizabeth and easily accessible by road, Kariega is ideally positioned for a short photographic break. The reserve has superb landscape and …

Kids, People

Hanging out with some Maasai people

A young boy’s experience in Kenya – spending time with some Maasai people and hanging with his dad, a wildlife photographer

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Pelagic Magic

Ever grimaced while ticking an albatross from land as you realise that your field-guide illustration offers more detail than you can see on the speck dipping under the horizon? If the answer is YES, Africa Geographic Travel offers you the opportunity of a lifetime – to get up close and personal with the ocean’s majestic …

Uganda Birding – shoebills, chimps and gorillas

Join Africa Geographic’s leading guides as they unveil the magic of this birding realm. With a maximum of 6 guests and an expert local leader at the helm working the flocks, this trip always supersedes expectations.

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Ghana: Upper Guinea rainforest & savannas

A mere 6-hour flight from Jo’burg will get you to Accra, a short distance from West Africa’s best and most affordable birding experiences. Designed to get you 400+ species, this expedition includes your best opportunity to see the Yellow-Headed Picathartes and the charismatic Egyptian Plover. Along the way we experience the rainforests at Kakum National …

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11 Interesting Facts about Sociable Weavers

Sociable weavers build massive colonial nests that hang 4m high in trees and telephone posts throughout the arid regions of Southern Africa

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Stunning Morrocan images by Award Winning Photographer Dmitri Markine

Exceptional images of Morocco by award-winning photographer Dmitri Markine will have you planning your next safari with Africa Geographic

Ethiopia

Review of Birding Ethiopia by The Biggest Twitch

Ethiopia is a bird-rich country with a list of some 850 species – we review ‘Birding Ethiopia’, the perfect guide for bird-watchers

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Top 10 Things to do in Greyton – South Africa’s Little England.

Greyton is a wee, twee village a couple of hours drive from Cape Town. Set in the Overberg region, with the Sonderend mountains as a backdrop, Greyton is all oak-lined lanes and itsy, bitsy country cottages. I recently spent a weekend here and it felt like I’d wound back the clock and time travelled into …

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Victory for Animal Welfare: Zimbabwe Releases Captured Baby Elephants

Post courtesy Simon Bloch – Sunday Argus – January 20th 2013 A day after the Zimbabwe Conservation Task Force announced its intention to bring a high court application against the country’s wildlife authority for selling baby elephants to zoos in China, its chairman and animal rights campaigner, Johnny Rodrigues, declared a huge a victory to …

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Shiwa N’gandu, Zambia’s Enchanting English Estate

Northern Zambia. Shiwa N’gandu to Kapiysha Hot Springs. 22- 24th November 2012 After leaving the Great North Road, I drove along a dirt track until I came to a surreal visual. The scene was old, English countryside brick houses and an avenue of eucalyptus trees leading up to a huge country estate in the middle of …