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Where am I?

Cannons line the wide promenade, named Le Barachois, in the capital of this Indian Ocean island. Founded in 1669 by the French as a stopover on the trade routes between Europe and Asia, the town now has a population of almost 140 000. Nearby is a statue of one of the island’s most famous sons, who lost his life in combat in 1918. He […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 7′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the seventh week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

All National Parks in South Africa free for a week!

South African National Parks (SANParks) has announced free access to all national parks in SA from 10th to 14th September 2012. This will be applicable to all the national parks managed by SANParks, with the exception of Boulders Beach Penguin Colony in Table Mountain National Park and the Namaqua National Park. Table Mountain National Park […]

Waterkloof, biodynamics and Black Jack

Waterkloof Wine Estate, a keen proponent of organic viticulture, has welcomed the coolest new ‘green machine’ in its stable, a thoroughbred Percheron gelding. Named Black Jack, he completes the estate’s ‘magnificent Percheron seven’ and will be put to work to prepare and cultivate the soil, add to the soil quality and structure and help reduce the farm’s […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 6′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the sixth week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

A Wild Dog for Dinner

We found these notes from a Kruger National Park guide both moving and insightful. The ‘king of the jungle’ is indeed a fearsome despot. ‘Near Skukuza, we came across a group of African wild dogs – three adults and 10 puppies aged about three months. As we watched them, the adults started behaving very nervously […]

Where am I?

Multicoloured fishing boats line the shore of a North African city that was founded in 323 BC by a mighty Macedonian leader.  The city grew to become a centre of trade and learning, and housed a library said to contain some 500 000 volumes. The institution’s fate is the stuff of legends, but it is thought that the building and its contents […]

A lion’s sense of humour

By Alek Komarnitsky This photo was taken June 28, 2012 in Nairobi National Park. I was staying at Emakoko, a great new lodge inside the park. Due to late rains, the grass was high and the lions used this sign to get a viewpoint. I am sure glad they can read.

Focus on vultures: 1 September

Do you shudder at the thought of vultures? Well, the dawn of spring on Saturday 1 September is the perfect time to change your attitude and discover the awesome abilities of these fascinating birds of prey. That’s what International Vulture Awareness Day is all about: focusing our attention on the birds and their status in […]

Where Am I?

Giant water lily leaves cover the surface of a pond in the botanical gardens of this Indian Ocean island state. Formerly known as the Royal Botanical Gardens, the reserve was renamed in 1988 in honour of the first prime minister of the country, following its independence. However, today it is commonly called the Pamplemousse Gardens, […]

More battles for the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe

We featured Sharon Pincott’s conservation work with the Presidential Elephants of Zimbabwe in our March 2011 magazine. Sharon recently released a second book about her ongoing work, titled Battle for the President’s Elephants. Her courageous battles are ongoing. She is currently wrestling against mining proposals within the key home-range of the Presidential Elephants. Add to […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 5′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the fourth week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 4′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the fourth week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 3′s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the third week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

5 Ferocious Shark Shots

This year it’s the 25th Anniversary of Shark Week, a week-long series of feature television programs dedicated to sharks and aired on the Discovery Channel. Here, we’ve selected our favourite 5 shark shots, taken from some of the documentaries featured in Shark Week. With each photograph we’ve listed five fascinating shark facts, to raise awareness and respect for […]

Team Africa Geographic Skydives for Rhinos

Between July and September, 448 ordinary South Africans will leap from 10 000 feet to raise funds for rhino anti-poaching work – and make a sky-high statement that South Africans want the decimation of one of our greatest national assets to stop. And I’m one of them! I’m Judy Beyer, an ordinary South African and […]

Trash for dinner anyone?

Have a look at this fascinating infographic about how we are eating our own trash, and what a bunch of masters students are doing about it. Created by: MastersDegree.net

Cover Shot competition: Week 2’s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue.  Here are the second week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out […]

5 point Guide to Understanding the Great Wildebeest Migration

Hundreds of thousands of wildebeest have begun to surge across the mighty Mara River, in a migration crossing that is truly one of the greatest wildlife spectacles in the world. Often portrayed as an event that takes place annually around the month of August, the Great Migration is really a continuous year-round cycle – driven by rains […]

WILDLIFE PHOTOGRAPHY TALK: Tips & advice from one of Africa’s leading photographers

Africa Geographic Travel, Pangolin Photo Safaris and Grant Atkinson invite wildlife photography enthusiasts to an evening of superb images and expert advice. Grant’s presentation, titled ‘Botswana through the seasons’ covers the ebb-and-flow of seasons and exciting wildlife events, with emphasis on his imagery and photographic techniques. Also, find out more about Africa Geographic’s upcoming exclusive […]

Cover Shot competition: Week 1’s Top 5 (plus your favourites)

In case you haven’t heard, we’re running a competition to find a cover for our January 2013 issue. Here are the first week’s finalists in our Cover Shot competition – the judges’ Top 5, plus your 5 ‘most liked’ photographs. Keep your entries coming, watch this space for the weekly finalists and remember to check out our […]

African animal Olympians: smashing records!

Okay, so Olympic athletes are awesome. Throughout history, Olympians have striven to push their physical limits, compete and break records.  But what about creatures in the animal kingdom who push their limits every day, for no glory whatsoever? Well, looking at the current Olympic records for these disciplines, we’re pretty convinced our animal friends would […]

New 50/50 Episode: 30th July 2012

TURTLES OF BANGLADESH During Kali Puja, an annual festival in Bangladesh, sacrifices are made to Kali, goddess of power. It’s a time of celebration and feasting and on the top of the menu is turtle. Many thousands of turtles are slaughtered indiscriminately each year of which several species are threatened species. At a market in Dhaka, where most […]

Gorilla Doctors hold out hope for injured baby boy in Volcanoes National Park

Being wildlife veterinarians, the Gorilla Doctors are often challenged to determine the seriousness of an illness or injury in a gorilla by visual observation alone. Clinically, it’s ideal to perform tests and physical examinations on ailing patients to make definitive diagnoses. However, as conservationists of wild gorillas, the Gorilla Doctors must take care to disrupt […]

Young mountain gorillas destroy poachers’ snares

Today in Rwanda, field staff of the Dian Fossey Gorilla Fund observed several young gorillas from Kuryama’s group destroying snares set by poachers! “We knew that gorillas do this but all of the reported cases in the past were carried out by adult gorillas, mostly silverbacks,” said Veronica Vecellio, gorilla program coordinator at the Karisoke Research Center. [quote]“Today, two […]

Shark finning in Mozambique

Mozambiquan dive instructor and documentary film maker Carlos Macuacua is on a mission to raise awareness about the plight of precious marine species.  Carlos understands the importance of educating local communities in Mozambique about marine conservation and ecosystems: [quote] In remote fishing communities people have no idea of the value of our sharks, mantas and other […]

Happy Birthday Tata Madiba. Here’s how you can help celebrate Nelson Mandela Day.

Today is a very special day here in South Africa. People all over the Rainbow Nation are waking up and pulling on their Madiba Believer t-shirts, because today is Nelson Mandela’s 94th birthday. [quote]The world remains beset by so much human suffering, poverty and deprivation. It is in your hands……to make of our world…a better […]

Fascinating encounter between a fish eagle and monitor lizard

By Simon Moore This incident occurred in late March on the bank of the Mara River. A large catfish had died and was floating in the river. An immature fish eagle was standing on what looked like a rock in the river – but on investigation with binoculars, turned out to be the dead catfish. The […]

Top 10 Picture of the Day entries – June 2012

Here’s our editor’s selection of the top ten picture of the day entries from June 2012: [slickr-flickr tag=”toptenjune” captions=”on” descriptions=”on”] Submit your own best African wildlife image!  The best of the bunch for the month will be published in the magazine and the top ten on our blog. Submit your image to cindy@africageographic.com, please include a short […]

Photography tips – try a new perspective and shoot low

These days, when I look through so many of the images posted on social media, it’s even more true to say that those images that make the most profound impact are those where the photographer has managed to attain an angle of view that is either level or slightly lower than the eye level of […]

The Boy with the Sapphire Eyes

The above image was recently submitted by Vanessa Bristow, who called it ‘The Boy with the Sapphire Eyes’. Within minutes of posting this magical picture, there was an enormous flood of comment and feedback. Amongst much of the rumpus was a fair degree of suspicion, doubting and downright slander about the picture’s authenticity. Swoops of […]

Recycling Optimism

PLASTIC. Around the world 300 million tonnes of the stuff is produced every year with 7 million tonnes “drifting” into our oceans. At present, in the North Pacific there is a plastic island the size of South Africa floating around. How much is recycled in a year? Only 4% of all plastics, around the world […]