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Rhino tracking in the desert

Rhino tracking on foot in the rocky mountains and dry riverbeds of Damaraland gave these bloggers the opportunity to come face-to-face with a desert-adapted black rhino mother and her calf.

Desert animals in Damaraland

The rocky hills and gravel plains of Damaraland are home to more arid-adapted wildlife than we could ever have imagined.

Horse sleep-out in the Namib Desert

These bloggers go galloping across the rocky plains of the Namib with nothing between them and the wide-open spaces and discover a sense of freedom and a safari like no other…

Rafting down the Kunene River with crocodiles

A massive Nile crocodile, with jaws full of razor sharp teeth, swam straight towards their blow-up raft before being scared away by the slap of a paddle… read about the adventures of Marcus and Kate in Namibia.

Life in the Desert: Heat, Rocks and the Himba

In a small village of cracked dome huts in the rocky mountains of northwest Namibia we met a Himba woman called Muhapikua who shared with us the story of her life in the desert. When we visited Orongunga it was a village of women and children as the men were away herding their beloved cattle. […]

5 Reasons To Go On Safari In Etosha

On the edge of the Etosha Pan all of the animals scatter when the “king of the beasts” approaches the waterhole. Etosha means “Great White Place of Dry Water” and is dominated by the vast white expanse of the Etosha Pan. In this stark landscape of saltpans and shimmering mirages, animals rely heavily on waterholes […]

Walking in the Footsteps of Giants

Walking with elephants in the wilds of Botswana made us feel more closely connected than ever before to these majestic creatures. Deep in the heart of the Botswana bush, Doug and Sandi Groves live in a rustic bush camp with three fully-grown African elephants. Jabu, Thembi and Morula were orphaned at a tender age as […]

Wild Dogs in the Delta

Wild dogs hunt in packs amongst the floodplains of the Okavango Delta with close coordination that is mind-blowing to watch. With smoke pouring out of our car bonnet we barely made it to Maun, limping into the gateway to the Okavango Delta after a hair-rising drive in the dark, swerving to avoid donkeys and zebras […]

Elephant Crossing at Chobe

A herd of elephants use their trunks as snorkels to cross the Chobe River after warning off a group of buffalo trying to tag along behind them. httpv:// We crossed over from Zimbabwe into northern Botswana, going no further than Kasane, a mere twenty minutes from the border. We had first thought to enter Botswana […]

Elephants get Wet n' Wild in the Waterholes of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park

The dry season in Hwange National Park attracts enormous numbers of elephants to the park’s drinking holes, and occasionally also for afternoon tea. An elephant approaches the main area at Davison’s Camp just in time for tea and cake After spending some time in Livingstone we crossed Victoria Falls Bridge and headed south on surprisingly […]

The Blind Baby Rhino

Nicky, now four months old, was born blind – but that doesn’t diminish his playful and curious nature! While on safari in the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy in Kenya we spent an incredible couple of hours with Nicky. The young black rhino was asleep under a blanket when we first arrived, but he soon woke up […]

Victoria Falls: thrills but no spills at ‘the smoke that thunders’ in Zambia

Last time we visited Victoria Falls we swam across the Zambezi River from Livingstone Island and sat right on the edge of the waterfall at Devil’s Pool. This time our stay at ‘the smoke that thunders’ was no less exciting. Marcus and Kate on a previous visit to Victoria Falls sitting on the edge of Devil’s […]

Tribal Textiles turns maize sacks into trendy bags for local Zambian charity

In the heart of Zambia, a small project turning maize sacks into fashionable accessories is making a big difference in the lives of school-aged children in Mfuwe, on the outskirts of the South Luangwa National Park.  Recycled ‘mealie meal’ sacs are combined with brightly coloured fabric from Tribal Textiles to create a one-of-a-kind range of […]

Zambia’s ‘Project Luangwa’ helps educate kids in the bush

In South Luangwa National Park in Zambia, a group of otherwise competing safari camps and lodges have come together to make a difference in the lives of the people of the Luangwa Valley. South Luangwa has often been called one of Africa’s best-kept secrets, and it remains relatively quiet when compared to high-profile destinations like […]

Cool Runnings Uplifts Lake Malawi Community

On the lookout for a chill-out spot on the shores of Lake Malawi we came across Cool Runnings, a beachside backpackers that is deeply involved with the local lakeside community. Driving into Senga Bay it was impossible for us not to notice all of the yellow smiley faces, a friendly reminder of all of the […]

Magical moments in Malawi

Malawi, often described as the warm heart of Africa, is a tiny country tucked between safari giants Tanzania, Mozambique and Zambia. But despite its small size we found that Malawi has a lot more to offer than just its famously friendly people. After the long, dusty drive down from Tanzania it was marvellous to cross […]

Barefoot bliss in Mozambique

Catching the Ilala ferry across the lake of stars was not as romantic as it sounds but landing on the white sandy shores of Manda Wilderness on the Mozambican side of Lake Malawi was like discovering a lost piece of paradise. We caught the ferry from Nkhotakota at 3 o’clock in the morning, perched precariously […]

Gorilla trekking in gumboots

Crossing into the Congo wasn’t the most comfortable experience we’ve ever had but it was an awe-inspiring adventure to go and meet the majestic mountain gorillas, making a childhood dream come true for Marcus. Bouncing around in the back of a safari truck, we wound our way through fertile farmland and villages with grass-thatched huts […]

Batwa Pygmies: Forgetting the Bwindi Forest, Uganda

Penetrating the Impenetrable Forest took us deep into what was once home to the Batwa pymies, a forest-dwelling people who were displaced when Bwindi became a national park to protect the last remaining mountain gorillas. We got a taste of life among the trees at Sanctuary Gorilla Forest Camp where we stayed in a safari […]

Discovery by dugout in Uganda

Jumping into a dugout canoe was a wonderful way to experience Lake Bunyonyi, meaning ‘place of many little birds’. With its terraced hillsides and secret coves, Uganda’s deepest lake provides the perfect place to relax and unwind in a serene setting. Canoe trekking with Edirisa took us into the remoter parts of the Bunyonyi valley, […]

Safari in style

One of the most spectacular wildlife shows on the planet can be seen in the Masai Mara where the rolling green plains dotted with lone acacia trees play host to an astonishing amount of wild animals. [slickr-flickr tag=”blog4marcusandkateport” captions=”on” descriptions=”on” orientation=”portrait”] A welcoming party was waiting for us when we arrived at Kichwa Tembo Tented […]

A Maasai Wedding: The bride wore beads

A Maasai wedding with its colourful ceremony based on ancient customs is a sight to behold. We were invited to the wedding of our friend Lekishon, a local Maasai and naturalist at Kichwa Tembo Tented Camp. [slickr-flickr tag = “masaiwedding” captions=”on” ] The wedding party was made up of family and friends from the surrounding […]

Walking with Warriors

Walking with the Maasai among the incredible wildlife of the Loita Hills was an unforgettable experience. The remote village of Olorte is far off the beaten track but it was worth every bump in the road to get there. Olkoroi Wilderness Camp, named for the black-and-white colobus monkey, was set up to support the local […]

An African adventure

Africa is a wondrous part of the world filled with wild places just waiting to be explored. In Swahili, safari means ‘journey’ and for the rest of this year we are travelling across eastern and southern Africa on a journey of discovery. We spent most of last year living in the Masai Mara where we […]