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10 great things to do and see on the West Coast

Right now is one of the best times of the year to explore South Africa’s West Coast. Reason? Spring in this part of the world comes in dramatic and very colourful fashion with the annual explosion of wildflowers that carpet the landscape in orange, yellow, pink, blue and white. I wrote about my travels in […]

Is walking with lions good conservation? Probably not.

Close encounters with Africa’s megafauna is an irresistible magnet for many tourists in Africa, and for some the closer the encounter the greater the thrill. So when a tourism operator offers the chance, for a fee, to ‘walk with lions’ it is no surprise that there is a steady flow of punters eager to do […]

Timbavati Rhino Challenge

Over the past couple of weeks the 57-year-old Timbavati Private Nature Reserve has fuelled the always volatile ‘hunting debate’ by deciding to conduct rhino hunts on its property. Former Africa Geographic editor Peter Borchert throws out a challenge. Timbavati is part of the Associated Private Nature Reserves (APNR) that include concessions offering clients both wildlife […]

Cape Town Roars to the Sound of Brian May & Kerry Ellis

There can’t be many organisations that could persuade the likes of legendary rock guitarist Brian May to jump on a plane, come to South Africa for a couple of days, and play for a hundred guests or so at the launch of a new conservation project. Such is the power of the British-based Born Free […]


In September last year I had a week in the Masai Mara at the height of the migration. To be constantly in the midst of hundreds of thousands of wildebeest was an experience beyond adequate description. At one point we were parked on a slight rise to get the lie of the land and I […]