Covid-19 lockdown: We spoke to several African safari lodge owners to better understand the economic impact and their future plans
With COVID-19 killing people and wrecking economies, will African governments at last treat wildlife trade as a serious issue?
How many rhinos do we have left in our National Parks? An open letter to South African Minister of Environment, Forestry and Fisheries, Barbara Creecy.
Does it make sense to boycott tourism lodges in the Greater Kruger because of trophy hunting on neighbouring properties? Our CEO answers the question.
Cuteness alert! Our CEO finds a tiny African wildcat kitten in his garden near the Greater Kruger, notices signs of possible inbreeding with domestic cats.
Our CEO test drives the best electric 4×4 vehicle around, and wants one.
Our CEO asks whether the trophy hunting industry will bring the Greater Kruger to its knees.
Our CEO has a message for those of you who want to make a difference for rhinos. Start by watching STROOP, then take action.
A two-ton white rhino, sold from a South African farm, is being forced to perform tricks at Russian circuses.
Fresh results from an ongoing elephant survey in northern Botswana reveal that a significant number of fresh carcasses have been found in a prime tourism concession operated by a prominent eco-tourism company.
The Extinction Business: South Africa’s ‘Lion’ Bone Trade is an investigative report by EMS Foundation and Ban Animal Trading that reveals startling and alarming factors that have a significant negative impact on worldwide big cat conservation.
According to a report, China is issuing permits to trade in leopard bones for use in Chinese medicinal products, despite there not being enough leopards left in that country to supply the trade volumes on the permits. As Africa has the largest wild leopard population, should we be worried more than usual about the fate of these big cats?
The highly controversial shooting of a male lion by a trophy hunter in the Umbabat section of the Greater Kruger could conceivably mark the beginning of the end for trophy hunting in this part of Africa.
With wild lions under pressure from so many threats, this is a wonderful story of lions being reintroduced to an area that used to have lions.
Zambia’s wildlife paradise and legendary safari mecca of Luangwa Valley may in future partially function as one giant tap for some of Zambia’s growing water needs. Gone will be the seasonal, natural water cycles that sustain and nurture this incredibly fecund river valley. You see, a sizeable chunk of Luangwa Valley may be dammed in the near future, at Ndevu Gorge
A large male lion was trophy hunted on Thursday morning last week in the Greater Kruger National Park.
A showdown is looming between tourism operators in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park and trophy hunters, in the wake of the Zambian government’s decision to cull up to 2,000 hippos over a 5-year period in Luangwa Valley, across the river from the tourism lodges – and to award the culling contract to a South African trophy hunting outfit Umlilo Safaris (so much for the empowerment of local people and generation of revenue that stays in Zambia).
Some imagery that comes to our screens can be tough to stomach, and every now and then Africa really tests one’s emotional make-up.
An open letter to the president of Zimbabwe regarding the recent exportation of wild-caught baby elephants from Zimbabwe to China.
When the dry season sets in and water is scarce, barriers blur and relationships are forged out of necessity. One such relationship is that of Benny the elephant and Mike the human.
The trophy hunting of Africa’s wild, free roaming lions is not sustainable and has to stop.
Namibia’s desert-adapted lions in the Tomakas region of Namibia are being killed off in a sad whirlpool of human politics, with the recent killing of the last of the famous ‘5 Musketeers’ being one such example.
The plan is to move 6,000 animals during the coming three years – and in the coming eight weeks alone the project will move 50 elephants, 100 giraffe, 900 impala, 300 wildebeest, 50 kudu, 200 zebra, buffalo and eland.
Some keyboard warriors regularly call for the boycott of an entire country’s tourism industry in reaction to the death of animals that could conceivably have been prevented.
There are plans afoot to move rhinos from Africa to Australia as an ‘insurance policy’ and for ‘safekeeping’ in large grass paddocks amongst the gum trees. Is this a valid conservation project (as claimed) or a misdirection of energy and resources by a well-meaning Western society intent on privatising African conservation into their own backyard?
It is now legal in South Africa to trade domestically in rhino horn, after this country’s Constitutional Court recently overturned an eight-year ban on domestic trade, based on a technicality.
The last few weeks have witnessed some pretty vicious social media attacks on lodges within Timbavati Private Nature Reserve in the Greater Kruger National Park
Free roaming wildlife populations in Africa are crashing, and natural habitat is being destroyed at an alarming rate. There is a war going on, and the other side is winning hands down – why is that?
The United States government has again tightened regulations regarding the importation into the USA of lion trophies, this time focusing on trophies from captive populations in South Africa.
A brief summary of the main decisions taken at CITES CoP17 that affect African wildlife species.
Every now and then a book comes along that breaks through the wallpaper of life and delivers its message intravenously. Elephant Dawn by Sharon Pincott does that – it is an intense read, inspiring and moving.
Africa Geographic is celebrating the very best from our amazing continent – join us!
Sign this petition and help to save thousands of wild African grey parrots!
A young bull elephant delivers a perfectly-timed reverse kick to a trailer in a test of strength.
A summary of the IUCN’s report on trophy hunting and the importing of hunting trophies to the European Union.
The CEO of Africa Geographic implores people to help ensure a controversial new documentary about rhinos is completed without censorship.
As lion population numbers fall, The Captured in Africa Foundation has launched in order to aid in conservation and help lions in danger.
Rhino poaching kingpin, Arno Smit’s life of crime and corruption doesn’t just stop at the slaughter and mutilation of rhinos.
27 things you need to know about lion trophy imports in the US, and the impact hunting is having on lions in Africa.
An ode to Cecil, the legendary lion of Zimbabwe that recently died at the hands of hunters.
From bush breakfasts to nights spent under the African stars. Find out what makes a luxury African safari…
Open letter to SA Express CEO, Inati Ntshanga.
Are South African conservation authorities intent on shipping some of our wild rhinos to live out their lives “safely” on hunting and horn cropping farms?
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.
Gareth Patterson’s book, My Lion’s Heart, is the incredible story of one man’s determination to give a small group of young orphaned lions a fresh start in life.
Simon Espley answers the question: why does the tourism industry have such a marginal voice in the global sustainable industry?
Are you, as a marketer, simply shouting meaningless messages at your audience or are you actively engaging with your customers on an emotional level? We plead with advertisers to stop shouting at us!
Join us as we go swimming with wild dolphins in Mozambique and learn to dance like nobody is watching for a truly magical encounter!
Join us as we join a private turtle nesting beach drive in the Ponta do Ouro Partial Marine Reserve in Mozambique.
A “Native Advert” is loosely defined as where the marketing message is part of the content. And it’s a very important and growing aspect of travel marketing.
7 dumb comments that travel marketers make regarding advertising and social media exposure…
How do travel marketers create the next big #ViralVideo? And is video an important tool for travel marketing?
If there’s one online platform all establishments HAVE to be involved in, it’s TripAdvisor. This blog post could never address all you need to know, but I will tell you what, why and how and give you a few tips. As for the rest, get stuck in and find out for yourself. What is it? […]
It’s been said before, but a well-crafted blog post is “the gift that keeps on giving” – it enjoys an extended online life and delivers an endless stream of readers. Perhaps great online content is the “new advertising”, and that’s why Content marketing is creating such a buzz in the advertising industry. Here then are […]
Its so tough to keep up with the rising flood of new digital tools, devices, buzzwords and strategies. A bit like that lioness charging into a herd of dashing zebras – all stripes, dust and chaos. In amongst all the clutter I like to focus on 8 core travel marketing tools and activities. This then is […]
I was recently emailed the question “what makes a good hotel web site?” Here then is my list of what I look out for in a web site, plus two excellent examples. Fast loading, uncluttered, easy navigation; Use really great photos, videos and short bursts of informative text; Commission a pro photographer for your […]
Change is sweeping through the travel industry as the online.social.mobile revolution gives travellers greater control over their holiday planning and provides the travel industry with effective tools and communities for marketing, sales and reservations. Change driven by the digital revolution The past few years have seen a massive digital revolution that has empowered us ALL […]
As a young scientist Allan Savory provided advice to the Zimbabwean government that directly resulted in the slaughter of 40,000 elephants. See more about that here. Apparently Savory has learnt by his mistakes and is now considered the ‘father’ of holistic ecosystem management! And now Richard Branson, in his blog post, suggests that we trust […]
Written by: Simon Espley (Proud member of the Race for the Rhino 2013 team) We all know that South Africa is losing 3 rhino a day to poaching. There seems to be no end to the demand for horn in the Far East and countless greedy and ruthless people to supply that demand. So what […]
I’m skeptical about big business and the lightly veneered “sustainability” PR spin that we so often see. And then there are the CEOs of cash-flush companies that defend a complete lack of investment into people and the planet, with statements like “we can’t do sustainability if there is no financial return”. Huh? And so I sit […]