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The Wodaabe – Nomads of the North

The Wodaabe tribe are nomadic pastoralists of the Sahel region in Africa. Their migratory journeys cover the expanse of northern Africa, where they travel with their cattle and families across the arid areas of Niger, Nigeria, Cameroon, Chad and the Central African Republic. They are a small, isolated branch of the Fulani ethnic group and […]

World Ranger Day: Africa’s wildlife defenders

This World Ranger Day, we speak to three bush guides from Robin Pope Safaris’ camps who educate visitors on the importance of wildlife conservation and the responsibilities of rangers in the South Luangwa National Park, Mana Pools National Park and Majete Wildlife Reserve.

Watch: Elephant calf rescued from muddy trap

Dramatic rescue of an elephant calf from the mud, with a highly stressed mother having to be sedated. The rescue took place in August 2018, but the edited footage has only now become available from Bumi Hills Foundation.

Introducing the Safari Guide of the Year 2019

And the winner is… After a tough week of scrutiny from mentors and intense but convivial competition amongst the five chosen finalists, the coveted title ‘Safari Guide of the Year 2019’ has been awarded. Find out about the winner here.

South Sudan – Off The Beaten Track

South Sudan is one of the newest and lesser-known countries in the world, where ancient cultural rituals collide with preconceived traveller expectations. I embarked on a tour of the country that took me just as far off the beaten track as possible, visiting tribal groups that haven’t changed their lifestyles very much in centuries. Travelling […]

There’s a bat in my bedroom!

A nature conservation student shares her first impressions after a few weeks at the Karoo Lodge Conservancy, located in the Karoo in South Africa.

Rhino Walking Safaris wins prestigious Kudu Award

Rhino Walking Safaris, a private concession located entirely within the Kruger National Park, has won the South African National Parks’ prestigious Kudu Award for the 2018 Business Partner of the Year.

To end wildlife trafficking, engage with local communities – study

The international donor community and governments have invested heavily in fighting illegal wildlife trade, but so far, they haven’t succeeded in ending rhino poaching. New research from UCT shows that for these initiatives to succeed, local communities – many of which live in or near protected areas – need to be involved.

SA rhino film wins top awards at US film festivals

The South African feature documentary STROOP – Journey into the Rhino Horn War has won the coveted Best Documentary award at the prestigious San Diego International Film Festival held this past weekend.

Video: China, the next generation – reconnecting, inspiring, protecting

World Rhino Day will be commemorated on Saturday, September 22nd. Here’s an interesting story about a group of Chinese youth, who after visiting the birthplace of the rhino in South Africa, has returned home to China, one of the largest consumers of rhino horn, determined to inspire change and help protect Africa’s natural heritage.

World Rhino Day: A bush guide’s story

For World Rhino Day, a guide reflects on his encounters with rhinos, the impact they have had on him, and why conservation of this magnificent animal is so important.

Tracking with the Ju/’Hoansi Master Trackers in Kruger

The last three Master Trackers of the Ju/’hoanis from Nyae Nyae in Namibia were invited to the Kruger in South Africa to participate in some pioneering trails. They came to display their extraordinary tracking prowess to guests participating in walking trails. This is an account of their journey.

Great Lakes: A Solo, Man-powered Expedition

In early 2018, I set out to journey across the three largest of the African Great Lakes: Lake Malawi, Lake Tanganyika, and Lake Victoria. My objective was to traverse the region by “fair means”: solo, self-sufficient, and entirely human-powered. I would start in the south, and make my away across the lakes via kayak, paddling […]

Wild dogs need your help

Please help. Wild dogs are coming under increasing pressure as humankind expands its footprint. But there is hope, and you can help.

Coal mine threatens livelihoods and wildlife

The Somkhele and Fuleni communities neighbouring the Hluhluwe-Imfolozi Park unite on 24th August 2018 at the Pietermaritzburg High Court in their resistance against the ongoing allegedly illegal mining by Tendele Coal Mining (PTY) LTD and its proposed expansion.

Namibia – On safari with my kid

It’s a familiar ritual to anyone who has camped at Okaukuejo in Etosha National Park in Namibia in June; it takes some effort to hammer your tent pegs securely into the hard, chalky ground, but it’s worth it when the wind blows. Our toddler, Sanne (18 months old), had seen us pitching our tent at […]

Safari tips: Going on safari with kids

Travelling with kids on a safari in Africa may seem like a daunting task. They can get bored very easily, especially on long road trips, and keeping their attention and interest piqued about wildlife can become a tedious, exhausting and stressful task. However, with proper planning and armed with the knowledge of what your kids enjoy, you can make a safari quite an enjoyable and memorable experience for the whole family.

Elephant tramples handler to death

A 40-year-old man died on Saturday after being trampled by a domesticated elephant at the Wild Horizons elephant sanctuary in Victoria Falls.

Will Zambia’s Luangwa River be dammed? Have your say

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

NEWS WRAP: Desert-adapted lion shot + rhino breeder on verge of bankruptcy

In this week’s news wrap a desert-adapted lion was shot by Namibian authorities after killing livestock; South African rhino breeder, John Hume, has said that he is on the verge of bankruptcy and may have to sell off his 1,626 southern white rhinos; the Namibian NGOs respond to questions from abroad about lion management; the rhino population in Tanzania’s Ngorongoro crater rises above 50; two field rangers were arrested for suspected rhino poaching; a pride of five lions were tested for tuberculosis in the Greater Kruger; and customs officers in Hong Kong arrested a man carrying about R1-million worth of sliced rhino horn.

My fight to save Liberia’s pangolins

Two steps forward, one step back in pangolin conservation. Liberia is a country in West Africa that has overcome civil war, battled through the Ebola crisis and is currently recovering from the impacts. But there is one more issue to confront – the illegal wildlife and bushmeat trade.

The Turkana – Nomadic by Nature

This series of images showcasing the intriguing nomads of the pastoralist Turkana tribe in northern Kenya will have you booking your next African safari