It is not hard to see why Victoria Falls is one of the most spectacular natural sites on the planet, and continues to delight and capture the imagination of travellers. Even as early as 1855, David Livingstone described the Falls in a way that reflects this sentiment: “Creeping with awe to the verge, I peered …
One of the most popular requests from safari tourists to their guides is to see leopards. This is a tough task, even for the most experienced of guides, due to the elusive and cunning nature of these big cats. But there is a town called Hoedspruit, near the Kruger National Park in the Limpopo Province …
Safari report-back: Trekking for gorillas in Rwanda’s Volcanoes NP is the is the ultimate primate experience. By Björn Persson
Manyeleti Game Reserve is a bit of an open secret amongst those in the know. But the secret details depend on who you speak to. Jaundiced, local Kruger National Park die-hards have either never heard of it, or write the reserve off as not worthy of their holiday time (most never having been there). Others …
Artist Alison Nicholls answers some frequently asked questions regarding the Africa Geographic Travel art safaris that she runs in the Kruger National Park and Madikwe in South Africa.
It was early in the fourth century AD, under the reign of King Ezana, when the ancient Kingdom of Aksum (or Axum) – a major naval and trading nation that spanned a large portion of east Africa, including modern-day northern Ethiopia – embraced the Orthodox tradition of Christianity. The capital city of the empire was Aksum, and …
The fascination of Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve and its abundance of wildlife brings fond memories to many seasoned African safari travellers; I am no exception. In January this year, I was invited by some good friends from the USA to join them on a trip to this remarkable reserve. We departed from Wilson Airport in Nairobi, and …
Safari trip report-back: at Klaserie in the Greater Kruger National Park is an epic destination for photographers. By Willem Kruger
It was in the early 2000s when my father started seriously talking about gorilla trekking as one of his bucket-list adventures. But it would take another 16 years of reading, research, and reluctance before it would finally become a reality. Finally, on the 1st of July 2017, my father, along with my two brothers, sister-in-law and …
Safari report-back: Climbing Mount Nyiragongo in DRC was one of the highlights of my life. By Björn Persson
The charming town of Lamu in Kenya is one of Africa’s oldest and most authentic places, and has so much to offer for the intrepid traveller.
It was like a scene out of the movie Jurassic Park. You know, that adrenaline-fuelled, chaotic scene when the bad guys arrive on the island in their vehicles and speed through the bush while dinosaurs scatter out of their way as they hunt for the ultimate dinosaur trophy. Well, this was like that, except I …
Karen Blixen, the author of Out of Africa, once said, “If there were one more thing I could do, it would be to go on safari once again”. Well, here I was, indeed on safari again, reclining in my bathtub, luxuriously located on the verandah of our room just metres above the Kafue River at Mukambi Safari …
Planning an African safari? We provide a breakdown of the various ‘safari seasons’ and when best to travel so as to avoid the crowds.
Living on the African continent, we have a vast array of protected areas to visit. Those of us with a travel-addiction and passion for wildlife endeavour to visit them all – the Okavango, Maasai Mara and Serengeti to mention just a few. However, we sometimes overlook what we have right on our doorstep, such as …
Equestrian types tend to come with a few traits that, while charming to fellow horsey folk, are unbearably irritating to those not of a horsey nature. One such quirk is the devout belief that having ridden one way, you probably know – better than most – how to ride another. We also have an unwavering …
Here are 10 important pieces of information to keep in mind about wild animals when on safari in Africa.
Dr Vikram Ghanekar’s journey into the world of wildlife photography began almost a decade ago. His first venture into Africa took place in 2008, and he immediately learned a fundamental reality: you may have the best equipment, but you need to know how to use it properly. Needless to say, after a few workshops and …
While on an African safari, the weather will play a significant role in what you are likely to see (and what you’ll pack). So, here is a broad outline of sub-Saharan African climates.
Botswana’s green season, the months of November to March, is known by locals as the “secret season” – when you will have game drives to yourself, and enjoy amazing sighting
So, what exactly should you take on safari? The rule of thumb is to pack light, and to make use of the laundry facilities at your lodges and hotels. That said, there are some essentials that you should never be without. After many years of exploring every nook and cranny of Africa, our travel team has drilled down their list of essentials.
“You won’t believe its beauty,” I heard our pilot Chris say, crackling and popping into the headset, over the whirring and grinding of the helicopter blades as we rose beating into the air. I was relieved to be making a welcome retreat from the dry heat and dusty red-sand streets of Pemba, northern Mozambique. “Ho-hum”, …
If there was a checklist for the perfect travel destination, South Africa would tick most of the boxes. Famed for its amazing wildlife and landscapes, superb local cuisine, warm hospitality and great weather, (plus the added bonus that its affordable) it’s easy to understand why tourism is so big in South Africa.
The simple act of tipping can be an anxious moment for many people while on safari, and the subject of much discussion and seeking of advice.
Safari report-back: South Luangwa in Zambia offers a wildlife-rich safari and fantastic photographic opportunities. By Edward Selfe
Communication with the outside world is possible in some form from most tourism areas in Africa, and we all need to set boundaries – but for most a safari is time to detox, unplug, switch off.
Safari report-back: My epic adventire in Botswana’s Khwai – a wildlife-rich area near Okavango Delta, Botswana. By Simon Espley
When it comes to going on a safari in Africa, you will soon discover that the selection of accommodation options is vast. From straw huts and mobile camps, to ultra-luxury hotels and lodges, your choice of where you’ll unload your bags will be influenced mainly by your needs and budget.
Safari report-back: My tented mobile safari in the Okavango Delta, Botswana – an adventure I will never forget. By Carolien du Plessis
Safari report-back: My wife and I spent two unforgettable days in Madikwe – the variety of wildlife encounters blew our minds. By Anton Kruger
How does one exactly combine Cape Town’s summer splendours with a wild Big 5 bushveld safari? We provide four fantastic summer/autumn combos!
I have had the great fortune of having travelled in many parts of the world and have experienced many things. This was my third trip to Africa, and second to South Africa. I can say, without a scintilla of doubt, this was the most memorable, impactful, emotional and life-altering trip of my life. My wife, …
Aptly named the ‘King of Beasts’, lions are an iconic African wildlife species and are often high up on many travellers’ list of things to see when visiting Africa.
After a few days in Madikwe we had already seen cheetahs, lions, wild dogs, spotted & brown hyenas, rhinos & elephants. By Marc de Chalain
Disasters involving art materials are nothing new to me after years of travelling and sketching in southern Africa.
The turquoise water teemed with tropical fish, palm trees swayed, and warm waves lapped at our toes on the sandy beach. We could easily have been on a beach in the Indian Ocean. But we were at Greystoke Mahale. This lodge, inside Mahale Mountains National Park, Tanzania, is on the shores of Lake Tanganyika. It’s …
This was an amazing opportunity to visit Ethiopia’s most important biodiversity hotspot and see some of the rarest creatures in the world.
The Kruger National Park is South Africa’s flagship national park. Wherever you are in the world, if you’re even remotely interested in the safari experience in Africa, you’ve likely heard of the Kruger. It offers a wilderness safari experience that is right up there with the best that Africa has to offer. There’s so much …
Plenty of predator action and large herds of elephants in this Africa Geographic photographic safari to Madikwe in South Africa
“Are we seriously landing there?” The Cessna Caravan was heading towards a massive rocky dome, and what appeared to be a short dirt track in a dense sea of woodland. But, as we skimmed over a wide sandy riverbed, the track morphed into a landing strip. We bumped down and taxied to a halt. Paradise …
We stood on the rim of the caldera, the immense volcanic amphitheatre of the Cirque de Mafate, on the French island of Réunion. As far as the eye could see sheer walls of lush green vegetation encircled the seemingly endless and mythical world before us.
Located within the Réunion National Park (a UNESCO World Heritage Site), Piton de la Fournaise, also known as ‘The Peak of the Furnace’ or le Volcan (the Volcano) by the locals, has had more than 150 recorded eruptions since the 17th century, with the most recent eruption beginning on 31 January 2017. At 2,631 metres in height and about 530,000 years old, this volcano is one of Réunion Island’s most popular tourist attraction.
Alison Nicholls shares tips for sketching hunting cheetahs.
Brent, our guide, and Lazarus, our scout, took the lead. Special, our tea bearer and the extra set of sharp eyes, brought up the rear. With final instructions ringing in our ears – “No loud noises, pay attention, DO NOT wander off!” – we set out in single file. I’ve been going on safari in Africa …
Africa is untamed, rugged and breathtakingly beautiful. It offers the adventure traveller a kaleidoscope of experiences that will imprint the essence of Africa on your soul for life. From stark desert landscapes to lush green plains teeming with wildlife, Africa is unique in its diversity and sheer natural splendour. Sadly, Africa is also a continent …
This is a trip report of our five-night stay in the Kruger National Park, which included the three-night Mphongolo Backpack Trail – a trail that not only takes you into the largest wilderness area in the Kruger but also takes your soul to a deeper level than you could ever have imagined. Our travelling group, …
“Turn left. Continue along the road, through a dry riverbed. When the road forks, keep to the left.” We were 371km from home, six hours into our journey, and at the bottom of page two of a three-page printout of detailed instructions describing how to get to South Luangwa National Park in Zambia. We weren’t …
The year is all but said and done, the mountain of admin has got the better of you, and strings of last-minute things to do are being pulled from your threadbare brain like a magician’s hankie trick. It’s now, more than ever, that you need a beach to sit on, an expanse of turquoise water to stare …
At thirteen minutes to midnight, I looked over my shoulder. My blood temperature dropped to match the chilly Hwange night. There he was, hugely muscled with a big black mane, padding silently, dangerously under the full moon. The fully-grown male lion stood six metres behind me. I stood, swaddled in a blanket and beanie, in …
Commonly known as the ‘green gold of Kenya’, Nandi Hills is a little-known paradise of tea-plantation bliss.
The streets in Sudan are lined with pottery. Look behind the scenes of this dying tradition.
Safari report-back: My trip to Savute (Botswana) and Zimbabwe’s Hwange and Victoria Falls with Africa Geographic. By Justin Mason
A photographic bonanza safari – predators galore in Botswana’s Savute, Chobe National Parl. This is an Africa Geographic safari
Spice up your life in Zanzibar!
Discover the rich history of Kenya in these three Nairobi museums.
Find out what you can expect from an art safari with Alison Nicholls in the Greater Kruger National Park.
This fantastic photo gallery showcases the fascinating tribal cultures, wildlife and breathtaking vistas of Namibia and will get you packing your bags
Get hooked on white water rafting on the Zambezi River at Victoria Falls, Zimbabwe – these are the top six 6 rapids on offer
A group of South African hikers conquer the 85-kilometre Fish River Canyon Hike in Namibia during heritage month!
A photographic safari to find the big tuskers of Tsavo
CITES delegates vote overwhelmingly to protect rhinos by rejecting a proposal to legalise the rhino horn trade submitted by Swaziland.
In one of the many hidden valleys of the Soutpansberg in central Limpopo, you’ll find the art-rich Madi a Thavha Mountain Lodge.
A daring comparison of two popular Southern African transfrontier parks.
Kenya’s national parks and reserves are limited in what they can achieve to secure wildlife.
If you worry about dusty toes, or where to plug in your hair straightener, then this rural village experience is not for you.
As if Kruger wasn’t enough in itself, find out just how much there is to explore around it!
A cultural morning spent watching the traditional Reed Dance festivities in KwaZulu Natal.
Exploring the world of mountain gorillas in Central Africa.
A three-night conservation programme at a new eco-camp in the Southern Cape.
A week of conservation activities in the Waterberg.
Safari report-back: A trip of a lifetime to Uganda – spectacular sightings of birds, great apes, and so much more. By Malcolm and Trish Lund
A trip of a lifetime in the Okavango – buffalo on foot, elephants playing in the water and a birdwatchers’ paradise. By Tim and Heather Doyle
Take a trip to Central Kalahari Game Reserve in Botswana to experience wildest Africa.
A royal experience in the Kingdom of Swaziland.
Safari report-back: Mountain gorillas, an active volcano and the mountains of the moon. By Fatima and Dane Harvey
The answers to our 2016 travel survey on travellers preferences while on safari holidays.
These magical black & white images of Kenya and Tanzania by Federico Veronesi will have you contacting us to arrange your next African safari
Etosha in Namibia provided the perfect African wildlife experience for an art safari lead by an artist from Spain!
A visit to the Gede Ruins uncovers a lost Swahili civilisation and tells stories of how they used to live.
Discover the Augrabies Falls National Park, a park with magnificent scenery and a variety of flora and fauna, on this beautiful three day 39.5km hike.
A volunteer exposes the behind-the-scenes reality of working in one of South Africa’s lion parks.
How to conquer Kruger when you’re pressed for time.
An East African bush and beach exploration of epic proportions.
A beach break in Vilanculos proves to be the perfect complement to a week in the bush.
An exploration of a magical corner of the continent.
Australian photographers, Kym and Tonya Illman, explore the towering rock formations of the Ennedi Plateau alongside Toubou nomads and their camels.
Off the beaten track in one of South Africa’s most loved tourist destinations.
Selous is Africa’s oldest and largest protected area. This fantastic gallery of images will have you contacting our safari team and packing your bags
Highlights from an unforgettable 3-day gorilla trek in Rwanda.
An Australian couple share why they are so crazy about Kruger National Park.
From learning the history of Lake Bunyonyi in Uganda to trekking with mountain gorillas in Rwanda, watch this video of an off-the-beaten-track adventure.
Everything you need to know about Etosha National Park in Namibia – home of giant white elephants & crowded waterholes during the dry season
Top 10 ways to get around and make the most of Cape Town.
Experience the ultimate in backpacker accommodation in South Africa, and enjoy staying in places that have a strong commitment to making a positive impact.
A dream come true of trekking chimpanzees in the Mahale Mountains National Park with Africa Geographic Travel.
11,862km, 4 countries, 5 weeks and 7 punctures make for a different kind of honeymoon.
The view from above while in a hot air balloon over the vast Maasai Mara.
An unforgettable photographic safari with Africa Geographic Travel in the remote Nsefu Sector of South Luangwa National Park.
Discover the diversity of South Africa’s first World Heritage Site.