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Travel: January safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in January? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Kruger Glamping

Glamorous camping (glamping) should be an authentic way of enjoying what safari used to be all about. But not too authentic, right? I mean you don’t want to have to catch your dinner or dig a pit latrine. Sure, do away with the permanent lodge structures, but I still want to feel safe and comfortable. […]

Mara Magic

Having travelled to many other parts of Africa and worldwide to view and photograph wildlife, it has always been a dream to one day take a trip to the Maasai Mara National Reserve in Kenya, one of our ‘bucket list’ priorities. That dream came true when my wife and I embarked on this trip in September […]

Epic Serengeti

They came thundering from all sides, driven by a primordial instinct and sucked in by the cacophony and energy of those already crossing, plunging into the Mara River seemingly without a care, chancing their luck against the current, the rocks and the crocs. Chaotic, pulsating, exhilarating… The day started like any other on my Serengeti […]

Travel: December safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in December? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Magnificent and mesmerising Madikwe!

Explore the Big 5, malaria-free Madikwe Game Reserve in South Africa while on a photographic safari with professional photographer, Matrishva Vyas.

3 Epic safaris to do before you kick the bucket

Not all safaris are born equal. Some are so special by the very nature of what they offer, that even our seasoned team here at Africa Geographic keep them in their personal ‘must-do’ lists. Some refer to them as ‘bucket-list’ safaris; we simply suggest that you really should consider embarking on these journeys before you kick the bucket (list).

Lower Zambezi: Where the Wild Things Are

The Lower Zambezi valley, with its majestic escarpment sloping down to meet the river, protects a massive rift in the earth’s crust through which the Zambezi River flows. Over millennia, mineral-rich volcanic soils deposited by the river have given rise to lush vegetation, while the many channels and oxbow lakes attract an array of wildlife. […]

Following in the footsteps of giants, a unique Kruger experience

Discovering stunning spots in the Kruger National Park where no tourist has ever been, becoming part of the food chain for a week by sharing the living space of elephants, hippos, buffaloes and lions, testing your feet, legs and stamina with a 100+ kilometre walking expedition; the newly developed north-to-south Kruger Trail is the stuff that the dreams of adventurous nature lovers are made of.

Etosha Through My Eyes

There is a distinct excitement in the air as we make our way through the Von Lindequist Gate on the eastern side of Etosha National Park in Namibia. The sun has just risen, dappling the leaves of the mopane shrubs lining the road in mottled shades of gold and green. Barely a few minutes into […]

Djibouti: Adventure in the Horn of Africa

Djibouti: a land of stark beauty with blinding salt flats, mysterious moonscapes, petrified forests and remote mountains hidden away, far off the beaten track, just waiting to be discovered.

Our Secret Season Safari in East Africa

As our plane touched down on a small, remote dirt strip in Selous, Tanzania, a game drive vehicle appeared as if out of nowhere – and Imani, our guide, and Mgoma, the driver, waved and beamed their broad, friendly smiles at us. Welcome to Africa! This fantastic safari for David and I, arranged by Africa Geographic, was during the […]

Travel: October safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in October? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Maasai Mara Specialist Photographic Safari

This is possibly the most exciting photographic safari to Kenya’s Maasai Mara that we have seen in a while. Award-winning photographer Arnfinn Johansen will host four lucky Africa Geographic guests for nine days / eight nights, making use of a specially-adapted vehicle and an off-road driving permit to secure epic wildlife images. The Maasai Mara […]

Climbing Kili

Tanzania’s Mount Kilimanjaro, at 5,895m high, is Africa’s tallest mountain, the world’s highest free-standing peak, and one of the famed ‘Seven Summits’. Climbing Kilimanjaro is classified as an extreme altitude mountain trek, but with proper preparation, climbing ‘Kili’ can be an achievable goal and a life-changing experience. Rising from the plains of Tanzania, Kilimanjaro gives […]

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.

Epic Kruger

This epic photo gallery from Africa Geographic of special moments in Kruger National Park will have you booking your next safari with AG

Travel: September safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in September? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Botswana’s Boteti

Shortly after arriving at camp, I was relishing a moment of pure bliss, washing off the heat and the dust under the best outdoor shower ever. I was reminiscing about the short flight from cold and foggy Cape Town to the hot, sunny land of beautiful Botswana. Filled with a sense of freedom and oneness […]

History and future of the Kruger

It was a few years before the South African (Boer) War, in the late 1800s when President Paul Kruger (in office 1883 – 1900) was alerted to the fact that a rapid extinction of various species of flora and fauna was taking place in South Africa. Unregulated hunting meant that wild animals were disappearing fast, […]

Travel: August safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in August? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Aldabra Atoll

In 1874 Charles Darwin, along with six other eminent contemporaries, wrote to the Governor of Mauritius and its dependencies: “We the undersigned respectfully beg to call the attention of the Colonial Government of Mauritius to the imminent extermination of the gigantic Land Tortoises of the Mascarenes, commonly called ‘Indian Tortoises’… No means being taken for […]

The Great Wildebeest Migration

The Serengeti and Maasai Mara ecosystems see huge herds of wildebeest and zebras migrating in a continuous search for the best food and water. Although this journey follows a similar annual route, exact timing varies based on rainfall. When the rains beckon, the wildebeest go. In spite of the big cats in waiting, or the […]

Botswana: My Dream Safari

My friends are quite used to me having somewhat of a different travel pattern to theirs. Because I am an experienced traveller with 85 countries under the belt, they would usually never raise an eyebrow when asking about my travel plans – not even when I mentioned I was going to Botswana for an 18-day […]

Lavish Livingstone

It is not hard to see why the 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 down into […]

Travel: July safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in July? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

There’s a Leopard in my Garden

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 […]

Travel: June safari in Africa

Interested in going on an African safari in June? Then have a look at our recommendations for the best wildlife-viewing destinations for that month.

Is it safe to visit South Africa as a tourist?

The number one concern of many people who are considering a South African safari is the threat of crime. The crime statistics in South Africa are indeed unsettling, and there is no doubt that the crime rate is high. But how often are tourists affected? This is the key question to ask from a tourist’s point of view.

The Ultimate Primate Experience

Seeing animals in the wild is truly special – but, trekking for gorillas is on another level. The close genetic relationship between us makes it more than just another wildlife safari; add golden monkeys to the same trip, and you have hit a double jackpot. This is the ultimate primate experience – created by safari experts, Africa […]

Safari tips: Preparing for gorilla and chimp trekking

Many people think that going on a mountain gorilla expedition is like running a marathon, or taking on Mount Everest. Well, the good news is that it isn’t – but being prepared for the trek is always a good idea!

Manyeleti: The Place of Stars

Manyeleti 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 with more […]

Ethiopia: The living churches of an ancient kingdom

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 […]

Magical Maasai Mara

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 […]

South Luangwa’s secret safari season

It’s no secret that the dry season is an excellent time to view wildlife in South Luangwa. However, what many people don’t know, is that a safari during the rainy ‘Emerald’ season, can be just as spectacular.

Horse riding vs. walking safaris

Viewing wildlife from a game vehicle is the most popular mode of safari transportation, however, it’s certainly not the only option. For travellers looking for a more immersive and authentic way of exploring Africa, walking safaris and horseback safaris are two excellent alternatives.

Klaserie through the Lens

Every year, the Africa Geographic Photographer of the Year competition showcases a plethora of phenomenal photos from around Africa by professional and amateur photographers, alike. The lucky winners are awarded incredible prizes that reflect their talent. Wildlife photographer Willem Kruger won first place in the ‘travel’ category in 2017 and enjoyed a memorable trip to the […]

A day in the life of a safari

You’ve finally made the decision! The African safari of your dreams is about to become a reality. But what can you expect while you’re on safari? What is a typical day on safari like?

16 days in Uganda

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 […]

Travel: 5 Reasons to visit Ruaha National Park, Tanzania

You would be forgiven if you have never heard of Ruaha National Park, it seems to be one of the best kept secrets in the safari world. But those that know it and have been fortunate enough to visit it, return again and again to this truly unique and diverse wilderness. Here are a few reasons why you might want to investigate this amazing place and put it to the top of your 2018 safari wishlist.

Nyiragongo: A hike to the centre of the Earth

Rumour has it that Mount Nyiragongo, home to the largest lava lake in the world, is said to attract only a small number of ballsy travellers who are looking for an extraordinary, out of this world adventure. It’s not an all-inclusive, everyday charter destination, so I suppose it does help to be a little nuts to […]

Tantalising Tswalu: The Kalahari’s diamond in the rough

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 […]

Kafue: A River Runs Through It

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 […]