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.
Four Cap Classique-filled days spent discovering vineyards that are making a difference in the beautiful Cape Winelands.
The waterside wonders just beyond Cape Town.
Chris and his father went on a fantastic Uganda safari to see shoebills in Murchison Falls, chimpanzees in Kibale & mountain gorillas in Bwindi.
Anatolian shepherd dogs in the Namaqualand National Park – an innovative project aiding in conservation.
An intrepid team of ten travellers take on Uganda’s Rwenzori Mountain Range. Persevering with altitude sickness and equipment issues, they make it to the peak of the Margherita Glacier and are left in awe by these Mountains of the Moon.
The only current English guidebook I could find on Gabon describes it as “an oasis of stability and prosperity in a region that has had more than its fair share of trouble”. It is indeed a remarkable country and was at the top of my African wish-list for many reasons: 80% covered in dense forest, …
Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park – a land of thirst with boundless wildlife.
GETTING UNDER THE SKIN OF SOUTH AFRICA’S VIBRANT EAST COAST CITY
From bush breakfasts to nights spent under the African stars. Find out what makes a luxury African safari…
The hike along the Shipwreck Trail from Port Alfred to Fish River is by no means an easy feat but it’s worth it.
Stunning pictures of the wild horses that gather at the Garub Waterhole in Namibia.
An exhilarating day spent hiking, abseiling and kloofing in the Kogelberg Nature Reserve.
Discovering the fossils of the Mesosaurus in Namibia.
The sensational experience of tandem skydiving over the Namib desert.
Exploring Coffee Bay and surfing the Wild Coast’s Hole in the Wall…
From Garamba’s dark history to its blossoming future, here are 9 facts about this park in the DRC.
In the highlands of Ethiopia, American scientist Meg Lowman is working with local forest ecologist Alemayehu Wassie to protect ancient church forests. As in many developing countries, much of Ethiopia’s original forests have been cleared for subsistence agriculture and for harvesting timber and firewood, diminishing northern Ethiopia’s forest cover from 45% of its territory in …