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A chimpanzee peers through the foliage at eager trekkers. Nyungwe National Park, Rwanda © African Parks | Marcus Westberg

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Deadly electric fences + East vs Southern African safari

We are deep into my favourite safari months in Southern Africa. October and November see searing heat and clouds of dust – keeping most holidaymakers away and reserving the epic wildlife encounters for connoisseurs. The lack of fresh water sees wildlife congregated near the few remaining drinking spots, and high drama as tempers flare and predators cash in. Welcome early rains may take the edge off the heat and dust for a day or two, but the action continues unabated.

Meanwhile my sources tell me that elephant poaching is on the rise again in northern Botswana. Apparently the Zambian syndicates that have stripped Botswana of her rhino population have taken many tons of raw ivory in the last few months – including one of the few remaining tuskers (giant elephants with tusks that weigh 100 pounds each side). Northern Kruger National Park is also under siege, with lions and vultures being targeted. Perhaps one day our governments will protect their revenue-producing, job-creating wildlife with as much passion as they do their salaries and errant colleagues …

Keep the passion

Simon Espley – CEO, Africa Geographic

From our Editor – Taryn van Jaarsveld

What is the deadliest cat in Africa? The answer may surprise you. (Unless, of course, you’ve seen the videos of these cats surfacing in recent years).

Lions, mightily ferocious, have a hunting success rate of 19-25%. Leopards kill their targets 38% of the time. One of the most lethal predators in Africa, cheetahs, who snap up their prey on 58% of their hunts, could almost be named the greatest hunting cat. But the crown for deadliest feline in Africa goes to its tiniest: the black-footed cat. Weighing in at around 2kg, these cats have a hunting success rate of 60%. Though they may resemble domestic tabby cats, and their bright eyes and bushy tails make them incredibly endearing, these little killers capture more prey in a single night than a leopard does in six months.

Despite its status as one of Africa’s deadliest animals, these fatal felines are extremely rare and under-researched. Little data is available on black-footed cats, making conservation of the species very difficult. They are so tiny that they cannot even trigger regular camera traps. Thankfully, a small group of scientists is putting this “anthill tiger” on the map, having established a database on the cats and advocating for their protection. You can learn more about these kitty killer machines here.

Below, check out our handy guide that will help you choose between an East or Southern African safari, and read our story on the animal toll of electric fences.

Happy celebrating Africa to you!

Story 1
East Africa and Southern Africa offer distinct safari experiences, from high wildlife volumes to a diversity of landscapes and species. Here’s the lowdown on the highlights of each

Story 2
What is the animal toll of electric fences? Safeguarding protected areas comes at the expense of wildlife, says research


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