A Day in the Life of an Elephant Researcher

A Day in the Life of an Elephant Researcher

Trying to stuff a large, steaming lump of elephant dung into a small glass test tube was not quite what I’d expected when I spent a day in the field as an Elephant Researcher with the Elephants Alive research team. The dung samples are preserved in saline, and the tubes sent to the UK for analysis by one of Elephants Alive’s collaborators, Dr Hannah Mumby from Cambridge University...
Ban on plastics in Africa – A Story of Smuggling and Success

Ban on plastics in Africa – A Story of Smuggling and Success

Jack Nicholls, July 9, 2019 Categories: Conservation & Sustainability, Sustainability in Africa
An anonymous tipoff leads to an unmarked door. The police burst in, there is shouting and a struggle. The suspects are led away in handcuffs while the authorities display their seized contraband to the media. It’s a familiar scene that we associate with drug smugglers and gunrunners. But for the last year in Kenya, the raids are being overseen by the National Environment Management Agency, and they are targeting a different enemy: plastic bags...
10 Most Beautiful and Interesting Places to Visit in Kenya

10 Most Beautiful and Interesting Places to Visit in Kenya

Heather Richardson, June 25, 2019 Categories: African Hotspots, Kenya, Travel Tips
A country of great diversity, both physically and culturally, Kenya is one of Africa’s most popular destinations for very good reason. With blissful Indian Ocean beaches, craggy mountains, lush forests and wildlife-rich savannahs, there are endless beautiful places to visit in Kenya. These are 10 of many…
Top 10 Best African Safari Parks and Destinations of 2019

Top 10 Best African Safari Parks and Destinations of 2019

Jeroen Beekwilder, June 11, 2019 Categories: African Hotspots, SafariBookings News
Which safari parks in Africa are the best? An in-depth analysis by SafariBookings of 2,373 reviews was carried out to determine the finest safari parks on the continent. The World Famous...
Top 6 best safari lodges and camps near the Zambezi River

Top 6 best safari lodges and camps near the Zambezi River

Zimbabwe has seen some troubled times of late. But its incredible safari destinations are still safe to visit and need tourists now more than ever. Sue Watt takes us to some of her favourite places along the banks of the mighty Zambezi...
Top 5 Sustainable African Safari Parks

Top 5 Sustainable African Safari Parks

Below are suggestions for the Top 5 sustainable African safari parks. Choosing an eco-friendly safari is your chance to help make a positive impact on wildlife conservation efforts and the wellbeing of local communities...
10 of the Safest Places to Visit in Africa in 2019

10 of the Safest Places to Visit in Africa in 2019

Heather Richardson, April 2, 2019 Categories: African Hotspots, Safe on Safari, Travel Tips
All travel comes with some risks, but many African countries are far safer than people might imagine. These are 10 of the safest places to visit in Africa...
How to Habituate a Mountain Gorilla

How to Habituate a Mountain Gorilla

Stuart Butler, January 22, 2019 Categories: Animals on Safari, Mammals, Uganda
A small group of mothers were quietly playing with their fuzzy-furred babies in the dappled light of a forest clearing. None of the group appeared to take the slightest bit of notice of the clumsy tourists and park rangers who’d tramped nosily up to the apes as a part of a gorilla habituation safari. But then a large silverback male...
The Best Malaria Free Game Reserves In South Africa

The Best Malaria Free Game Reserves In South Africa

One of the big advantages of traveling to South Africa, compared to other African safari destinations, is that a number of game reserves where you can see the Big Five are in malaria free areas. This is fantastic if you’re traveling with small children or want to avoid taking anti-malarials...
Africa’s Poaching Pandemic is Wiping Out a World Heritage Site

Africa’s Poaching Pandemic is Wiping Out a World Heritage Site

Jeroen Beekwilder, December 11, 2018 Categories: African Wildlife, Conservation, Conservation & Sustainability, Mammals
The last decade has seen poaching in Africa, such as the illegal slaughter of elephants, accelerate across the continent at unprecedented rates. Independent researcher and watchdog estimates put the number of pachyderms butchered by poachers for their ivory at 25,000 to 40,000 animals per year. These brutal statistics make for grim reading, with entire elephant...