The Royal Giraffes

The Royal Giraffes

Melissa Shales, June 14, 2015 Category: History of Safari
Melissa Shales looks back through history. At a time before we could go on safari or see photos, what must a giraffe have looked like in the streets of Europe?
Frederick Courteney Selous

Frederick Courteney Selous

Melissa Shales, March 29, 2015 Category: History of Safari
The most famous of the 19th-century ‘great white hunters’, Selous helped make safari fashionable and lay the foundation stones of African conservation. Melissa Shales looks at his life.
The heyday of the safari?

The heyday of the safari?

Melissa Shales, May 24, 2014 Category: History of Safari
I can remember howling with laughter the first time I met a flush toilet surrounded by a grass enclosure in a bush camp and a tent neatly shaded by a thatched roof to stop the canvas rotting. After a childhood spent wandering National Park campsites in our tatty old family tent, the world of the upmarket safari camp seemed inexpressibly funny.
David Livingstone

David Livingstone

Melissa Shales, April 22, 2014 Category: History of Safari
Everyone knows the name David Livingstone. There’s a town named after him in Zambia, a museum dedicated to him in Scotland. His house in Zanzibar is a tourist site, as is his grave in Westminster Abbey, and the place where his heart was buried under a tree at Ilala in Zambia.
Teddy Goes on African Safari Holiday

Teddy Goes on African Safari Holiday

Melissa Shales, March 1, 2014 Category: History of Safari
Teddy Roosevelt’s African expedition (1908-10) redefined the safari and put the continent on the tourist map. His celebrity pulling power helped create an industry that has helped sustain Africa’s wildlife ever since.