5 Fascinating Facts About Gemsbok

5 Fascinating Facts About Gemsbok

Mike Unwin, September 20, 2015 Categories: African Wildlife, Mammals
This powerful, handsome animal – a southern race of East Africa’s oryx – is synonymous with the Kalahari, and a herd of gemsbok cresting a red sand dune is one of the region’s iconic wildlife spectacles. Behind the impressive...
Wildlife Encounters: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Wildlife Encounters: The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

For me, seeing Africa’s most iconic wildlife in its natural environment (wildlife Encounters) is a dream come true. There are few things in the world that make me feel happier, more at peace, and more insignificant in the great scheme...
10 Sounds to Listen For on Safari

10 Sounds to Listen For on Safari

Patrick Brakspear, June 30, 2015 Categories: African Wildlife, Animals on Safari
When you go on safari you could be forgiven for thinking that it was all about what animals you will see…but it’s much more than this…there are the landscapes, the smells…and also, the sounds.
10 Best Places to Locate Cheetah on Safari

10 Best Places to Locate Cheetah on Safari

If asked, most people would list leopard as the most elusive of the big cats to locate on safari, but in truth, cheetah might be even more difficult – if for no other reason than they are nowhere common (with very few exceptions) whilst leopards, in fact, are extremely...
10 Best Places to See Wild Dog on Safari

10 Best Places to See Wild Dog on Safari

Patrick Brakspear, March 26, 2015 Categories: African Wildlife, Animals on Safari
The African wild dog (or painted dog) needs extensive areas in which to roam, and combined with their susceptibility to a raft of diseases including canine distemper and rabies (transmitted by domestic dogs), they are found only in a limited number of safari destinations.
5 Fascinating Facts About the Hippo

5 Fascinating Facts About the Hippo

Mike Unwin, September 10, 2014 Categories: African Wildlife, Mammals
It is something of a safari cliché that the hippo is ‘the most dangerous animal in Africa’. While there may be more than a little hyperbole in such a claim, it is nonetheless true that behind the friendly smile lies an aggressive disposition and mouthful of lethal teeth. After the elephant and white rhino, this heavyweight herbivore is the third largest of Africa’s mammals.
5 Fascinating Facts About the Cheetah

5 Fascinating Facts About the Cheetah

Mike Unwin, August 27, 2014 Category: African Wildlife
Every schoolchild knows that this greyhound of the cat family is the fastest land animal on the planet – reaching speeds of 120km/h – and one glance at its lithe physique shows that it is built for speed. But this cat also has many other remarkable qualities.
5 Fascinating Facts About the African Fish Eagle

5 Fascinating Facts About the African Fish Eagle

Mike Unwin, August 13, 2014 Categories: African Wildlife, Birds
You needn’t be a serious birder to recognise the yodelling yelp of this striking raptor. Often described as the sound of Africa, the sound evokes lazy rivers and palm-fringed lakeshores, often in duet with the grunting of hippos. And the bird itself, in its black, white and chestnut finery, is equally unmistakable.
5 Fascinating Facts About Bushbabies

5 Fascinating Facts About Bushbabies

Mike Unwin, July 16, 2014 Category: African Wildlife
You may spot their shining eyes bouncing around in your torch beam, or wake in the small hours to their ear-splitting shrieks – like the bawling of a distressed infant. But either way, bushbabies, also called galagos, are tricky animals to observe...
5 Fascinating Facts About the African Rock Python

5 Fascinating Facts About the African Rock Python

Do you suffer from ophidiophobia – or fear of snakes? Then you might want to avoid the African rock python, Africa’s largest serpent, which may reach a length of six metres and has been known to attack and even start to swallow a human being.