5 Fascinating Facts About Southern Right Whale

5 Fascinating Facts About Southern Right Whale

Mike Unwin, April 19, 2016 Categories: African Wildlife, Mammals
The Southern Right Whale (Eubalaena Australis) is best known from South Africa’s Cape, where good numbers arrive during the southern winter from their sub-Antarctic feeding grounds to breed...
Becoming a Safari Guide - Week 3: Bush Tucker

Becoming a Safari Guide - Week 3: Bush Tucker

For the past three weeks I’ve been acting as a ‘mosquito/testse fly on the wall’ at an Asilia Africa safari guide training camp in northern Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park. For the first week I learnt all about the birds that...
Becoming a Safari Guide - Week 2: Figs and Dung

Becoming a Safari Guide - Week 2: Figs and Dung

For the past two weeks I’ve been acting as a ‘fly on the wall’ (a really annoying, biting, buzzy one at that) at an Asilia Africa Safari Guide training camp in northern Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park...
5 Fascinating Facts About Brown Hyena

5 Fascinating Facts About Brown Hyena

Mike Unwin, March 29, 2016 Category: African Wildlife
The Brown Hyena is a scruffier-looking and more solitary relative of the spotted hyena and confined to the southwest corner of Africa, frequenting areas where its larger cousin is rare or absent...
Becoming a Safari Guide - Week 1: Pulling Helen’s Hair

Becoming a Safari Guide - Week 1: Pulling Helen’s Hair

“Stupid bird likes to pull every Helens hair” said Pietro with a grin, “Remember this and it will help you with identification”. We were in Tarangire National Park, which forms the southern piece in a jigsaw of stunning national parks in northern Tanzania...
The Road to Becoming an Asilia Safari Guide

The Road to Becoming an Asilia Safari Guide

Stuart Butler will be joining the acclaimed safari guide and conservation group, Asilia Africa as a ‘fly on the wall’ at one of their wildlife guide training camps in Tanzania’s Tarangire National Park...
5 Fascinating Facts About Plains Zebra

5 Fascinating Facts About Plains Zebra

Mike Unwin, March 8, 2016 Category: African Wildlife
Plains Zebra is the commonest of Africa’s three zebra species and the one familiar to most safari goers, whether it is migrating in thousands across the Serengeti, grazing the bushveld of the Kruger or crowding the dusty...
Zambia’s Legendary Lioness: Lady Liuwa

Zambia’s Legendary Lioness: Lady Liuwa

Sue Watt, October 13, 2015 Categories: African Wildlife, Safari Tours, The Big Five, Zambia
As lion populations plummet across Africa, Sue Watt meets a lioness who acquired celebrity status through her story of survival in Zambia’s Liuwa Plains National Park...
5 Fascinating Facts About Cape Porcupine

5 Fascinating Facts About Cape Porcupine

Mike Unwin, October 5, 2015 Category: African Wildlife
Cape porcupine (Hystrix africaeaustralis) grows up to a metre long and 20kg in weight, this is the world’s largest porcupine and by far the largest rodent in Africa. These dimensions, however, are not as impressive as the sight of the animal itself...
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...