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?
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...
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.
Lack of rain, but plenty of action on the Serengeti’s southern plains. With calving season in full swing, a time where the migratory wildlife give birth to their offspring, here’s the latest...
If you’re in to mountain trekking, spectacular landscapes and up close wildlife encounters, then Ethiopia’s Simien National Park is a must.
This enormous bird is the largest feathered creature on the planet. Belonging to the ratite family, along with its similarly flightless cousins such as emus, cassowaries and kiwis, it is also the holder of many other records. Many authorities now believe the Somali ostrich, of arid parts of East Africa, to be a separate species from the common ostrich found elsewhere.
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.
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.
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.
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...