Safari Secrets Part 1: Swaziland

Safari Secrets Part 1: Swaziland

Alan Murphy, February 25, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
In a three part blog series, Alan will look at obscure, off-the-beaten-track safari destinations. Places often overlooked by the crowds that are better off for their anonymity. In this, his first, he looks at safari possibilities in Swaziland.
The Water-Based Safari

The Water-Based Safari

Alan Murphy, February 16, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
Safari vehicles are the traditional way to explore the African savannah but is it the best way? Alan explores the possibility of safari by water, a magical way to sneak up on wildlife. Done an overland safari? Saw lots of animals? Great...
Birdwatchers: Are They Really Human Beings?

Birdwatchers: Are They Really Human Beings?

Alan Murphy, February 7, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
So, you’re sitting in a bush. You’ve been there for seven hours. Waiting. Waiting. Until....that slight rippling of the still summer air. The blurry mass of feathers. It’s not. It IS! It’s that bird you’ve been waiting for. Oh joy! The unrestrained ecstasy...
The Big 5: Debunking the Myth - Alan Murphy

The Big 5: Debunking the Myth - Alan Murphy

Alan Murphy, January 31, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
Seen the Big Five – Wondered what all the fuss was about? Alan explores the origins, debunks the myths and zeroes in on The Little Five. I have been reflecting on times I’d seen the Big Five in Africa. Lion, Leopard, Buffalo, Elephant and Rhino. Leopard rarely...all the others plenty of times. Then I was thinking, who made up the Big Five? And what about ...
Canoes, Elephants, Guides & Pranks

Canoes, Elephants, Guides & Pranks

Alan Murphy, January 24, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
Alan canoes the top of Victoria Falls. Canoeing on the Zambezi in Zambia means dangers such as crocs and hippos - but he wasn’t aware that elephants could pose a threat...
A Hippo and Me

A Hippo and Me

Alan Murphy, January 17, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
Alan went camping in the Zambian bush while on assignment for Lonely Planet. In this post he recalls being woken in the middle of the night by a strange lawnmower sound which turned out to be an agitated hippo...ready to charge.
Alan Murphy - Your weekly Blog Correspondent!

Alan Murphy - Your weekly Blog Correspondent!

Alan Murphy, January 8, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
Welcome to Africa! A very Alan Africa. I’ll be you weekly guide. Walking you through a land of safari adventure. An ancient land. The birthplace of us all. And the animals. Wow! This is wildlife on steroids. You’ve seen the Big 5? Ticked them off? You’ve barely scratched the surface. Seen great landscapes? A lifetime would not be enough to see Southern Africa. But a well crafted safari - well....