How to Habituate a Mountain Gorilla

How to Habituate a Mountain Gorilla

Stuart Butler, January 22, 2019 Categories: Animals on Safari, Mammals, Uganda
A small group of mothers were quietly playing with their fuzzy-furred babies in the dappled light of a forest clearing. None of the group appeared to take the slightest bit of notice of the clumsy tourists and park rangers who’d tramped nosily up to the apes as a part of a gorilla habituation safari. But then a large silverback male...
Africa’s Poaching Pandemic is Wiping Out a World Heritage Site

Africa’s Poaching Pandemic is Wiping Out a World Heritage Site

Jeroen Beekwilder, December 11, 2018 Categories: African Wildlife, Conservation, Conservation & Sustainability, Mammals
The last decade has seen poaching in Africa, such as the illegal slaughter of elephants, accelerate across the continent at unprecedented rates. Independent researcher and watchdog estimates put the number of pachyderms butchered by poachers for their ivory at 25,000 to 40,000 animals per year. These brutal statistics make for grim reading, with entire elephant...
African Elephants: Defying the Odds

African Elephants: Defying the Odds

African Elephants, one of only a handful of keystone species (animals who have a substantial and unique influence over their ecosystem and are considered vital to its health), are remarkable creatures with the innate ability to alter their surrounding environment. They play a unique role in the way an ecosystem...
Where to See Elephants in Africa - The Top 5 Best Safari Destinations to See Elephants

Where to See Elephants in Africa - The Top 5 Best Safari Destinations to See Elephants

Elephants are perhaps the most fascinating African mammals to watch on safari. They are so intelligent, sociable, dextrous and communicative – you can watch them all day, and never get bored. In general the best time to travel to Africa to see elephants...
5 Fabulous Facts of the Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus Strepsiceros)

5 Fabulous Facts of the Greater Kudu (Tragelaphus Strepsiceros)

Mike Unwin, February 27, 2018 Categories: African Wildlife, Kenya, Mammals
At SafariBookings we love Africa! And not only for the big five. Today we’ll take a closer look at the Greater kudu. The spectacular spiral horns of this handsome antelope – the longest of any antelope – have long made it a favourite among safari-goers and trophy hunters alike...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Incredible Warthog

5 Fascinating Facts About the Incredible Warthog

Mike Unwin, January 4, 2018 Categories: African Wildlife, Mammals, Other
The common Warthog is a popular porker! It was catapulted into celebrity by the unforgettable Warthog named Pumba in Disney’s Lion King. It’s unmistakable, with its incongruous combination of delicate hindquarters and huge head...
5 Fascinating Facts About the Eland

5 Fascinating Facts About the Eland

The Eland, an ox-like antelope, is the largest in the world and belongs to the ‘spiral-horned’ subfamily, along with the likes of kudu and bushbuck. There are two...
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...
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...
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.