The Royal Giraffe: A History

The Royal Giraffe: A History

Melissa Shales, June 14, 2015 Categories: African Wildlife, Safari History
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?
Akagera National Park, Rwanda: A Story of Survival

Akagera National Park, Rwanda: A Story of Survival

Rwanda isn’t just about mountain gorillas. Sue Watt explores Akagera and discovers a fascinating story of recovery behind one of Africa’s prettiest parks. Surprisingly few people have heard of Akagera National Park, on Rwanda’s eastern border...
The Heyday of the Safari

The Heyday of the Safari

Melissa Shales, May 24, 2014 Category: Safari History
I can remember howling with laughter the first time I met a flush toilet surrounded by a grass enclosure in a bush camp and a tent neatly shaded by a thatched roof to stop the canvas rotting. After a childhood spent wandering National Park campsites in our tatty old family tent, the world of the upmarket safari camp seemed inexpressibly funny.
David Livingstone

David Livingstone

Melissa Shales, April 22, 2014 Categories: Safari History, Zambia
Everyone knows the name David Livingstone. There’s a town named after him in Zambia, a museum dedicated to him in Scotland. His house in Zanzibar is a tourist site, as is his grave in Westminster Abbey, and the place where his heart was buried under a tree at Ilala in Zambia.
Diamonds in the Namib Desert Sand

Diamonds in the Namib Desert Sand

Lizzie Williams, March 24, 2014 Categories: Namibia, Safari History
Lying between the inhospitable dunes of the Namib Desert and the vast iciness of the Atlantic Ocean is the tiny time-warped German colonial town of Lüderitz and its fascinating diamond ghost town of Kolmanskop.
Great Zimbabwe is the Largest Stone Structure South of the Sahara

Great Zimbabwe is the Largest Stone Structure South of the Sahara

One of the most extraordinary manmade remains in Africa, Great Zimbabwe is a mystical city built of granite stones and was thought to be built by the ancestors of modern Zimbabweans. Zimbabwe, after which the country was named, means ‘houses of stone’ in the...
Operation Noah: Rescue of the Kariba Wildlife

Operation Noah: Rescue of the Kariba Wildlife

The people might have been safe but it was fast becoming clear that many thousands of animals were about to perish as they sought refuge on islands that were shrinking and sinking under the rising waters. And so Operation Noah was born.