Camping on a Southern African Safari: How Safe Is It?

Camping on a Southern African Safari: How Safe Is It?

Looking forward to a spot of outdoor sleeping on your upcoming southern African safari? Feeling a bit anxious about only having a thin sheet of canvas between you and the four-legged locals..
Snake in the Grass

Snake in the Grass

Mike Unwin describes how a dusk stroll along a game trail in South Africa’s Pongola Reserve led to a close encounter with a very large python. “Stop,” said my wife. “A huge snake!” It was dusk and we were in Pongola...
Elephant on the Zambezi

Elephant on the Zambezi

As a self-proclaimed wannabe National Geographic wildlife photographer, my aim is always to get as close as is safely possible to animals in their natural habitat to capture that perfect shot.
Swimming with a South Africa’s Celebrity Hippo

Swimming with a South Africa’s Celebrity Hippo

Aggressive and unpredictable, hippos kill more humans in Africa than any other animal, so swimming with Jessica the hippo was an extraordinary experience.
The Leopards of Tsavo

The Leopards of Tsavo

Although famous for its lions, Tsavo is a fabulous leopard destination where the vast size of the reserve and its wilderness aspect make for true immersion experience in the African wild.
Wildebeest Migration

Wildebeest Migration

I was doing some general photography in Serengeti National Park, when I heard that the migration was late that year and hadn’t crossed into the Masai Mara yet. I took my chances and changed my travel plans to get to the Northern Serengeti in the hope to catch the last of the wildebeest crossing the Mara River.
Swamps of Lake Bangweulu - The Biggest Swamp in Africa

Swamps of Lake Bangweulu - The Biggest Swamp in Africa

Bangweulu – The Place Where the Earth Meets the Sky – is the deep and secret heart of Zambia. Its papyrus swamps and pellucid channels are the home of Africa’s oddest bird, the ghostly grey shoebill stork.
The Red Elephants on Parade in Tsavo National Park

The Red Elephants on Parade in Tsavo National Park

A feature of southern Kenya’s landscape is the vibrant red soil laden with iron oxide, which elephants liberally past over themselves during their daily mud and dust baths. Ask anyone what color an elephant is...
Hippos, Crocodiles and More at Mana Pools NP

Hippos, Crocodiles and More at Mana Pools NP

Canoeing down the Zambezi River through Mana Pools National Park would have to rate as one of my all-time favourite African wildlife experiences. I never dreamed I would be able to get as close to Africa’s amazing wildlife. I also never dreamed that I’d have one of my most heart stopping wildlife encounters!

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