Mike Unwin describes how a group of canoeists sleeping on a sandbank in the middle of the Zambezi River received a midnight visit from an elephant.
Deep in the Zambian jungle we were forensically examined by an elephant, whose behaviour surprisingly replicated the animal’s usual response to the death of a family member.
Aggressive and unpredictable, hippos kill more humans in Africa than any other animal, so swimming with Jessica the hippo was an extraordinary experience.
I got to play with an orphaned baby chimpanzee in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in DRC.
Etosha is a great place to see black rhino. But who’d have thought you could put your feet up at a waterhole at night and let one of Africa’s shyer great mammals come to you.
The Serengeti is without a doubt any budding wildlife photographer’s dream destination – none more so than mine. While I was fortunate enough to witness the tail end of the migration on a recent visit to the park, what excited me more was stumbling across a small group of lions and their cubs just as myself and my two safari companions were about to leave the park.
Katavi National Park is a very seasonal park with huge floodplains that dry up after the rains from June onwards. The Katuma river also dries up, until all that’s left is a small stream with a few muddy ponds. The big concentration of hippos ..
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.
Watching wild dogs hunting and feeding their pups was a highlight of the Okavango Delta. Seeing the Big Five is guaranteed to be thrilling, but it’s equally rewarding when a sighting makes you suddenly pay attention to an animal.
Often spotted around lodges and hotels, vervet monkeys are friendly, intelligent and entertaining little creatures and are excellent climbers, jumpers and (a little-known fact) swimmers.