Why Patience Is a Virtue on an African Safari

Why Patience Is a Virtue on an African Safari

Paul Smitz, June 13, 2017 Categories: Beginner's Guide to Safari, Other
Some African safari-goers make wildlife spotting sound really easy. Ask them if they saw any elephants and they’ll say, ‘Dozens, in the first few minutes, right outside the camp’. What about...
5 Fascinating Facts About The Common Chimpanzee

5 Fascinating Facts About The Common Chimpanzee

Mike Unwin, May 30, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
Chimpanzees stand alongside gorillas as Africa’s only great apes and are the closest living relatives of humans. The common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) is the best known of two species – the other being the bonobo, which is smaller...
Rwanda Shocks Safari Industry by Doubling the Cost of its Gorilla Permits

Rwanda Shocks Safari Industry by Doubling the Cost of its Gorilla Permits

Alan Murphy, May 23, 2017 Category: Other
Rwanda has recently increased the cost of its gorilla permits to US$1500, catching the growing safari industry off guard. The price hike represents a doubling of the former cost of US$750 which was already more expensive than...
What Should You Do When You Encounter An Elephant On A Self-Drive Safari?

What Should You Do When You Encounter An Elephant On A Self-Drive Safari?

Paul Smitz, May 9, 2017 Category: Other
My first trip to Africa, many moons ago, was an extended 4WD tour of Zambia, with some cross-border trips into Botswana, Namibia and Malawi thrown in for the sheer hell of it. The first of those excursions took me to northern Botswana’s fabled Chobe National Park...
5 Fascinating Facts About The Shoebill

5 Fascinating Facts About The Shoebill

Mike Unwin, April 27, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
This huge, grey waterbird, also known as a whale-headed stork, derives its name Shoebill (Balaeniceps rex), from its massive bill, which resembles a traditional Dutch clog, with a sharp nail-like hook on the end...
Africa's Decreasing Elephant Population:<br />A Country-by-Country Analysis

Africa's Decreasing Elephant Population:
A Country-by-Country Analysis

Jeroen Beekwilder, April 19, 2017 Category: Other
The elephant has been an icon of African wildlife for many years. To see one in the wild is often a primary reason for people to do an African safari. But will it be around for many more years?
What’s a Safari Tour Like in Sabi Sands Game Reserve?

What’s a Safari Tour Like in Sabi Sands Game Reserve?

Erik Joosten, April 11, 2017 Categories: Beginner's Guide to Safari, Other
Sabi Sands Game Reserve is located in Mpumalanga, a province situated to the west of Kruger National Park. Sabi Sands is the oldest private park in the country, and it has an excellent reputation for outstanding lodges and safaris...
5 Fascinating Facts About The Nile Monitor

5 Fascinating Facts About The Nile Monitor

Mike Unwin, March 28, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
The Nile monitor (Varanus niloticus) is a hefty reptile, also known as the water monitor, and Africa’s longest lizard, sometimes reaching lengths of over 2 metres – of which more than half is tail...
Camping on a Southern African Safari: How Safe Is It?

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

Paul Smitz, March 14, 2017 Category: Amazing Wildlife Encounters
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..
5 Fascinating Facts About The Caracal

5 Fascinating Facts About The Caracal

Mike Unwin, February 28, 2017 Category: 5 Fascinating Facts About ...
The Caracal (Felis caracal) is an elegant, medium-sized cat which is widespread in open country across much of Africa. Elusive and largely nocturnal, it is seldom seen on safari – although smaller reserves in South Africa’s Cape and Karoo have a good reputation for sightings...