5 Fascinating Facts About the Flapneck Chameleon

5 Fascinating Facts About the Flapneck Chameleon

How much weirdness can you handle in one animal? Chameleons have it all: skin that changes colour, swiveling eyes, an extendable tongue and the head of a dinosaur. No wonder these perfectly harmless lizards excite fear and superstition across rural Africa. This species is one of the most common...
Safari Secrets Part 1: Swaziland

Safari Secrets Part 1: Swaziland

Alan Murphy, February 25, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
In a three part blog series, Alan will look at obscure, off-the-beaten-track safari destinations. Places often overlooked by the crowds that are better off for their anonymity. In this, his first, he looks at safari possibilities in Swaziland.
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...
A Bird, a Plane... or a Tree-Climbing Lion?

A Bird, a Plane... or a Tree-Climbing Lion?

Philip Briggs, February 22, 2014 Category: Best Kept Safari Secrets
One of the most biodiverse conservation areas in Africa, Queen Elizabeth National Park, though only 1,978 sq km in area, can be divided into half-a-dozen discrete sectors, each of which has its own character and charm. My favourite part of the park...
Kenya’s Distinctive Red Elephants on Parade in Tsavo

Kenya’s Distinctive Red Elephants on Parade in Tsavo

Lizzie Williams, February 20, 2014 Category: Amazing Wildlife Encounters
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...
Tree-Loving Toka Leya Rejuvenates Mosi-oa-Tunya

Tree-Loving Toka Leya Rejuvenates Mosi-oa-Tunya

Stephen Cunliffe, February 19, 2014 Category: Sustainable Lodge of the week
Located in Mosi-oa-Tunya National Park above the thundering Victoria Falls on the Zambian bank of the mighty Zambezi, Toka Leya is situated in an area stripped of its former...
A Wildebeest River Crossing in the Serengeti

A Wildebeest River Crossing in the Serengeti

Philip Briggs, February 18, 2014 Categories: African Wildlife, Animals on Safari, Mammals
Arguably the greatest wildlife spectacle in Africa, the migration of two million wildebeest across the Serengeti Plains climaxes with a series of perilous river crossings. The build-up to a Mara river crossing is tense and unpredictable...
Learn Bush Skills And Elephant Lore

Learn Bush Skills And Elephant Lore

Emma Gregg, February 17, 2014 Category: Best Kept Safari Secrets
If you’ve been lucky enough to go on safari a few times, you might be keen to try something different from the usual guided game drives. Sanctuary Baines’ Camp, a small, eco-luxury camp located in a private concession in the Okavango Delta, has just the thing...
The Water-Based Safari

The Water-Based Safari

Alan Murphy, February 16, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
Safari vehicles are the traditional way to explore the African savannah but is it the best way? Alan explores the possibility of safari by water, a magical way to sneak up on wildlife. Done an overland safari? Saw lots of animals? Great...
Into the Woods

Into the Woods

Melissa Shales, February 15, 2014 Category: Travel Disaster Worth Sharing
When I look back, many of the travel disasters and near disasters have been caused by engine malfunctions of one sort or another. One of my earliest and most memorable was...