FEW writers know the African bush better than Brian Jackman, one of the most valued members of our expert panel. For 40 years he has wandered across sub-Saharan Africa, coming face-to-face with its most formidable denizens and meeting some of the legendary characters who, like George Adamson, the grand old lion man of Kenya, have dedicated their lives to its conservation...
Award-winning travel journalist Emma Gregg has a passion for Africa and has visited over 20 African countries, sampling everything from obscure music festivals to five-star safaris. She is the co-author of First-Time Africa (Rough Guides) and the former editor of Travel Africa magazine. What are the most memorable experiences she had?
It’s a pleasure to chill out at Karkloof Safari Spa and Wildlife Retreat, South Africa. Could this be the most relaxed safari destination in Africa?
Experience an overwhelming sense of solitude from the viewpoints at the top, or splash around in the bubbling hot springs at the bottom, of the gaping chasm that is Namibia’s splendid Fish River Canyon.
One of the world's weirdest animals, the ground pangolin - also, and more descriptively, known as the scaly pangolin - ranks up there with the aardvark at the top of the list of what night be termed 'oddball creatures seen so seldom in the wild that you wonder whether they're not just making them up'.
Alan canoes the top of Victoria Falls. Canoeing on the Zambezi in Zambia means dangers such as crocs and hippos - but he wasn’t aware that elephants could pose a threat...
Over the past eighteen months or so, there has been much debate on whether South Africa should trade or not trade its rhino horn to help curb the rhino poaching epidemic that we face. The pro-traders arguments largely stemmed from three papers that were written on the subject which all claimed that SA must trade our stocks of rhino horn to stop rhino poaching.
Nothing can beat the sight of a magnificent leopard, on the move, after dark. I’m lucky enough to be exploring leopard country with a man who knows it inside out – veteran guide Phil Berry.
We arrived at the campsite in Kenya’s Samburu National Park at dusk. After hours on dusty, bumpy roads, I headed straight for the loo – a long drop with a wooden seat in a corrugated iron shed. I carefully shone my torch around to check for spiders, snakes and scorpions and satisfied that I was safe, held it between my teeth as I used both hands to unbutton my jeans.
Alan went camping in the Zambian bush while on assignment for Lonely Planet. In this post he recalls being woken in the middle of the night by a strange lawnmower sound which turned out to be an agitated hippo...ready to charge.