The scale and power of the Fish River Canyon

The scale and power of the Fish River Canyon

Lizzie Williams, January 28, 2014 Category: Highlight of the Month
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.
Walking with a Pangolin

Walking with a Pangolin

Philip Briggs, January 27, 2014 Category: Amazing Wildlife Encounters
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'.
Canoes, Elephants, Guides & Pranks

Canoes, Elephants, Guides & Pranks

Alan Murphy, January 24, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
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...
To Trade or Not To Trade Rhino Horns

To Trade or Not To Trade Rhino Horns

Colin Bell, January 20, 2014 Category: Conservation & Sustainability
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.
Tracking Leopards With a Master in South Luangwa

Tracking Leopards With a Master in South Luangwa

Emma Gregg, January 20, 2014 Category: Amazing Wildlife Encounters
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.
Caught With My Trousers Down at Samburu

Caught With My Trousers Down at Samburu

Melissa Shales, January 19, 2014 Category: Travel Disaster Worth Sharing
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.
A Hippo and Me

A Hippo and Me

Alan Murphy, January 17, 2014 Category: Alan Murphy's Column
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.
Chimp Tracking in Mahale Mountains

Chimp Tracking in Mahale Mountains

Philip Briggs, January 15, 2014 Category: Amazing Wildlife Encounters
Few wildlife experiences match a walking encounter with man's closest relative, the common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) in Mahale Mountains National Park.
Trunk Call in Shamwari Game Reserve

Trunk Call in Shamwari Game Reserve

Melissa Shales, January 12, 2014 Category: Amazing Wildlife Encounters
I was sitting in the back seat of an open jeep in Shamwari, in South Africa’s Eastern Cape. Beside me was a young Dutch girl on her very first safari. She’d only arrived in Africa the day before. Two young elephant bulls decided to play with us and stationed themselves one either end of the vehicle.
Boating Between Hippos And Elephants in Liwonde

Boating Between Hippos And Elephants in Liwonde

Philip Briggs, January 11, 2014 Category: Best Kept Safari Secrets
The stretch of the sluggish Shire flowing through Malawi's underrated Liwonde National Park is the archetypical African riverine scene. Among the smallest and most densely populated countries in southern Africa, Malawi is generally considered to b a bit of a second division safari destination.