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.
Few wildlife experiences match a walking encounter with man's closest relative, the common chimpanzee (Pan troglodytes) in Mahale Mountains National Park.
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.
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.
This bizarre creature – the animal that opens every English dictionary – is unlike anything else you might meet on safari. Although fairly common, its shy, nocturnal habits mean that sightings are extremely rare.
Welcome to Africa! A very Alan Africa. I’ll be you weekly guide. Walking you through a land of safari adventure. An ancient land. The birthplace of us all. And the animals. Wow! This is wildlife on steroids. You’ve seen the Big 5? Ticked them off? You’ve barely scratched the surface. Seen great landscapes? A lifetime would not be enough to see Southern Africa. But a well crafted safari - well....
Bigger isn’t always better and it helps to have good neighbours. These truisms are never more apt than when dealing with safaris. Imbabala Zambezi Safari Lodge is a perfect case in point. It has the most amazing location, 70 kms west of Victoria Falls, just inside Zimbabwe, right on the Botswana border.