When you embark on a safari adventure, there are a few people who can make or break your experience. One of these is your safari guide.
South Africa’s wilderness offers many secrets that can go unnoticed to our untrained senses, which is why having a safari guide at your side can make all the difference between a good time and a truly exceptional time in the bush.
So, if you’re after more than what you can experience between the pages of a good book, or online, investing in expert-led game drives and walking safaris promises an interactive experience.
Every year, millions of birds that having finished breeding in the northern hemisphere, migrate south to escape the northern winter. Many species even cross the equator to get to South Africa. From large eagles to little warblers, swallows and swifts, they all make this incredible annual pilgrimage to their overwintering grounds.
One of the most spectacular and charismatic is the Amur Falcon. These little birds of prey arrive in South Africa in their hundreds of thousands around December and stay until late March. The entire population of the species breeds in the Amur region of the Russian/Chinese border of eastern… Read More
When you picture going on safari, you probably think about driving in an open vehicle through the wide open spaces of the African bush, or watching the sunset over the arid landscape from the deck of your bush camp. But for something completely different that makes for a truly unforgettable bush experience, you may want to consider going on a river safari. Here are nine reasons to do so:
1. Great game-viewing
Rivers are essential to sustaining life in the bush, and their oasis of greenery amid the dry bush attracts wildlife in search of water. This means incredible game-viewing up… Read More
From the mainland, a surreal single-lane bridge crosses the Indian Ocean, leading onto Ilha de Moҫambique – a tiny little island whose powerful ancient soul makes you want to drop to your knees, clutch your heart and break into song.
Ilha is a spicy mix of Swahili, Arab, Portuguese, Dutch, Indian and Chinese, with a torrid history of explorers and occupations, missionaries, slavery, colonialism and civil war. Yet it is utterly charming – the whole island is a Unesco World Heritage Site because of its unique coral rock buildings and architecture – and the people are even more charming.
By day Cotonou is a song that not only you want to sing to but to which you also want to dance. Colours bewitch you, the azure sky and warm air calls you out into the open and people know your name. A taxi will take you wherever you need to go but the zémidjan, the Moto taxis, ubiquitous and fast swarm the streets always willing to carry you from the craziness of Fridjrosse Beach past the zone commerciale, on the bridge over Lake Nokoué and the serenity of Boulevard de la Marina.
Greg Du Toit has worked on his In The Footsteps Of Giants project for the past four years, spending hundreds of hours with wild African elephants. Here are some of his incredible images of these magnificent and extremely vulnerable creatures.
“I’ve flown over wild bush country in Kenya, descended into an extinct volcano in Tanzania, been to the Congo basin and the Skeleton Coast of Namibia – all in search of giant tuskers. I have also traversed the Zambezi Valley by foot and canoe in search of my behemoth subjects. Once, in an underground hide, I stared at the toenails… Read More