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Top 5 Reasons to Use Africa Freak Top

Top 5 Reasons to Use Africa Freak Top

If you aren’t familiar with Africa Freak Top yet, you may be interested in my previous entry on how to keep up with what is happening in Africa. For those of you who might be wondering how to use Africa Freak Top, here’s 5 key reasons to get you started: 1. Enhanced Online Reading Experience […]

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Africa Freak Blog New Look - October 2014

Change is in the Air

Jambo rafiki! As you may have noticed, change is in the air and the Africa Freak Blog is undergoing a little “facelift”! Hopefully the new homepage will provide a better navigation experience, especially if you are one of those mobile “freaks” as the blog design is now fully responsive (mobile-friendly). What do you think of […]

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Watch African Wildlife LIVE…From Your Sofa!

Guess who came down for a drink this morning at Djuma Waterhole? Yeah, that’s right: a thirsty elephant! And it even went for a little swim… Spraying some “natural sunscreen” with its trunk… And saying “hi” to its virtual friends! Luckily for me, the whole family joined in for a “splash party” later on in […]

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Walk with Rangers to Protect Africa’s Wildlife

Join Raabia Hawa, Ijema Funan and Moses Sinkoi on their walk to save Africa’s wildlife! This iconic 15-day trek will take you through the wilds of Tanzania and Kenya, and support a critical cause: fighting the poaching crisis. The trek includes 8 days through increasingly wild country and savannah in Tanzania in frequent view of […]

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Top 3 At-Risk Animal Species in Africa

1. Rhino – The price per pound for rhino horn is valued at $29 500 + (worth more than gold or cocaine). – The total world rhino population has drastically declined: from 200 000 individuals at the start of the twentieth century to roughly 29 000 today. – Over 70% of the world’s rhinos currently […]

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Bushbaby’s Feast

Stilts Backpackers is not only famous for its tree house accommodation: it is also home to some interesting wildlife amongst the tree tops. If you’re looking for some close encounters with greedy bushbabies you should definitely spend some time in the area. The greater bushbabies are being fed every evening at 7 pm sharp, so […]

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How to Learn Common Animal Names in Swahili

Here’s a list of the most common animal names you may come across on your African safari, and their direct translation into Swahili. Enjoy and happy learning! Animal – Mnyama Antelope – Paa Baboon – Nyani Bird(s) – Ndege Buffalo – Nyati Bushbaby (Lesser) – Kombo Cheetah – Duma Chimpanzee – Sokwe Crocodile – Mamba […]

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Nelson Mandela Before Prisoner - Beyond President

Who is Nelson Mandela?

“No one is born hating another person because of the color of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite.” – Nelson Mandela

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They Are Sometimes Known as the “Ugly 5″

When it comes to animal spotting, most people are well aware of the “Big 5“, or perhaps even the “Little 5″! However, did you know anything about the “Ugly 5″? Chances are you don’t… Well, I don’t blame you as I only found out about the expression on my latest trip to the Masai Mara… […]

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Wildebeest Eco Camp – A Piece of Paradise

As some of you might know, I recently landed in Nairobi and I’m currently staying at the Wildebeest Eco Camp, conveniently located in the beautiful Langata area. For those of you who’re thinking of choosing this venue for their next holidays to Kenya, here’s an overview of what the Wildebeest Eco Camp is all about… […]

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That’s It, I’ve Got My Ticket!

Yeah that’s right, I’ve got my plane ticket to return to Africa, yipie! When am I leaving? On July 15, 2013. Next week Monday to be exact! Where to? To magical Kenya! I will be landing in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital and a place I used to know quite well back in the days (used to […]

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