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The Valley of the Baobabs, seen from the top of Mapungubwe Hill.

Mapungubwe – an ancient land of baobabs

South Africa is hiding a well-kept secret way up on her northern-most border, where three countries and two major rivers collide. I speak of Mapungubwe National Park, a place steeped in ancient heritage, where the past and the present are melted into one, spectacularly beautiful place. It’s one of the newest national parks in Southern Africa, […]

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Uganda elephant numbers on the increase

The current elephant population of Uganda is sitting at 5,000 – an increase of 3,000 from 1982 when years of civil war had depleted the numbers to little more than 2,000. Although this is an encouraging sign, the numbers are still nowhere near where they were in the 1960s when 20,000 of them roamed the […]

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Students in the Addo National Park Interpretive Centre

Raptor and reptile rehabilitation centre – Addo park

Here is a great update from the Born Free Foundation – this month they are out and about at the Addo National Park, seeing how raptors and reptiles are being rehabilitated by this brilliant establishment. – Helen, Community Co-ordinator. During June the staff took some students on an interesting trip to the Addo National Park […]

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Singita – simply the best

For many safari-goers “luxury” is a dirty word. But as much as I love quiet, inconspicuous “comfortable” bush-camps, there is something to be said for going to the top of the market and getting thoroughly pampered in the process…. Which is why, when I feel the need for the finer things in life and a […]

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"Ghosty" Pelican!

When the juice is worth the squeeze

An interview with Greg du Toit, South African wildlife photographer and photographic guide. Hi Greg, thanks a million for taking the time to chat with us. It’s a real honor to have you contribute to AfricaFreak. 1. If you only had a few words to describe yourself, what would they be? It is my pleasure. […]

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Learners putting their new library to good use

The Fundu library project

Over the last couple of weeks the conservation volunteers at Shamwari Game Reserve have been assisting Christine and the Born Free foundation/Shamwari education program in setting up a local community library at one of the schools. On 23rd June they officially handed over the keys for this brilliant local community library to the school. Everyone […]

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5 reasons why you’ll love Kenya

If you are planning your first African safari then a Kenya safari may be the best place to start. Kenya evokes classic safari images of endless plains dotted with acacia trees and huge herds of wildebeest, deep valleys and rolling hills, mountain ranges and the scarlet clad Masai warriors. Kenya is the home of the […]

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Pansy island - the perfect spot for a beach picnic

Azura – the perfect island paradise

There are very few tropical island retreats which actually live up to the fantasy of being the “perfect” beach getaway – you know the idea: soft white sand meets perfectly turquoise ocean with gently swaying palm trees and beautifully setting sun as a backcloth… However, on Benguerra island in Mozambique,  in the heart of the […]

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Steve’s top 3 African safari holidays

I am lucky enough to have been on safari 5 times in my life. I love Africa, it’s a highly diverse continent steeped in history and tradition. Whenever my wife and I have the money and free time, we try to head to Africa for another adventure. The wildlife is famed around the world and […]

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