As I brush the sweat from my face and take another gulp of cold beer, I remind myself that it is June, and mid-winter, and that back home in Pretoria I’d be shivering in front of the heater. But here on Kanyemba Island, in the middle of the mighty Zambezi, it’s in the low 30s […]
Last month me and a few friends set off on a week long journey that would turn out to be one of the greatest vacations I have ever been on. Our itinerary consisted of 4 destinations in the North of Tanzania; Tarangire, Lake Manyara, Ngorongoro Crater and the famous Serengeti. I found that visiting a […]
While on safari there are always interesting things to see: both big and small! More often than none, nonetheless, it can get frustrating when the action is taking place far away from your vehicle. This is when a good pair of binoculars can come in handy! The following is a series of top 10 things […]
It’s a rare treat in the Overberg when the wind drops. Although not quite Port Elizabeth, whose legendary gales make it South Africa’s reigning “Windy City”, up here in the hills with distant views of Cape Agulhas and the mighty meeting place of two great oceans it does tend to blow. But on this particular […]
Overview – Leopards have rosette-shaped spots. Cheetahs have solid round, or oval, spots. – Leopards have no “tear” line. Cheetahs have a black “tear” line running from the inside of the eye to the mouth. – Leopards are bulkier and stronger. Cheetahs are lighter, but taller, than leopards. – Leopards have a familiar “cat” shape. […]
“We’re all African, and I’m going to show you why…” Mark Tennant, wildlife guide, television personality and a man with perhaps the most energy I have ever encountered literally bounces up and down on the spot with excitement as he leads the way towards a steep set of stone steps which disappear into a gaping […]
Concerned Kenyans led by the Friends of Lake Turkana (FoLT) – a community trust based in Kenya mandated to speak on behalf of Lake Turkana communities – are petitioning the Chinese Government to stop two Chinese companies from investing in the Gilgel Gibe 3 Dam project in the Omo River in Ethiopia, which if completed […]
A detailed checklist of the major African animals you may encounter in both East Africa and Southern Africa. Checklist available in alphabetical order.
So, you have saved up your hard earned cash, are ready to book your safari of a lifetime, but want to make sure that the destinations you are visiting are responsible and ethical, and touching the Earth as lightly as possible… You have checked up on the Internet but it seems that every safari lodge […]
Kenya is one of the most renowned countries in the world for safari holidays. With around 18 National Parks and over 17 various Reserves, it is no wonder that tourists flock to this beautiful country in their hundreds of thousands each year. But with such a large selection of wildlife destinations available to tourists, it […]
Listen to some of the most popular African animal sounds out there. The majority of them are ones that you are most likely to come across while on safari.
I’m about to embark on a safari of a lifetime! Yes, you heard me right…a journey throughout Eastern and Southern Africa! Imagine this: 58 days, 8 countries, and several thousands of kilometers worth of dusty roads (close to 13,500 km if my calculations are correct), bumpy rides + extraordinary scenery and terrain to travel through. […]
I am using my column this week to garner support for a very important issue which I am sure will touch a nerve with all of AfricaFreak’s readers… One of Africa’s greatest icons – the rhinoceros – is currently being slaughtered indiscriminately in South Africa by highly organized and professional gangs of poachers. Prized in […]