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The best places to watch elephants

The African elephant is a true continental icon and embodies the spirit of Africa’s last, truly wild places. And, perhaps more than any other animal, it is incredible to behold in its natural habitat. So, where is it best in Africa to view this most noble of creatures? If “ellies” are what you want more […]

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The new voice of conservation is…

There has been a brilliant competition running lately to find the New Voice of Conservation. The lucky winner would win the chance to spend a 1 to 3 month all expenses paid stint living and working with animals at the Shamwari Game Reserve this summer. As the Voice of Conservation it will be their job […]

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Elephant Thief

“Robbed” by an elephant…iPhone story

Let’s put things back into context, shall we? Here’s the situation… Location? Simba A Campsite, on the edge of Ngorongoro Crater (Tanzania). Time of the Day? It’s almost night time and we are all busy fiddling around with our tents before we run out of light. All of a sudden, Emma runs up to us […]

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Real Life Adventure Travel highlights African conservation projects

While many other parts of southern Africa, and globally for that matter, approach conservation from the perspective of separating people and wildlife, East Africa has pioneered conservation following this philosophy; “People cannot and should not be fenced out and natural resources cannot be kept under lock and key.” Today, Real Life Adventure Travel highlights three […]

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South Africa’s hidden gem

It’s amazing what a dose of clean, mountain air will do for body, mind and soul. Not to mention breathtaking scenery, wildlife and a sky so large it seems to reach to infinity. Welcome to Golden Gate Highlands National Park in South Africa’s Free State province. Home of the majestic Maluti mountains, with views of […]

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The Best of Zambia launches its new website

The Best of Zambia – The Best Online Resource for Products and Services in Zambia – is proud to reveal a brand new and updated 3.0 version of their website. Some of the new features include a search engine, easier and more efficient navigation, and an overall more effective and balanced advertising scheme to suit […]

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Magical sunrise at Dune 45

Dune 45 Video Footage Where did Dune 45 get its name from? Dune 45 is named after its location; it is 45 km away from the Sesriem Canyon. The sand dune lies along the gravel road that connects Sesriem to Sossusvlei. How high is Dune 45? Dune 45 stands at over 170 m (560 feet), […]

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Female Impala with Horns

Female impala with “horns”

In this footage, from the Timbavati Private Game Reserve in South Africa, we see one of the rarest sightings ever made on a game drive in the African bush – a female impala, or ewe, with horns! Normally, only impala rams have horns, but it is thought that a hormonal imbalance caused this particular impala […]

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Everyone excited and ready to offload there new furniture

A big gift from Holland to South Africa

At the start of this month, one of the schools supported by the Born Free Foundation, Môreson Primary, received a very special gift. The school is located in Paterson, a very rural and impoverished town near Shamwari Game Reserve and for the first time since the pupils of this school had been attending Môreson Primary, […]

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Update from the Shamwari Game Reserve: May

Just had an update from the Shamwari Game Reserve, and the students there have been involved in Veterinary work this past few months. They have enjoyed learning about the day to day life of the vets living on the reserve, and actually got involved in some of the jobs and tasks they have to perform, […]

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The truth about scorpion stings

A very informative talk with “Boesman” (Bushman in Afrikaans), who explains to us interesting facts about scorpions, how to recognize the most venomous scorpion types, how to catch them, how they sting, etc. If you ever travel to the Sossusvlei or Deadvlei area (Namibia), I totally recommend his guided walks (search for “Sossus-on-foot”). NB: A […]

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Samburu moran jumping

Goba vs Samburu dancing

In these two clips it’s nice to compare the cultural differences between the Goba people of the Chiawa community in Zambia’s Lower Zambezi valley (Muguramena village), and the Samburu tribespeople of Ol Malo in Kenya’s Laikipia region, close to the Great Rift Valley. 1. Goba People Dance – Chiawa Community, Zambia Dancing is an integral […]

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A “smelly” encounter

“More seals breed at Cape Cross than anywhere else in the world” says Job Kamati, ranger at the Cape Cross Seal Reserve. It sure feels extra special to be surrounded by hundreds of thousands of funny-looking yet “extremely smelly” creatures! Cape Cross Seal Video Where is the Cape Cross Seal Colony Located? The Cape Cross […]

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