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When hyenas steal leopard kill

Leopards Galore! Most Folk believe that the Leopard is elusive and hard to find, well, that is simply not true.  You just have to know where to go. As an African Safari Operator I have had the privilege to spend many days and nights in the Sabi Sands Game Reserve following and filming these beautiful cats. […]

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The ultimate safari wardrobe – Hemingway’s Cottage at Singita Grumeti Reserves’ Sasakwa Lodge in Tanzania.

How to pack clever for your African safari

It’s the eternal battle for safari-goers the world over – what to pack, what to leave behind and whether to unpack once you get where you’re going or just live out of your bag… There is no easy solution, and the term “emotional baggage” is very apt because it’s a thorny subject, especially when your […]

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My favourite wildlife reserve in Kenya

When asked ‘What is your favourite wildlife reserve in Kenya?’, most people will tell you the ‘Masai Mara’. However, my favoured park happens to be a very different one, Amboseli. I find this park to be the perfect mixture of scenery and wildlife, and I have had some great times whilst on safari here. Amboseli […]

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Lesser by the minute – Africa’s lesser flamingos fast-flying to extinction

When comparing wild Lesser Flamingo (Phoenicopterus minor) – with an estimated population of 2 million – to other large bird species, you may assume that their status is fairly secure. However rapid declines caused a swing from a Lower Risk category to Near Threatened on the IUCN’s Red List of Threatened and Endangered Species in […]

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The nitty gritty about voluntourism — volunteer work — in Africa

1. How would one define voluntourism? The term “voluntourism” comprises two words: to “volunteer” and “tourism”. That is to say, it combines traditional travel/tourism with volunteer work (usually abroad). In theory, the idea is to contribute positively, to give back to communities and to get involved in a variety of projects. From educational ventures with […]

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The Tanzanian dream

In 2007 myself and my trusty web team created a free trip competition while managing the Australia Zoo websites and online presence. A trip anyone from around the world could win. Well to cut a long story short, the 2nd year we held the competition a Tanzanian based Australian family, along with a Tanzanian boy […]

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Life’s a journey

It’s a much misused and misunderstood word, safari… It literally means “journey” in kiSwahili, the language of the vast plains of East Africa which has become an internationally recognised linguistic symbol, as it were, of Africa. Thanks to Disney’s “Lion King” almost everyone who ventures into Africa knows hakuna matata (“no problem”) and simba (“lion”). […]

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Funny and unusual “signs” of the wild

Ever been on an African safari to come across intriguing “signs” of the wild? And by “signs” I do not mean “spoor” or any physical characteristics associated with wildlife, but rather “signs” as in “signboards“; road signs, or funny billboards. I made a compilation of some of the most exquisite ones I came across on […]

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