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Top 5 misconceptions about Africa

It’s somewhat ironic that Africa is called the Dark Continent because it’s one of the sunniest landmasses around, and the people are generally of an equally sunny disposition. Of course the idea of darkness has little to do with climate; instead it has to do with a prevailing lack of general knowledge about the continent. […]

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The Timbavati – an affordable safari option

It’s easy to be put off the whole safari thing when you’re looking for an affordable local bush break that doesn’t involve camping, driving yourself to hell and gone or self-catering. It’s usually the cost that’s the most off-putting. Yes, safaris usually equal moolah, readies, green – call it what you like – and sometimes […]

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A river runs through it

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 […]

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Lioness at Serengeti National Park

My Tanzania safari highlights

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 […]

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How to choose the best safari binoculars

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 […]

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Where fynbos meets fins

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 […]

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Top 10 major differences between cheetahs & leopards – Part Two

Cheetah vs Leopard: Top 10 Major Differences 1. Behavior Cheetah: Females are solitary (except when raising cubs). Males sometimes form coalitions of 2-3 individuals. The species is generally not dangerous to man; flees when encountered on foot. May be aggressive when raised under captive conditions. Should always be handled with care! Leopard: Both sexes are […]

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Top 10 major differences between cheetahs & leopards

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. […]

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We are all African

“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 […]

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A case for Lake Turkana: the Chinese connection

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 […]

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