I love African elephants. They are absolutely the ultimate icon – large, impressive, magnificent and supremely intelligent. And very much “like us” in their behavior and range of emotional responses. Indeed, when you get up [...]

Take a gambling break from your South African safari

South Africa draws plenty of tourists looking to take part in the safari experience, with guided safari tours of Kruger National Park, Sabi Sands, and the Timbavati Reserve among the [...]

Going on safari? Guide to the basics in local African languages

If you are planning a safari and you’re interested in learning some African languages, then you’ll be pleased to know that you’ve already made a start, as the word ‘safari’ [...]

Going on safari can be great for your conscience

It would be easy to assume that because safaris rely 100% on Africa’s precious natural resources – its fragile wild places and the plants and animals which inhabit them – [...]

It’s about so much more than the big five

Game viewing. That’s why most of us haul ourselves what seems like halfway round the world to remote spots in Africa. It’s the hope that we’ll see something extraordinary, something [...]

Zambia – Africa’s hidden gem

Travellers the world over are slowly discovering that decades of ignoring a country has its benefits. This is certainly true where Zambia is concerned. The infrastructure needs a bit of [...]

A journey to my past… Laikipia region in Kenya

I’ve surprised myself. As the cabin lights go up on the Kenya Airways flight I find that I’ve actually been asleep for a couple of hours. It seems that as [...]

Welcome to my bolt-hole – the Blyde River Canyon

There are a few special places which, no matter how many times you visit them, always stir the senses, refresh the soul and banish the stresses and strains of everyday [...]

Ibo – a living museum

The Bard had it right when he asked “what’s in a name?” Nothing? Perhaps. Everything? Maybe. And although roses do indeed smell as sweet if we do not know what [...]

Mozambican island magic

There’s something to be said for tropical islands. Every one I’ve ever visited has claimed to be a “paradise” and has the obligatory palm trees lining an impossibly perfect-looking beach. [...]

Safari booking, 4 essential steps

The preparation and research which go into booking an African safari is exciting, but can also sometimes be time-consuming, confusing and stressful. The steps leading up to the booking of [...]

Lugenda – Mozambique’s lost wilderness

There is a wild place in the far north of Mozambique which has been “calling” to me for years. Filled with the promise of a wilderness experience par none and [...]

Venda magic at Leshiba

As a South African, travelling in my own country, I’ve often bemoaned the apparent lack of interesting, affordable off-the-beaten-track places to visit. But it would appear that my moaning has [...]

Of sun, sand and sensational Sossusvlei

The road sign says it all. “Sand!” I suppress a giggle, looking at the dunes to the left and right of the main road. “No kidding?!” I mutter, as we [...]

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 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 [...]

Leopard in Tarangire 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. [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

What to know about your Masai Mara safari in Kenya

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 [...]