Africa

The Phases of a Lunar Eclipse

The Rare Lunar Eclipse – Africa

Yesterday I mentioned that there was going to be a central lunar eclipse tonight, and Africa is one of the best places to be seeing this.  As long as you have clear skies this is the case – there are no clear skies in Cape Town today!  With massive storms lashing our coastline we are …

A Piece of South African History – Youth Day

This week in South Africa we remember a very important day.  June the 16th marks Youth Day and has been declared a National Holiday.  Youth Day goes back to 1976, when on the morning of the 16th of June, high school students started what was intended to be a peaceful march in Soweto (South Western …

Photo of the Week – Wild Dogs in Madikwe

We are privileged to have this image from Stephen Raffay along with the beautiful Zebra images that we posted earlier this week on our Facebook page.  Stephen is an avid wildlife photographer and has captured some awesome wildlife moments. This particular pack of Wild Dogs were tracked from just outside Tau Camp in the Malaria Free Madikwe Reserve …

A Winter Highlight – Whale Watching in South Africa

I continue with the theme of winter wildlife viewing off South Africa’s shores.  So I have to mention one of the biggest seasons that we have in the Cape – the Whale Watching season.  Whale watching has been so well promoted over the last few years in South Africa, that we actually have visitors coming …

An unprovoked attack by an Elephant

Not so long ago I wrote about an incident where a Lion attacked a guest on a Walk in Victoria Falls.  My main concern was that these are wild animals, we are in their territory and are WE not putting ourselves at risk, despite all the safety precautions, if something does go wrong?  It is our …

Photo of the Week – Lion Kill

With the beginnings of the annual migration in East Africa taking shape this week I thought I would include an image of a lion with a kill.  This photo was taken recently by one of my colleagues, Liesl in the Masai Mara.  The migration has a massive predator following – there is no shortage of food for these big …

Anyone for the Sardine run?

South Africa is one of those amazing destinations when it doesn’t matter what time of the year you are visiting, there is always something to see!  The various climatic zones between all the provinces means you have a wide choice of destinations, whenever you wish to travel. Although June is winter in the southern hemisphere (hence the 1st of June …

Neil’s close Encounter with Gorillas

One of my colleagues Neil recently attended a friend’s wedding in Rwanda (how is that for something different!).  So while he was there, trekking with the endangered mountain Gorillas was a highlight that he could’t miss.  I sat down with him once he was back and asked him a few questions that I thought would …

Why visit the Mountain Gorilla?

With Gorilla permits in Uganda being reduced for the low season (October, November, March & April) to $350 per permit rather than the usual $500 per permit, l thought I would tell you a bit about these wonderful animals and what it is actually like to see them, in the wild within touching distance!  One …