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One of Africa’s deadliest mammals – the hippo!

Learn about this African safari icon There was a bit of focus on the Hippo last week – with Lise’s visit to Hippo Hollow and then also finding out about the almost human hippo, Jessica.  I thought it might be worthwhile to delve a bit into these huge animals and see what interesting things I …

Can't believe I am kissing a Hippo!

Photo of the Week: Tame Hippos on Safari

A must before your Safari If you haven’t yet heard the remarkable story of Jessica the Hippo – then you are missing out!  A visit to her sanctuary is a must if you find yourself with some time before your Kruger Safari begins and you are staying in the Hoedspruit area.  Have a look at …

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Photo of the Week – Elephants in Amboseli

This series of photos was taken in Amboseli Reserve by Liesl who has recently been on a safari trip to Kenya.  Such fabulous shots of the herd going by and the huge male following in the distance – one of the greatest of the Big 5! Did you know that like humans are typically right or left handed, …

Montana & Tom on their African Safari

We love our client feedback!

We have stressed this before but it is super when we get feedback from our clients.  It really helps us to know that the trips we put together have been properly tailored to their best interests.  Have a read below for some feedback on our services and also some great feedback on particular camps too. …

The Hatted Hippo

Photo of the Week – an old favorite!

I was reminded of this special photo today as it popped into my inbox.  I didn’t actually know the origin of the photo until I read the newsletter (thanks to The Safari Book).  Here is a quick summary of where it came from: This fabulous image has been around since 1979 and was taken by Paul Dutton.  …

Feedback from Clients

We have received some great feedback from a few clients that have recently traveled with us.  It’s often something that is quite hard to get as clients are so busy catching up with life once they return from their vacations that they don’t have a chance to send through their thoughts.  So, when we do …

The Lake we want to leave for our children

The New Lake Niassa Reserve – Mozambique

Things often take a while to happen in Africa so until they are official one doesn’t like to make too many assumptions.  I’ve heard today that after 6 years in the making, a new lake reserve has been declared – the Lake Niassa Reserve in Mozambique.  More commonly known as Lake Malawi outside of Mozambique, …

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 …

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 …

Hippos Underwater

Have you ever heard a hippo underwater? Probably not. Surprisingly, up to 80% of communication between hippopotamuses occurs while they are actually beneath the surface. A combination of squeals, grunts, and clicks, as well as the familiar wheeze-honk noise, makes up the hippos’ melodious underwater chatter. Click on the link below, courtesy of The Bushcamp …