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Kenya's amazing Tree Lady

Obituary : Africa’s Tree lady

This week, Kenyans and environmentalists are mourning the death of their Tree Lady. Wangari Maathai was a most remarkable woman who dedicated her life to sustainable development, democracy and peace. She was 71. This charismatic Kenyan woman was known around the world as well as in the hallowed halls of international governments as the Tree …

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Wildlife pic of the week: The African Buffalo

The African Buffalo is a respected member of the Big Five even though he might look like a mellow bovine. His cousins in the East, the Asian Water Buffalo, can be domesticated. Not this guy!  He is extremely dangerous, and is capable of killing a lion. He is on the trophy wish list of big …

jackal & vulture 'tidying up' in the Serengeti

The great migration – the gory aftermath

Being in East Africa’s Masai Mara and Serengeti national parks during the annual migration is high up on every animal lover’s wish list. The awesomeness is in the sheer numbers and the opportunity to witness one of nature’s most incredible spectacles.  Not everybody is lucky enough to be at the right place at the right …

How to choose your Safari – Part 2

Choosing the right safari Last week I promised a few more tips on how to choose the right safari.  Last week I covered: 1.  When do you want to go? 2. Winter vs Summer? 3. Malaria Free Safaris? 4. Your budget? With these 4 questions covered we can look at getting a little more specific about your experience. …

A story about the Cheetah – a Safari highlight

The beautiful Cheetah A newsletter popped into my inbox yesterday from a lodge in the KwaZulu Natal province of South Africa.  At the bottom they added some really interesting facts about Cheetahs which I didn’t know.  So I thought I would do a little research and see what else I could learn for myself. Here …

The famine in Somalia – an African crisis

Somalian Crisis We sometimes forget how lucky we are.  How much we have and how much we actually should be grateful for.  There are people in the world that have so much less, and we just don’t give back often enough.  The famine crisis that has been top of the news for the last couple …

The action of the migration

Photo of the Week: Wildebeest Migration First Hand

A reminder that the migration is in full swing at the moment in East Africa.  We received an update this week from one of our partners Asilia who operate luxury camps in the area.  Have a read as to what they are currently seeing: “This week has been fantastic as we had a chance to …

We need to protect and preserve!

Can we do more for our wildlife?

Wildlife news and conservation stories are hot in the press at the moment.  With the recent  exposure of a Rhino poaching syndicate; the talk of Elephant hunting in East Africa; the sad poisoning of the Hoaruseb pride of Lions in Namibia; the burning of illegal Ivory by Kenya’s President with a street value of $100 …

Traveling with Children to Africa

With the midyear break looming many people have their vacations planned and will soon be gathering the family together for the annual summer break.  The other day I found an app that you download that helps you pack for your vacation!  I thought to myself “wow, we really don’t have to think about much these …

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 …