Monday, April 22, 2019

AFRICA

Tree meals in the bush

The furious female bounds down the tree and into the bush, her evening ruined. Now and then slivers of meat and bone tumble into expectant hyena jaws. In the bush, one creature’s loss is another’s gain.

Botanical Bounty

Gondwana - Fynbos Conservation Experience
With the richest temperate flora in the world and a myriad of rare, critically endangered species, Gondwana Game Reserve has a new surprise activity to go with their special from May to August!

Spotting the bull!

charging elephant bull
Myths peddled by animal rights lobbyists will destroy the wildlife they claim to protect, says Botswana-based wildlife conservationist Erik Verreynne. How about a solution-based focus rather?

The Thunderbird Gang

Southern Ground Hornbill
Endangered birds need protection from human predators. The Mabula Ground Hornbill Project team and colleagues have hatched a plan, reports Caroline Hurry

Contraception or culling?

That is the million dollar question as Botswana's proposals to lift a five-year hunting ban, and turn elephants into pet food, continues to ignite heated debate. Caroline Hurry reports

Wild About Mabula

From our balcony we have a view of the surrounding thicket, where vervet monkeys swing from trees. That night thunder and lightning reverberate round the hills and then the rains come like a blessing

Jumbo vote scramble

Neither culling, hunting, nor forceful blocking of migration routes is a permanent solution to Human Elephant Conflict (HEC), as they do not promote peaceful coexistence, argues Louise de Waal

Give Botswana a chance

Botswana's proposal to lift the hunting ban is a situation that Kevin Leo Smith, a director of the Safari Investment Advisory, describes as complicated and opaque

Kevin Leo Smith

Kevin Leo Smith
Caroline Hurry chats to Kevin Leo Smith about how to run a successful safari operation in Africa, potential snares to avoid and his own preferences when it comes to spending time in the bush with his family

Hey, Makalali!

Among the marvels of Makalali’s River Lodge in the north-eastern lowveld are glimpses of nyala that graze on the banks of the dry river and  monkeys swinging from the branches of a sycamore fig tree.

River Safaris in Chobe

Carrie Hampton – aka Safari Tart – recalls her trip to Chobe and Zambezi safari lodges at the invitation of Brett McDonald and finds hundreds of bird species and ever-entertaining elephants

Delta Force

SHARON GILBERT-RIVETT recalls her trip to Botswana to report on sustainable tourism

Loitering within tent

CHRIS MOERDYK takes to the Kruger Park in a camping van

Klaserie Safari

CAROLINE HURRY watches a hippo chase a herd of buffalo out of the water at nTambo Tree in the Kruger Park's Klaserie Reserve

Lion Eyes

There is a dark undertone to our enjoyment of these majestic tuskers ... as there was the previous evening when we skootched alongside a massively horned white rhino ... the growing threat of poachers.

Mhondoro Special

Mhondoro Safari Lodge & Villa in the Waterberg’s Welgevonden Game Reserve is offering a free night for every three nights booked between May and July, subject to availability.

What a View!

CHRIS MOERDYK bares his bottom at Madikwe Hills Private Game Lodge

Feelgood Firefly

Bagamoyo is a small town with a history of slavery, colonialism, and a fall from grace as a capital city. It’s on the World Heritage site list, and home of the current Tanzanian President, writes HILARY ALEXANDER

Swaziland Gifts

I returned from Swaziland a little poorer, but having been enormously impressed by the levels of craftsmanship this teeny country boasts. And, at least my gift shopping is done for the year!

Parched!

My interest in water was sparked by the first real drought I experienced as a journalist in 1992, up in Venda, the hardest hit, far northern part of South Africa

Protecting Pangolins

Slowly the tiny ball in the wooden crate began to unwind. Its scales moved and a pointy nose followed by two black button eyes emerged. Natalie, a veterinary nurse, was entranced. The baby pangolin unwrapped its tail, holding out its front legs to be picked up. It was love at first sight!  NEIL ALDRIDGE took all the images