Wednesday, October 16, 2019


On track with the bushmen

The Ju/'hoanis track and hunt with bow and poisoned arrow, and the fittest amongst them engage in persistence hunting – pursuing an animal until it drops from exhaustion. They have the extraordinary ability – passed down generations for tens of thousands of years – to track wildlife across almost any terrain, interpreting the animal behaviour as they go.

Fynbos Foot Safari

Expert trail guides will reveal the 11000-hectare reserve’s unique biodiversity, eco systems, Big Five, and multiple species of antelope in a fynbos-covered, malaria free landscape

Summer at Tau Game Lodge

Plants that flourish in summer after the spring rains burst with life, attracting migrating birds.Summer is therefore a magical time to visit five-star Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve, where conservation is key.

Sharing Abelana

Conveniently located between Hoedspruit and Phalaborwa, adjacent to the Greater Kruger's Balule Nature Reserve and neighbouring Selati Private Game Reserve, Abelana Game Reserve includes a 10km stretch of the semi-perennial Selati River.

Spring Safari Special

Ever been on safari in spring? If so, you’d understand the hype, when the animal kingdom expresses its joy in the season of new life. Experience it for yourself by taking advantage of the Spring Special offered by Tau Game Lodge in the Madikwe Reserve, bordering Botswana

Mhondoro’s Expansion

Mhondoro Safari Lodge has added a Family Villa Suite that can accommodate two adults with two children to increase the capacity of the exclusive-use villa product to 10 guests.

Safari Specials

Jock Safari Lodge in the Kruger National Park is offering a Winter Wellness package at R8 064 pps per night, Sanbona Wildlife Reserve has introduced a Family Getaway Experience at Gondwana Family Lodge, while Tintswalo Lapalala in the Waterberg is offering a 50% discount for South Africans at their camp in the 44 500-hectare Lapalala Wilderness Reserve.

Crash tests show up problems for kids

Being a child in South Africa has its problems and this extends to poor child safety for occupants of the latest cars crash tested...

O Bona Moremi Safari Lodge

A wild time here is guaranteed. As you unwind to the soft murmurs of a Khwai River tributary, flanked by floodplains and riverine forests; best viewed from the elevated deck of O Bona Moremi Safari Lodge’s dining and lounge facilities, a sense of reconnection with Botswana's wilderness will restore the most jaded soul

Game Without Frontiers

Safely ensconced in the open vehicle, we encountered rhino, hippo, and elephants aplenty, but just being in the bush, detached from the rest of squabbling South Africa, was enough to rejuvenate the soul.

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

Getting Dune in Nambia

The Namib-Naukluft National Park is Africa's largest game park and the world's fourth largest. Within the park –  40km east of Swakopmund – is an area known as the Moon Landscape due to the darker tones of this Damara Granite landscape formed some 460-500 million years ago.

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