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St Helena Safari

St Helena Safari

It turns out, this remote Atlantic island has quite some wildlife. Dive in, says Scott Bennett, and you won’t be disappointed A mere 16km long and just under 10km wide, St Helena island is the dictionary definition of remote....

States of mind

States of mind

Having travelled extensively for more than 25 years in 21 African countries, from Namibia to Nigeria, Cape Town-based guide book author Lizzie Williams has enjoyed a full range of experiences. Above all, she’s learnt some secrets for getting the...

Hamerkop: harbinger of doom?

Hamerkop: harbinger of doom?

It’s early evening in a rural Swazi village. A brown bird cruises low overhead in buoyant, unhurried flight. At its sharp kek-kek call, an elderly gent looks up and tuts in disapproval. Thekwane is not welcome here. Birdwatchers might...

The dream night out?

The dream night out?

Skybeds are the latest must-do experience. But what is it really like to overnight under the stars? Sue Watt explains It’s a crisp, clear night in Botswana’s deep midwinter, so cold we can see our breath as we whisper....

Day of the jackal

Day of the jackal

Trot, trot, trot. Stop, sniff, spray. Trot, trot, trot… There’s no mistaking a foraging jackal. Restless and relentless, it jogs purposefully through the bush, its canine radar attuned to every rustle in the grass and scent on the breeze....

Understanding elephants

Understanding elephants

Every visitor to the African bush wants to see an elephant. Alongside their intelligence, intense social ties, vulnerability to emotion and phenomenal memories, they’re physically extraordinary too, as Travel Africa reveals. Size – the secret to survival The elephant’s...

Why Africa?

Why Africa?

Why do seasoned safari-goers return to the continent time and again, despite the myriad other global wildlife hotspots jostling for their attention? Mike Unwin reflects I am currently pondering this question from Julius Nyerere International Airport, Dar es Salaam,...

Big cat lovers

Big cat lovers

Seeing a big cat in the wild is top of many people’s bucket list on safari. But why? William Gray explains the abiding appeal of observing lion, leopard and cheetah in the wild and what makes them so captivating...

Treasures of the Namib

Treasures of the Namib

The Namib Desert harbours some extraordinary creatures that have developed fascinating adaptations to cope with the challenges of desert life. We give you seven to look out for Desert lion Probably the single biggest difference between the desert lion...

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