Highlights

Wildlife drama

Wildlife drama

A selection of some of the best wildlife documentaries to keep you connected to Africa From epic David Attenborough-narrated wildlife spectaculars through to hard-hitting investigative reportage, wildlife documentaries have hit the mainstream over recent years, with filmmakers going to...

The New Big Five

The New Big Five

An intriguing new campaign seeks to redefine the term for today's travellers. And you can have your say. It is odd that the term ‘Big Five’ is used so commonly as an indicator of the most celebrated animals to...

Being a bushman

Botswana

An insight to San culture, by Scoupa Tshuruu Hunting Back in the early ages we were hunters and gatherers, so our lifestyle was looking more at animal behaviour and the weather. When we had rains at a certain area,...

Sea lions

Carel Loubser, desert-adapted lions, Namibia

Remarkable relearned behaviour shows the resilience of Namibia’s quite remarkable desert-adapted big cats. By Philip Stander. Image above by Carel Loubser, Shutterstock The image of a lion walking along an isolated beach has captured the imagination of many filmmakers,...

Day of the jackal

Jackal

Never again ignore this busy opportunist of the bush, for its presence usually reveals something intriguing going on. By Mike Unwin. Image by Paco Como, Shutterstock Yip, yip, yip! It was a jackal that announced my very first leopard...

Skimming the surface

Skimming the surface

Seeing is believing: Mike Unwin cherishes the fly-by of his high-speed fisher friend “Chip-chip, chip-chip.” A high-pitched, yapping call heralds a familiar evening fly-past. I look up to see four birds appearing around the bend, their long, elastic wings...

Sweet talk

Sweet talk

Seeing is believing: Mike Unwin falls for the tempting twitter of the greater honeyguide It’s early morning in Kafue National Park, Zambia, July 2008. I’m one of six on a guided morning walk, and our guide is a bird....

Beyond the Falls

Beyond the Falls

Exploring the world’s largest transfrontier park Shaped like a giant butterfly spreading its wings across southern Africa, the Kavango Zambezi Transfrontier Conservation Area (KAZA) is one of the continent’s most biodiverse and enticing tourism regions. At its heart lies...

Pussy cat or predator?

Pussy cat or predator?

Seeing is believing: Mike Unwin takes a closer look at the African wildcat Shhh! There’s a predator approaching the waterhole. Through binoculars you can just make out see-saw shoulders in the grass and two ears trained on the drinking...

Body language of elephants

Body language of elephants

Understanding elephant behaviour, by Audrey Delsink, extracted with permission from the new 480-page book The Last Elephants. Elephants are intelligent and emotional and they want to be left in peace. Like humans, they have a personal space which they...

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