Serengeti, Tanzania by Mike Unwin (Travel Africa magazine)

Scene but not herd

You should have been here two months ago,” says Angel, standing on the deck, as I gawp at the view. “It was wildebeest, wildebeest, wildebeest, as far as you could see.” She sweeps her hand with a flourish across the panorama; a fitting stage-set for the celebrated great migration. “Now, they’re all gone.” I drop …

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Wild dog pup, Zimbabwe. Image copyright Jez Bennett, Shutterstock. Travel Africa magazine

Why do we love wildlife?

You know that scene in Jurassic Park where Doctors Grant and Sattler explore the island in Jeeps? To a swelling John Williams score, the camera pans from gaping jaws to astonished eyes as the scientists first encounter living dinosaurs. That’s how I felt the first time I saw wild elephants. We students sat squished in …

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