Around the campfire

Serengeti, Tanzania by Mike Unwin (Travel Africa magazine)

Scene but not herd

The Serengeti’s Great Migration fully justifies the park’s reputation as one of the world’s finest. But the herds are not everything. Visitors can enjoy exceptional wildlife encounters in any season — some at unexpectedly close quarters!

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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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Child in the rain, by Riccardo Mayer, Shutterstock, Travel Africa magazine

States of mind

Celebrate Africa’s diversity Most people want to visit Africa for the quintessential safari experience, to see and learn more about its wildlife. Many first-time travellers’ impressions are of sun-baked grassy plains dotted with flat-topped acacia trees and trampled by thousands of animals, which of course is very real in lots of locations. But Africa also

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Safari packing list, Travel Africa magazine

Safari packing advice

Many people preparing for a trip to Africa, particularly for the first time, will feel a little anxious when it comes to packing. Any time you venture into the unknown, you’re bound to worry you haven’t thought of everything, but clearly the conditions and experiences you’ll face on safari will call for more considered planning.

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Cubs in the red oat grass of the Masai Mara, Kenya. By Piotr Gatlik, Shutterstock

Stepping into the light

Out in the acacia woodlands of Naboisho the old order is changing. Here, on the edge of the Masai Mara, the Enesikiria lion pride is about to trigger one of those regular and bloody revolutions that reverberate through lion society. Between them its three territorial pride males – Saitoti, his brother Sadala and the veteran

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Leopard in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe. By Ondrej Prosicky, Shutterstock

The L word

“Hold on. I think I saw… Was that some kind of… Can you go back a second?” It’s around 7.45am on Friday 18 August, 1989. The words, or something similar, are my mother’s. They herald a moment that I have been trying to imagine for much of my life. Forget space travel or scoring the

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Masai Mara, Kenya, by Amy Nichole Harris, Shutterstock (Travel Africa magazine)

The attraction of Africa

Nothing prepares you for the impact of Africa. Strange sights, new sounds, new smells; it is a total assault on the senses, like being a child again and seeing the world afresh. My initiation took place in Kenya’s Masai Mara national reserve, at the end of the rains when the grass was as green as

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