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#LetLionsLive this World Lion Day

Lions have undergone a catastrophic decline and are on the brink of extinction in all but the largest and best managed national parks. Just over a century ago, there were more than 200,000 wild lions living in Africa. Today, there are only about 20,000; lions are extinct in 26 African countries and have vanished from over 95 percent of their historic range. Though lions still exist in 28 African countries…

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The 12 and a half hour game drive

How often have you found yourself trawling through Instagram or any other photo sharing platform and stopping to think about the planning or time that went into capturing an image? Compared to other genres of photography, wildlife photographers often have very little time and options when it comes to planning their shot. Or do we? This post is all about the better part of 7 hours spent in the company…

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A week in the Selous Game Reserve

Earlier this year, and it seems like an age ago already, I hosted a week long private Guided safari in the Selous Game Reserve. Beho Beho, and specifically Bailey's Banda, was our base for this safari which had two objectives. The first was to find and photograph the Wild Dogs of the region (Selous is known for its wild dog population) and the second was to reccie the region for…

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African Parks 2018 Annual Report: Odzala-Kokua National Park, The Republic of The Congo

African Parks is a non-profit conservation organisation, founded in 2000, that takes on the complete responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks and protected areas in partnership with governments and local communities. Our aim is to rehabilitate each park, making them ecologically, socially and financially sustainable long into the future, for the benefit of people and wildlife. At the close of 2018, African Parks had fifteen parks…

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Trip Report: May 2019 Botswana Wilderness Tour

I have to admit that Botswana's Okavango Delta has a special place in my heart and the tours that I host there twice a year continue to deliver incredible sightings and experiences. I'm bucking the trend and sharing a slightly different take on the trip report for this years first of two departures. Rather than a day by day breakdown I've put together a highlights video which is then followed…

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Talking Travel: African Bushcamps Nyamatusi Camp in Mana Pools

Nyamatusi Camp is the latest in the African Bush Camps Collection. Set in one of the wildest and most remote parts of Africa, on the banks of one of the oldest rivers in the world, Nyamatusi allows guests to experience an authentic view of the old untouched Africa. Inspired by the traditional custodians of the land who respected the river as the source of life, the design of the camp…

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Update from Hwange National Park and The Hwange Lion Conservation Safari Initiative

During last years' Hwange Lion Conservation Safari our guests visited the Ngamo Primary School located on the outskirts of Hwange National Park where we spent some time with members of the Children in The Wilderness Eco Club. What is an Eco-Club you ask? Eco-Clubs are an initiative of Children in The Wilderness, a non-profit organisation supported by ecotourism company Wilderness Safaris to facilitate sustainable conservation through leadership development and education…

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Trip Report: The Odzala-Kokoua National Park Expedition, Mboko Camp

This is part 3 of 3 in a series of posts outlining the highlights of the 2019 The Odzala Expedition. Be sure to read Part I and Part II before reading this post. We had some down time to unpack, shower and change from our wet muddy clothes from the morning walk in Lango. We walked down the narrow path, past the beautiful termite hills that I talked about earlier…

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Trip Report: The Odzala-Kokoua National Park Expedition, Lango Camp

This is part 2 of 3 in a series of posts outlining the highlights of the 2019 The Odzala Expedition. Be sure to read Part I and Part III. Raphael, Mboko Camp Manager, welcomed us warmly to his camp. He is a lovely young man and under his discreet supervision we were spoilt for service and attention by his staff. Mboko camp is the largest of the 3 camps. It…