Africa Geographic Blogger Profiles
Paul Steyn spends his days submerged in the world of digital story telling. When coming up for air, he prefers it to be somewhere in the middle of the wilderness. He is obsessed with finding new and interesting ways to distribute content to all those who love and connect with Africa.
Cape Town-born Peter Borchert has a career in publishing spanning four decades. He has travelled widely in Africa and has written extensively about the continent.
Recent Post: 10 great things to do and see on the West Coast
Amy Knight-Dawson was born with a curious nature and a penchant for exploring. She followed her bliss and became a pro-traveller; visiting far-flung, exotic places for a living. Travelling fuels her insatiable appetite for new experiences. As a freelance travel writer, she is now able to combine her two great loves, travel and literature. Amy’s quest is to share the pure enchantment that her travels have brought her and to inspire the spirit of wanderlust in others. She finds infinite inspiration in nature and our beautiful continent, Africa.
Recent Post: Cape Town Eats (and eats…and eats)!
Hi, I'm Judy, the senior sub-editor of Africa Geographic magazine. I'm not only fixated about commas, though. I am passionate about our planet, its wild landscapes and its bustling places. People fascinate me, animals even more and wide open spaces simply mesmerise me. I've travelled some and have been privileged to see a handful of Africa's amazing sights. Oh, and I love to write.
Recent Post: Great white shark megaworld? Really?
While taking photographs in the Cederberg, neck deep in water with a modest film camera, Sean Messham opened the shutter that he wanted to focus his energy towards environmental journalism. For more of Sean Messham’s images visit his Facebook Page, Sean Messham Photography.
Recent Post: Two days in the Serengeti
Hey, I’m Rich . I’m a solid believer that adventure is wired into the heart and soul of every human being alive. I consider myself lucky that I’m in tune with my own wiring, and carry the burden of an unrelenting wanderlust. While I like nothing more than to get my fix of adrenalin and taste the elixir of life at its sweetest, I’m deeply passionate about Africa and all its precious places, people and wildlife. After studying Journalism at university, I’m currently interning at Africa Geographic with Safari , an opportunity that I am tremendously excited about. I’m a keen writer and photographer, and my goal is to use my talents to develop my voice on conservation issues in our beautiful continent. Follow me on twitter @richpearcephoto
Recent Post: Cheetah Outreach – moving into the future
James Williams completed his B.Sc in Zoology and Environmental Science and immediately did some time in the Sabi Sands reserve. Thereafter, he moved into a little thatch and reed bungalow 4m off the Zambezi River where he lived and worked as a guide in Barotseland, Western Zambia. After Zambia, he spent some time in corporate agriculture before starting his own tourism and eco-adventure business called Corporate Wildman where he hosts specialized wilderness events and runs Wildman Challenges in the best wildlife, birding and fishing destinations of Southern Africa. He lives in Hout Bay, Cape Town but will always be found somewhere in nature in his free time. He is a keen photographer and a very bad fly – tier!
Ian has spent the last 24 years working as a specialist guide, photo-journalist and consultant across Africa, including a stint of 13 years based in the Okavango Delta, Botswana. When not guiding, he writes predominately for Africa Geographic covering topics on conservation, wildlife management, ecotourism, and the environment, and has been writing his popular monthly column since 2001. Ian is also the author and photographer of seven natural history and travel books on Africa, and is a past winner of the bird category in the Agfa Wildlife photographic competition (1997). He has also worked as a researcher and field coordinator on various natural history television documentaries for international broadcasters and as a consultant on ecotourism to various private sector and government agencies. Prior to his life in the wilderness, he spent eight years practicing as a stockbroker in Cape Town and Johannesburg.
Recent Post: Rhino horn – trading in fraud
With degrees in zoology from the universities of Cambridge and Pretoria, Tim Jackson is mandated to keep his finger on the pulse of the science underlying African conservation and wildlife issues. His insights appear in publications such as Africa Birds and Birding, Safari interactive magazine and in Africa Geographic, where he is the scientific editor. Tim is passionate about travelling and enjoys nothing more than heading into the African wilderness with his trusty camera and notebook to uncover the latest developments and news in the world where wildlife and science collide.
Recent Post: Can you identify this washed up sea creature?
Simon Espley is an African of the digital tribe, although he also enjoys the odd printed magazine. He has travelled extensively in Africa – walking, driving, boating, biking, horse riding and flying his way in pursuit of wilderness and elusive birds. Simon is a chartered accountant and successful businessman in the online.social.mobile space. He is a director of Africa Geographic Holdings and bigFIG Digital Media. The views expressed in his posts are his own and not necessarily those of these entities. Connect with him on LinkedIn and follow him on Twitter.
I am a South African who grew up in the former Transkei, (now the Eastern Cape) and I spent much of my time along the Wild Coast. For over ten years I have been working as a guide in northern Botswana, for a company called Wilderness Safaris. I spend many days of each year leading photographic safari trips with small groups of people through our fixed camps in the Kalahari, Okavango, Linyanti and Savuti regions, mostly. My special interests are birds, lions and photography, in no special order. When I am not guiding in the field, I take part in some of our companies environmental projects. Botswana is a country with a solid conservation ethic, and I am fortunate to be able to share some of what I do and see by means of my writing and my images. Visit my photography page
Recent Post: Dying To Breed
Elodie Sampéré has served as Ol Pejeta’s Head of Conservation Marketing since January 2010, but has been working with Ol Pejeta in a consultant capacity for over four years. Elodie earned a BA in Political Science and Philosophy and a Master’s Degree in International Affairs from George Washington University. Prior to joining the Ol Pejeta Conservancy, Elodie served as the Director of Marketing for the African Wildlife Foundation for seven years. Elodie also works for the Lewa Wildlife Conservancy, the Northern Rangelands Trust and Save the Elephants , dividing her time between all four organisations.
Recent Post: The New Year Starts with a Bang
Frikkie the Wild Dog
Frikkie is the 9th member of an intrepid Adventure Dynamics team currently preparing to climb Everest from the north face. He is determined to be the first African wild dog on the summit of Mount Everest and has requested that a photo journal records his progress to the top and his safe return. The journal will be auctioned along with Frikkie himself as part of Adventure Dynamics’ team objective to increase the awareness of the Endangered Wildlife Trust’s fundraising efforts for their African wild dog research project in the Kruger National Park. Frikkie hopes to raise at least R500,000 as a contribution towards it. He has already spent a week acclimatizing in Kathmandu and is doing well, soaking up the local culture.
Recent Post: Everest Team gathers in support of the Wild Dogs
Africa Geographic Editorial
We're the Africa Geographic editorial team – a diverse set of editors, designers and social media natives, all united by our passion for this addictive continent.
I have worked for Wilderness Safaris and affiliated camps in the Okavango since 2004. Wild places, travel, writing and photography are my passions, and for the last year I have had the opportunity to combine all of these in a position for Wilderness Safaris, where I generate media, pictures, stories and blogs about our exceptional environment. From my base in Mombo Camp, I travel to the Okavango camps of Xigera and Vumbura, on the lookout for noteworthy sightings, events, animal characters and photographic opportunities, which are then uploaded and proliferated through various digital media. Visit my website Ryan Green Photography
Recent Post: Legadema loses cub to large male leopard
Hi I'm Rach – a freelance writer, blogger and environmental educationist based in Cape Town, South Africa. Born into a family of wildlife lovers, I spent my childhood immersed in nature and developed a love for wild places that has continued to grow for 26 years. My blog, Bush-bound Girl, is a collection of family stories, travels, interviews, poems, and inspiring guest posts; all written on an adventure to discover Africa's wild side. Follow my journey on my blog, Facebook page, and Twitter. If you would like to work with me, or share your own stories, send me an email.
Recent Post: Magic at a waterhole in Etosha
Hey, I’m Gareth. Ever since I can remember I’ve had a great interest in nature. From a young age I visited the Kruger National Park, which has probably been the main reason why I followed the path to become a field guide. Now with 10 Years of guiding experience in the Eastern and Western Cape and a passion for birding, I have recently set up set up my own guiding business in Plettenberg Bay. Through my passion for nature and being a keen amateur photographer I hope to be able to educate and share some of my interesting finds in this area as I continue to be amazed by the diversity of Plettenberg Bay on a daily basis.
Hey, I'm Roan. I am a PhD Candidate at the Centre for Biodiversity and Restoration Ecology, Victoria University of Wellington, NZ, and Centre for African Conservation Ecology, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University, R.S.A. I've spent three years researching and tracking black rhino on foot in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park, Zululand, towards my PhD (which I plan to hand in within the next few months). I also completed a BSc (ConsBiolEcol) Honours degree from Dept Zoology La Trobe University in Australia. I am a born and bred South African (still a citizen), who emigrated when I was 17 to Melbourne, Australia. I finished school there and then pursued Biological Sciences and did remote fieldwork on fur seals on Kangaroo Island, South Australia. I taught high school for two years in London and then took up the PhD of black rhino for the last 4-5 years. For all my publications and details see my LinkedIn Profile
Recent Post: Earless black rhino – are they stone deaf?
Australian writer Tony Park fell in love with South Africa on a short trip in 1995. He is a major in the Australian Army Reserve and has worked in journalism and PR, including six months in Afghanistan in 2002 as PR officer for the Australian ground forces. Tony and his wife Nicola now divide their time between Sydney and the African bush. For more information on Tony and his books, visit www.tonypark.net
Recent Post: A walk on the wildside
Cheryl-Samantha Owen is a photographer and writer specialising in the environment, conservation, science and ecology, with particular reference to Africa. Born in Kenya, Sam developed a fierce drive to protect the continent’s resources, and decided to train in the biological sciences. Sam holds a BSc in Environmental Science from Imperial College, London and a MSc in Conservation Biology at the Percy Fitzpatrick Institute, University of Cape Town. She has lived in Africa for most of her life, and her work with Fauna and Flora International, Conservation International and the Save Our Seas Foundation has taken her across the continent and along its oceans and coasts, including expeditions to the remote Aldabra Atoll, Djibouti and the Tana River Delta. Sam’s visual style combines an artist’s eye with both a scientist’s knowledge and a journalist’s sense of storytelling. She hopes her work will take the viewers on a journey of discovery and stir their curiosity. More than that, she strives to provide a visual stimulus, which will encourage us all to become better custodians of our planet.
Recent Post: Saving the Last African Penguins on the Planet
I have grown up living in some of Southern Africa’s most beautiful places; from Cape Town, where I was born, and sandy Arniston Bay, to the shores of the great Zambezi, the pristine Okavango, and starry Namibia, with a stopover in Jo’burg for a few big city years, finding solace at boarding school in the hills of KwaZulu Natal. After a year of making beds and cleaning toilets in Scotland, scoffing one pound noodles on the streets of London, Swiss skiing, and Thai island-hopping, I set my sights on Rhodes University. There I finished a Bachelor of Journalism & Media Studies while blissfully and barefootedly dwelling in the revelry of small town living and learning to navigate the local Pick n Pay with my eyes closed. I have a deep love for this extraordinary country & the African continent, her people and her beautiful, fragile wilderness. Follow me on Twitter .
Tracks of Giants
Following ancient elephant migration paths linking major wildlife parks, conservationists Ian MCallum and Ian Michler are undertaking a five month west-to east journey across eight southern African countries. They will travel by bicycle, on foot and by kayak (Zambezi River and Okavango Delta) . The expedition will take place between 1 May through to September 2012, with the purpose of raising awareness and exploring possible solutions to current environmental and wildlife challenges. The journey aims to rekindle the rapidly declining indigenous knowledge base of the human – animal interface, and indigenous solutions to conservation challenges and issues. Along the way they will meet with local communities, work with partners and survey and document animal movements and conservation issues. Visit the Tracks of Giants website
Chris Martin is a wildlife photographer and qualified Field Guide, currently working in South Africa, both as a freelance wildlife photographic guide and as a member of the Africa Nature Training team. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Geographical Society (FRGS) in the UK. His photographic work has been regularly featured in magazines both in South Africa and internationally. Chris’ formative years saw him grow to love wild places and to explore and discover a love for adventure that continues to this day. In his younger years as an accomplished mountaineer and skier, Chris led and participated in expeditions across the globe, particularly throughout the Himalaya regions, Europe, North America and Alaska. Following an expedition in 1993 to East Africa, to climb in the Mount Kenya region, Chris experienced Africa for the first time and it captured his soul. Visit Chris's website
Recent Post: Mastering exposure – Using your camera’s histogram
Marlon du Toit
An adventurous person by nature, Marlon has been immersed in Africa and its beauty from a young age. Growing up alongside the Kruger exposed him to the wonders of nature and has since crafted his passion for guiding and photography. As a Field Guide at Singita Sabi Sand, Marlon specialises in connecting travellers with the secret lives of some of the most amazing creatures in the wild.
Recent Post: Mana Pools: Africa’s garden of eden
I am a freelance editor/writer, ultra-distance trail runner and mother of one. My passion for the natural world and a desire to fix all that we are doing to it runs deep. In my twenties I travelled fairly extensively in southern Africa. Before varsity, I headed off to Malawi to work as a 'travelling chef' . In the early 90s, I spent about 6 very happy months working on the Zambezi/Chobe Rivers as chef-cum-guide. I am happiest when running, hiking or cycling up or down a mountain, or in big open spaces and wilderness areas, away from the madness of the city. In my freelance work, I write predominantly for school kids and almost always about matters environmental. I have an overriding interest in species, habitat loss and in looking at ways to live 'lightly'. Through my writing, I hope to whip up a desire to shift behaviour and to help people see the connections between all that they do and how the earth copes (or does not cope!)
Recent Post: On Toad Alert
Morgan Trimble is a freelance photographer and writer based in South Africa whose work has been featured in a number of magazines, books, and exhibitions. Morgan grew up on an American bison ranch in rural Kansas, then moved to Boston to study sciency things at MIT and did a stint on an archaeological dig in Kenya, before an around-the-world nautical voyage introduced her to South Africa. After graduating from MIT, she moved to Pretoria for an MSc on elephant biology. Besides keeping busy with her ongoing studies in conservation ecology, Morgan is an outdoor enthusiast and will drop everything at the prospect of big adventure. To see more, check out her website Morgan Trimble Photography
Recent Post: Don’t miss “Africa” on BBC Knowledge
I am a social media marketer for a specialist African tour operator selling luxury safaris, honeymoons and family holidays. I often say that I have my dream job. Having always had a passion for travel as well as African wildlife, with Mahlatini African Travel I get to indulge these two passions in equal measure. For the past 6 years I have been privileged enough to travel most of Southern and East Africa - all in the name of research! My husband and I are both South Africans currently living in the UK but with plans to return to Africa one day. Our idea of the perfect break is escaping the rat race and heading for our little piece of heaven - the Kruger Park. Having recently become parents to a baby boy we are very excited to introduce him to the African bush and all the adventure that it brings.
Recent Post: Africa’s greatest animal dads
Christie Fynn is passionate about wildlife, Africa, conservation and travel. She grew up exploring her grandfather’s farm in Zimbabwe and, after leaving school, spent seven years working at some of Southern Africa’s top game reserves. She then went onto work for Getaway magazine as an online travel manager and photojournalist. Her passion for wildlife conservation has most recently been fuelled by the surge in rhino poaching. Her articles and blogs covering rhino poaching have helped raise awareness around this issue to national level which has made her a source on the subject. She currently works in Zululand for Wildlife ACT and the Wildlife ACT Fund , companies that assist in monitoring endangered wildlife such as the African painted dog, cheetah and black rhino. Follow her on twitter @christiefynn
A television programme that has, for twenty-five years, presented the successes and disasters of conservation to South Africa's people. 50|50 has influenced environmental policy, stirred the public against environmental injustices, promoted the work of our dedicated conservationists, and helped to create a stronger awareness of conservation and environmental issues in South Africa. Weekly on a Monday on SABC2 at 7:30pm - 8:30pm Visit the 50/50 website , or follow us on Facebook
Recent Post: 50 | 50 Anniversary Season: Episode 33
To combine in one person, a healthy dose of oestrogen and the ability to use a large calibre rifle accurately should only prove interesting! But guns and hormones generally don’t feature a huge amount when one’s passions primarily involve trees, birds, teaching and writing. Megan is best described as a naturalist with a creative bent and literary inclinations. With a conservation degree and years of guiding and training field guides in her background, she has a solid grounding in all topics natural. But her career has been more eclectic than the traditional “bush-whacker” and has involved, amongst other things, creative expression through both written and visual media. Currently, Megan is the Senior Producer on the 30-year old SABC 2 environmental TV programme 50|50 and her book “Game Ranger in your Backpack” has reprinted three times since its release two years ago. Megan is most at home behind her pair of 10x32 binoculars stalking an LBJ or snapping a macro shot of something obscure that someone else might have stepped over or passed by. When she’s not gallivanting in the bush for whatever reason, she is most probably enjoying a glass of Sauvignon Blanc in the company of her good friends or encouraging the keys of her Yamaha concert piano to produce a tune.
Recent Post: At Home with Hyaenas
I am a part field guide, part photographer, part tiara-wearing South African based in the Timbavati Private Game Reserve adjoining the Kruger National Park. Over the past six years, I have really settled into life in the bush, and besides living out my childhood dream of being a game ranger, I have developed a passion for capturing the special moments of my daily life on camera. While I don’t think I will ever fully appreciate how fortunate I am to be out in the bush all the time, I do realise that I live the life many can only dream of. I take great pleasure in sharing my magical moments and stories with anyone who cares to listen, and have connected with people from all over the world through my photography. Please feel free to visit my daily blog or my photography page on facebook for updates from the bush.
Recent Post: 13 Things I Have Learnt About Photography
Thirty years of travelling to and living in eleven African countries – from my first trip to southern Africa on assignment as a fashion model, to my recent role as Africa Adventures Specialist in East Africa for the Jane Goodall Institute – has nourished my lifelong passion for the natural world. In 2009 I sold my big house and most of my stuff so I could live more simply. When I'm not traveling in Africa I’m writing about it from my small cabin in the Teton National Forest in Moose, Wyoming. You can find me at AfricaInside.org
Recent Post: What’s a camel worth?
Editorial consultant for Africa Geographic.
Recent Post: “Mother Town” roars in Global March for Lions
Currently studying Creative Writing, I am in the process of writing a fiction novel for young adults. I'm also a Journalism student with a dry, sarcastic humour but a warm and independent heart. My interests are wildlife and conservation, science, biology, films and music. I am still young and have a lot to learn, but Wildlife Journalism was always a calling - the need to inform you about what's out there and how you can join it. Things you've never realised before, animals you've never seen before, places you wish you knew about before...
I am a 22year old South African field guide/Wildlife photographer . I have worked in reserves all over my amazing country. Soon as I left high school I packed my bags jumped in my car and left the city behind to persure my lifelong dream to become a GAME RANGER. I have always had a deep passion for photography, but only really took it up in 2009 and ever since then you won’t see me without my camera in hand. My goal is to take photos that can let someone that wasn’t there experience the way I felt through the emotion of the image. I have been incredibly lucky to meet some amazing people through my passion, and I owe all my success to them. If you would like to see more of my photo’s and stories please don’t hesitate to “like” my photography page on facebook.
Recent Post: The gauntlet of the Manyeleti game reserve
‘Living the dream’ is a much over-utilised cliché, but finding myself immersed in the African bush after being born and raised in England, it's a phrase that eloquently sums up the life-changing events I have experienced. I always had an affinity for African wildlife and, as a child, spent countless hours reading literature, watching documentaries and daydreaming about living in this magical terrain. When the chance came along unexpectedly, I jumped at it and within a couple of months found myself deep in the bush, studying to be a field guide. I have never looked back. I have been in the industry for more than six years and currently ply my trade at Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve www.sabisabi.com alongside my wife and soul mate who is also a guide here. The photographic opportunities are endless and, as a keen amateur photographer and writer, I am in my element. I am incredibly proud of my achievements and currently hold FGASA 3, trails guide and SKS birding qualifications, but I still wake up each morning with a sense of excitement about what the bush holds for me to learn. No two days or sightings are ever the same and it is this emotional rollercoaster that drives me to pursue and share my passion on a daily basis. These blogs and others can be found on www.sabisabi.com/blog.
Recent Post: The iconic giraffe demands respect…
Victoria Falls Safari Lodge
Zimbabwe's most innovative resort, the superb Victoria Falls Safari Lodge borders the Zambezi National Park and enjoys uninterrupted views of unspoilt bushveld, spectacular African sunsets and game sightings at its on-site waterhole. Victoria Falls Safari Lodge is one of Africa Geographic's Special Places .
Richard De Gouveia
With an absolute passion for nature, I am fortunate enough to be living out my childhood dream as a guide. I started out as an environmental consultant but soon realised that the corporate world was not for me and so followed my heart and ended up at an amazing piece of Africa called Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. A passion for photography and sharing this incredible place with the rest of the world has driven me to blog for the past two and half years and I look forward to sharing more with all of you through Africa Geographic. You can follow daily updates about what I am seeing on our facebook page.
Recent Post: Mother and leopard cub get unwanted visitors
In 2003, Colleen Begg and her husband Keith started working in the little known Niassa Reserve in Northern Mozambique. Their focus is on promoting the place and coexistence between people and lions, leopards, wild dogs and hyena in this incredible wilderness. They currently live for 8 months of the year in Niassa Reserve with their young children, Ella and Finn. Follow Colleen’s blog posts for updates from the remote corners of Mozambique.
Recent Post: Meeting face to face in Niassa
Lauren De Vos
I figured out early on that two things would dictate how I lived my life. I love to learn, and I’d be absolutely delighted if I never had to be indoors again. My parents and professors managed to curb the latter tendency long enough for me to complete my MSc in Conservation Biology at the University of Cape Town, South Africa (an academic path that actively encouraged my tree-climbing tendencies!). My research has placed me in unique situations – scaling termite mounds in the Kruger National Park, hurtling after chacma baboons up Cape mountains, spending salt-encrusted days at sea, facing stand-offs with buffaloes in Hluhluwe-iMfolozi Park in KwaZulu-Natal and spending afternoons submerged in the Mutale River’s crocodilian waters … mine is a life lived in love with Africa’s wildest spaces. I am currently an assistant researcher at UCT’s Marine Research Institute, conducting the first underwater camera survey of False Bay. A deep reverence for our natural world keeps me driven to find conservation solutions. 'll be sharing my research and experiences with you on a regular basis. Look out for me – I'm the one surrounded by sea!
Recent Post: Falling for False Bay
With a teaching background in physical education and geography, based in Canterbury, UK, and as an education advisor for the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation, he has been travelling around Africa for the past 10 years, taking opportunities to support education and wildlife projects in Kenya, South Africa, Namibia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. Some of his highlights include diving with hammerheads in the Red Sea, trekking to see gorillas in Uganda, helping with white shark research in South Africa, assisting with anti-poaching and education projects in Zimbabwe and, most recently, supporting the work of Game Rangers International in Zambia. Between these projects, he leads school groups on adventure tours to South Africa and Nambia. My biggest project to date takes place in August 2013, when I and two cousins will cycle through Zambia in aid of the Elephant Orphanage Project, part of Game Rangers International and supported by the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation.
Recent Post: Looking after orphans
Alessandro Bonora is the Art Director on Safari Interactive Magazine .After studying Journalism at university, he began a brief stint in hard news before opting for a career on the visual side of the creative word. He worked as a designer for an advertising agency during a four year spell in Rome, Italy before returning to Cape Town and joining Africa Geographic. He is passionate about digital story-telling and considers it very fortunate he gets to combine this with his love for wildlife and travel on a daily basis.
Hey, Catherine here. I’m the new blogging intern at Africa Geographic. I graduated from UCT in 2010 after studying Media &Writing and then took off to work and travel my way through South America and learn a thing or two about the world. I came back with a Spanish repertoire, a few salsa moves and an intensified love for writing, blogging and ‘discovering’. It is these passions which landed me on the doorstep of Africa Geographic. Viva!
Recent Post: A Guide to SASSI Seafood
Irene Amiet Quiroga is a previous marketing executive who first came to South Africa as a conservation volunteer. In her “Love Letters to Africa” she writes of her love of the Dark Continent and her hope that the human race will get re-connected with nature in order to better conserve our heritage.
Recent Post: Love Letters to Africa
Sarah Borchert here. I'm the editor of Africa Geographic magazine. It's a big, time-comsuming, stressful job – and I wouldn't have it any other way. Some people jump out of planes (or helium balloons), bungee over the Vic Falls or abseil down mountains for their adrenalin kicks. Me? I just show up for work on deadline.
Recent Post: Bleak News For Rhino – Vietnam Fails to Sign
I left my native Spain, its great food, siestas and fiestas to become an ornithologist at the University of Cape Town and to start Tropical Birding, a company specialising in bird-watching tours worldwide. The past 11 years have seen me travel to over 60 countries in search of 5,000 plus bird species. Time passed, my daughter became convinced that I was some kind of pilot and my wife acquired a budgie for company – that’s when the penny dropped. Thrilled to join the Africa Geographic team, hardly contained in an office, I look forward to reporting on new and exciting travels, and continue to share the joy of birding and exploration.
Recent Post: Water lilies of the Delta
British-born Pete Oxford has been a resident of Ecuador, South America, for the past 27 years. He and his South African wife and photographic partner, Reneé Bish, have been regular and frequent visitors to southern Africa for the past two decades. They are presently based in the Marataba private concession in Marakele National Park, Limpopo province, where they work as 'photographers-in-residence', documenting both the treasures and the rebuilding of the contractual national park. The Oxfords' work has appeared in magazines around the world, including Africa Geographic, Time, Smithsonian, Life, BBC Wildlife and National Geographic. The couple has published 12 books. Pete is a founding fellow of the prestigious International League of Conservation Photographers, has been represented 10 times in the BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year awards and was recognised by Outdoor Photographer Magazine as one of the top 40 most influential nature photographers in the world.
Zimbabwe-born Jason Wharam grew up on a farm, where the local elders taught him about the cultural backgrounds and traditions of Zim's varied people. From them, he also learned about the landscape and became passionate about nature. Jason's high school years were spent at an old, military-type boarding school – Plumtree, near the Botswana/Zimbabwe border. There, his love for the bush blossomed as he spent time birdwatching, hunting, camping, fishing and exploring the surrounding wilderness. After completing his Cambridge studies, he became a trainee safari guide in the Gwayi Valley on the outer perimeters of Zimbabwe's Hwange National Park. He has worked with safari legend Lionel Reynolds and honed his white-water rafting skills. Jason has been a professional guide since 1999, leading safaris throughout southern Africa's most remote and beautiful parks and reserves from the Skeleton Coast in Namibia to Botswana and down the wild Zambezi. His second passion? Photography. Jason has recently retired from guiding and is using his camera to create incisive, inspiring images that are designed to help protect wildlife and the parks in which they live. See his images at jasonwharamphotography.co.uk
Recent Post: Elephantastic!
The Human Ocean
For four months, a six-person team made up of scientists, photographers and social entrepreneurs will sail in the vessel, Lo Entorpy, a 70'ft monohull beauty on an expedition along the east coast of Africa. Their aim? To use a technology called stereo-imaging to dive and film transects spanning from Mozambique to Kenya to provide the first baseline assessment of the fish fauna spanning the length of the East African ecosystem. Join the team as they explore the relationship between humanity, our marine environment, science, technology and cultures in order to shift in the way we build or begin to build our conservation networks on coral reefs.
Recent Post: Karibu Tanzania!
Growing up on a farm, Hendri Venter has been enchanted by wildlife and the natural world from a young age. As a child he would often go off exploring either on horse-back or by foot. It was these experiences that shaped his amazement and love of wildlife and the outdoors. Then he picked up a camera and discovered that he could capture nature’s magic on film. He has never looked back. He now works as a wildlife photographer in Africa.
Recent Post: Leopard catches more than it bargained for
Africa, this is why I live here
It may look like he's a full-time guide or a full-time photographer, but the truth is he's neither. Morkel Erasmus grew up with a love for the wild places and wild animals of Africa like many South Africans do. The problem is that he became obsessed with capturing their enigmatic beauty when he first picked up a camera. When he's not being a family man or working as an Industrial Engineer you can find him as far away from civilisation as possible...with a camera in hand. Morkel now leads safaris for Wild Eye in his spare time, and spends a lot of time sharing his knowledge and passion with others online. Check out more of his work at www.morkelerasmus.com
Recent Post: Rhino Fridays
Christopher Clark is a British freelance journalist based in Cape Town. After travelling to more than 50 countries worldwide, he came to Africa on a one way ticket in 2008, in search of sunshine and stories. He writes for various platforms including News24 and Future Challenges and was featured as one of The Big Issue's best young writers in South Africa in 2012.
Recent Post: Spotting the elusive leopard in the Pilanesberg
Marcus & Kate
Marcus and Kate are a freelance writer/photographer team, contributing stories on travel, conservation and human interest from across east and southern Africa. They just completed a year in Kenya's Masai Mara where they conducted a research project on wildlife tourism and community-based conservation, including working on projects such as Elephant Voices and Living with Lions. They are a Swedish-Australian couple with itchy feet and a love for Africa, adventure and discovery. To see more photos from Marcus and Kate, visit their website or follow them on Facebook.
Recent Post: Rhino tracking in the desert
Rudi van den Heever
“What an awesome privilege to view the wonderful detail of God’s creation through a man-made lens”. I am a South African lawyer, photographer and conservationist (not necessarily in that order). Nature, the diverse wildlife of the beautiful African continent and the conservation of its natural treasures, are very close to my heart. Needless to say, with the advantages and development of digital photography my passion came into being, albeit a couple of years to late, if you ask me. I hope that through my photography, I can share the beauty of the African continent and its wildlife with my fellow Africans and with those that are not as privileged to live in this enigma we call Africa. But most of all, I hope I can inspire others to protect and conserve our natural heritage and that of our children...
Recent Post: Goshawk vs. Falcon Caught on Camera
I’m Holly – Assistant Editor @ Safari – Africa Geographic's digital travel magazine. Born and raised in the rural British Counties, my mother began life on a sugar farm in Zululand. After reading Anthropology at university in London, working for a political activist filmmaker in India, and doing a short stint under the bright lights of Bollywood – I decided it was time to return to the motherland. To earn a crust in the name of wanderlust, I finished up a post grad in media and hotfooted around South Africa as a freelance travel journalist. Now, I’ve landed up in the hallways of Africa Geographic.
Recent Post: Prince William Backs African Conservation Awards
Ian Manning is a writer and wildlife ecologist deported from Zambia for campaigns against protected area alienations and the bushmeat and ivory trade. He opposes the plunder of Lower Zambezi NP for copper mining. His book 'Out of Zambia: a history of conservation and plunder' will be out on e-book.
Recent Post: Conservation is Politics: Zambia’s Hunting Landscape
Hi, I’m Chloe. I’ve recently learnt that life is full of surprises and that one should learn to embrace that, as there’s little else to do when confronted with the element of surprise. This became obvious to me during the months I spent in the Kruger National Park, where my FGASA group would set out on game drive with bated breath, camera at the ready and snap-happy fingers poised. What we were to see could never be predicted. After obtaining my degree in organisational psychology at the University of Cape Town, I headed off, rather surprisingly, into the bush to learn game-rangering. Even more surprisingly, I became a qualified field guide (despite the lack of any sort of vertebrate present during my practical). I'll cut out the long, weepy story of how I came to leave the magnificent veld, and fast-forward to the part where I can happily announce that I’m living the dream – so very nearly. My job at Sun Safaris requires that I read and watch and look and listen to everything that is safari. I relish in the responsibility to write about this fascinating world, and to blog for Africa Geographic is the cherry on top. The ‘so very nearly’ part? Well that’s in anticipation of a surprise offer to visit the glorious African countries I love to read and write about!
Recent Post: Rhino games
Kate Olivia Pettit was born and brought up on the East coast of Scotland. After reading an undergraduate in Communications, and an MA in human rights, Kate has lived and worked for numerous NGOs and non-profits around the world. Her passion is being able to experience and learn from others, and use those experiences on her journey to discovery. She is truly invested in travel with purpose and innovative platforms to make the world go round that little bit smoother. She loves the peace and tranquillity she receives from new cultures and norms, and as a skier and rock climber, she is a natural thrill seeker, and thrives off the inner euphoria’s she recieves from adventure travel. Following a generation of footsteps on her mother’s side, she has followed her dream and become a freelance writer.
Gorongosa National Park
Gorongosa National Park, in Mozambique, is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration story: a 20-year public-private partnership between the government of Mozambique and the Gorongosa Restoration Project, a U.S. non-profit organization. To learn more about the Park, its history, the animals that call it home, ongoing research in the area and how you can plan your Goronogosa adventure visit the Park’s website: http://www.gorongosa.org/our-story
Recent Post: Gorongosa through the eyes of children
Ruth Leeney is a researcher and training provider, with a PhD in marine biology. She grew up in Ireland and the UK and now lives in Namibia, but work has taken her to the Arctic, the USA, Greece and a handful of West African countries. She has spent the last decade and more, working on conservation and research projects focusing mostly on whales and dolphins. She also works on community education initiatives and the development of sustainable marine tourism, and has an interest in culture and traditions in coastal communities, particularly in West Africa. Her work, adventures and the colourful challenges of the ‘dark continent’ are documented on her blog, West Africa Cetaceans.
Carolynne Higgins loves life, sometimes a little bit too much, she admits freely. This quality became evident at university, where she managed nevertheless to finish her degree in English, teach herself web design & SEO, study copywriting and cartooning. She's passionate about photography, writing, sketching, design, travelling and the outdoors. Recently, she has developed an odd obsession with a lion pride in South Africa's Klaserie Nature Reserve, near Kruger. Her interests are sometimes a little bit offbeat as she doesn’t particularly care for the normal, and her 'winging it' approach to travelling has led her into some interesting situations. If something's boring, Carolynne will ensure it becomes an adventure. Her current position at Sun Destinations, a company that handles marketing, sales and reservations for a number of camps and lodges, manages to curb her not-being-able-to-sit-still problem and allows her to write about travel … and travel.
Recent Post: Phenomenal big cat sightings in Klaserie
Bush mad! Zimbabwean is the best way to describe Zane. After growing up in Zimbabwe running around the bush, he moved to England to continue his education. As you would expect he was bound to end up in the African bush again, dashing back at the first opportunity. He completed his FGASA training before working as a guide and anti-poacher in Kruger national park. Then going on to follow his passion for photography, Zane began leading photographic Safaris. Photography is his way of sharing his passion for nature with world. Becoming a photographic tour leader is a dream come true. By traveling all over Africa leading photographic safaris, Zane hopes to make his mark as a photographer and conservationist. Have a look at Zane's work on his facebook page.
Recent Post: Getting to know the gorillas of Uganda
Amrit studied Environmental Science in University and gave up on the science part after getting his degree .He, however continued down the Environmental road by working for Greenpeace , since the age of 17. He presently works onboard Greenpeace ships . He occasionally blogs at text and more often at text
Recent Post: Whales and the Warrior
Anna Breytenbach is a professional animal communicator who has received advanced training through the Assisi International Animal Institute in California, US and has been practising for 12 years in South Africa, Europe and the US with domestic and wild animals. Her conservation experience includes working with cheetahs, lions, wolves, baboons and elephants in educational and rehabilitation programmes. Anna's goal is to raise awareness and advance the relationships among humans and other species, on both the personal and spiritual levels. She?s also the subject of the documentary movie 'The Animal Communicator' due for international release in 2013. In her communication and conservation work, Anna lives her personal mission of being a voice for the animals and the wilderness. Find out more at http://www.animalspirit.org
Recent Post: What Whales Want
I’m a simple guy and know what makes me happiest - time spent in wild natural places, preferably with awesome rocks, amazing clouds and my camera. After a number of years in the eco-tourism industry in Botswana and a backpacking stint around eastern Europe and Asia, I recently completed my MSc in conservation biology. My belief is that human population expansion, the root cause of the majority of our conservation problems, will eventually peak and reverse. My goal in life is to try to make sure we still have as many natural places as possible left at that time. See a portfolio of my photographic work or like my Facebook page for more constant updates from wherever I happen to be.
Recent Post: CSI African style: Dead elephant kills huge croc
Jeff and Kerryn
Kerryn-lee Maggs grew up in the wilds of the Kruger Park, where she developed a love of all things nature. Jeff Tyser grew up in the wilds of Jozi’s northern suburbs, where he developed a chronic longing for all things nature. They live in Jo’burg, where they both work as freelance creatives in the advertising industry. Recently they said goodbye to all of that, packed as much gear as they could into their Landy, Andy, and struck out on a big adventure around Southern Africa. 5 months later, they returned home with the best suntans of their lives, one very scruffy beard, a whole bunch of new friends, about R7 to their names and a lifetime’s supply of amazing memories. Along the way, they also learnt a few things about getting the most out of a limited budget. Read about their travels here, or catch them at passthemap.com.
Recent Post: Heading north in Malawi
Running free in the wild may be simply a dream for many in today’s constraining world. In my case, the quest for ‘mamofa’ country (miles and miles of f*** all, as once aptly expressed by an exploration geochemist from the University of Cape Town) has become an integral cornerstone of everyday life which I’ve had the fortune to nurture both above and below water, on snow-covered mountain slopes and desert dunes, along forested fjords and in the dry bushveld. On my journeys I have enjoyed the occasional company of snakes, parrotfish and giant fruit bats and have always shared my adventures with good friends or fellow long- and snowboarders. Born in Cape Town, raised in Germany and Switzerland, and travelling in Namibia and South Africa during lengthy visits to family and childhood friends, I can converse with humans in four languages (English, German, French, Italian) but the language of the wild remains elusive. It is for this reason that I consider myself extremely fortunate to have been accepted as an intern at Africa Geographic in Cape Town. This extramural practical forms part of my studies in International Journalism at the University of Bremen, northern Germany. When I’m not out and about, you can find and visit me on my blog: framedbynataliaflemming.wordpress.com
Recent Post: Second round of treatments for Elandela rhinos
Photojournalist Scott Ramsay spends most of each year exploring Southern Africa's protected areas, taking photographs and interviewing the experts who work in the protected areas.Through his work, he hopes to inspire others to travel to the continent's national parks and nature reserves, which Scott believes are Africa's greatest assets, and deserve to be protected at all costs not only for our own survival, but for their own sake. For more, go to www.yearinthewild.com or www.facebook.com/yearinthewild. Partners include Ford Everest, Goodyear, Cape Union Mart, K-Way, Globecomm, SANParks, CapeNature, Ezemvelo KZN Wildlife and Eastern Cape Parks.
Recent Post: Swaziland: showing Africa how to save rhinos
Porini Camps are small, rustic eco-camps in private conservancies within the Maasai Mara, Laikipia and Amboseli ecosystems, Kenya. Our camps are situated on lands leased from local communities and are staffed by local people, making your holiday with Porini a truly meaningful experience for all concerned.
Recent Post: On the way to the top of Africa
Limpopo-Lipadi is a large (20,500 ha) game and wilderness reserve located on the northern banks of the Limpopo River in the Tuli Block of south-east Botswana. The owners are a diverse community from around the world who want to conserve and protect the African wilderness and who treat Limpopo-Lipadi as their home away from home. The reserve is large enough to sustain a natural predator–prey balance, thanks to varied habitat types, and boasts diverse game viewing, phenomenal birdwatching, fantastic landscapes and an extremely low visitor density. River Camp comprises seven discrete lodges positioned along the river for maximum privacy for each owner party. Owners and their friends have the option of self-drive or guided game drives and catering options range from fully catered to self-catering. Activities include game drives, walks, fishing, viewing from hides, bush picnics and simple relaxation. The management team based on the reserve is very discreet and respectful of privacy. This unique model empowers owners to leave a legacy without having to deal with the complexity and costs of managing their own game reserve. Go here to find out more or to make a discreet investment enquiry.
Recent Post: Wildebeest rescue!
Many of David’s friends think of him as a talker rather than a writer, but when he is able to keep quiet for extended periods of time and look down at the keyboard, he can also write and does it well. After a decade spent working as a town planning and environmental lawyer and drafting agreements only five people would read, he realised a career change was needed to increase his readership. David is passionate about generating interest on how human population and consumption growth impacts in both wildlife and local communities. ‘It’s such an important topic and much of it remains a taboo,’ he says. ‘Our effects as a species are staggering, yet people are scared of mentioning the human population impacts. It’s the stampeding herd of elephants in the room. Fortunately, I quite like tackling taboos.’ He also disagrees with much of what is currently written about the topic and hopes to cause a bit of a debate. David has embarked on a six-month road trip through South Africa and will write 100 articles for his environmental project ‘Too Much Too Many’. Read our interview with him here and keep up to date with David’s initiative through www.toomuchtoomany.co.za or https://twitter.com/DavidJohnsonSA
Recent Post: Vasectomy: A way to save biodiversity?
The Sanctuary Retreats’ portfolio of luxury safari lodges and expedition ships bring the boutique experience to guests with the added promise of authenticity. Located in some of the most stunning locations in the world, each property is completely individual in its design and operated around the philosophy of “Luxury, naturally”.
Rhino River Lodge
Rhino River Lodge is a Big 5 safari lodge in KZN. It is situated along the shore of the Msunduze River in the southern section of the Zululand Rhino Reserve. This 23,000 hectare private game reserve is located in the very heart of Zululand , 30kms North of the Hluhluwe Game Reserve. It’s in an area renowned for its African wildlife and rich cultural heritage. The private game lodge offers you an intimate and comfortable safari experience, with excellent game viewing and luxury accommodation.
Recent Post: Caught in the act by a camera trap
Africa Albida Tourism
Luxurious hotels, lodges and restaurants that have hand-picked by Africa Albida Tourism for their prime location, authenticity and majestic surrounds - in order to provide you with a once-in-a-lifetime African experience.
I am a Namibian by birth and live in Windhoek, my profession being a visual artist specializing in postage stamp design. I have always had an inherent love for wildlife and nature – especially lions and birds, and developed a passion for photography a few years ago. I am a keen observer and try to capture special and unexpected moments wherever I am. Conservation is close to my heart and I tried to raise awareness through postage stamp designs and by supporting the Desert Lion Conservation project. I am rarely parted with my camera and am fortunate to have a large garden with an abundant birdlife. My happiest moments are those that are spent outdoors, travelling around Namibia and other places, with my family and camera close by.
Recent Post: The battle of the eagles
I am the first to confess that I have been bitten by the travel bug...badly. I am a lover of all things travel from basic tenting with creepy crawlies to lazing in luxury lodges; I will give it all a go. I am passionate about wildlife and conservation and come from a long line of biologists, researchers and botanists. I hope to touch you, inspire you, make you laugh and make you cry - and perhaps even all at once, with my blogs!
Recent Post: Book review: Life on a Cape Farm
I’m a South African gal with a bit of an explorers heart. A travel blogger and digital marketing strategist with a travelling problem, I’m a lover of the great outdoors and am African travel obsessed. I’m a happy camper and am at my happiest when placed in an untouched bit of wilderness, taking it all in. The more remote and wild the environment, the better for this bushbaby. When I’m not out chasing sunsets and listening to the night sounds of the bush from a tent, I’m daydreaming and planning the next time I can. I love to write about my experiences and share them.
Recent Post: South Africa’s favourite beaches
Patrick and Chloe
Patrick, Chloe and their Landcruiser have driven through 5 African countries over 6 months and traveled over 23 000 kms together. This African safari is the first leg of their journey around the world. They share a love for spontaneous adventures, cold beers and capturing life as it is with their cameras. Follow their adventures on their blog.
Recent Post: Malawi, the land of the lake
Roxanne Reid is a freelance writer and editor. She has authored two travel books, Travels in the Kalahari and A Walk in the Park, and her articles have appeared in magazines like Getaway, Wild and Country Life. She also has her own blog, which focuses on African travel, people, wildlife, heritage and small country villages. She's happiest in the middle of nowhere, meeting the locals, trying something new, or simply watching the grass grow.
Starting in March 2010, I have travelled through 46 countries and am still counting! I started out with a little point and shoot camera, which I had a lot of fun with. All went well and I started doing cover shoots, designed posters and covered events. I ended up doing nightlife photography, and made some cash taking photos around the Cape Town club scene. By the end of all this I had managed to save up enough ZAR to get myself the 5D Mark|| and thats how it all started. Soon after, I set off on my adventures armed with my Canon, and my affair with landscape and portraits just happened very naturally as I crossed the border from one country to the next. Learning a bit more each time, defining (and refining) my style as I went. Follow me at Kyle Mijlof Photography.
Recent Post: The sand men of Mali
My name is Chad Wright and I'm a part-time wildlife photographer based in Johannesburg. I've been shooting seriously for a few years and am driven by a complete love for the bush and all things wild. Some of my favourite places to travel are Kruger, Kgalagadi, Pilanesberg, Mountain Zebra and De Hoop Nature Reserve. Follow me on Facebook and on my website.
Recent Post: Dethroned by a fat fish
BirdLife South Africa
The vision of BirdLife South Africa is to promote the conservation, research, understanding, observation of and enjoyment of natural birds, and their habitats. By focusing on birds, and the sites and the habitats on which they depend, BirdLife South Africa aims to improve the quality of life for birds, for other wildlife and ultimately for people. BirdLife South Africa is the largest non-profit bird conservation organisation in the country. It relies on donor funding and financial support from the public to carry out its critical conservation work. For more information, please contact Linda van den Heever at firstname.lastname@example.org or 011 789 1122.
Recent Post: Secretary birds need your assistance
Baines' River Camp
Baines’ River Camp overlooks the mighty Zambezi River and Mana Pools World Heritage Site, offering elephant workshops, fly-fishing clinics, birding weeks and photographic workshops. Explore 4000 square kilometres of unfenced wilderness at Baines'.
Recent Post: Five reasons to book at Baines’ these holidays
Africa Geographic Kids
Africa Geographic Kids contains a selection of fun, forward-thinking content provided by kids and tailored for kids. See Africa from a young, fresh outlook and share in the experiences of our youngest explorers.
Recent Post: Dane adopts an elephant
Donna Van Wyk
Hi, I'm Donna. I am fortunate enough to have spent a lot of time travelling all over the world and also some of Southern Africa. Currently I live in one of the most beautiful places in the world, Cape Town, and I'm enjoying every moment of being here. I love the outdoors, keeping active and I'm always on the lookout for a new adventure.
Recent Post: Unusual animal friendships
Gail Potgieter is a carnivore conservationist who specialises in addressing human-predator conflict. After spending a year volunteering for the Cape Leopard Trust in Namaqualand to find out more about carnivore conservation on farmlands, she headed to Namibia to work for the Cheetah Conservation Fund whilst completing her M.Sc. on the use of livestock guarding dogs to conserve carnivores. As a human-predator conflict consultant for the Namibia Nature Foundation, she currently works closely with communal conservancies in the southern Kunene region. Her dream is to find practical, sustainable solutions to human-predator conflict in areas that are not officially protected by national parks. The views expressed in her blog posts and other social media are not necessarily those of the NGO’s mentioned above.
My focus is obviously wildlife and nature. This is what I love to do. What affords me the opportunity to do it, is my day job at an advertising agency in New York where I work as a creative director and writer. I’ve also lived in Boston, Denver, Detroit, and the back of a Subaru Outback. My photography and writing has appeared in magazines like Outdoor Photographer, Popular Photography, Natural History Magazine, Shutterbug and Spa, and has even made its way to Broadway, serving as a backdrop to the hit play Impressionism, starring Jeremy Irons and Joan Allen. I’ve been awarded by Nature’s Best in their Windland Smith Rice International competition, Communication Arts, Luerzer’s Archive, the North American Nature Photographer’s Association, and the National Wildlife Federation. Feel free to have a look at more of my photos on my website.
Recent Post: Leopard stalks pangolin
Photography has been Tommy`s passion his whole life and now he works as a professional photographer. Tommy is a perfectionist when it comes to photography and images - always thinking about composition, exposure and light when he photographs. Tommy simply loves to be outdoors, and this is his free space where he finds calm and peace within. See more of his images on his website and Facebook page.
Recent Post: A cheetah kills for her cubs
Freelance photographer and author, Dale Morris has produced literally hundreds of travel, nature and opinion features for an extensive client list. Committed to reporting on nature conservation and sustainable eco-tourism, Dale is a dedicated naturalist who has spent more than 20 years working with wildlife throughout the world. See more of Dales writing and photographs at http://www.geckoeye.com.
Recent Post: The black rhinos of Lewa
Fred von Winckelmann
After experiencing many creative jobs, Fred never forgot his big heart for nature and finally found his dream of being a wildlife photographer. He is passionate about Africa and continues to learn every day. He hopes to regain a certain amount of freedom to make a job out of his passion in this lifetime (hopefully enabling him one day quit his day job). Visit his Facebook page or website now.
Recent Post: A tale of a leopard’s tail
Norm is a professional environmental manager with over 15 years of experience in conservation, tourism, environmental and community relations. His career has realised the position of officer in charge of the oldest and one of the most exclusive game reserve’s in Africa (Hluhluwe Game Reserve), through to general manager of a tourism company in the luxury safari market based in Botswana and Zambia.
Kyle de Nobrega
Incredibly passionate and driven, Kyle de Nobrega is a field guide, naturalist and adventurer. This Capetonian is constantly on a mission to find, experience and share the jewels that nature throws his way. From taking photos of the spoor left behind of a beetle grub, to painstakingly lying on a rock waiting for a Green-headed oriole to fly by, he thrives on nature and what it has to offer. Trained and employed in the Waterberg , Sabi Sands and currently at Tswalu in the Kalahari, the knowledge he seeks in new areas is a top priority. His time away from work is entirely focused on travelling and exploring new game reserves or any great wilderness areas in Africa, seeking the enjoyment of life. You can follow his Facebook page: Inthestixx and his website for more memories and encounters from out there in and among the things that make him smile.
Recent Post: The Kgalagadi – a photographer’s paradise
Remi & Chantal
Chantal de Koning & Remi Vermeulen are travel and wildlife photographers that started traveling the world in 2002 and started to take photos seriously from 2007. They are passionate about wildlife, with Africa as their favorite wildlife destination and they have spent many hours photographing the great migration in Kenya and Tanzania. Their favourite destinations in Africa also include Madagascar for the Lemurs and Uganda and Rwanda for the primates. In the end they like to photograph all wildlife from birds to mammals and reptiles. Besides Africa they also enjoy visiting other wildlife destinations around the globe to photograph tigers, jaguars and other wildlife. Visit their website and Facebook page to see more of their work.
Recent Post: The flying leopard
Kicheche Camps welcome you to the heart of the African wilderness in Kenya’s finest Conservancies in the Masai Mara and Laikipia. A world of bounteous animals, dazzling birds, sweeping grass lands, flat-topped acacias and breathtaking sunsets. Staying in a bush camp doesn’t mean compromising on comfort; the food and service are first class, as are the warmth and expertise of Kicheche staff, making your safari unforgettable.
Recent Post: The wildebeest that got away
As a youngster growing up in sunny South Africa my addiction to the natural world developed at a young age. The unfortunate part of it all was that I was forced to grow up in a small town near Cape Town making my agonising cravings for wildlife and the bush extremely tough to satisfy. To compensate for this I spent a great amount of my time diving, surfing and searching for snakes in the fynbos. Once done with my arduous schooling career I was free to delve into the “proper bush” and attempt to fulfill my lifelong dream of pursuing a career as a game ranger and wildlife photographer. Now that I am halfway there and loving life in the bush, I wish to share my experiences and stories with you. I do pray that my posts will be somewhat helpful to you when planning a holiday or photographic trip. If you would like to view more of my work please feel free to view my website and Facebook page.
Recent Post: Things to do in Hluhluwe
I am a young passionate South African wannabe photographer who truly appreciates the natural beauty you can only find by venturing to wild places. Born in Welkom and now based in the vibrant city of Johannesburg, my travels often take me to beautiful locations which I try to share through some of the work. My ultimate goal is to make a difference and help to save the wild animals that call Africa home. Visit my facebook page here or my website.
Recent Post: My road trip through Africa
Sarah Duff is a freelance travel writer and photographer, editor of Peregrine, an online travel magazine, and writer for Discover Africa. She reckons she has the best job in the world - in the name of work she's tracked mountain gorillas in Rwanda, eaten her way around Mauritius, hiked into a volcano in Reunion, road tripped from Joburg to Malawi in a Mini, beach hopped Mozambique, flown over the Namib Desert in a hot air balloon and tested out hammocks all over southern Africa. Follow her travels on Twitter @SarahDuff, Instagram or on her blog.
Recent Post: 5 reasons to go on a walking safari
African Parks is a non-profit organisation that takes on total responsibility for the rehabilitation and long-term management of national parks in partnership with governments, wildlife organisations and local communities. We operate seven national parks in six countries: Zambia, Malawi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Chad. Please see www.african-parks.org or visit our Facebook page for more information.
Recent Post: First photos of Liuwa’s lion cubs
O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges
O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges is a proudly Namibian hospitality company. It’s our warm, down-to-earth nature, and love for our country, that turns staying at our resorts into an unparalleled experience. O&L Leisure Hotels & Lodges are the owners and managers of Mokuti Etosha Lodge and Midgard Country Estate. We are currently developing the Strand Hotel Swakopmund scheduled to open early in 2015 and are dedicated to developing further opportunities in line with our total commitment to the hospitality industry in Namibia.
Recent Post: Northern Namibian homestay at Ongula
Born in a small mining town in Zambia, Chililabombwe (literally translated as “the place of the croaking frog”), Roanna has always felt a strong connection to the African bush. Having spent the last 7 years of her life as a financial analyst buried in spreadsheets, she recently “surfaced” from the corporate world to focus on her passion for nature through photography, writing and skills development. You are likely to find Roanna behind her camera at the edge of a waterhole deep in the bush or on her endless pursuit of making the perfect cup of bush coffee!
Recent Post: Socialising your safari
I am an explorer, poet and photographer who's passion is not only to explore the world in which we live but also our own inner world's. I do the later by working within the field of organisational psychology and human development. My own exploration is done either by sitting still, deep in thought or moving forward, camera in hand and a smile on my face. I know no better place on earth than the African bush shared with friends. See my website here.
Recent Post: Fighting for the pride
As a journalist I believe in the power of words. When I set out for Africa, it was with a specific purpose: to travel the world visiting various wildlife sanctuaries, and write about them in order to tell everyone of the great work they are doing to help preserve different species of animals. I adore being surrounded by the people who are working to help wild animals survive and thrive. I am also the founder of Wildlife Sanctuaries Worldwide, a not-for-profit organization which aims to enable writers who are deeply passionate about wildlife to use their skills in a new and innovative way in order to help raise awareness about good and ethical wildlife sanctuaries around the world.
Recent Post: Securing a future for rhinos
Inspired by a childhood love of nature and driven by a distinct dissatisfaction with ordinary living, South African Grant Christie aims to walk from Alexander Bay on the west coast to Kozi Bay on the KwaZulu-Natal north coast, carrying all his possessions on his back. Starting in early October 2013, this seven month journey will conclude in early May 2014; covering a distance of over 3000 km on foot. Endorsed by the Wilderness Foundation South Africa, the purpose of the journey is to uncover the environmental burdens on the coastline and to raise awareness of these issues as well as for two of the Wilderness Foundation’s conservation programmes; namely the Forever Wild Shark Conservation Initiative and the Pride Project. Follow his progress on Facebook, Twitter or on his website.
Recent Post: Pushing on: Plett to PE
Campi ya Kanzi
A real, inspiring eco-lodge. Come to enjoy game drives and game walks with Maasai professional guides and trackers, looking across to Mount Kilimanjaro. Here, responsible ecotourism preserves the Maasai heritage. Be sure to visit us to experience a safari of a lifetime. Feel free to also take a glance at our blog .
Recent Post: 5 reasons why you should visit Chyulu Hills
Sharon van Wyk
Africa and its wild places grabbed award-winning writer and film-maker Sharon van Wyk when she was but a babe. Her family hauled her from the UK to Kenya when she was three, to South Africa when she was seven and what is now Zimbabwe when she was 11, before taking her back to Cambridge, the town of her birth, to be schooled. She was pushed into journalism in the early 1980s by her first boyfriend, rock guitarist Phil Collen of Def Leppard. "I used to write him long letters while he was on tour and he nagged me to turn pro, so I did," she says. Sharon returned to South Africa permanently in 1991, trading black leather for khaki and rock magazines for mainstream media. She now writes widely on conservation, eco-tourism, safari and travel and also makes natural history documentaries with her company, Painted Earth Productions.
Recent Post: Fishing dilemma threatens Nsumbu
Rhulani Safari Lodge
Rhulani Safari Lodge, situated in Madikwe Game Reserve, is set along a crest; commanding stunning vistas. Rhulani offers 5 star luxury accommodation in a malaria free environment. Through unforgettable game drives you will spot a wide variety of species, including the legendary Big 5.
Recent Post: Looking out for the little things
Kwando Safaris is owned by John Mynhardt, a citizen of Botswana and prominent businessman. John and his wife, Janie, have a deep appreciation for the wilderness regions and recognise the special place that the wilderness occupies in their lives. To this day John, Janie and their three children continue to enjoy the remote Kwando concessions as often as possible and believe in sharing their love of the bush by promoting an intimate and traditional safari experience for all the Kwando Safaris’ guests. You can be sure that when you come to Botswana on a Kwando safari, there will be a friendly and welcoming atmosphere that will prevail from the time you step off the plane to the day you leave.
Recent Post: Introducing Kwando’s photography competition winners
Robin Pope Safaris
At Robin Pope Safaris we have one simple goal: to give our guests an amazing African safari holiday, experiencing the wonder of Africa's secluded wilderness, rich culture and outstanding wildlife, whilst staying in our lodges and safari camps in Zambia and Malawi.
Recent Post: When water rules the wilderness
I am a full-time IT Consultant based in Helsinki, Finland, but I moonlight as a wildlife photographer whenever I can take time off work. I have loved animals since I was a little kid and my biggest wish was to see lions in the wild in Africa. Now, I have a perpetual case of Africa Fever, and when I am not in Africa chances are I am dreaming about it – so some things never change, but they do become more acute! I have travelled to over 40 countries spanning 5 continents, and recently I discovered that the only other thing I love almost as much as being on the road is sharing pictures and stories of my forays into amazing places around the world. To know and see more please visit my website.
Recent Post: Weird and wonderful Madagascar
Deep in the African bushveld, within South Africa's famous Sabi Sand Reserve, 'something enchanting lies in wait' - the Sabi Sabi Private Game Reserve. This award winning private game reserve offers world-class standards in luxury accommodation, exceptional close wildlife encounters, personal service and delicious cuisine.
Recent Post: A winter wonderland at Sabi Sabi
Africa Media is an environmental based media company specializing in the production of photographic, video and editorial media from the African Continent. Our mission is to chronicle the African continent in a manner that pays respect to the beauty, trouble, conflict, passion and heartbeat of Africa’s wild places.
Recent Post: Meet the eels living at Stillbaai Tourism Bureau
Kevin is a self-taught animal behaviourist, he has broken every safety rule known to man when working with wild lions. Flouting common misconceptions that breaking an animal’s spirit with sticks and chains is the best way to subdue them, he uses love, understanding and trust to develop personal bonds with them. Kevin’s unique relationships with these large predators have opened many doors and captivated the imagination of many people throughout the world. He has presented and produced several documentaries that detail his relationships with the animals and highlight the plight of lions both in captivity and in the wild. Kevin has also written a book appropriately named, "Part of the Pride" detailing his work over the years with the large carnivores and is now affectionately known by his fans worldwide as "The Lion Whisperer".
Avios Group Limited is part of International Airlines Group, and operates the global Avios rewards currency for British Airways Executive Club and Iberia Plus, and the Avios Travel Rewards Programme in the UK and South Africa. Avios has been successfully creating and running travel reward programmes for over 25 years.
Animal Demography Unit
The Animal Demography Unit at the University of Cape Town believes that the best way to achieve biodiversity conservation is through enabling conservation decisions to be based on solid quantitative evidence. The mission of the Animal Demography Unit is to contribute to the understanding of animal populations, especially population dynamics, and thus provide input to their conservation. We achieve this through mass citizen science participation projects, long-term monitoring, innovative statistical modelling and population-level interpretation of results. Visit our Facebook page to keep up to date with all the latest news.
Recent Post: Studying the endangered bank cormorant
Cheryl Lyn Dybas
Cheryl Lyn Dybas, a science journalist and ecologist, brings her passion for wildlife and conservation to many publications, including Africa Geographic, BBC Wildlife, BioScience, Canadian Geographic and The Washington Post. She has been a featured speaker on science journalism and conservation biology, and serves on the committees and boards of several international scientific societies.
Recent Post: To bee or not to bee
Wesley Walford is a wildlife enthusiast born and raised in South Africa. He has a desire to improve tourism and to ask those questions others don't want to address. He is a “part-time” photographer who enjoys wildlife and landscapes much more than portraits. To round him up he is a wildlife-crazy South African out to research and talk about travel, tourism and animals. His one goal is to improve communication and inspire discussions related to travel and tourism. Find out more about Wesley on his blog or follow him on Twitter.
Encounter Mara is a classic safari camp in every sense. Traditional in appearance, intimate in its approach and authentic is its personality. Embracing the culture, values and tradition of the Maasai people from whom our corner of Africa is only borrowed.
Recent Post: Bird watching in the Maasai Mara
Tracy Angus Hammond
Tracy is part of an expedition traveling by road from the southernmost to northernmost points of Africa, via 33 000km and through 23 countries. Along the way they are creating two school food gardens in each country, as well as encouraging people to #seeafricadifferently. Follow Tsitsikamma to Tataouine on Twitter, Facebook and their website.
Recent Post: Tips for a great gorilla trekking experience
Rowan Martin heads up the World Parrot Trust's Africa Conservation Programme. Rowan first became involved with parrot conservation during his doctoral studies and in 2009 he moved to South Africa to take up a post-doctoral fellowship at the Percy FitzPatrick Institute, University of Cape Town. During his time at the ‘Fitz’ the allure of the continent’s parrots became too great and he took a lead role in reviewing the state of research and conservation in African parrots.
Recent Post: Parrots and people
The Governors’ Camp Collection comprises of 7 award winning luxury safari camps and lodges. We are in the heart of the best wildlife viewing areas of Kenya and Rwanda, set in some of East Africa’s most spectacular scenery. Our clients benefit from the incredible location and style of our properties, our commitment to service excellence, the exceptional training of our guides and the strong bonds we have created with our community neighbors over the 40 years we have been in operation.
Alessandra Soresina has worked on a number of wildlife projects around the world. In Saadani Game Reserve in Southern Tanzania, she was involved in a mammal monitoring project which led to Saadani being upgraded to a National Park. In 2001 she setup the lion project in Tarangire National Park, northern Tanzania, and for over 5 years concentrated her efforts on lion-human interactions. After setting up a snow leopard project in the Himalayas with the Università degli Studi di Siena, she is now involved in mammal monitoring projects in Mozambique, Tanzania, Gabon and Botswana which are essential to the implementation of new protected areas. She has published two books and the third is due out in July 2014. Since January 2013 Alessandra is an Expert Member of AIEA - Associazione Italiana Esperti d'Africa.
Recent Post: An important stop on the world’s great migration
Instead of going into the expected world of finance after completing his economics degree at Wits University in 1977, Colin landed his first job as a safari guide in Botswana. In those days a cold beer came out of a wet long sock, tied to the side mirror of his Land Rover and cooled while hanging in the breeze. That was as good as it got. In 1983 Colin co-founded Wilderness Safaris with one of the best guides in Southern Africa, Chris McIntyre. The two of them ploughed all their enthusiasm, energies and limited savings (and one second-hand Land Rover) into creating what became one of the most successful specialist safari companies in Africa. Many of these lodges gained their “bush cred” through partnerships with local communities: it was through those negotiations and relationships that Colin started to learn – by trial and error – what worked sustainably and what did not. He went on to co-found Great Plains a year later. Colin is now completely independent and this freedom has allowed him to immerse himself in the Africa’s Finest book project without any vested interests. The book profiles the good, the bad and the ugly of the tourism and wildlife industries. Colin’s operations have successfully re-introduced rhino into the wilds of Botswana and pioneered sustainable partnerships with rural communities in Namibia that ensure that rhino thrive outside of protected areas.
Recent Post: Rhinos: It’s time for Plan B
Passage to Africa
Passage to Africa are first and foremost African safari specialists. We are also a travel company with a difference; our partners include professional Pan-African safari guides whose knowledge, experience and passion infuse every one of our safaris. We believe that all journeys begin with a dream and end with an extraordinary story. We aim to make that story unique and provide the ultimate in personalised service. From our bases in both East and Southern Africa a dedicated and expert team is there to show you, your family and friends, an Africa inaccessible to all but the very few.
Located in the Timbavati Nature Reserve, Kruger National Park. Tanda Tula Safari Camp features 12 luxury tents nestled in riverine forest overlooking a riverbed while the Tanda Tula Field Camp is an exclusive use 4 tented walking safari camp, modelled on the early explorer camps with modern comfort. The Tanda Tula camps are owner-managed.
Recent Post: Make the most of a winter safari
Namibia Tourism Board
Namibia is a land of endless horizons. Skyscraping dunes crash into jagged coastline. Joyful music rings over the savannah. Adventure is at every turn. The people of Namibia invite you to share their country and explore the rugged, natural, soulful, liberating place they call home. Their Namibia can one day be yours.
Recent Post: Rock climbing in Namibia
I feel lucky to share this beautiful planet with such an insane diversity of wild and wonderful creatures. It troubles me deeply that we humans and our antics have devastated so much of our wondrous world over such a short time. I am a freshwater conservation biologist living in Cape Town, South Africa. My passion is to unearth and communicate the hidden beauty and plight of our freshwater ecosystems and thereby give them a fighting chance to share planet earth with us long into the future.
Recent Post: Fight for the fynbos fish
Journeys Discovering Africa
We believe in creating your perfect East African safari – whether tracking mountain gorillas or experiencing the great migration. We will work with you to craft your ideal trip, offering a customized service to ensure your safari is truly a Journey Discovering Africa.
Recent Post: Remembrance in Rwanda
Martina Polley is a freelance journalist living in Cape Town. Her work can be found in local publications where she writes about social issues, wildlife, conservation or the joys of travel. She spent two years living on a game reserve, a year surviving on baguettes through Europe and a month exploring India solo. Her favourite pastime is donning her Vellies for a trip into the bush.
Aaron Gekoski is a filmmaker, writer and photographer (both land and underwater). He specialises in raising awareness on the plight of threatened species and writes for over 30 publications worldwide. Aaron has recently covered the trades of shark finning in Mozambique, lion hunting in Zimbabwe, seal culling in Namibia, manta ray fishing in Indonesia, and Madagascar’s ‘tortoise mafia’. For more information please visit his website or head to his conservation film and media company.
Recent Post: Diving with dinosaurs
Nomad Sports Academy
Carmen and John Nomad have lived in Africa for the most of the last 20 years, from Cape Town, where John was a student in 1994 to Namibia where they opened several businesses and also worked with the San people for almost 16 years, to Botswana and Zambia, where they are currently building the only sports academy for orphans. Committed to exploration and humanity, they are global travelers, believing that we cannot understand the plight of our world if we don't experience it ourselves. If you are interested in keeping informed about their whereabouts and adventures, follow their blog.
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Businessman, conservation activist, fundraiser for rhino conservation. Involved in raising global awareness for the plight of Africa's wildlife, especially endangered species of rhinos, elephants and lions, using social media platforms to educate against use of ivory and rhino horn in markets in Asia.
Experienced tour operator for safari, trekking and beach holidays in Tanzania and East Africa. Passion and experience at your service. Exciting range of safaris.
Recent Post: Amazing Tanzanian local culture experience
The Responsible Safari Co.
The Responsible Safari Co. is a tour operator and destination management company specialising in experiential travel to Malawi. Our markets include independent travellers, schools, universities, charity challenges, corporate & special interest groups. 5% of our profit is donated to community & environmental projects within Malawi. Email us for a range of safaris
Recent Post: Why Malawi is ideal for your next family holiday
iSimangaliso Wetland Park Authority
The iSimangaliso Wetland Park was listed as South Africa’s first World Heritage Site in December 1999 in recognition of its superlative natural beauty and unique global values. The 332 000 hectare park contains of three major lake systems, eight interlinking ecosystems, 700 year old fishing traditions, most of South Africa’s remaining swamp forests, Africa’s largest estuarine system, 526 bird species and 25 000 year-old coastal dunes – among the highest in the world. The name iSimangaliso means miracle and wonder, which aptly describes this unique place.
TOSCO Trust is a non-profit organisation linking local people, conservation organisations, scientists and the tourism industry. By supporting conservation projects and local people who share their land with wildlife, TOSCO Trust contributes to safeguarding Namibia’s natural assets. TOSCO Trust closely cooperates with the Desert Lion Conservation Project.
Recent Post: Tourists get too close to a desert lion
Giraffe Conservation Foundation
The Giraffe Conservation Foundation (GCF) is dedicated to securing a future for all giraffe populations and (sub)species in the wild. The Giraffe Conservation Foundation's vision is that of a sustainable future where all giraffe populations and (sub)species are protected and secure in the wild.
Recent Post: Giraffes: Now you see them – soon you won’t!
Matt Angus Hammond
Matt is the navigator of an expedition traveling by road from the southernmost to northernmost points of Africa, via 33 000km and through 23 countries. Along the way they are creating two school food gardens in each country, as well as encouraging people to #seeafricadifferently. Follow him on Twitter and Facebook.
Recent Post: Self-driving Africa: How not to get lost
Dirk de Vos
Linda is working as a freelance a photojournalist, travel and fiction writer. She considers herself to be the better looking half of Moving Sushi and the only one who is ever online. She blogs on behalf of Moving Sushi for various online magazines and writes travel guides for Buggl.com. Her main loves are writing about travel, the natural world around us and how we as people interact with it, as long as it’s not anything to do with snakes. Snakes give her the willies. Follow along @moving_sushi.
Recent Post: Respecting the mosquito
Save Our Seas Foundation
In the effort to protect our oceans, the Save Our Seas Foundation funds and supports research, conservation and education projects worldwide, focusing primarily on charismatic threatened wildlife and their habitats. From a small not-for-profit organisation funding just five projects, in less than 10 years, the Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) has grown to become a major player in the fight to save the world’s oceans and the wealth of marine life they contain. While SOSF itself is not a research institute, its generous contributions of both financial, practical and scientific support have, to date, facilitated more than 160 marine research and conservation projects around the world.
Land Rover Experience
Land Rover’s reputation off-road has been earned through decades of application, dedication and development. With world-class instructors trained in-house to exacting standards, Land Rover Experience offers clients a unique opportunity to learn with the best in the business. Their experienced teams deliver intensive, accredited training courses for drivers of any level. Their Experience Centres provide the perfect setting to learn new skills and tackle challenging terrain. They make use the latest and most advanced Land Rover and Range Rover vehicles, but are able to train in other vehicles if required. Land Rover Experience activities range from short introductory training courses, to extreme off-road sessions as well as adventure tours. They are market leaders with their adventure tour program, traveling to exciting locations across Sub-Saharan Africa. As off-road specialists, Land Rover Experience looks forward to sharing their wealth of knowledge and experience with you!
Recent Post: Tips for driving in sand
A designer by qualification and a photographer by passion, Archna Singh's foray into the world of photography began in 2006 assisting Delhi based acclaimed photographer Akhil Bakhshi. Working behind the lens was a thoroughly enjoyable experience and it encouraged her to actually start playing with the camera. Self-learning and experimentation have brought her to where she stands today. Backed by a strong design background, she has been actively involved in designing and publishing books, calendars, walks, events & exhibitions on wildlife for the last few years under her trademark “Orah Wildlife”. Orah Wildlife is an amalgamation of Archna’s desire to immerse herself into this beautiful world of wild animals and actively work towards raising awareness and participate in conservation efforts. See more of her photos on her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.
Recent Post: Lions through the lens
Wildlife ACT is a dedicated team of conservationists focused on the preservation of Africa's threatened wildlife. You can join our professional team in the field to track and monitor wild animals across four amazing game reserves in Zululand. Keep updated with Wildlife ACT on our website, Facebook page and via Twitter.
Karim is an award winning nature photographer born and raised in Kenya. He is the owner and founder of media company: Megapixels Productions. Karim dabbles in everything ‘media’ from photojournalism, to wildlife documentaries, to weddings, to commercial work, though he is happiest when he is in the bush.
Recent Post: A crossing of giants
I am a professional wildlife photographer from the UK. I use innovation and technology to achieve fresh perspectives in my work. Back in 2009, I was unable to find products that would allow me to achieve my vision, so I started to develop my own devices for getting my camera close to potentially dangerous wild animals. This led to the creation of BeetleCam, a remote-control buggy for my DSLR camera. I have since launched a company, Camtraptions Ltd, to further develop remote and camera trap products for forward thinking, innovative photographers and filmmakers.
Recent Post: Up close and personal with meerkats
Shirley Choi is an award winning composer. She received her piano performance certificate with the Royal School of Music, England. Shirley studied orchestration, film scoring and music production from Grammy and Emmy award winners at UCLA.
Recent Post: Kakamega – Educating children about conservation
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