About Paul Steyn

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.
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9 Reasons Why Everyone Should Learn to Freedive

The challenge of holding your breath and swimming deep may seem crazy to some, but believe me when I say that it is one of the most exhilarating experiences you can have in water. The skills you learn when freediving go beyond simply having fun and frollicking in the water with a snorkel. You learn, …

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10 Reasons to Learn to Dive in Cape Town

TEC CLARK, forward, Karen Berger’s Scuba Diving On a bit of a whim, I recently signed up for a Padi dive course with Pisces Divers based out of Simon’s Town. It was one of the best investments I’ve made in Cape Town. Not only did the course turn out really well (I struggle to understand …

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Night kite surfing with glow sticks!

Wandering albatrosses are known to fly across oceans for days at a time, hopping between continents all over the southern hemisphere. Even more interestingly, they often prefer to fly and feed at night, looking for small fish, cephalopods and crustaceans. If there happened to be any albatrosses wandering by Muizenburg beach last night, they would …

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10 reasons to suspect lions are an alien species

I’ve often wondered whether lions originally came from another planet… Why, you may ask? Well, my suspicions initially surfaced during my time as a guide in the Mpumalanga region of South Africa, when I spent many hours a day following and observing these creatures in their natural habitat. Here are a few things I noticed: …

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7 pictures that prove wild animals have a sense of humour

Have you ever spotted an animal doing something and thought, ‘yeah he’s definitely taking the mickey…’ ? Your suspicions are not unfounded. Here is a selection of photos that go to prove animals do like to have a laugh every now and then. We’ve all attempted to do this. But only those who can properly …

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7 questions to ask when planning a safari in South Africa

Planning a safari can be a daunting task. There are countless places to go, lodges, parks and tours on offer, so making a decision is not always as easy as one two three. Here are a few common questions and answers to help narrow down your search. Is it better to visit a private reserve …

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Money vs. People: The Maasai’s growing resentment over land evictions for tourism

Care of the land, care of the wildlife, and care of the people. In my early days as a guide, these were the three essential pillars of conservation drummed into me by the eco-tourism company I worked for. The model is quite simple really. If you mess with the wildlife, the balance is upset and …

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A 23-Year Road Trip by Gunter Holtorf

Wow – this is one of the most inspiring travel tales I have ever come across. A German man by the name of Gunther Holtorf and his wife Christine have taken the most epic 800,000 km road trip in their old Mercedes Benz G Wagon – and Gunter is not stopping there! They started in …

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Plan your travels on inspiration: Introducing Special Places

How do you go about planning your travels in Africa? How do you decide which places to stay, what to do and how to do it? I must admit I get a little dazzled by the choice. The Internet and Google are efficient travel planning tools, but it’s still possible to get lost in the …

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My Journey to an Island with One Resident

The man was relaxing under a tree on the beach when I walked up to him to say hello. After a short chat I learned that he was the one-and-only resident on this tiny little island in the middle of the Quirimbas Archipelago, Mozambique. It all felt quite surreal. Only 24 hours before I had …

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