What is World Female Ranger Day?

What is world female ranger day

Not to be confused with World Ranger Day celebrated on 31 July 2021, World Female Ranger Day celebrated on 23 June hopes to amplify the female presence protecting the wild. Field guides decode the wild for guests who go on safari. They are the people who lead game drives or walking safaris, translating the bush […]

The Kruger Shalati Hotel is putting community back on track with local style

The park was declared a conservation zone in 1920, but initial plans did not include sightseeing facilities. One hundred years ago, it seemed no civilised traveller would want to witness these unruly wilds. Or did they? Before campgrounds sprung up, a trip by train was the only way to visit this game reserve. Early tourists […]

A culinary guide to Kenya’s land of trees and honey

Watamu Kenya Foodie Guide

An apiarist, Abbas was showing me around his farm, a smallholding between Watamu and Gede, and sharing his beekeeping story. We stood together in the shade of a mango tree that dripped with fruit. Above him, three beehives painted an equally mango shade of yellow were strung up in the boughs. “There are 400 beekeeping […]

The life aquatic: mythbusting Botswana’s iconic mokoro

Okavango Delta

Tshepang Mikell Mogomotsi – known as “Mike” – is well-versed in this ancient art. Originally from Jao, a village in the heart of the Okavango Delta, he has poled since he was just 10 years old. Mike is my “Delta Decoder” and guide at Kwando Safaris Pom Pom Camp, an eco-friendly lodge west of the […]

In Photos: venture through Uganda’s riveting Bwindi Impenetrable Forest

Bwindi Forest Uganda

  On the 16 December 2019, Uganda’s Ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities and the Greater Virunga Transboundary Collaboration revealed that the number of mountain gorillas (Gorilla beringei beringei) in the 340 square-kilometre transboundary protected forest have increased to 459 from an estimated 400 in 2011. When you visit mountain gorillas in the wild, you’re […]

12 Enthralling African destinations to add to your wander-list for 2021

Mozambique Vilanculos

Every year, I eagerly anticipate the travel hotlists and destination round-ups released by the likes of Condé Nast and National Geographic, and each time am routinely disappointed by the conspicuous absence of alluring African countries. Our continent will forever be an eternal safari hotspot, but there are so many more reasons to plan a trip. […]

What’s so special about Baines’ Baobabs anyway?

The story of salt, a sea and lonely trees An ivory-coloured expanse, the Makgadikgadi Salt Pans encrust the northern reaches of the Kalahari Desert in an immensity so vast that it’s possible to see them from outer space. (Just ask Nasa astronaut Doug Hurley, who captured the landscape while floating above us in the International […]