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The Nest @ Sossus: Swen Bachran’s ambitious new camp in the Namibian desert

Tuesday, 25th December, 2018

The Nest @ Sossus Swen Bachran

Due to open officially in February 2019, The Nest @ Sossus in Namibia is the brainchild of entrepreneur turned conservationist Swen Bachran. The award-winning design of The Nest @ Sossus is inspired by the nests of the social weaver bird and based on the concept of biomimicry. The lodge is one of very few completely private…

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Up, up and away: Emma takes a hot air balloon ride in Ruaha

Friday, 2nd November, 2018

Hot-air-balloon-flight-over-Ruaha-National-Park

On a recent trip to Tanzania, I was lucky enough to take a hot air balloon ride over Ruaha National Park with Serengeti Balloon Safaris. While well established in the Serengeti, where the wildlife is used to the sight of giant balloons floating above them, the operation in Ruaha was only introduced in June this…

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World Frog Day: Cowan’s mantella

Tuesday, 20th March, 2018

Cowan Mantella Tsimbazaza Zoo

For those who don’t know, 20th March is World Frog Day and it seemed only right to celebrate this occasion with a Frog Blog, or Flog, if you will. While it may seem arbitrary to dedicate an annual day to these small amphibians, they are a vital part of worldwide ecosystems, and many species of frog and toad are under threat from environmental factors, such as habitat loss and global warming.  …

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The best African destinations to visit in December

Friday, 22nd December, 2017

As the northern hemisphere shivers through the cold, dark days of winter, the African continent is warming up for its summer holiday season. December in Africa is a busy time of year for a reason. The weather is mostly hot and sunny with the occasional rains bringing cool relief and greenery. Great wildlife migrations take…

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The Little Five

Friday, 8th December, 2017

Guides Little Five

You may have heard of the Big Five: lion, elephant, rhinoceros, leopard and buffalo, the large mammals most people understandably wish to spot on a first-time African safari. However, you may not have heard of the Little Five: antlion, elephant shrew, rhinoceros beetle, leopard tortoise and buffalo weaver. I only learnt about these on a…

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The Legacy of Cecil the Lion

Tuesday, 7th November, 2017

Bubesi-Zimbabwe-Lion

On a recent safari in Hwange National Park, Zimbabwe, I was fortunate enough to spot the new dominant, male lion in town, Bubesi. After the tragic killing of Cecil the lion by trophy hunters in 2015, there was an international uproar, the hunter outed and shamed. However, this didn’t deter hunters from killing one of Cecil’s sons, six-year-old Xanda, who was shot when he roamed outside the protected area of…

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‘What happens on the river, stays on the river’: Emma Baker’s first safari experience

Tuesday, 31st October, 2017

After seeing elephants, hippos, crocodiles, zebras and an array of other stunning wildlife from the safety of a safari jeep or motorboat in Mana Pools National Park, Zimbabwe, I didn’t think we could get much closer to the animals. That is, until we went canoeing down the Zambezi River. On the drive to the river,…

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