Tanzania: One of Africa’s best safari destinations

Traveling to a foreign country usually involves detailed planning.  What are the highlights, where should we go, and if travel time and budget is limited, which country offers the best all-round experience?  For many travelers planning on an African safari, these and similar questions arise.  Fortunately, as far as the excellent African safari experiences are concerned, there are clear indications…

Tanzania: One of Africa’s best safari destinations

Traveling to a foreign country usually involves detailed planning.  What are the highlights, where should we go, and if travel time and budget is limited, which country offers the best all-round experience?  For many travelers planning on an African safari, these and similar questions arise.  Fortunately, as far as the excellent African safari experiences are concerned, there are clear indications…

Flower Safari Season Begins in South Africa

As the winter rains fall, South Africa’s seemingly barren western coast is ready to burst into its annual display of color. Millions of wildflowers are blooming in the Cape Floral Kingdom, a region made up of eight protected sites spanning the Western and Eastern Cape. The region is the smallest of six recognized floral kingdoms in the world and has more than 9,000 unique plant species, many of wh…

Flower Safari Season Begins in South Africa

As the winter rains fall, South Africa’s seemingly barren western coast is ready to burst into its annual display of color. Millions of wildflowers are blooming in the Cape Floral Kingdom, a region made up of eight protected sites spanning the Western and Eastern Cape. The region is the smallest of six recognized floral kingdoms in the world and has more than 9,000 unique plant species, many of wh…

Uganda’s new tax increases could impact tourism

Last month, Uganda’s Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka announced that the Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption for hotel accommodation will be formally withdrawn on July 1st of this year. VAT in Uganda is currently at 18 percent and hotel owners all over the country are now forced to increase their tariffs exponentially to comply with the new law.

The controversial proposal was announced as part of th…

Uganda’s new tax increases could impact tourism

Last month, Uganda’s Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka announced that the Value Added Tax (VAT) exemption for hotel accommodation will be formally withdrawn on July 1st of this year. VAT in Uganda is currently at 18 percent and hotel owners all over the country are now forced to increase their tariffs exponentially to comply with the new law.

The controversial proposal was announced as part of th…

Madagascar’s lemurs: The world’s most threatened animal

Made popular by the animated Madagascar movie, many people think of lemurs as cheerful little creatures with big personalities.  Roman mythology described these intriguing primates with their pointed noses as ghosts or spirits.  But in reality, the lemur is a highly endangered primate – a world conservation priority.

Madagascar is home to more than 100 kinds of lemurs, but sadly, very few peopl…

Madagascar’s lemurs: The world’s most threatened animal

Made popular by the animated Madagascar movie, many people think of lemurs as cheerful little creatures with big personalities.  Roman mythology described these intriguing primates with their pointed noses as ghosts or spirits.  But in reality, the lemur is a highly endangered primate – a world conservation priority.

Madagascar is home to more than 100 kinds of lemurs, but sadly, very few peopl…

Lesotho: Your Africa skiing destination

Skiing in Africa, can that be?  If this triggers your curiosity, then start planning a trip to the Maluti Mountains in the Kingdom of Lesotho!

Lesotho is Africa’s coldest country, and home to Southern Africa’s highest mountain ranges.  Three words describe this country: small, landlocked and mountainous.  But for its small size, Lesotho has tons to offer.  Almost the entire country lies above 1…

Lesotho: Your Africa skiing destination

Skiing in Africa, can that be?  If this triggers your curiosity, then start planning a trip to the Maluti Mountains in the Kingdom of Lesotho!

Lesotho is Africa’s coldest country, and home to Southern Africa’s highest mountain ranges.  Three words describe this country: small, landlocked and mountainous.  But for its small size, Lesotho has tons to offer.  Almost the entire country lies above 1…

Kethi Kilonzo of Kenya’s short political career

Kethi Kilonzo will not be in the race for the Makueni Senator position . Her short lived political ambitions were brought to a halt when the election tribunal ruled that she was not an eligible candidate for any electoral position.

Kethi kilonzo, who burst into the national limelight during the presidential, Uhuru Kenyatta, petition at the supreme court, is also a daughter of the late Makueni s…

Kethi Kilonzo of Kenya’s short political career

Kethi Kilonzo will not be in the race for the Makueni Senator position . Her short lived political ambitions were brought to a halt when the election tribunal ruled that she was not an eligible candidate for any electoral position.

Kethi kilonzo, who burst into the national limelight during the presidential, Uhuru Kenyatta, petition at the supreme court, is also a daughter of the late Makueni s…

Whale season in South Africa: A whale of a time!

There is a reason why both locals and tourists are flocking to South Africa’s southern and eastern coastline, despite the winter cold: its whale watching season!  This year, whale enthusiasts were treated to an early arrival as the Humpback and the Southern Right Whale made their way to the coast in early June.  The excitement is all happening where two of the world’s most acclaimed oceans meet – …

Obama’s $10 million campaign against poaching

The rising demand for ivory tusks and other animal parts in Asian nations like China and Vietnam coupled with light penalties for the crime has led to an increase in the number of poachers. Many are villagers with a low income who turn to poaching for a large payday.

Earlier this year, the United Nations found evidence which proves that profits from the illegal ivory trade are used to fund rebe…

Obama’s $10 million campaign against poaching

The rising demand for ivory tusks and other animal parts in Asian nations like China and Vietnam coupled with light penalties for the crime has led to an increase in the number of poachers. Many are villagers with a low income who turn to poaching for a large payday.

Earlier this year, the United Nations found evidence which proves that profits from the illegal ivory trade are used to fund rebe…

Whale season in South Africa: A whale of a time!

There is a reason why both locals and tourists are flocking to South Africa’s southern and eastern coastline, despite the winter cold: its whale watching season!  This year, whale enthusiasts were treated to an early arrival as the Humpback and the Southern Right Whale made their way to the coast in early June.  The excitement is all happening where two of the world’s most acclaimed oceans meet – …

Obama’s $10 million campaign against poaching

The rising demand for ivory tusks and other animal parts in Asian nations like China and Vietnam coupled with light penalties for the crime has led to an increase in the number of poachers. Many are villagers with a low income who turn to poaching for a large payday.

Earlier this year, the United Nations found evidence which proves that profits from the illegal ivory trade are used to fund rebe…

The Rotchild’s giraffe: Time to act

The majestic giraffe once roamed freely across many parts of the African continent. The giraffe populations have been dwindling over many decades and have particularly dropped in numbers over the past 10 – 15 years. The biggest culprit has been the sickening curse of poaching, which is rife across much of the African continent. Poaching however, is not solely responsible in the ever decreasing pop…

The Rotchild’s giraffe: Time to act

The majestic giraffe once roamed freely across many parts of the African continent. The giraffe populations have been dwindling over many decades and have particularly dropped in numbers over the past 10 – 15 years. The biggest culprit has been the sickening curse of poaching, which is rife across much of the African continent. Poaching however, is not solely responsible in the ever decreasing pop…

How can Africa reach its conservation goals with limited conservation funding?

Conservation is a proven way of boosting species and ecosystem conservation.  But the costs of conservation efforts and programs remain high, and usually funds for conservation are marginal.  For some ecosystems such as Africa’s tropical regions, the imbalance between conservation actions and available funding is extremely severe.  Conservationists explain that this severity is due to the high den…