Botswana: Land of desert and water

Botswana is one of the few remaining countries in the world where you can experience and witness the sheer beauty, but also cruelty, of nature.  Every year, Botswana undergoes a majestic transformation: from desert to water-filled plains.  The anxious wait for the rains to arrive, bringing relief to the tired and thirsty conglomerate of wildlife.  And as the waters arrive, Botswana blossoms into a…

Botswana: Land of desert and water

Botswana is one of the few remaining countries in the world where you can experience and witness the sheer beauty, but also cruelty, of nature.  Every year, Botswana undergoes a majestic transformation: from desert to water-filled plains.  The anxious wait for the rains to arrive, bringing relief to the tired and thirsty conglomerate of wildlife.  And as the waters arrive, Botswana blossoms into a…

Qatar Airlines to increase flight frequency to Nairobi, Kenya

Qatar Airlines, a major international airline, is planning on increasing its number of flights to Nairobi, Kenya.  According to Qatar Airlines, the demand for transport to Nairobi has increased dramatically.  This is excellent news for one of the world’s blooming tourist destinations.  Kenya attracts well over a million tourists annually, and with new flights from major international airlines coup…

Qatar Airlines to increase flight frequency to Nairobi, Kenya

Qatar Airlines, a major international airline, is planning on increasing its number of flights to Nairobi, Kenya.  According to Qatar Airlines, the demand for transport to Nairobi has increased dramatically.  This is excellent news for one of the world’s blooming tourist destinations.  Kenya attracts well over a million tourists annually, and with new flights from major international airlines coup…

The effects of Tanzania’s new “Tourism Development Levy” and other tax increases on the tourism industry

Tanzania Tourism Development Levy (TDL)

In a bid to acquire more revenue from the tourism industry, Tanzanian members of parliament have passed several new tax hikes and a Tourism Development Levy (TDL), during this year’s annual financial budget meeting in July. The changes have been slammed by stakeholders and investors in the sector as “unnecessary” with the potential of harming the industry…

South Africa to legalize rhino horn trade to curb poaching

Wildlife conservationists around the world are in a state of uproar over the recent proposal for the legalization of the sale of rhino horns announced by Edna Molewa, South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs. The minister said she will formerly make the proposal “to introduce regulated international trade in rhino horn” at the 2016 meeting of the Convention on International Trade…

The effects of Tanzania’s new “Tourism Development Levy” and other tax increases on the tourism industry

Tanzania Tourism Development Levy (TDL)

In a bid to acquire more revenue from the tourism industry, Tanzanian members of parliament have passed several new tax hikes and a Tourism Development Levy (TDL), during this year’s annual financial budget meeting in July. The changes have been slammed by stakeholders and investors in the sector as “unnecessary” with the potential of harming the industry…

South Africa to legalize rhino horn trade to curb poaching

Wildlife conservationists around the world are in a state of uproar over the recent proposal for the legalization of the sale of rhino horns announced by Edna Molewa, South Africa’s Minister of Water and Environmental Affairs. The minister said she will formerly make the proposal “to introduce regulated international trade in rhino horn” at the 2016 meeting of the Convention on International Trade…

At the end of Africa lies Cape Agulhas

Standing at Africa’s southernmost tip is a remarkable experience.  And now, Africa’s southernmost tip is a step closer to everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. 

This month saw the opening of a kilometer (0.62 mile) long boardwalk in the Agulhas National Park, taking you from the Agulhas Lighthouse to the continent’s southernmost point.  The point of view is exactly 34° 49‘ 57“ South and…

At the end of Africa lies Cape Agulhas

Standing at Africa’s southernmost tip is a remarkable experience.  And now, Africa’s southernmost tip is a step closer to everyone, regardless of age or fitness level. 

This month saw the opening of a kilometer (0.62 mile) long boardwalk in the Agulhas National Park, taking you from the Agulhas Lighthouse to the continent’s southernmost point.  The point of view is exactly 34° 49‘ 57“ South and…

The story behind zebra stripes

Narrow, wide, white, pitch black or brown-black, neatly arranged or somewhat farther apart, zebra stripes are quite fascinating!  Africa is home to three zebra types: plain zebra, Grevy’s zebra and the mountain zebra.  Although not domesticated, zebras belong to the same family as horses and donkeys all belong to the same family.  Highly in sync herd animals, zebras not only rely on their herd for…

The story behind zebra stripes

Narrow, wide, white, pitch black or brown-black, neatly arranged or somewhat farther apart, zebra stripes are quite fascinating!  Africa is home to three zebra types: plain zebra, Grevy’s zebra and the mountain zebra.  Although not domesticated, zebras belong to the same family as horses and donkeys all belong to the same family.  Highly in sync herd animals, zebras not only rely on their herd for…

World Elephant Day: Bringing hope to Africa’s elephants

Every year, on the 12 th of August, World Elephant Day is observed to appreciate and raise awareness to the current state of the world’s elephants.  The public’s general perception of elephants is giant animals at peace across Africa’s savannas and plains.  But this is exactly the motivation behind World Elephant Day – to bring across the message of the elephant’s plight, still unknown to many peo…

World Elephant Day: Bringing hope to Africa’s elephants

Every year, on the 12 th of August, World Elephant Day is observed to appreciate and raise awareness to the current state of the world’s elephants.  The public’s general perception of elephants is giant animals at peace across Africa’s savannas and plains.  But this is exactly the motivation behind World Elephant Day – to bring across the message of the elephant’s plight, still unknown to many peo…

Little five: Showing Africa’s wildlife diversity

Africa’s little five game

Once you’ve set foot in Africa, undoubtedly you will be looking to see and experience the Big Five. Strong, fierce and wild, the big five game is Africa’s pride and receives central attention. But there is another group that should not be forgotten – the  l ittle f ive . In its own and unique ways, aiming to find the little five can also be a rewarding wildlife experie…

Little five: Showing Africa’s wildlife diversity

Africa’s little five game

Once you’ve set foot in Africa, undoubtedly you will be looking to see and experience the Big Five. Strong, fierce and wild, the big five game is Africa’s pride and receives central attention. But there is another group that should not be forgotten – the  l ittle f ive . In its own and unique ways, aiming to find the little five can also be a rewarding wildlife experie…

What are the “big five” African safari animals?

The ‘big five’

The ‘big five’ in African wildlife terms refers to five game animals, namely the African Elephant, the Cape Buffalo, the Leopard, the Lion and the Rhinoceros. The term, ‘big five’ does not represent the only big game animals in Africa. It is a term which was given by big-game hunters to describe the five game animals which are the most difficult and dangerous to hunt on foot. The…

What are the “big five” African safari animals?

The ‘big five’

The ‘big five’ in African wildlife terms refers to five game animals, namely the African Elephant, the Cape Buffalo, the Leopard, the Lion and the Rhinoceros. The term, ‘big five’ does not represent the only big game animals in Africa. It is a term which was given by big-game hunters to describe the five game animals which are the most difficult and dangerous to hunt on foot. The…

Houseboating on Lake Kariba: water, wildlife and tranquility

If you have been on several safari’s, wildlife watching or trekking expeditions, wilderness experiences and other adventure packed African tours and holidays, there is still Lake Kariba.  Covering 5,580 square kilometers (2,150 square miles), Lake Kariba is an impressive piece of man’s design and labor.  Completed in 1958, Lake Kariba was at that time the largest man-made lake.  But do not let the…

Houseboating on Lake Kariba: water, wildlife and tranquility

If you have been on several safari’s, wildlife watching or trekking expeditions, wilderness experiences and other adventure packed African tours and holidays, there is still Lake Kariba.  Covering 5,580 square kilometers (2,150 square miles), Lake Kariba is an impressive piece of man’s design and labor.  Completed in 1958, Lake Kariba was at that time the largest man-made lake.  But do not let the…