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A Hippo Love Story

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A long while ago - back in 1995, I met a woman known to the locals in Zimbabwe as Madam Mvuu, which translated into the Shona language means literally 'Mrs Hippo'.  Back when I was aspiring to be a wildlife conservationist in Africa, something that seemed like an impossible dream at the age of about 17, Karen Paolillo encouraged me to take the plunge, not just in her words of encouragement, but by setting a fine example.  While volunteering for her, I recall being in the driver's seat of her dilapidated old Peugeot bakkie, holding my foot on the brakes on a downhill slope near her house, while she tried to save a puff adder that had crawled inside the engine with a long stick, before walking across rocks to where hippos slept in the midday sun, sunning themselves on the river bank.  What an adventure every day was!  For a fledgling researcher, it was the stuff of dreams, and these early encounters with wild animals drove me to help make my dreams a reality.  Almost twenty years later, Karen and I are still friends and I'm delighted to share that her biography, "A Hippo Love Story" has just hit the book shelves.  My oh my, is this a gobsmacking journey!  This is one worth reading, folks.

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2014-07-30 01:09:41
 

Two spots available - Okavango this year!

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Two spots have opened up on my Okavango Delta safari this year (26 Nov to 3 Dec) due to 2 unrelated cancellations.  If you are a couple or a single who wants to bring their best mate on one of the most incredible adventures you're ever likely to have, with me as your host, this is your chance!  Please drop me a line by clicking here now.  This was the first safari I offered through my new company, Matson & Ridley Safaris, so the price is lower than it will ever be again for these beautiful Wilderness Safaris camps in some of the best wildlife viewing areas in Botswana.  Grab your chance now!  Contact me for the full itinerary and costing through my Contact Tammie page.

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2014-07-01 03:18:00
 

Okavango Magic, Botswana

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The week before last I went a shade of envy-green....  After finishing up at Earth Hour after 11 years with WWF, my husband Andy Ridley, who, as you all know, I love and adore, travelled to the Okavango Delta in Botswana - without moi!  There he experienced the pure magic that only this part of Africa offers.  There is simply nowhere like the Delta.  Take a look at his photos to see why I was so jealous....  Andy has written the captions below each photo.  If you'd like to join Andy or me in Botswana next year, or if you'd like me to arrange your own personalised African safari through Matson & Ridley Safaris, drop me a line now!  Remember that safari camps in the Okavango are incredibly popular, so if you want your choice of camps it's best to start planning a year in advance.

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2014-06-16 08:05:45
 

Kenyan Elephant Dance Safari Price Slashed!

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I've got great news!  Thanks to the kind folks at Asilia Africa, my Kenyan safari in July next year (2015) is now going for about 10% less than previously advertised.  That's a huge saving!  You won't get a luxury safari like this in these exceptional wildlife areas at this price anywhere else, so why not join me?

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2014-06-11 03:26:11
 

My favourite safari destinations in Africa

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Africa's a big place.  Actually, really big.  You can fit all of China, India and much of Europe into it's vast landscape.  So when you're planning to go on safari, where do you start?  And once you've been once, and you've got the Africa bug, where do you go next?

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2014-06-04 03:58:00
 

What to pack for your African safari

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So you're off on the safari of a lifetime... You've been dreaming of this for years and the last thing you want to do is end up out in the middle of the bush without everything you need to optimise your African experience...  If this is you, then this is the blog for you.

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2014-05-29 03:02:44
 

Elephant Dance Safari, Kenya

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I'm delighted to have had huge interest in my guided safaris as part of my new ethical safari business, Matson & Ridley Safaris.  My Okavango Delta safari for this year sold out in a month, the Namibian one planned for September 2015 has only 3 places left (so get in quick if you want to be on this one!) and I reckon it's time to let you know about another one I'll be guiding next year in July... to one of the most famous parts of Africa - Kenya!

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2014-05-09 03:27:00
 

Let Elephants Be Elephants - on tour across Asia

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For the past year or so I've been working with Asian TV star, Nadya Hutagalung on the Let Elephants Be Elephants campaign, and I'm excited to say we're about to go live!  Our goal is to raise awareness across Asia about the link between the buying of ivory in Asia and the poaching of elephants in Africa.  We're asking you to come on board and take the pledge to say no to ivory.

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2014-04-21 04:30:00
 

Price slashed for my Namibian Safari 2015!

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Great news!  The wonderful folks at Wilderness Safaris have just offered me a huge discount on my conservation safari to Namibia in September 2015 (next year).  However, it's only for a limited time!  

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2014-04-10 10:16:00
 

Namibian Safari - September 2015

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You simply have to experience Namibia at least once in your life.  It's like nowhere else on the planet.  The sense of space you get, and the deep desert silence, has to be experienced to be believed.  If you're in the rat race this is the perfect escape.

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2014-03-14 07:15:00
 

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