Africa

Africa

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Some Good News for Elephants

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Africa

It's not often that I get to share good news about things happening in the world of elephants but occasionally the sun does shine and things look a bit brighter!  

elephants Africa conservation ivory

2017-04-11 00:26:24
 

The Tuskless Gene

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Africa

Recently at a talk I gave at a school in Singapore, a child asked me why we couldn't just chop off all the elephants' tusks, because then the poachers would have nothing to kill them for.  It's not the first time someone's raised this idea.  After all, female Asian elephants don't have tusks at all and that doesn't seem to hold them back.  You may have seen the pink tusked elephant doing the rounds on facebook last year, with the suggestion that colouring elephants' tusks bright pink would prevent poachers killing them.  Unfortunately neither of these ideas are the answer to the poaching crisis, and there's a number of reasons why it's not that simple.

elephant

2017-03-24 01:07:25
 

Just When You Thought Safaris Couldn't Get Any More Exciting....

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Africa

Just when you thought African safaris couldn't get any more exciting, along came horse riding in the Okavango Delta!  I'm kicking off the new year by announcing the first of the safaris I'll be leading NEXT year (2018) and it's a real cracker!  This one already has people signed up so don't dally if you are keen. 

Botwana Okavango Delta Makgadigadi

2017-01-31 03:07:06
 

Conversations by the Campfire

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Africa

When you're sitting around the campfire in Africa having a glass of wine after a day of watching the animal kingdom unfold in all its glory all around you, the conversations are never dull.  One of the things I love about Africa is that everyone's learning something new every day, no matter whether you're an investment banker or a medical student or a farmer.  So by evening, with all the buzz and excitement of what you've seen in the wild that day, the reflections by the campfire are often very insightful and bring many different perspectives to the table.  

tourism campfire safari

2016-11-17 09:55:37
 

Zimbabwe - Land of Giants

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Africa

If you read all the bad press about Zimbabwe and believed it, you'd never ever go there for a holiday.  It's really unfair, as when you get there you are reminded of what a wonderful place this still is, and how incredibly friendly Zimbabweans are, in spite of a very tough couple of decades.  People in Zim are still smiling!  And that - combined with the wildlife - make it one of my favourite safari destinations.  

Zimbabwe Mana Pools Ruckomechi Hwange elephant

2016-10-05 13:10:03
 

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