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No Domestic Trade Australia

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Africa

Can you believe that there are no domestic laws in Australia regulating the sale of ivory and rhino horn?  Australia is a party to CITES which means we are beholden to international law preventing the importation of ivory and rhino horn.  But you'd be amazed at how much of the stuff gets in!

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2017-05-25 00:54:55

Discounted Place Available on Rwanda-Tanzania Safari in August!

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Safari

Due to a last minute cancellation I have a place available on my epic Rwanda-Tanzania safari this August for a single lady sharing.  This is the trip of a lifetime and only available at this price due to the cancellation.  If you have always dreamed of seeing the Serengeti's Great Migration and/or trekking with the mountain gorillas, this is an unbelievable opportunity to join me and a lovely small group of 8 people in this truly spectacular wilderness, but only available for the next week!  

Tanzania Rwanda Gorillas Migration

2017-05-03 23:52:36

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!  

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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.


2017-03-24 01:07:25

What Makes a Safari 'Ethical'?

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Travel

Wildlife conservation is all about people.  That's one of the most important things I've learned in my two decades of working in wildlife conservation.  If you provide benefits to the local people who live with wildlife, benefits that directly translate to an improvement in their living conditions through employment, income and projects like schools and clinics, the people become advocates for the wildlife because they recognise them as assets and wildlife conservation follows.  But what is an 'ethical' safari?  You've heard me talk about it before.  That's what we specialise in at Matson & Ridley Safaris - life changing journeys that make a difference.  But what is it that we actually look for when choosing the areas and camps that we send our guests to? 


2017-02-28 00:17:22

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

News: Matson & Ridley Safaris moves to Australia

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Safari

We are very excited to announce that our family is moving back to Australia later this year, with Andy's appointment as CEO to a ground-breaking new foundation, Citizens of the Great Barrier Reef.  We will be based in far North Queensland in Cairns, close to nature and not far from where I was born and raised a rather long time ago now.  It's a great place to raise our two young boys, Solo (now 7) and Shep (just 3 years old) and we're excited about exploring the reef and the rainforest with them after 4 years living abroad in Asia and Europe.  

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2016-12-12 10:20:22

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

Great Elephant Census Shows Massive Decline

Matson & Ridley Safaris
Category: Uncategorised

It's been 40 years since the last pan-African elephant census and so we conservationists have been playing a bit of a guessing game as to how Africa's giants are really faring in terms of hard numbers.  Just how bad were the declines and where are the problems greatest?  


2016-09-05 09:41:25


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