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Upcoming Events - Melbourne & Singapore

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Friends in Melbourne and Singapore, I'm coming your way to talk elephants in early October so if you're around please come along to see some beautiful elephant images an update from me on all things elephantine!  More details of the events are coming soon, but for now put these dates in your diary!  All of my books will be available at these events.

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2015-08-27 10:50:01
 

Out of Africa - Kenya's Maasai Mara

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There is a reason why Kenya's Maasai Mara is so famous.  Not only is this World Heritage Site Kenya's most visited reserve, famous for its high density of herbivores and predators, it also protects one of the planet's last great migrations of mammals, including about 2 million wildebeests, and a thousands of gazelles and zebras, which visit between July and October.

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2015-08-03 09:21:00
 

Last minute discount on Namibian safari in September

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Are you male?  Are you a lone traveller?  Do you know someone who is and wants to go to Namibia?  Well this is your lucky day!  This is a last minute offer for a single male to join my Namibian safari THIS September (1st-8th), sharing with another single male.  Yes that's just a few months away!

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2015-07-08 12:05:01
 

Who's Coming to the Skeleton Coast with Me?

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Last year, Hoanib Skeleton Coast Camp won Tatler's "Most Out Of This World" award.  I reckon it would have been a tough choice for this between Hoanib Camp and Serra Cafema, two of the most remote and wild-feeling places you're ever likely to visit, both of them run by Wilderness Safaris.  

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2015-06-24 14:28:00
 

Elephant Round Up

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We've seen some promising signs from China in the last week in relation to the ivory trade driving elephant poaching in Africa, with the Chinese government conducting their third ivory destruction in the last eighteen months and committing to phase out its legal, domestic ivory industry.  No time line has yet been given, but it is encouraging to see the Chinese taking stronger measures and the steps have been lauded by conservation organisations.

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2015-06-03 09:38:02
 

Africa in the Green Season - Two Special Deals!

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One of the most common questions I get asked about Africa is "When is the best time to go?"  The answer to this isn't as simple as you might think, and anyone who's experienced the complexity of Africa's seasons will tell you exactly that.

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2015-05-28 11:54:51
 

10 Things You May Not Know About African Wild Dogs

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Is there anything as cute as African wild dog puppies?  It's definitely one of the highlights of going on safari if you get to see Africa's painted dogs tending to their youngsters a their den or on a hunt, especially given their rarity in the wild (there are thought to be only about 5000 or so left on the entire continent).  But did you know that these unique carnivores need huge areas to survive, that they are 'caring and sharing' towards each other, and that their play with each other actually serves an important purpose?

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2015-05-06 10:59:43
 

5 Reasons To Visit Namibia, Land of Big Skies & Desert Dunes

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Where should you go on safari in Africa?  The choices seem bamboozling at first - Kenya, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Botswana, South Africa...  All are amazing and have their own unique angles and experiences, but I'm going to share a few reasons why I think you should consider one of my favourite safari destinations - Namibia.  If my photos below don't convince you, consider these five reasons why Namibia should be on your bucket list.

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2015-04-29 13:30:51
 

Fancy a real wildlife adventure?

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This week I thought I'd share a few videos of the great work being done in the Save Valley Conservancy, Zimbabwe to conserve wildlife, the location of one of only two conservation safaris I'll be leading in 2016.  (Click on this link for details)

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2015-04-20 14:28:57
 

The World of Hyaenas

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I'm a massive fan of hyaenas.  They're comical, cheeky and downright cute if you look at them from the right angle.  One person who agrees with me is Dr Martina Trinkel, who was studying spotted hyaenas in Etosha National Park when I was studying black-faced impalas for my PhD many years ago.  We both lived at the research camp at Okaukeujo, but for my first six months I barely knew her, as being a researcher of a nocturnal predator, she would go out at sunset to look for hyaenas just as I was coming back for a good night sleep after a day of studying impalas.  I would see her return home in the early hours of the morning, just as I was heading out.  You've got to be dedicated to be a predator researcher, out all night in the desert cold, patiently seeking elusive animals in the dark, but as this interview with Martina shows, she developed a huge respect for the hyaenas we all know and love from 'The Lion King'.

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2015-04-13 09:17:22
 

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