The garden sprinklers were ticking away and the sun was filtering through the leaves of the knobthorn, apple-leaf and bushwillow trees. We were at Kwando Camp, near Kongola in the Caprivi/Zambezi region of Namibia, and it was the first time we’d had a grassed campsite instead of sand in a whole month. It felt like five-star luxury.
The Kalahari. It’s vast and ageless, a semi-desert of photogenic red dunes and star-crammed skies where African animals run wild. Be warned: visit it once and it may capture your heart forever. That's certainly what happened to me, and now you can read about it in my new book.
If you’re looking for somewhere off the beaten track, you could do worse than the Mahango National Park in the north-eastern Caprivi/Zambezi region of Namibia, bordering on Botswana.
In 2009 In Search of the African Wild Dog was published, full of beautiful photos and thoughtful text by this week’s guest bloggers Roger and Pat de la Harpe. Then the Endangered Wildlife Trust suggested they should do a book on lions, ‘the next big conservation issue’. That lion book has hit book shelves across South Africa.
It had been a long day of travelling when we arrived at Ngepi Camp near Divundu in the Caprivi, Nambia. It was dark by the time we'd pitched camp. So I had to take an open-air shower. In the dark. By torchlight. Among all those bushes and mozzies and creepy-crawlies. It wasn’t my best moment. But I soon succumbed to the view and the zany humour of the place.
The Grade 7 class from the Zenzeleni Waldorf School in Khayelitsha, Cape Town, recently enjoyed a four-day educational camp in the Cederberg with the Cape Leopard Trust. The camps explore themes such as biodiversity, leopard biology, animal tracking, geology, rock art, astronomy and survival skills. Guest blogger, Elizabeth Martins is Education and Outreach Co-ordinator for the Cape Leopard Trust. She tells us more.
Call me crabby but I can’t really see why cycling has a place in the Kgalagadi, where the major concern should be conservation. I’m also deeply dubious of the claim that a mountain bike race down the dry riverbed will raise funds for conservation. Let me tell you why.
I think I have found what I’m looking for. Mkhambathi Nature Reserve on the Eastern Cape's Wild Coast is one of the most photogenic, pristine and priceless places I have been on my Year in the Wild, says guest blogger Scott Ramsay.
Dry season in the Caprivi (now renamed the Zambezi) region of northern Namibia means lots of dust. But not everyone minds dust or even the wind that corkscrews it into the air. Certainly not the small boy in a bright yellow T-shirt who was happily playing with a tatty kite cobbled together from faded plastic supermarket packets.
Malawi is the type of place you don’t often see in ‘Top Ten Destinations’ or ‘Best Kept Secret’ lists. That’s because travellers riddled with Malawi fever, like this week’s tongue-in-cheek guest blogger Anton Crone, have been defacing the magazines and hacking the websites that publish them.
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