As a travel and wildlife blogger, I love it when I find other bloggers doing work I enjoy. Here are my 5 favourite African travel and wildlife blog posts this week.
There’s nothing quite like a collection of baby animals to tug at your heart strings. Wild magazine’s blog trotted out a collection of them, from giraffe and zebra that look like stuffed toys, to an elephant attempting a hand stand and a wild dog pup who hasn’t grown into his outsize paws yet. Super photos here from some talented photographers.
Far from electricity, cell phone signal or even proper roads, Lauren Manuel-McShane of the Travel Manuel spent a few days in the hills of the Wild Coast. Her mud hut with its thatched roof had nothing but a double bed and reed mats on the floor, and women from the village cooked delicious meals at night. Given the simplicity, peace and time to canoe or play with the children, it’s no wonder Lauren fell under Bulungula’s spell.
Doron du Toit recently travelled 28 000 kilometres across Africa, passing through 22 countries and territories, all but 8 000 kilometres of it by hitching rides in cars and trucks. He travelled north from South Africa to Sudan, then west across the Sahel to Senegal and up to Morocco. He shared his tips with African travel evangelist and activist Mzansi Girl, who confesses to being ‘inspired by his determination to challenge people’s stereotypes of African travel’.
This week the Bushcamp Company posted a video on Safarious, a community of wildlife and nature lovers, from professionals and adventurers to photographers, armchair travellers and the simply curious. The video shows the elephants who regularly come to visit Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park to eat the wild mangos or take a walk through the reception area. This time, the cool tiled floor proved irresistible to an elephant calf, who took a little nap, watched over by the adults. I love baby elephants so I watched it three times for good measure.
Although it’s a small country, Lesotho is stupendously scenic, an off-the-beaten-track destination with a number of major attractions. Read my blogs about Lesotho and you’ll understand how much I love it and can’t wait to go back. Maliba Lodge’s Blanket Wrap newsletter gave an excellent summary of the Mountain Kingdom’s top 10 attractions. Although it’s not a new post, it’s worth reading if you’re planning your first trip to Lesotho.
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