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Were you amazed at the giraffe fight, the congregating rhino, the weirdo shoe bill or the heart wrenching story of the Amboseli elephant? Quite apart from the phenominal photography and spectacular scenery. We were too. Here's a link to BBC iplayer if you...
First Wild Dog In Mara
This morning at 6:30am, as guests were leaving camp for their morning drive, their guide spotted three Wild Dogs passing within 200 meters of the camp, heading north through the Olare Orok Convervancy. Some of you may feel this may not be something that special but to put this in perspective,...
Migration Arrives At Mara
The wildebeest migration has now arrived in the Mara. Guests have seen several hundred wildebeest crossing the Mara River today. Many wildebeest and zebra have also crossed the Sand River while more spilled into the Mara Triangle from the Serengeti across the border in Tanzania. It may...
Turtles At Kinondo Kweto
Lovely news from Kinondo Kwetu, Kenya Coast. Turtles has just laid their eggs on our beach this year again. See the tracks on the beach from this morning. Looking forward to updating you once they have hatched
Protect The Rhino
Please do not hurt my mom. Please join us and many other in keeping the message circulating about the horrors of Rhino poaching. Our generation have the responsibility to change the fate of the Rhino. (Picture courtesy of African Secrets)....
Cn Traveller Gold List 2012
Conde Nast Traveller has announced its Gold List for 2012. The list, chosen by the magazine's team of editors, writers and experts are the best in the world. Properties awarded by CN Traveller that we also recommend include the following: LOCATION: Ngorongoro Crater...
Did You Know... thanks to their habit of wallowing, warthogs often develop a mud ball on the end of their tails? When it gets too heavy it pulls out the tail hairs and falls off... leaving a rather unusual item for the safari guide to identify!
Reports From Botswana
Kwara: We welcomed the new year with incredible sighting of predators, prey, birds, and of course dramatic sunrises and sunsets. Kwara concession is certainly a wildlife paradise on the 1st day of the 1st month, we found 2 lionesses resting under the shade, escaping the heat, a few metres away...
Cooking With Spices
Fancy a cooking tour with a local Swahili Chef in Stone Town? This is a one of a kind authentic cooking lesson where you will be able to learn how to use the local spices which you can find at the spice farms of Zanzibar. The cooking takes place in a Zanzibar house, located in a building in...
Elephant At Nuarro
There was an amazing moment at Nuarro, Mozambique last week. An elephant playing, washing and wallowing in the bay in front of the lodge! These photos were taken by their wonderful dive master, Crissy - who expects to see other large grey mammals in the water (whale season by the...
Availability Getting Tight
Our favourite hotels and lodges are already getting booked up for summer 2012. If you are thinking of travelling over Summer or even Christmas/New Year 2013 we recommend you start planning asap to secure best availability.
Special Offer Safari&beach
Special offer at The Retreat, Selous, Tanzania and Vamizi Island, Mozambique. Stay 3 and pay for only 2 nights (or stay 4, pay 3) in any of The Retreat's stunning River Suites with private plunge pools and enjoy game drives, walks and so much more Stay 5 nights and pay for only 4 at Vamizi...
News From The Mara
The wildlife viewing in the Mara has been superb over the past few months. The November short rains have been excellent and probably the best we've had in 15+ years. The conservancies are beautifully green and lush resulting in plenty of food for the herbivores and the plains...
News From Botswana
Kwara As always, Kwara Concession has been teeming with the majestic wonder and intimate sightings which it is so well known for! A lioness was spotted, attempting to imitate one of her closest rivals, the leopard, as she gracefully perched herself atop a Sycamore tree. As the sun began to set,...
Last Minute Zambia
ZAMBIA: Remote Africa Safaris' Chikoko Trails has last minute availability before the camps close on the 31st October 2011. Comprising of two seasonal camps, Chikoko Tree Camp and Crocodile River Camp, Chikoko Trails is only accessible by foot - enabling guests to be guided thourgh...
Kulala Temporary Closure, Namibia
Kulala Wilderness Camp will be closing permanently from mid-April 2012. Kulala Desert Lodge will be closed from mid-January to mid-April 2012 inclusive to rebuild the main area and add 6 more rooms (5 twins and 1 family). Scheduled to re-open in mid-April 2012, Kulala Desert Lodge offers a...
How To Help In Pemba
This is an email from one of our friends based in Stone Town: Zanzibar is still in shock, coming to terms with a tragedy that has affected everyone we know in one way or another. The tales of loss that we hear regularly, the scale and scope of the casualties, reaches into every corner of...
News From Botswana
Kwara Concession As we move into the what is traditionally known as the ‘flood season’ , the slowly rising water levels may be the reason that the lions stay close by, allowing us to see them pretty much every day. Lions in the Delta are known to swim across channels, if the...
After many months of waiting due to the quantity and quality of entrants in our photography competition - Kwando Safaris in conjunction with Africa Geographic have finally made the decision on who the winners were in our annual photography competition. The over all winner was this...
Carnivore Week Zambia
The Zambian Carnivore Programme (ZCP) team is based at Nkwali camp and last month was pleased to accompany guests on activities and share their work with them. With the rainy season waning in late March, the first Carnivore Week, with members from the ZTB accompanying guests out...
Masai Mara April 2011
Once again we experienced dry weather during the first week or so of the month - it just didn't seem to want to rain! There would very often be a big build-up of clouds all along the western and north-western horizon which would raise our hopes, but the first decent, soaking rains only came fairly...
La Residence Opens In Zanzibar
La Residence has opened its doors in Zanzibar. This brand new hotel offering a new type of luxury in Zanzibar is a new destination hotel for those seeking a more luxurious option. La Residence, famed for its luxury hotels in Mauritius and The Maldives, has spared nothing is making...
Looking south at Kilimanjaro from the Kenyan side. This picture was taken in mid-February, after 3 straight days of wet weather hit the area. It’s a pretty unusual sight to see Kilimanjaro with this thick a layer of snow, and also reaching quite low on the flanks. This kind of snow may last...
Chimps In Love
Chimpanzees share about 98 percent of human DNA and express emotions including affection in many of the same ways we do. They hug, kiss, tickle young ones, and pat each other on the back in greeting. Speak to us about staying at Greystoke Camp at...
The Lions of Siwandu in the Selous made it through the year successfully this time, raising the two cubs who are now about one year old. It seams that the old difficult time are over and all in the pride are healthy and successfully hunters. The big young male is still with the pride....which is...
Wild Dog In Selous
As we were expecting at the beginning of the season, this really has been a very interesting one. The wildlife in Selous has been very busy in the last months, offering amazing sightings, events and also surprises. Nature always make changes, that's the beauty of it! A pack of 10 Wild Dogs...
Gorillas In Rwanda
We've just come back from an fantastic trip in Rwanda having seeing the amazing mountain gorillas. December is one of the best months to see Gorillas and we were lucky to spend 2 hours with 2 seperate families during the trip at Volcanoes National Park. The gorillas are highly...
We hope you have a great holiday - whether at home or in Africa. All the best for a prosperous 2011.
One of our favorite partners Africa has been running a photo competition sent it by its customers. This was the winning picture and we agree it's a great shot of a young lion cub.
New Dive Site
Menai Bay, Unguja Lodge, Zanzibar. We have just found a new spectacular dive site, deep though! Lots and lots of different species big fish, amongst them hammerhead sharks, reef sharks and... tiger sharks!...
Big Cat Diary
Travel to the Masai Mara, Kenya has been encouraged by Big Cat Diary shown on BBC. This is now available on BBC i-player and is well worth a revisit to see the struggle of leopard, cheetah and the famous Marsh Pride of Lion. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00f4kc4...
Mara Migration Report
We have had one of the best migrations seasons ever! Dense concentrations of wildebeest and zebra have covered the plains. The herds have tended to group together at night, spreading out as the day progresses to dot the grassland. Similarly to the end of August hundreds of thousands of animals...
My Kili Diary
JO’S KILI DIARY RONGAI ROUTE UP, MARANGU ROUTE DOWN. Day 1 We arrive at Rongai Gate at 2000m. There appears to be at least 2 other climb groups assembled with a lot of noise and efforts to organise amongst the guides. We pass over our rucksacks and sleeping bags and see them loaded into...
Did you know that helmeted guineafowls spend their days feeding on the ground, but roost in trees at night to avoid predators? Some Luangwa leopards, however, have become adept at hunting them in the treetops!
South Luangwa June
Game viewing has been wonderful. There’s a pride of 17 lions around the Mfuwe area at the moment. The carnivore monitoring team tell us they think it’s an offshoot of the huge, 24 strong Mwamba pride. The pride killed three young buffalo in the week and have been providing exciting...
Safari Trivia: Laughing Hyenas
Did you know that spotted hyenas make up to ten different types of vocalisation? Recent studies have shown that the pitch of the hyena's "laugh" reveals its age, Whoops", with long inter-whoop intervals, are primarily used to signal that two individuals have become separated,...
Did you know that recent research shows that a clear record of an elephant's diet can be obtained from analyzing the proteins that make up their tail hairs.
Central Kalahari Wonderful game all round here in the remote Kalahari. On Tau Pan itself we have had the pleasure of regular sightings of a female Cheetah with a sub adult and cub. They have been seen almost daily doing their best to avoid the two resident male Lions that outweigh the slim line...
Did you know that leopards have been recorded feeding on over 90 different prey species? Their diet includes insects, rodents, birds, reptiles and carrion, but medium sized antelopes are a favourite target.
Did you know that the collective noun for a group of oxpeckers is a "fling"?
Botswana Safari Report
Maun Residents in the Maun area have seen an exotic and dangerous array of African wildlife in recent weeks. The large rains in the village have brought out a vast array of venomous snakes including Puff Adders (Lebolobolo), Black Mambas and Mozambique Spitting Cobras (M’Fezi). Staying...
Lions In Selous, Tanzania
This month a new pride of ten lions has been seen crossing the main road going down to Nzelekela lake, nearest to Selous Impala Camp. Are they trying to take over the territory of the already established pride and to chase away the current three members with their two newly born cubs? Not at...
Leopard In Ruaha, Tanzania
The recent sight of a male leopard just outside the Camp raised our ears and made us think more about Mdonya Leopards seen in the area around the camp this last year. Leopard Females sightings are most frequent here. During one of our most gripping experiences with leopards in 2009, Eva Voogd...
Did you know that leopards tails are so long so they can act as counterbalances when running, jumping or climbing trees?
Big Cat Diary In Zambia
BBC Big Cat Diary's Jonathan Scott & legendary BCC guide and wildlife expert Phil Berry will be leading a once-in-a-lifetime safari (at Mfuwe Lodge) in South Luangwa Nov 03-10th, 2010. Contact us now to see how you might be able to join in such a fantastic trip to Zambia....
Did you know that baby hippos are usually born on land or in shallow water, but suckle underwater? They remain with their mothers for up to eight years.
Where do you go when you really want to get away from it all? To the lesser known islands off Tanzania, says Claire Gervat, who finds empty beaches and waters filled with incredible sea life. CN Traveller: February 2010 Issue. Editor's letter: "Having just come back...
Author Lionel Shriver Plugs Fundu
Junket author Lionel Shriver plugs paradise. Author's new novel has glowing references to a resort where she enjoyed a free holiday worth £5,000 on the island of Pemba. For most of us it is a pipe dream in which we drink cocktails on a wooden deck lapped by the waters of the Indian...
Did you know that the horns of a male buffalo differ from those of a female by broadening into a heavy shield, known as a boss, across the forehead? Horn length may be as long as 160 cm along the outer curve in large males, with a horizontal spread greater than 90 cm.
Did you know that the pied kingfisher is believed to be the world's longest bird (measured bill to tail) that can sustain hovering flight in still air? This hovering ability allows it to hunt over shallow water without a perch.
Latest Report From Botswana
Despite it being low season and rainy season, there have been some exciting sightings: Kwando & Linyanti Two Male Lions have already been sighted killing a Zebra close to halfway pan early this year and they are heard roaring every night from Lebala Camp. A large...
Did you know that play, both with adults and litter mates, helps young lions to develop such skills as stalking and pouncing?
Wishing all our customers and friends a very happy Christmas and best wishes for 2010.
Did you know that the Nile Crocodile has between 64 and 68 cone shaped teeth, which are constantly being replaced as they get lost or damaged? An individual tooth lasts for about 2 years and a single crocodile might go through over 2000 teeth in its lifetime.
In March this year nine celebrities undertook the mammoth challenge of climbing the mighty Mount Kilimanjaro to raise money for Comic Relief. Thanks to the support of the British public their incredible effort raised over £3.5 million and this month six of the climbers will travel to...
One of nature’s greatest dramas, the wildebeest migration, has once again moved its performance. This time it is the southern Serengeti in Tanzania that is the stage, with the dramatic spectacle currently playing out around Kusini. The herds have returned, trailed by predators. The...
Did you know that gorillas can be identified by nose prints that are unique to each individual? Or that upright, males can reach 1.5–1.8 metres in height and weigh between 204–227 kg? The tallest silverback recorded was 1.94m and the heaviest weighed about 265kg. Each gorilla builds a...
Rains Arrive In Selous
This month the Selous welcomed the beginning of the short rains, the land was thirsty and the landscape was very dry. It has been great to see almost everything come back to life, as the new shoots came out from those deciduous trees that had no leaves and golden grasses on the ground have been...
Green season in Botswana marks the time of year when the bush and its surrounds turn into bright colours. The season also welcomes the arrival of newborn animals and several migratory birds such as Woolley Necked Stocks, Yellow Billed Kites and the “rainbow birds”, the Southern Carmine...
October Migration Report
The weather & the plains: October was a dry, hot and dusty month with the odd splash of rain in the first couple of weeks and a good few days of rain at the end. The plains now look as if a million animals have come through, which of course they have. The migration however has left a large...
Wild Dog In Botswana
A pack of wild dogs have been regularly seen on the Chobe River flood plains, Botswana. Guests were on a sundowner cruise watching a herd of elephants swimming across the river when they saw the wild dogs in hot pursuit of an impala running towards the river. The impala did not hesitate when it...
September Migration Report
This month has seen large concentrations of wildebeest and gazelles mostly in the Musiara area, continuing down the Mara River to Paradise plains and over to look out hill. After some initial indecisiveness and a little rain, large herds of wildebeest have decided to spend considerable amount of...
Did you know that a giraffe is one of the few animals born with horns. A baby giraffe's horns lie flat against the skull when it is born and pop upright during the first week of life. The 'horns' are formed from ossified cartilage, and are called ossicones.
Latest news the Gorilla families of the Parc National des Volcans in Rwanda. The weather pattern in the Virunga Range remained very pleasant for most of the month, with morning temperatures between 9 and 14 ° C at 6 a.m. and day temperatures reaching up to 25 °C in the early...
October Report From Okavango Delta
The past couple of months have seen excellent wildlife in Okavango, not only on game activities but also in the camps. The Lala Palms at Shinde are full in bloom and the dates are much sort after by the resident elephant population . These gentle giants visit the camp on regular intervals...
Tafika, The Orphaned Elephant
On 19th August an orphaned baby elephant was taken into care. He had fallen into a pit in a village 40 miles away and was unable to get out. He was all alone, with no sign of any other elephants nearby. A rescue team from the South Luangwa Conservation Society (SLCS), led by Rachel McRobb,...
Did you know that an elephant's trunk is probably the most versatile and useful appendage on the planet? It is a nose, an arm, a hand, a voice, a drinking straw, a hose and much more, but youngsters may take years to truly master its usage.
We've recently been introduced to a troublesome teenager in Nkwali Camp, Zambia – an elephant. This young bull started coming through camp months ago and it was not an issue. Elephants often come through camp. But the key word is “through”. However he has...
Live From Selous
Wow not only did the weather provide dry cool days with lots of cloud cover to reduce the heat but the game has turned it on. There has been the most prolific sightings of Panthera Leo, Lion to the rest of us in great numbers with up to 29 lion stalking areas most loved by our guest. Inevitably a...
Did you know that a crocodile has three eyelids? As well as the top and bottom, there is a clear eyelid that protects the eye underwater.
We Have Had Puppies
After a lot of waiting and guessing when the Wild dogs puppies at Lagoon would give us their first appearance – it has finally happened. The following pictures were taken on Sunday 19th July, 2009. We are the proud parents to 9 new puppies. Their den is about 20 minutes away from Lagoon camp...