Oct 252017
 
Serengeti Cheetah and Giraffe Interaction

Still in the Western Corridor of the Serengeti and after a relatively unsuccessful previous day waiting for our “flat cats” to raise themselves and start moving and playing, we were up and on our way by 6h30 the next morning full of expectation that a fresh start would reveal something quite unexpected. Our guide, Yona, […]

Oct 182017
 
Serengeti lion gallery

I was privileged to be able to visit the Western Corridor of the Serengeti National Park in Tanzania in mid-September 2017 with CNP Safaris. We were based at the Grumeti Tented Camp. “To move, to breathe, to fly, to float, To gain all the while you give, To roam the roads of lands remote, To […]

Oct 082017
 
Mashatu baboons

It was late on a winter afternoon in August at one of the remaining pools of water in the Majale river in Mashatu Nature Reserve, the sun was low and shining fully onto the section of the river we were overlooking, when a troop of baboons came down to drink. “Animals should not require our […]

Sep 192017
 
Mashatu grazers and browsers

This is a fourth post from our recent trip to Mashatu Nature Reserve in south-eastern Botswana in mid-August 2017. In winter in Mashatu the grass dries and thins out. This forces grazers to become browsers but nature is bountiful. As one source of food disappears another more localised source appears. An adult Kudu bull with […]

Apr 212017
 
Photos from the Krüger National Park

The Kruger National Park is the largest and most famous wildlife reserve in Southern Africa with a staggering diversity of wildlife and plant species all encompassed by beautiful unspoilt scenery. The Park has eleven different entrances, nine of which are on its South African border and two on its Mozambique Border that allow for easy […]

Dec 272013
 
Kruger: December 2009 (Part 7)

Time to carry on with this trip report, wouldn’t you say? We had a good rest over lunch and headed out that afternoon – aiming to head south again from Shingwedzi and drive the Red Rocks loop. The local troop of Chacma Baboons along the Shingwedzi river provided some nice entertainment in the rainy weather. […]

Sep 092013
 
Kruger: December 2009 (Part 5)

Let’s carry on, shall we? During our time of rest in the Shingwedzi camp, I photographed this woodpecker around our chalet…We were going on an official Sanparks sunset drive that afternoon, and it proved to be an afternoon for the birds. As we left on our drive we saw this endangered Saddle-billed Stork… …as well […]

Aug 272013
 
Kruger: December 2009 (Part 4)

We carried on and turned off on the Red Rocks loop. Shortly after turning onto this dirt road, we were rewarded with a lovely sighting of 2 rare and shy Sharpe’s Grysbok in the process of courtship! They suddenly became edgy and froze. I could hear the alarm call of vervet monkeys down in the […]

Aug 082013
 
Kruger: December 2009 (Part 3)

Well, now…I’ve just about let my trip reports fall by the wayside. Let’s carry on with this one, shall we? On the morning of our 2nd full day in the Park, we headed out bright and early. In the summer months, you can exit the camp gates at 04h30, and it effectively gets light around […]

Apr 202013
 
Primate call gives clues to human speech origins

A bizarre sound made by a primate could help to reveal more about the origins of human speech, a study suggests. Scientists have found that the gelada, a species that is closely related to the baboon, makes a gurgling noise that shares features with human language. They believe the monkey’s call could be similar to […]