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Snapping up the Best while on Safari

While the latest lenses and equipment will certainly help creative excellence while on safari, there are a few things you should bear in mind to gain enjoyment and success out of your photographic efforts.Do your research Before setting off on your trip, find out more about the area and what to expect during your travels. Scour the internet for in...

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What has Yellow Legs and Barks Like a Dog?

​Is that man's best friend you hear yapping in the bush? A baboon perhaps? It may be the alarm call of the Nyala, which resembles the sound of a dog barking. These medium-sized antelope are relatively widespread in the northern reaches of the Kruger National Park, but not often seen. This is due to their habit of sheltering in dense acacia thickets...

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The Art of Tracking

The tracking of wild animals, which was once considered a basic life skill amongst our hunter-gatherer ancestors, is fast becoming a highly specialised profession in today's times and remains a source of livelihood for many individuals employed in the African safari sector.Not only are trackers vital in improving the overall experience of guests ou...

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The Humble Hippo

​The raucous nasal intonations of the hippo are one of Africa's signature tunes, often heard and commonly seen wherever they are present in and around water. However, despite their large numbers and non-threatened status, this mammal remains one of the most interesting creatures out there.The things you may or may not know about hippos: The hippop...

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Bird Nests of Interest

When it comes to nest architecture, one bird is so adept at weaving intricate and sturdy structures that they are named after this ability – the Weavers.The neatly woven, grass and reed nests of the southern masked weaver are a common sight dangling like Christmas baubles from trees all over South Africa, even in suburbia. The male weaver is respon...

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African Animal Collective Nouns

The subject to of what to call a 'bunch' of animals is more open to interpretation than we realise. There are surprisingly few 'correct' terms for animals grouped together in the wild and no official list, in isolation. While some of these descriptions, are universally accepted, there are many others that have been made up along the way in keeping ...

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