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November 16th 2014  |  Community Safaris, South Africa, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  Richard Smith

Phinda Private Game Reserve, from the &Beyond portfolio of properties, is a 23,000 hectare private game reserve in South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal region. It lies between the Mkuze Game Reserve and the St. Lucia Wetland Park. Formed in 1990, the reserve’s diversity of habitat with seven distinct ecosystems is key to its richness ... Read more

November 11th 2014  |  Botswana, South Africa, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  Francis Naumann
Two Meerkats looking right

About Meerkats Meerkats abound in parts of South Africa and Botswana and, with fantastic family friendly safari camps, both countries can be perfect destinations for a family who'd like to meet meerkats in person. Read on to learn more about the best places to interact with meerkats and see our ... Read more

October 16th 2014  |  Community Safaris, Travel  |  by  Richard Smith

World Food Day 2014 has given us a chance to reflect on the work many of the safari camps do behind the scenes with local communities. In some cases it’s ‘giving a man a fish’ while in others it’s more akin to ‘teaching a man to fish’. School food programmes ... Read more

October 10th 2014  |  Botswana, Kenya, Namibia, Rwanda, South Africa, Zambia  |  by  Sarah Durie

Drumbeat Autumn 2014 Inside this issue of Drumbeat Winter 2016: Victoria reveals the highlights of Namibia. Lucinda takes an in-depth look on all that’s on offer in Zambia. Francis reports on his extensive South African trip. Sara describes her solo visit to Rwanda. We focus on a handful of great ... Read more

October 1st 2014  |  Conservation Safaris, Uganda, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  Richard Smith

Gorilla Safari Uganda A great evening was had at Edinburgh Zoo on the 2nd October. Praven Moman and Dr Fred Babweteera gave fascinating talks on Uganda, Primates and the Budongo Conservation Project. Aardvark Safaris has joined forces with Praven Moman, a Ugandan born pioneer of great ape eco-tourism and Dr ... Read more

September 22nd 2014  |  Botswana, Conservation Safaris, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  John Spence
black rhino image credit Desert Rhino Camp

Much has been tried and tested in the two decades since I’ve been in the safari industry to rehabilitate and conserve black rhinos with varying degrees of success. When I lived and worked in Zimbabwe in the early 90s a huge de-horning programme was underway whereby rhino were darted, their ... Read more

September 22nd 2014  |  Conservation Safaris, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania  |  by  Richard Smith

Sadly, seeing rhino in the wild is a pretty tall order these days, with populations under increasing threat from poaching, habitat loss, and political conflict. That said, eco-tourism provides vital funds to conservation programmes and there are some exciting ways to get up close to these iconic beasts and help ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |  Tanzania  |  by  Victoria Langmead

November is traditionally known as the end of the East African long, dry season, with the short rains bringing a welcome relief to the stark, parched land. In safari terms, November is often overlooked as a time to travel but as I discovered on my recent trip to northern Tanzania ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |  Botswana, Zambia  |  by  John Spence

30th Wedding Anniversary Safari and Birthday celebration When Francis met this local couple who were interested in taking their first African safari together, it was to celebrate her birthday and their 30th wedding anniversary. A special occasion safari by any measure! The brief was high style, amazing food, loads of ... Read more

July 14th 2014  |  Conservation Safaris, Madagascar, Wildlife Safaris  |  by  John Spence
a whale breaching the surface of the sea, Princess Bora, Ile Ste Marie, Madagascar

Whale Watching Whale watching is possible July to September humpback whales pass through the narrow, shallow channel between mainland Madagascar and Ile Ste Marie on their way to their breeding grounds. If you visit Madagascar then you have a great chance of spotting the humpback whales that frequent the waters to mate and give ... Read more