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A young elephant’s last encounter…

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013
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It is a true story that even the guides confirmed not experienced before.
It was early morning in Chobe National Park and we were driving out when passed by ar lioness following a 6 or 7 months baby elephant which was abandoned by the herd due to any disease or maybe an orphan elephant... she was walking very slowly, step by step and whit in 5 seconds she was right on top of her prey, going directly into its troat, and using the most common way to kill by holding very tight to sufocate. The poor elephant was screaming non stop and after few minutes maybe 7 to 11 minutes we could see his trunk moving, so he was still alive. From the moment she jumpped on him, we could see another 6 lions coming from everywhere, but no one touched till she completes the job. After that they all join the feast.
It was for sure a very sad situation, but there was nothing we could do, but just wacth.
It was an early morning in Chobe National Park and we were on our way out of the park. We passed a lioness. She was following a six or seven month old baby elephant. The ellie had either been abandoned by its herd (due to some disease) or it was an orphan elephant. Lioness following her prey

Above:  The lioness paying close attention to the baby elephant

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Above: The baby elephant spots the lioness and begins to run away

Step by step, the lioness approached the baby elephant very slowly. Within 5 seconds the lioness was right on top of the baby elephant. Using the most common way a lioness knows to kill, she went directly for the elephant's throat, gripping it tightly to suffocate the elephant.

Five seconds later

Above: The lioness tightly grips the baby elephant's throat

The elephant was screaming non-stop and after a few minutes, we could see its trunk moving. It was still alive. From the moment the lioness jumped on it, we saw another six lions approach from all angles, but none of them touched the elephant until she finished the job. After that, all the other lions joined the feast.

Another lioness came to help

Above: Another lioness approaches the scene

The other lions joining the feast

Above: The other lions join the feast

It was such a sad situation, but there was nothing we could do, except watch. This is nature. This is Africa.

Article by Luiz Carlos

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Tags: africa, photography, wildlife


1 Leopard vs 50 Steenbok

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013
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It was june the 5th 2012, we woke up very early as usual when you are in a safari, had a quick breakfast and we all left for the first game drive of the day. Considering the experience we had two nights before with the lions surrounding our camp, we all went after lions, and following spoors we end up finding something very special and I would say something quite difficult to see it, a male leopard hunting; definitely I have no words again to express the feeling to see such a nice scene. We got the whole thing... we saw when he jumped from a tree and start walking towards the steenboks, we could count as easy as 50 of them, all very careful and paying a lot of attention to their predator, the male leopard.
The movements were like a dance, where predator and prey were very careful and trying to do their best, one to kill and others to scape.
We stayed as much as we could till the moment when our guide decided not to bother them anymore and we left. I have no doubt that it did work for the leopard, and we were luck to see at least the preparation and strategy of his hunting skills.

It was June 5, 2012 when we woke up very early (as you usually do when you're on safari). We had a quick breakfast and then left for the first game drive of the day. Considering the experience we had two nights before with the lions surrounding our camp, we all went out in hope of spotting lions. While following animal tracks we ended up finding something very special. At first it was very difficult to see. We'd come across a male leopard in the process of hunting. I have no words to express the beautiful scene. Hunting Leopard

Above: A leopard in the process of hunting

We were fortunate enough to capture the whole thing on camera from when we first saw the leopard  jump from a tree and start walking towards the steenbok. We could easily count fifty of them, all very cautiously paying attention to their predator - the male leopard.

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Above: The steenbok keeping their eyes on the leopard

The movements of the leopard and the steenbok were like a dance, where predator and prey were very carefully trying to do their best; one to kill and the other to escape.

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Above: The leopard and steenbok dancing

We stayed as long as we could until our guide decided to not bother predator and prey anymore and we left. I have no doubt that the leopard succeeded. At least we were lucky enough to see the preparation and strategy of his hunting.

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I camped among lions in Central Kalahari…

Monday, February 25th, 2013
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After a quite long drive into the Central Kalahari, we finally arrived in our wild camping area. When I say wild, is really wild, and I mean it.
Right on our arrival, our guide advised us not to leave the perimeter, and for toilettes during the night, we should use the head lights before coming out of our tent, he finalise saying that the place we were camping was full of wild animals, in special lions.
After setting down our tents and stuff, we had dinner and stayed seated around the fire, having south african red wine and talking, all very relaxed till the guide asked for silence and started to point out the noise coming from inside the bush, it was lions roaring and believe me, they were so close that I though it would be my last night in life. They stayed roaring to each other for quite a log time, at least time enough for us to go sleep and hear the roaring from inside the tents, which I tell you, it is even worse. It was a great experience and for sure a very excited night we all had, only five of us surrounded by lions and other species, all very wild in the middle of Central Kalahari. Apart of the excitement, that night was for sure when I started to feel respect, real respect for the wildlife, it was clear that we are nothing comparing to the wild, nothing!
The day after, we found this lioness on her own and her kill, a male ostrich just couple of meters from our camp. Wild, isn't it?

While on my Kalahari and Okavango Delta safari we ventured off on a long drive into the Central Kalahari, and finally arrived at our wild camping area. When I say wild, I mean really wild. Right on our arrival, our guide advised us not to leave the perimeter because where we were camping was full of wild animals, especially lions. He also said that if we wanted to use the toilets during the night that we should use one of the spotlights before coming out of our tent.

After setting up our tents and stuff, we had dinner and stayed sitting around the fire. We were all very relaxed, drinking South African red wine and talking, until our guide pointed to the bushes and signaled us to lower our voices. There was a noise coming from inside the bushes - the noise was roaring lions. The lions were so close that I thought it could possibly be the last night of my life. They continued roaring for quite a long time. While we drifted off to sleep we could still hear them roaring from inside our tents.

It was a great experience and definitely a very exciting night that we shared - only five of us surrounded by lions and other species (all very wild) in the middle of Central Kalahari. Besides the excitement, that night was definitely when I started to respect wildlife - it was clear to me that we are nothing compared to the wild, nothing! The next day we found this lioness with her kill; a male ostrich, just a couple metres from our camp. Wild, isn't it?

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Above:  A successful ostrich kill leaves traces of blood lingering on the lioness' fur.

Article by Luiz Carlos

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Tags: africa, photography, wildlife


Gorilla vs Leopard

Thursday, June 21st, 2012
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Who would win the fight in a gorilla vs leopard scenario? Discovery Science has created a visual re-creation of what they think would happen if a gorilla and leopard were to brawl.

Watch the gorilla vs leopard re-creation video:

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Do you think this video reflects the right outcome? Ever been on a safari in Uganda and seen this battle in real life before? Comment below and tell us who you think would win in a gorilla vs leopard battle.

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The Best African Safaris

Monday, April 30th, 2012
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The best African safaris include all the elements that make Africa so great… so appealing. Wildlife! What would an African safari trip be without wildlife? Culture! Africa is well known for its rich and diverse cultural heritage, it would have to offer a glimpse into culture of past or present. Adventure! On a continent with such diverse landscapes, there are thousands of opportunities to discover Africa – in both relaxed or adrenaline coaxing ways. Which ever way you want it, the best African safaris have wildlife, culture and adventure. Bam.

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It's not one of the top African safaris if it doesn't showcase wildlife

An African safari trip needs its fair share of wildlife. Viewing a host of unusual looking animals that trundle, crouch, roar and stalk is an African safari at its best. Ever heard of Africa's big five? The lion, the leopard, the buffalo, the elephant and the rhino; all wildlife highly sought after and absolutely golden when wishing to go on an ultimate African safari.

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A glimpse of a past culture shows signs of a great African safari

Museums are great for offering a glimpse into the lives of those who lived in a culture foreign to our own. Original artifacts, replicas, tours and insight can be enjoyed when stepping into a museum offering knowledge about those who lived, worked and loved the area you’re exploring. Some of the best safaris not only include a trip to a museum where the past can be re-lived through relics, but rather experienced first hand through physically visiting a tribe and cultural group who still practice the beliefs and rituals of their ancestors.

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The best African safaris are an adventure

From the way you get around, to the things you get a chance to see and do, top Africa safaris trip will offer you a variety of ways to experience a certain area. Our biased mode of transport is of course, overland truck. Seeing the passing vistas through the enormous windows of the custom truck, packed with your newly appointed nomadic holiday family from all over the world. Hopping off together, hiking, skydiving, exploring an ancient island on a moped. Laughing around the campfire, making the campfire. Experiencing new things with a bunch of people as awesome as you are. So what are the best African safari trips? The top safari trips aren’t picked by us, they're picked by you! The amount of bookings received for these trips rank them as the best. Why? Because they bring opportunity for travellers to explore Africa’s wildlife, culture and adventure. Check out which three African safaris are ranked best:

Top 3 Best African Safaris

1. Cape Town to Victoria Falls

This trip takes one on a safari adventure where an exploration of South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Zimbabwe sees cross-cultural interaction and wildlife interaction on an epic adventure one is not likely to forget.

Cape to Vic: One of the best African safaris

2. Okavango Delta to Johannesburg

This overland safari is a short trip taking travellers through the highlights of the Okavango Delta and Chobe National Park. The journey takes you on a cultural discovery of South Africa's apartheid history, their struggle and success fighting for freedom. Ride an elephant in Victoria Falls, walk with lions or go white water rafting. Culture, wildlife, adventure!

Okavango Delta to JHB is one of the best African safaris around

3. Nairobi to Dar Es Salaam

This 10 day adventure takes you on a journey through Tanzania, exploring the country's intriguing culture and diverse wildlife. Ride a camel, snorkel, take a tour of Prison Island. The route leads you through a world of rich discoveries in Eastern Africa, bringing you to the tropical and historical haven of Zanzibar, before the trip glides to an end.

Nairobi to Dar es Salaam is one of the best African safaris you can experience

Ready to book your seat on one of the best African safaris around? Grab your sense of adventure, will for cultural discovery and interest in wildlife and spoil yourself to one of the top African safaris around!

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Top 10 Adorable Wildlife Photos

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012
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We've got that mushy stuff that makes you go "Awww!" With these top 10 adorable wildlife photos, you can't help but get that warm fuzzy feeling in your tummy. You almost want to just reach out and pet them... until you remember that they're WILD, and you're probably going to lose a limb in the process. If you're lucky. Check out the sweetness you can experience on a safari in Africa if you're in the right place at the right time.

#1: The baby ellie in a raincoat

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#2: The playful lion cub

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#3: The nurturing mother giraffe

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#4: Real life Timon and Pumbaa

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#5: The blissful baby ellie

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#6: A mother lioness's love

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#7: The goofy giraffe

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#8: A pair of cheetahs

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#9: The affectionate old couple

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#10: The innocent king of the jungle

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Top 5 Best Big 5 Safaris in Africa

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012
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The phrase 'Big Five game' originated when hunters came to the conclusion that these five animals in Africa, are the hardest to hunt on foot. Nowadays tourists travel to Africa simply to get a glimpse of these awesome animals on game viewing safaris in Africa.

Travel to Africa for Big 5 Safaris in Africa

1. Southern Safari

From Nairobi to Johannesburg on a southbound budget safari, experience Kenya and Tanzania's beautiful game drives, the slow pace of Zanzibar, the majestic Victoria Falls and the sought after Big 5 in Kruger National Park. Experience the Southern Safari in Africa.

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2. Kenya, Uganda and Gorilla Trek

Trekking for gorillas in Uganda mixed with five star wildlife encounters in Kenya. Enjoy prime bird watching and track Africa's Big 5 in Lake Nakuru National Park before kicking back and relaxing at Lake Bunyoni. Experience the Kenya, Uganda and Gorilla Trek safari adventure.

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3. East Africa Photography Tour

Every shutter's dream safari in Africa. This fortnight specialty tour takes you to the best game parks, and on the best safaris in Africa that Kenya and Tanzania have to offer! Keen wildlife photographers have the opportunity to drool on their shoes as they point and shoot. Did I mention that the trip is right in the middle of migration season? Experience the photographic safari of a lifetime.

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4. Complete Desert and Delta

The best highlights of Namibia, Etosha National Park and Big 5 safaris in Africa, the Namib Desert and Spitzkoppe with the Okavango Delta and the famous Victoria Falls. Experience the Complete Desert and Delta safari in Africa.

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5. Best of East Africa

Spot lions and the other members of Africa's Big 5 in the Masai Mara, watch the Flamingos and also see Black Rhino meander the plains of the Ngorongoro Crater. The best of East Africa on the safari of a lifetime! Enjoy the Best of East Africa safari experience.

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Top 5 Best Game Parks in Botswana

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011
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Botswana is known for its stunning eco-systems, with the Okavango Delta running through most of its land. This stretch of Africa is brimming with wildlife, birdlife and all sorts of lush vegetation making it a great destination for safaris in Africa. When keen to explore a section of Botswana's natural beauty, a visit to one of the following game parks will not disappoint!

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1.  Chobe National Park

Chobe National Park boasts one of the highest concentrations of game in Africa and is overflowing with migratory herds and the predators that follow. The Chobe experience offers travellers a rich wildlife viewing experience on Botswana's beautiful plains. The park is also famous for its large elephant population.

2.  Moremi Game Reserve

Moremi Game Reserve is home to a variety of rare and endangered animals and is said to be Africa’s most beautiful wildlife sanctuary for safaris in Africa. A large portion of the Okavango Delta is part of the reserve, offering its lush vegetation and awesome array of wildlife and birdlife that survive in this unspoiled wilderness.

3.  Savuti National Park

Savuti National Park is well-known for its large lion population, offering prime game viewing. This region is now dry, however it was once home to a large marsh. Mysterious myths and legends surround Savuti, which lend to a rich history and its thriving wildlife, birds and gorgeous landscapes.

4.  Makgadikgadi Pans

The Makgadikgadi Pans make for a truly unique sight to experience on a safari in Africa! When dry, the stretches of landscape are broken with baobab trees and glistening salt fossil pans around which wildlife like zebra, springbok and impala can be seen grazing. When the pans are wet, the area is equally as stunning, with loads of migratory birds gathering around the water filled salt pan basins; wildebeest and zebra by their side.

5.  Selinda Reserve

Selinda Reserve is located between Chobe National Park and the Okavango Delta. The reserve has two permanent lodges and two fly camps and the ideal location for game viewing. Game drives allow visitors to get a great feel for what Africa's wilderness and wildlife are all about. Herds of elephant and prides of lion are what the area is renowned for, as well as Selinda's leopard, cheetah and giraffe population. So if you're looking for an utterly amazing trek through Botswana on a wildlife spotting safari in Africa, one of these top 5 best game parks in Botswana are the way to go! Pick your adventure through Botswana here!

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The Best Safari Destinations Around the World

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011
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Because of the annual migration of two hundred and fifty thousand zebra and over a million and a half wildebeest, Serengeti National Park is widely considered to be the best safari destination in the world. The animals undergo a 500K round trip from the southern part of the Serengeti to the Masai Mara National Reserve.

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Above: Serengeti Lanscape

The density of prey and predators makes the park one of the most visited and visitors can expect to see Leopards, hyenas and cheetahs. Animal numbers and varieties are impressive, with leopard numbers estimated at over 1,000 and hyena, over 9,000. Any time of year is a good time to visit the Serengeti although visitors may wish to avoid the rainy seasons, which are March to April and October to November. The wildebeest migration is normally between September and December, although not necessarily.

The Ngorongoro Crater, once formed by volcanic activity, lies within the Ngorongoro Conservation Area in Tanzania and has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage site. The area is unique in that the Tanzanian government, whilst allowing human habitation, provides protection status for the wildlife, so land use is strictly controlled. Around 25,000 large animals live in the crater, including black rhinos and hippopotamuses. The most common large animals include zebra, wildebeest and Thompson's and Grant's gazelles. There are some lions as well as elephants and leopards on the crater rim. Buffalo are extremely common. Around 1.7 million wildebeest, 470,000 gazelles and 250,000 zebras pass through the crater on migration. Also common in the reserve are spotted hyenas, hartebeest, lions and jackals.

The Ngorongoro Crater is a good holiday destination at any time of year, unless you wish to avoid the rainy season. However, as there are fewer visitors then, it can be a good time to go, although roads may be slippery. The number of animals does not vary whatever the time of year. The Kruger National Park, South Africa, is one of Africa's largest game reserves, covering almost twenty thousand square kilometres. To the south and west of the park are the two South African provices of Mpumalanga and Limpopo. To the east is Mozambique and to the north lies Zimbabwe.

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Above: Kruger National Park Waterhole

The game reserve is vast - in fact it is larger than Israel. The wildlife experiences here are almost indescribable. The land forms part of the Great Limpopo Transfrontier Park (the Peace Park) that links game parks in Mozambique and Zimbabwe to Kruger National Park. Fences have been dismantled to allow animals to roam freely without the intervention of man made structures. When it is complete, this park will extend to more than 35,000 square kilometres. This is the land of fever trees, marula and mopane trees, knob thorns and big animals. Numbers here have been estimated at 230 black rhino, 12,000 blue wildebeest, 30,000 Burchell's zebras, 8,000 elephants, 4,600 giraffes, 97,000 impala, 1,500 lions and 1,800 white rhinos.

The Okavango Delta is a labyrinth of lakes, hidden channels and lagoons covering around 17,000 square kilometres. The Delta is trapped in the sands of the Kalahari Desert, Botswana and is a magnet for wildlife, who depend on its waters.

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Above: Okavango Delta

The Okavango is often called a swamp but is nothing of the kind. The water moves mysteriously, slowly and gently in a creeping fashion, through channels that are barely discernible and which creep away behind papyrus reed into an ever increasing network of even smaller passageways. These channels link small islands, lagoons and islets with flooded plains and open grassland. Trees and palms throw shade over forest glades and crystal pools. Because the water passes through unpopulated areas on its journey from Angola, the water is pure and clean. In the lush forests of the islands and the delta and all along the floodplains there are over 400 species of birds. Among the islands of the delta and on the mainland are hyenas, elephants, lions, buffalo, hippos, crocodiles and wild dogs. There are many varieties of antelope as well as other smaller animals such as mongoose, warthogs, bush babies and monkeys. This Delta offers unparalleled experiences to any wildlife watcher.

The Masai Mara is situated in the south west of Kenya and has been called Africa's Greatest Wildlife Reserve. Best known for its abundance of lions and for the Masai people with their distinctive colours of dress and unique customers. The reserve lies around 1,500 to 2,000 metres above sea level and is predominantly grassland with riverine forest. The Masai Mara is home to dozens of animal species including lions, cheetahs, leopards, hyenas, rhinos, hippos and of course the one and a half million wildebeest that migrate here. As well as this, over 450 bird species have been recorded including 57 species of birds of prey. Over 95 mammal species have been recorded. Lying just over 270 kilometres from Nairobi the journey to the reserve takes about 45 minutes by air and 5-6 hours by road. The unique ecosystem is home to one of the highest densities of lions anywhere in the world.

Guest Post Author: Tony Haslam

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Written by Tony, part of the cheap holidays team over at Travel Supermarket.

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Top 10 Best Wildlife Photos

Monday, November 21st, 2011
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The awesome thing about Africa is that you don't need to be a professional photographer to capture a special moment between lioness and cub, to capture a stunning sunset or an adorable baby animal. All you have to do is book a trip to Africa and be in the right place at the right time. Check out our top 10 favourite wildlife photos.

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