Bush Snippets

  • Wilderness Safaris Six Countries Summer Special

    For the second year running Wilderness Safaris are offering heavily discounted rates at many of their camps over the summer months. This “secret season” is becoming increasingly popular with guests as safaris are far more affordable at this time. From a personal perspective the summer months are a favorite – I love the dramatic storms [...]

  • Kgalagadi / Northern Kruger / Nylsvley Trip Report

    Benson recently joined one of our regular guests on a special itinerary taking in the Kgalagadi Transfrontier Park, Northern Kruger National Park and Nylsvley Nature Reserve. As is his usual practice, our guest has written an excellent trip report describing their experiences, accompanied by some stunning images. It is published in a few instalments on [...]

  • Crossing Swords: Pied Kingfisher swordplays a swordfish

    I find a day incomplete without bird watching. On a recent tour in South Africa I went searching for Cape birds along the Garden Route, and was delighted to be rewarded with the following scenes at the Wilderness Lakes. A male kingfisher caught a long silvery fish and brought his catch close  to my hideout. [...]

  • Devil Tease

    Rains encourage young crocodiles to disperse, often into small pans inland, away from all the competition in the major rivers and dams. These wet periods are a test of vigilance and resilience in young reptiles. They have to learn all  their competitive skills. If they survive this ordeal they will be normally be successful as [...]

  • “Behind the Scenes” Safari – offered by Wilderness Safaris

    Wilderness Safaris has recently launched a new Behind The Scenes Safari which is worthy of mention as it offers something a bit different from the normal safari experience. The key points are: This is a 14 day ‘4 Cs’ (Commerce, Conservation, Community, Culture) behind the scenes safari to: Namibia, Botswana, Zambia visiting… Rhino Camp, Damaraland [...]

  • The Kingfisher in a Prince’s Royal Attire

    A few weeks ago the Ngoko bug took us on the Chobe river boat cruise with friends from USA. Apart from seeing the impressive large herds of game on Sidudu Island we developed a great interest in birding. We were rewarded with black crowned night herons, giant kingfishers, fish eagles etc but the ultimate was [...]

  • When Baboons turn White

    On a recent trip to South Luangwa while taking a siesta break at Mwamba camp I was lured outside my room by a noisy troop of Yellow Baboons. Taking a closer look I found one of the babies was all white apparently a common phenomenon in this part of the world according to local guides. [...]

  • Zambia Airport Tax Update

    The introduction of the new Infrastructure & Development Charge which was due to be charged from 1st October 2012 has been delayed until further notice. This means that only the departure and security taxes are payable at Lusaka, Livingstone, Mfuwe & Ndola airports at ZMK 58,080 (£9 or US$14) per person on domestic flights and [...]

  • A Desperate Act of Survival

    On a safari in August 2012, we almost watched the movie ‘Jaws’ this time the setting was in Luangwa Valley at Shenton Safaris’ Kaingo Camp. We watched two adolescent lions take the risk of crossing the crocodile and hippo-infested river. That morning the dawn silence had been broken by the deep roars of two mature [...]