Bush Snippets

  • Ebola Outbreak – an update

    The outbreak of the Ebola virus in West Africa has understandably caused major concern with travelers planning safaris to Africa. However at the time of writing there have been no cases of Ebola in Southern and East Africa; this includes Tanzania, Kenya, Botswana, Namibia, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa. It is worth noting that Africa [...]

  • The Fatal Attack – Dog takes Car

    I was watching dogs chasing red lechwe onto a peninsula with some guests.  When the hunt failed one dog took a liking to a landrover and attacked. From our position we could not tell what part of the vehicle he had gripped onto like a vice. The guide in the victim car got warned about [...]

  • Let’s Go to the Dogs Today

    On a hunt with the Linyanti pack at Dumatau camp in March 2014. The younger members of the pack lost the hunting steam and enjoyed playing in the rain; they sure had a ball. They kept ‘chasing tails’ and once in a while slipped and fell in the water. Even in that play drama  the [...]

  • Safaritalk Interview with Benson

    Benson was recently interviewed by Safaritalk for the publication of the 2nd edition of their digital magazine. The magazine can be accessed by clicking on the following link. Benson’s interview is on pages 56-57. http://content.yudu.com/Library/A2tj89/SafaritalkMagazineIs/resources/index.htm?  

  • Learning the Hard Way

    An afternoon game drive at Kwara Camp in Botswana introduced us to the mmaLito  pride with 3 cubs. The cubs are the first known litter for the 4 Marsh Boys who saw off the famous coalition of 7. MmaLito pride had just taught the cubs to cross deep water risking ‘flatdogs’ and flooding. Once they [...]

  • Conde Nast – Best Safari Guides in Africa. Congratulations Benson!

    Benson has done it again! In November 2002, Benson was featured in the Conde Nast Traveler magazine as one of the top 15 “megaguides” on the African continent. In the current issue of Conde Nast they again consider the best guides, this time with the list somewhat expanded to the 25 best safari guides. I [...]

  • Zambia Trip Report

    I always enjoy receiving feedback from guests as this allows me to get a glimpse of the safari that I have often spent months planning. As a result I always look forward with great anticipation to the return of one particular guest from his normally annual (this year bi-annual) safari as he always writes the [...]

  • Warthog plays mediator in Luangwa Valley

    A  5 minute drive afternoon drive out of Mfuwe Lodge in Zambia’s South Luangwa National Park we stumble upon an incredible crime scene. An impala ewe lay sprawled on the bank of a dry ox-bow lake, surrounded by a troop of male yellow baboons. In the foreground was a herd of impala, puku and vervet [...]

  • Nature a game of patience – Kwando Lagoon Pride at show

    Normally lions are lethargic, sleepy and boring during day viewing. We came across this small pride resting mid-morning, they were still alert and even tried stalking some kudu but in vain. This encouraged our group to stick with them since we had already seen other main predators (crocodiles, painted dogs and leopard) and great general [...]

  • 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 [...]