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Happy Hippos

I caught this grinning giant just as she was leaving the water in the evening.  Her ear-to-ear smile more than makes up for the double chins and wide nose.   In general, however, hippos are anything but jolly.  Grumpy, quarrelsome, aggressive and vicious are all words that accurately describe the hippo personality.  But I always like [...]

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Why the Selous?

Todays blogpost is from our newest guest blogger Matt, who lives and works at Kiba Point tented camp in Selous. Nestled in dense bush on the banks of the Rufiji River, the largest river in East Africa, Kiba Point is a bush camp in one of the wildest places in Africa: Selous game reserve.  It [...]

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Weird and Wonderful Safari Wildlife

Whilst on safari, it is common to come across very strange looking birds and animals that you may have never seen before. Here are just a few of my favourites that I have spotted in the African bush. Ground hornbill This bird is certainly crafted from a strange mixture of textures.  The ground hornbill grows [...]

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On Safari in Mikumi National Park

Mikumi is by no means a famous national park in Tanzania. Relatively isolated from other safari parks (especially in comparison to its famous cousins like Tarangire, Ngorongoro and Serengeti which are all located a few hours’ drive from one another) . Bizarrely, this national park also appears to have a large public highway bisecting it. [...]

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Red Colobus Monkeys at Jozani Forest

You may think that all of the exciting and rare wildlife is located in the mainland of Tanzania, but I recently took a trip to the East Coast of Zanzibar to see that this is not the case at all. My specific destination was Jozani Forest, which is populated by all different types of animals, [...]

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Protecting Yourself Against Malaria in Africa

Malaria is a disease which kills over 1.5 million people each year, the majority of these being in Africa. The disease is contracted by the bite of the female Anopheles mosquito – which are mainly active between dawn and dusk. When visiting malarial infected zones it is important that you take a number of steps [...]

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Stunning Africa Cruise for 2011

Africa is a must-see continent with such a wide variety of cultures, the world renowned wildlife! And fauna and flora that you may find yourself drowning in an unforgettable “Dark Continent” experience. So grab yourself a great Africa cruise deal and let set sail for the homelands of Africa. Africa has been the backdrop for [...]

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Sauti za Busara 2011

This week marked the beginning of the Sauti za Busara festival, which takes place in the Old Fort in Stone Town, Zanzibar. The festival attracts people from all over the world to visit and see a wide range of African performers play a variety of different musical styles, from traditional tarab, to African rumba and [...]

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Ask a Safari Guide

As safari guides spend so much time out in the open bush, they always have a whole bunch of great stories about their experiences whilst on safari. To get a few of these stories out in the open, I decided to interview one of our expert guides Aminelli, about their favourite safari moments. Q. Ok [...]

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Guess the African Animal Noise

Whilst out in the bush on an African safari, you will hear many animal noises which may or may not sound familiar to you. Hearing these sounds when you are tucked up and cosy in your camp, can be a little intimidating at first, but the excitement outweighs this by far! To give you a [...]

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