Crossing the Ruvumu

Dar es Salaam to Johannesburg, via Mozambique. That was the plan. After a short visit to Tanzania’s beguiling Selous National Park, Pat, Alex and I would drive the length of Mozambique and take a look at Gorongoza National Park. Before the civil war, Gorongoza had been one of the premier game reserves in southern Africa, but the war had left[…]

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Kenyan poachers make a killing in ivory

“Right now the demand for ivory is very high. When that happens, the price rises and suppliers go into over-drive,” says Paul Mbugua, spokesman for the state-run Kenya Wildlife Services. “While there is demand for ivory, nothing will stop these poachers.” In the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), teams of poachers hunt from helicopters, packing serious firepower – rocket-propelled grenades[…]

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This really sucks!

Serengeti killer highway back on the agenda Words like ‘deception’ but also the undiplomatic word ‘lies’ were used in comments sent to this correspondent when news emerged that the Tanzanian government, in the face of past protests and boycott threats, and in neglect of more viable alternative routes, seems to have gone back to their much disputed position of building a[…]

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Migration Update

2 months ago, all indicators pointed at the annual wildebeest migration running behind schedule this year. But now things are turning out quite differently. By the beginning of June some of the front runners were crossing the Grumeti River and heading towards Seronera before quickly moving further north into Ikoma. Herds of wildebeest were already massing on the central plains[…]

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Tanzania minister says poachers are well connected

“Poaching is depleting our valuable natural resources, especially elephants and rhinos in our game reserves and national parks. Very unfortunately, this business involves rich people who have formed a very sophisticated network,” These chilling words come from Tanzania’s  minister for Tourism and Natural Resources,  Ambassador Khamis Kagasheki, speaking at a workshop organised by Tanzania National Parks (Tanapa) workshop in Iringa.[…]

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Wildebeest Migration update

The migration north is gathering momentum. This week the herds are spread out across central Serengeti and just moving into northern Serengeti. Wildebeest can be found all the way from southern Seronera up as far as Ikoma in the north. This means the migration is further advanced than usual for this time of year and likely to begin crossing the Mara river[…]

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#PHOTO TIP – Taking Photos on a Wildlife Safari 5 – Perspective

The majority of photographs taken in game parks are – naturally enough, taken from game vehicles. With larger mammals, like elephants, this is not a problem as you are at an ideal height to photograph them, but with smaller animals, and especially with cats that are lying around on the ground, you will frequently find yourself looking down on them.[…]

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#PHOTO TIP – Taking photos on a wildlife safari 2 – An understanding of animal behaviour.

It is something that cannot be over stressed. If you know a bit about the animals you are trying to photograph you can significantly improve your chances of getting great photographs. It’s not just knowing where to look but also what to expect. Often their movements or attitude will give clues as to what they are going to do next.[…]

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