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Photographing Birds in Flight

Photographing Birds in Flight

Photographing Birds in Flight Pied Kingfisher, Chobe River. 1/1250, f8, ISO 320. Nikkor 300mm lens + 1.4x tc   The thing about birds is that they rarely sit still just to make it easy for you to photograph them. Sometimes you’re lucky and they’ll stay put long enough, but more often then not they will take to the air as soon as you approach. Some people get irritated by this, but for
Choosing the right lenses for your safari

Choosing the right lenses for your safari

Probably one of the most frequent questions we get asked by clients is “What lenses should I take on safari?” This question is not limited to first timers either; because the equipment you need to take depends very much on where you are going and what the conditions will be like. Photographing lions on the plains of Masai Mara requires a different approach to photographing gorillas in the
Favourite Camps – Rhino Safari Camp

Favourite Camps – Rhino Safari Camp

There are so many tough decisions to make when you are planning a safari to Africa. Once you’ve decided on the country you want to visit you still need to choose the parks you want to go to and then which camps you want to stay at. How do you pick the best ones? To help you tackle these key decisions we thought it would be a good idea if we shared with you some of our favourite camps and
Magical Mana Pools

Magical Mana Pools

Few National Parks inspire the same kind of devotion among safari addicts as Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools. Here we take a look at why this iconic park is such a solid favourite with both those on guided safaris and self drivers. Mana Pools National Park In 1984, Mana Pools became the first national park in Zimbabwe to be designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Mana Pools is a located adjacent to
Favourite Camps – Bomani Tented Lodge

Favourite Camps – Bomani Tented Lodge

The fourth camp to feature in our list of places that always deliver is Bomani Tented Lodge in Zimbabwe’s Hwange National Park.Bomani is one of 6 properties operated by Imvelo Safari Lodges in Zimbabwe.All the Imvelo properties offer amazing value for money and are operated in close partnership with local communities. Where is it? This luxurious tented lodge is situated in a private
Safari Now

Safari Now

Planning a safari can take quite a bit of time and effort, but every once in a while you just want a safari, NOW! We have a lots of tried and tested safari itineraries that can be taken as they are – ‘off the peg’ – or tailored to meet your specifications. Better still they won’t break the bank. Here are 3 fantastic safaris that will keep your shutter finger busy.
African Wild Dog – tireless hunter

African Wild Dog – tireless hunter

When the first African Wild Dog appeared, trotting around the bend towards us, we had no idea of the adventure that was about to unfold. But, within moments, three more dogs followed the first one into view and Neil, our guide, knew straight away, “They’re hunting.” Up to that point, our game drive had been quite sedate. We’d seen a small herd of impala, a couple of nyala and a
Favourite Camps – Private Mobile Safari

Favourite Camps – Private Mobile Safari

The latest instalment in our series on favourite places to stay is a little bit different; it’s not about a single camp or lodge but rather about a style of travel. In days gone by, explorers and travellers in Africa would have a vast retinue of porters and helpers to transport their camp from one place to another; setting it up and taking it down.Well, this is the modern equivalent;
Leopards – Secretive, Elusive, Enthralling

Leopards – Secretive, Elusive, Enthralling

I know it is a terrible admission but, by and large, I find lions very boring. Sure they are the top predator in Africa, but they spend so much of their time just lying around sleeping that too often, after the initial thrill of sighting them, not much happens. I get far more excited about other cats, especially the spotted ones: Leopards, Cheetahs or Servals; and in terms of photography, my
Favoutite Camps – Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa

Favoutite Camps – Wildlife Camp, South Luangwa

There are so many tough decisions to make when you are planning a safari to Africa. Once you’ve decided on the country you want to visit you still need to choose the parks you want to go to and then which camps you want to stay at. How do you pick the best ones? To help you tackle these key decisions we thought it would be a good idea if we shared with you some of our favourite camps and
Favourite Camps – Linyanti Ebony

Favourite Camps – Linyanti Ebony

There are so many tough decisions to make when you are planning a safari to Africa. Once you’ve decided on the country you want to visit you still need to choose the parks you want to go to and then which camps you want to stay at. How do you pick the best ones? To help you tackle these key decisions we thought it would be a good idea if we shared with you some of our favourite camps and
More good news from Zimbabwe

More good news from Zimbabwe

It’s always a pleasure to share good news and even more so when it’s about one of our favourite destinations. After the tumultuous events of recent weeks, Zimbabwe has moved to the top of many peoples wish lists for 2018, so we thought that this would be a good time to draw your attention to the great work being done by one of our most popular partners there. We are huge believers
Visit Zimbabwe in 2018

Visit Zimbabwe in 2018

If you’re planning a visit to Africa in 2018 then make sure that Zimbabwe is on your shortlist. In recent years, although safari connoisseurs have consistently rated Zimbabwe as offering some of the best wildlife viewing in Africa, the country’s political situation made many travellers reluctant to take the chance. Well, as of 21 November 2017 that situation has changed. President Robert
Kumbali Lake Retreat – A breath of fresh air in the warm heart of Africa

Kumbali Lake Retreat – A breath of fresh air in the warm heart of Africa

Kumbali Lake Retreat A breath of fresh air in the warm heart of Africa It’s fair to say that, by just about anyone’s standards, I travel a lot. Some of it is for work and some of it is for pleasure. Actually that is misleading. I love Africa and that is where my work takes me, so really all my travel is pretty much for pleasure.Over the years I have built up a list of the places I like to
South Luangwa, without breaking the bank

South Luangwa, without breaking the bank

Zambia’s South Luangwa Valley is one of Africa’s most outstanding wildlife viewing areas. With a mixture of woodland and riverine forest, it is home to an amazing variety of animal and bird life. Best of all, you can enjoy South Luangwa without breaking the bank. A bed’s a bed. Spend your money on the important things Sure the lodges situated inside the park are expensive,
Fabulous Farne Islands – Open Air Classroom

Fabulous Farne Islands – Open Air Classroom

Farne Islands, open air classroom There is no doubt that the more you practice something the better at it you become. This is as true for wildlife photography as it is for anything else. It is very common for people to spend the first few hours in Africa just ‘getting their eye in’; familiarising themselves with the way animals move and the way birds fly. Whilst this is an essential part of
A lion hunt, but not the kind you expect

A lion hunt, but not the kind you expect

It’s late May in Botswana’s Linyanti Marsh, the bush is thick and green. The waterholes created by last season’s rains are dwindling, but the currents in the swamps are flowing strongly as water flows in from the north west. We’ve spent hours following tracks, hoping to catch sight of the lions that made them. Another vehicle from the camp is a couple of kilometres ahead
Helicopter over Linyanti

Helicopter over Linyanti

We’ve worked with African Bush Camps (ABC) for a few years now and I’ve had the pleasure of staying in a number of the company’s camps in Zimbabwe and Botswana. One of the key reasons I like ABC is that, for me at least, their camps manage to strike the right balance between comfort and authenticity and their guides are always good, often superb. They also think about the

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