February 24, 2012

For a mind-blowing safari experience, think tiny.

by Michael Lorentz

On their first safari, most people want to see fur and fangs. I quite understand that.

But over time, I find that some of the most rewarding safari experiences are in unusual places and with some unexpected species.

The beauty of Namibia is hard to put into words. It’s unlike anywhere else: arid, monochromatic landscapes. Hot, silent, deserts. There’s something epic and vast about it.

In the deserts along the coast, fog is often the only source of water. A morning mist rolls in from the sea and penetrates about 20 kilometeres inland.

There’s a species of tenebrionid, the ‘fog-basking’ beetle which climbs to the top of the sand dune in the fog and does a headstand.

Fog condenses and runs down a special groove along the beetle’s body into its mouth. It can take on a third of its body-weight of water in this way.

This adaptation is quite extraordinary. The phenomenal drive that life has to exist never ceases to move and astound me.


February 26, 2012

View from the Masai Mara: Economics on Mane Street

by Richard Coke

I’ve just got back from the Masai Mara, where the last of the migration has been heading off.

The leopards and hyaenas in the Mara are in great condition, because they’ve been feasting all summer. But now the lean months start.

February 25, 2012

Africa is losing up to 10 rhinos a day to poachers - Helicopter equipped poachers

by Michael Lorentz

South Africa has a proud history of protecting its wildlife.

February 23, 2012

Zimbabwe Invitational Safari - Wildlife & Cultural Connections

Passage to Africa offers the unique opportunity of joining an exclusive ‘invitational safari’, lead by professional guide, Fausto Carbone.

February 22, 2012

Antarctica Expedition 2013

Antarctica is one of the greatest wildernesses on our planet and its immensity and startling beauty has a profound impact on the senses and the soul of all who are privileged to visit. Along with a superb expedition team, Michael Lorentz will be hosting Passage To Africa guests on this remarkable voyage in January 2013. The perfect sized boat, a small guest list and a passionate team will combine to make this an unforgettable journey.

February 21, 2012

Inspiring Destination - Amboseli & Surrounds, Kenya

Against the magnificent backdrop of Mount Kilimanjaro lies Amboseli, a National Park and ecosystem. Meaning the ‘salty earth’ in the language of the Maasai, Amboseli is aptly named after the salty volcanic ash that spewed from the now dormant

February 21, 2012

Nearly 300 elephants slain in Cameroon for ivory, government minister confirms

by Tapang Ivo Tanku, for CNN
February 21, 2012

Poachers in search of ivory in northern Cameroon

February 20, 2012

Book Pick - Don't Let's Go to the Dogs Tonight

by Alexandra Fuller
Publication Date: March 11, 2003

Amazon Review:
In Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight, Alexandra Fuller remembers her African childhood with candor and sensitivity.

February 19, 2012

Property Pick - Singita Pamushana

Singita Pamushana
Gonarezhou, Zimbabwe

In south-eastern Zimbabwe, a mere two hundred kilometres from the South African border is the private Malilangwe reserve. A pristine area extending over 1300 square kilometres, it offers a habitat of

February 18, 2012

Product Pick - Wonderbag

What is a Wonderbag?

It really is very simple. The Wonderbag is a heat-retention cooking bag.

A Wonderbag is an insulated bag in which people can cook anything from meaty stews or vegetable curries to simple rice and soups.

February 17, 2012

Documentary Pick - Home

by Yann Arthus-Bertrand
Narrated by Glenn Close

"We are living in exceptional times. Scientists tell us that we have 10 years to change the way we live, avert the depletion of natural resources and the catastrophic evolution of the Earth's climate.

February 16, 2012

Photo Essay - Peering with Intensity

Image: Peering with Intensity
Location: Okavango Delta, Botswana
Photographer: Richard Coke, PTA Partner Guide

The soft, golden light on this young male leopard is no happy accident. Richard first spotted the cat and its prey, a sable antelope, early in the day during a