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May 18, 2012

Photo Essay - Makgadikgadi Pans

Makgadikgadi Pans, Botswana
by Michael Lorentz

June in Botswana’s Makgadikgadi Pans is normally a time of floating dust and parched salt pans, a harsh kaleidoscope of empty browns. This vast salt pan covers an area in central Botswana the size of Switzerland. The heavy rains in early 2010 created the temporary paradise portrayed in this image, taken whilst flying high over Ntwetwe Pan in a helicopter. I was mesmerized by the constantly shifting shapes and hues, as these flamingos flecked pink over the shallow veil of water, their ephemeral form a reminder of the transient nature of this fragile land.




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May 27, 2012

Safari Shark Season Begins in South Africa

by Richard Coke

Safari high season has just opened in South Africa’s False Bay and I can’t wait to go.

It’s not what most people think of when they hear the word “safari,” but it’s a truly astounding experience.

May 26, 2012

Journey into Space: Hot Air Ballooning Over Namibia’s Desert

by Michael Lorentz

There’s a phrase in Setswana that perfectly evokes the moments before dawn: motshegare wa naka tsa kgomo.

May 25, 2012

Tigers Do Burn Bright

by Sandor Carter

Tigers glow, that’s the only way to describe it. They appear to shine. Partly this must be an emotional response when seeing an animal that is that endangered. Partly it is the feeling when faced with something so perfectly designed.

May 24, 2012

Inspiring Destination - Linyanti / Selinda

The Linyanti is one of the most remote, wild and pristine regions of Botswana. The wildlife reserve has the Linyanti River as its northern border and the Linyanti Swamp as its heart, and is the primary attraction for one of Africa’s largest elephant populations. In the early evening, breeding herds of

May 23, 2012

Smart In Africa: Small Ideas Make a Big Difference

Five Countries, Five Weeks, 5,000+ Miles & Countless Stories: Small Ideas Make a Big Difference

Passage To Africa is proud to sponsor Anton Crone & Brent Wild as they make their journey through Southern and East Africa.

May 22, 2012

Saddle & Paddle Safari 2012, Botswana

21 September - 2 October (August dates also available)

This 11 night safari with David Foot is about as adventurous as it gets in Botswana. A very minimal time is spent in a safari vehicle but instead you explore some of the wilder areas of Botswana by

May 21, 2012

Property Pick - Zarafa Camp

Selinda, Botswana

Zarafa Camp is exclusivity and perfection combined, from the breathtaking scenery of the surrounding area to its unique environmentally sensitive design, which combines years of expert safari experience in the ultimate creation of a simple, authentic, yet luxurious camp

May 20, 2012

Photo Essay - A Mother's Glare

The expression on this lionesses face says it all. You can just imagine the intensity amongst a pride of 22 lions feeding on a young giraffe kill. It was early morning in late August on the northern tip of Chiefs Island in the Okavango Delta when out on a game drive we stumbled upon this pride of lions hunting.

May 19, 2012

Conservation Pick - Trees for Tourism

Biodiversity loss is by far the biggest threat to South Africa´s environmental and tourism capital. As a result there is a natural incentive for stakeholders in the tourism industry to take ownership of a powerful initiative that secures the very resources on which this industry depends.

May 17, 2012

Book Pick - Cry of the Kalahari

Cry of the Kalahari
by Mark & Delia Owens

Amazon Review:

This is the story of the Owens' travel and life in the Kalahari Desert. Here they met and studied unique