Rhino horns were stolen out of safes of the Mpumalanga Tourism and Parks Agency (MTPA) on Sunday night. Although the theft was confirmed by MTPA officials, they could not confirm the exact amount of horns stolen, it is estimated that around 40 horns are missing. “The culprit(s) cut open two steel safes fitted with double locks,” a high ranking MTPA official told Lowvelder. Attempts at extracting more information about the theft have been unsuccessful because the cell phones of officials involved are switched off.
Mark has recently returned from the island of Lombok in Indonesia where he has been working on a short documentary about a small village that plays host to one of the most barbaric of fish markets within the whole of Indonesia. Tanjung Luar is a haunting place to be if you have a deep affinity with the enigmatic species of our Oceans such as sharks, manta rays and dolphins; read all about Mark's experience there.
Read about what it's like to brave crocodile invested waters on a Luangwa canoe trip with Rachel and Co. An annual trip now in its fifth year see's a group of intrepid adventurers take to the Lower Zambezi to brave territorial hippo and hungry crocodile whilst they paddle from camp to camp.
Vote in the BeetleCam Contest
The BeetleCam contest is now in the VOTING round, with 8 days left to vote for your favourite image! Safarious, Will Burrard-Lucas and Camtraptions have teamed up to bring you an exciting photo contest and the chance to win a BeetleCam worth $2,500! BeetleCam is an armoured remote-control buggy for your DSLR camera. It can be used to safely position your camera in places where no human could go. It's now up to YOU to decide who walks away with this fantastic prize...
Tigers Do Burn Bright
All of nature has it's special allure, but tigers in particular seem to 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. Sandor Carter had the privilege of seeing one whilst on Safari in India, read about his incredible experience and the growing threat to these majestic creatures.
Wild Gallery: PriMATES
A beautiful collection of Primate images by Nicky Silberbauer
The Death of Majesty
Mark Thorpe has been diving for 20 odd years and is disgusted by the way our Oceans are being exploited. Much like the Iconic species of Africa hunted for their horn to cater to the Asian libido so are so many of the Oceans mega-fauna falling foul. Shark populations in particular are being decimated in the demand for their fins which form the component ingredient for Shark Fin Soup. This gelatinous and bland soup has zero aphrodisiac abilities, it's merely status...
Tweet, travel and blog with Getting Stamped
Hannah and Adam Lukaszewicz, otherwise known as the Editors of Getting Stamped, will be heading overland on Acacia Africa's 43-day Kenya To Cape Town overland expedition. Nominated for a Bloggies Award in 2013 and with a following of over 4,000 fans on Facebook, the bloggers are adding Africa to their Round The World Travel trip. Follow them as they embark on their African Adventure!
Wild Gallery: Cat and Mouse
Gareth Carter photographed a sequence of high action shots in which a Lion learns that maybe it's not a good idea to play cat and mouse with an easily irritable buffalo, especially when the buffalo is twice his size.
Diamond in the Rough
Michael Harlow reasons with us as to why we should get into Scuba diving, not that we need reasoning with, but in case you were wondering, the reasons could be endless; whether you're looking to get some exercise in, or just want to experience the excitement of discovering the underwater world. Read about Michael's experiences in the ocean and be inspired to take the dive yourself!
Ker + Downey Africa Launches Pioneering Travel Website
A place filled with tradition, culture and heritage – Africa is always redesigning itself, and so are Ker+Downey Africa. With a pioneering new website and brand identity, Ker+Downey Africa are illuminating the wonder and diversity of the African continent and stimulating the imagination of those who travel there.
Wild Video: Into The Arctic
An entirely self-created film shot in September 2010 showing the outrageous and fantastic scenery and wildlife in the Arctic regions of Greenland and Spitsbergen.
The mimic Octopus: Master of Disguise
Different animal species have evolved a number of ways to hide in their environments. One of the most popular tactics is by camouflage, which is achieved by matching the background or by having patterns that break up the animal's outline. Others have evolved to resemble other species that are toxic or venomous in a technique called mimicry. Read more about a few amazing species that have been recently discovered to have the ability to alter their mimicry to actively imitate a range of species, depending on their circumstances.
Zimbabwe’s Presidential Elephants Embroiled in New Saga
Fresh concerns have been raised over the safety of Zimbabwe’s famous herd of Presidential Elephants after it has emerged that state land bordering on the Hwange National Park has been ‘acquired’ and closed off. Speculation is rife that it is to become a hunting concession thus putting the move in direct contradiction to a Presidential Decree that protects the elephants from such practices.
Wild Video: Leopard steals GoPro camera!
What would a leopard do with a GoPro? Well, watch this amusing footage and find out what happens when a leopard steals a GoPro!
Wild Gallery: Birth of a Springbok in the Kgalagadi Park
Incredible footage of the birth of a Springbok in the Kgalagadi Park by Safarian Les Crookes.
Why you should visit Zimbabwe on holiday!
Luke Brown gives us 7 Myth Busting Reasons why we should visit Zimbabwe on holiday. Zimbabwe’s tourism is on the rise and the country is at the beginning of a boom. Luke is determined to dispel any preconceptions about the country and put it on the top of holiday destination lists!
Wild Video: 11 Second Teleport
Mark has been quite over the last two months, he's in the middle of filming a documentary around Indonesia and seldom gets the luxury of a few minutes to himself. But recently he has had the opportunity to experiment with time lapse photography, and this is what he has come up with!
A Clash of the Big Toothed Beasts at Musango, Lake Kariba
“The death of one is the triumph of another.” These words ring true when it comes to the ways of the wild, and nature is not always kind. On a recent safari in Africa, in Musango on Lake Kariba, Frances Jackson witnessed first hand just how harsh nature can be. Her tale spans over four days and stars some of the biggest names and reputations in the bush; lion, crocodile and hippo.
Wild Video: Cartwheeling Around the World
In 2013 Steppes Travel went cartwheeling around the world, traveling further than ever to find the best destinations and experiences out there! Steppes Travel proudly boasts 18 Specialists in 48 Countries bringing you more destinations, more lodges, hotels, camps, boats, yurts and tepees in the hunt for the finest and most exotic retreats, the undiscovered hidden gems that go beyond the ordinary.
Lions - Origins Revealed
The origin and history of modern lions has finally recently been revealed in a genetic analysis completed with both living lions and museum specimens. Aren't you curious to find out what lies in their past?
Introducing the Latest BeetleCam!
Brought to you by the Burrard Lucas Brothers, the BeetleCam is an armoured remote-control buggy for your DSLR camera. Use it to safely position your camera in places where no human could go. Photograph predators from the perspective of their prey or elephants as they pass inches from the camera! Read more about it on Safarious.
Great Bear Rainforest 2013
Here are a few images Max Waugh's 2013 autumn tour to the Great Bear Rainforest in Canada. There you can see three different types of bears (spirit, black and grizzly), as well as other magnificent sightings such as coastal wolves, whales and more! Max will be returning to lead tours in the region in 2015 and 2016, so contact him if you're interested in visiting this area!
Great Migration Update -
Every week Asilia Africa brings us the latest migration news from the Serengeti National Park. This week their news and report comes from our guides at Dunia Camp, situated in the central Serengeti, known as Moru.
A spectacular gallery of images by our well travelled Safarian Andreas Bender, featuring portraits and landscapes from Africa.
Wild Gallery: New Zealand and Australia Trip
Have a look at Max Lipman's gallery from New Zealand and Australia, and be inspired to travel.
Tanzania Horseback Safari
Harness those equestrian skills and take to the Serengeti on horse-back. Experience the ultimate safari, that allows you to travel next to zebras and giraffes, ensuring a wildlife experience like you could only imagine.
Wild Video: Gorongosa National Park
Gorongosa National Park, in Mozambique, is perhaps Africa’s greatest wildlife restoration story, by adapting a 21st Century conservation model of balancing the needs of wildlife and people, they are protecting and saving this beautiful wilderness.
Wild Gallery: Okavango delta, Mombo camp
One Morning exploring the okavango delta from Mombo camp, as fortune would have it, Moa came across three predators in the same area, a lion, hyena and wild dog!
Wild Video: The Spider Who Couldn't Hide
Need a laugh? Watch this short video of the spider who couldn't hide!
Wild White Lion Cub
Roel van Muiden came across this very special sighting in July 2012, a wild white lion cub. He came across the young cub when he was guiding at Africa on Foot in the Klaserie Private Nature Reserve.
Wild Gallery: The Magic of Botswana and Tanzania
A beautiful gallery of wildlife photography by Karin Van Couwenberg.
Rivington Pike and Winter Hill, West Pennine moors.
A few photographs taken as the sun faded one late afternoon on a visit to Rivington Pike, Winter Hill, in the West Pennines in Lancashire, England.
Wild Gallery: Kalk Bay, South Africa
A lovely gallery of one of the quaint coastal areas of Cape Town. Kalk bay is a stunning and small town by the sea, full of character and excellent sea food!
Ker and Downey Botswana: Kanana Camp
Read all about Clare's fantastic experience at the Ker and Downey Camps in Botswana's Okavango Delta. From lions to elephants and plenty of game viewing, have a look at what the Ker and Downey Botswana team have on offer.
Wild Video: Clash of Titans
In South Luangwa at the peak of the dry season lions reign in force and a lone buffalo is no match for the Mwamba-Kaingo pride. Watch this incredible footage filmed by Shenton Safaris, of a rival male trying his luck from across the river.
Wild Gallery: Sunrise at the Narmada River
The Narmada river is one of the five holy rivers in India, Safarian Nicole Honegger captures its divine beauty in her gallery, have a look.
Wild Gallery: Madikwe Game Reserve
Madikwe is arguably one of the best places in Southern Africa to see the endangered African wild dog. It also boasts other must see's, including the cheetah, spotted and brown hyena and some stunning scenery to top it off! Have a look at Paul Slyer's gallery and be inspired to travel!
Wild Video: The Severn Bore
The Severn River usually flows from left to right, but in this video it starts to flow from right to left - uphill. Find out how the 'Severn Bore' changes the course of the water and makes it flow against the gradient!
Wild Gallery: Landscape Portfolio
Have a look at Andrew's portfolio of different landscape images, from snow capped mountains to swamped forests Andrew captures the natural diversity of our planet.
Wild Video: Awesome East Africa
East Africa is an unbelievably special place, just watch and see for yourself...