Go Rain… Bushveld Needs You

Go Rain… Bushveld Needs You

Winters Born as Summer Dies – Go Rain     Where Have All the Flowers Gone Early morning – even with this fierce drought – is a magical time.  As the sun slips above the mountains to the east, the treetops are washed in gold against the bluest sky. Birds mass in these treetops; babbling […]

Ethiopia’s Gambella Salvation

Ethiopia’s Gambella Salvation

Save Gambella for the World     Plight of Gambella, A Worthy Cause Ethiopia’s Gambella National Park is an uncut gem in Africa’s crown of spectacular wildlife reserves, established as a protected area in 1973 to conserve a varied assemblage of wildlife species and unique habitats.     The Park forms part of a proposed […]

How Hippo Lost His Hair

How Hippo Lost His Hair

Was Hippo Once Hairy?     Hippo’s Vanity; an African Folktale Long, long, ago somewhere in Africa… When all the people and animals were new… Is the story of how hippo lost his hair. Hare. No, not that hair, this Hare! As I said, Hare, had become pretty tired of Hippo’s vanity. Oh yes, don’t […]

Kariba Collapse: Can It Happen?

Kariba Collapse: Can It Happen?

Drought or Floods. Who Wins? Kariba Dam?     Kariba: What is it? It’s a dam. Well, not just any dam. Approximately 260 miles downstream from Victoria Falls, Kariba Dam forms the world’s largest man-made lake. It straddles the mighty Zambezi River across the Kariba Gorge between Zimbabwe and Zambia in southern Africa. The wall […]

Kruger Park Tragedy

Kruger Park Tragedy

Will it be the Day the Kruger Cried?     These are epic days watching. Kruger tragedy or not, we live here. Counting the dead you loved to see and photograph is no fun. In the 60’s, we watched in hopeless anguish as the 1968 drought worsened and it was said that there would never […]

Kruger Park Day Trip

Kruger Park Day Trip

Atmospheric Images in One Kruger Day Trip     When the Bush Speaks When the bush speaks, a camera will capture its mood better than words. A Kruger day trip, should be an occasion to let your understanding of nature around you capture your emotions, then let your camera speak through the lens and let […]

African Rock Python

African Rock Python

African Rock Python in Stitches     An African python getting stitched up The African rock python occurs in many places across Africa although some of the python’s territories are known to be under threat such as mangrove and rain forest habitats in south-eastern Nigeria from habitat destruction and oil industry exploration.     This […]

Great Ground Hornbill

Great Ground Hornbill

Kruger Park Ground Hornbill     The Ground Hornbill in bad and better times Somewhat of an elusive but not a shy bird. Once you and he/she have spotted one another on good mutual grounds the hornbill will be very happy to sit and preen itself with no signs of xenophobia on its part at […]

Magic Guarri Drought Warning

Magic Guarri Drought Warning

Magic Guarri Not Just Another Tree     It’s not called magic for nothing Africa is home to many splendid and amazing trees and shrubs; veritable “Wonder trees” that make life in this beautiful and brutal continent easier! One of the most interesting is a small tree or shrub known as the Magic Guarri (Euclea […]

Kruger Park Drought

Kruger Park Drought

Feast and Famine     A Kruger Park drought, and great rivers are dwindling. A Kruger drought means animals will die but in the cycle of nature, others will live. Having not been into the Park for some weeks, we expected a hushed and desolate vista and found, to our delight, a landscape rich with […]

Bushveld Ostrich Pie

Bushveld Ostrich Pie

Old Favorite With an African Twist     After all the holiday indulgences, it’s good to whip out a healthy, tasty precooked meal. This is a simple dish to make, think cottage pie, but doesn’t “Ostrich Pie” sound exotic? Heart-healthy and comfort food all at in one, ostrich is farmed all over Southern Africa as […]

Iconic African Acacia Tree

Iconic African Acacia Tree

By Any Name, Will Smell As Sweet     News Flash! Africa’s Acacia tree is gone. Historic African Acacia tree, star of the African vista for hundreds of years and the symbol for many of Africa’s banks and businesses, is no more! But what can this mean? Another mass extinction theory? Eaten by worms? An […]

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