Ben West recounts the context of the bloody Anglo-Zulu War as well as describing his experience of visiting KwaZulu-Natal’s emotionally charged battlefields If you have seen the 1964 film Zulu, starring Stanley Baker and Michael Caine, no doubt you’ve wondered what it must have been like to experience one of the bloodiest battles ever recorded. The epic war film depicted the Battle of Rorke’s Drift, one of South Africa’s most famous conflicts in the Anglo-Zulu War, during which no more than 150 British soldiers successfully held off a force of more than 4000 Zulu warriors. “The film displayed considerable artistic licence,” said fellow passenger John Stephens on my Air France flight to Johannesburg, as we sipped Champagne and Cognac (I was surprised to see them dished out in Economy) over the Sahara. “That film is about five per cent accurate — and that’s being generous.” I was to meet a number of history enthusiasts such as John, who had read up on and knew South Africa’s military ..
Looking at how the weather influences our safari experience, Morgan Trimble explores the seasonal changes in some of southern Africa’s major attractions, including Botswana’s Linyanti Wildlife Reserve and the Okavango Delta, the Victoria Falls and Namibia’s Etosha National Park, emphasising the importance of considered planning Hundreds of hooves beat against parched earth, throwing a cloud of dust two storeys high as a huge herd of buffalo arrives at the water to drink. The thirsty buffalo join a family of elephants already cooling off with showers of muddy water. A group of zebra glare at the others, agitated but waiting their turn while a lone hippo basks at the waterline. In the distance, lion with full bellies laze in the meagre shade of a scraggly bush. They’re still digesting their last meal and don’t even glance up at the commotion. It’s the end of the dry season in southern Africa, a time of fighting for survival, and this scene plays out daily at thousands of waterholes acro..
Travel Africa reader Debbie Strauss goes on a journey to these two amazing countries. Exploring rainforests, coming face to face with gorillas and meeting some wonderfully hospitable people helps her to find her inner strength againOn the way to the airport, I could hear my heart beating. This trip had been playing on my mind for two years, and finally I was travelling as part of a group with an excellent guide from Eco Field Tours. For several years, I had been struggling to find some inner peace and to keep my inner fire alight. Let her talk, sing and dance again! Uganda, the ‘Pearl of Africa’, is home to residents with incredible human warmth, great biodiversity and lush rainforests. There are diverse landscapes to explore and a series of lakes that constitute the perfect habitat for birds as well as mountain gorillas and chimps. Rwanda, the ‘Land of a Thousand Hills’, is a fertile, mountainous country with tropical rainforests and amazing reserves, including Volcanoes National ..
Join Jane Livingstone as she takes you on a brief journey across the continent’s smallest nation, Swaziland, home to some of southern Africa’s most exciting culture and wildlife How do you explore a country only slightly larger than the Tokyo Metropolitan Area? As the crow flies, it would take you about an hour to cross the width of Swaziland by car. The roads don’t quite run that straight, but even following their meandering path, you are looking at no more than two hours. Despite its small size, Swaziland is frequently referred to as the nutshell nation of Africa. It encapsulates the culture and spirit of the region, containing everything you’d expect from a southern African country. Travelling by car means that if you blink, you’ll miss it. Walking across the Kingdom of Swaziland, however, is a very different story… Encounter breathtaking wildlife Most people travel to Africa for one reason — and that reason usually has big floppy ears or a long gangly neck. The exotic wildlife o..
Travel Africa Issue 76 – Autumn 2016 In this issue Transfixed by Ethiopia Lake Kariba Namibia’s ghost town Kenya’s keepers of the wild Bewitching Bangweulu Remote Ruaha Sail away to St Helena… and much more Buy this issue Buy a subscription Buy Digital only Features No lack of life Ethiopia’s Simien and Bale mountains are home to an incredible diversity of species. Graeme Green goes to see for himself Portfolio: Sands of time This collection of photographs by Michael Poliza presents the ghost town of Kolmanskop, half-buried in the Namib Desert Affordable South Africa Jack Southan tells us everything you need to know about how to travel here without breaking the bank A rough diamond The remote Ruaha National Park offers a great opportunity to see carnivores. Geoffrey Dean travels to this vast wilderness 50 shades of blue Lake Kariba is immense, scenically outstanding and rich in wildlife. Mana Meadows explores it in a houseboat Exploring Middle-earth Malawi’s Liwonde Nation..
Photo credit: Zute Lightfoot / lightfootphoto.com Mayu Mishina looks at the recent partnership between the African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) and ZimParks as they tackle the elephant-poaching problem in Mana Pools. If you want to see elephant, consider Zimbabwe’s Mana Pools National Park. The World Heritage Site is part of the Lower Zambezi Valley, which includes Zambia’s Lower Zambezi National Park. According to aerial surveys conducted in the last 15 years, more than 80 per cent of the valley’s elephant are found on the Zimbabwean side of the valley. Indeed, whether you’re driving down the park’s dusty roads or cruising on the Zambezi River along the park’s northern boundary, it’s not hard to come across a great herd of these pachyderms. They’ll be found under an acacia tree, stretching up their trunks to snag a tasty acacia pod from the branches above or swimming against the mighty Zambezi current on their way to one of the islands to feast on its abundant vegetation. But unfortu..
Tourists and foreigners are often warned about the difficulties of travel in Africa, particularly driving. But is this reputation justified or is it merely foreigners making a fuss, ask Niamh and Giles Sacramento Africa is perceived to be a continent of corrupt countries. Even David Cameron recently infamously described Nigeria as “fantastically corrupt” when chatting to the Queen. There is no doubt that corruption exists, as it does to some degree in most countries. But how does this actually impact on travel there? Everyone we met, either driving in Africa now, or who had done in the past, was adamant that corrupt police made driving in Africa a nightmare. If you have ever considered a road trip in Africa but are worried about corruption, please do not let these stories deter you. Our experience was hugely positive. We never once – really, not even once, in eight months of driving in Africa – felt that a bribe was necessary, or even that it was being requested. Bribery is not some..
Buffalo in Busanga Plains, Kafue National Park Reflections on life on safari, from Safari for Real guide and author Lex Hes It is crucial for Africa that the tourism industry does well. Eco-tourism, which is usually centred around wildlife tourism in and around the great wilderness areas of Africa, is vitally important for the employment of local people. The economic viability of tourism operations in Africa’s great wildernesses ensures the survival of these places. So it is important that tourists keep coming to Africa. However, tourism can be a double-edged sword. As particular places become more well-known and popular, so the numbers of tourists increase and we start running the risk of these high numbers of visitors destroying the essence of what brought people there in the first place. One of Yogi Barra’s quotes comes to mind: “Nobody goes there anymore, it’s too crowded”. Whilst the superficial reason for most people’s visits to Africa is to see the great numbers of wildlife,..
Explorer, writer and award-winning filmmaker Dereck Joubert tells Phil Clisby about his life, career and conservation efforts What was it like growing up in Africa? There is an edge to growing up here. You get a sense that you are on the edge, very close to the heartbeat of this continent where we were all born. I was always aware of that as a kid. What inspired you to become a filmmaker and writer? I wanted to understand the spirit of the place of my birth, and I had watched my brother enjoy adventures and I’d read about great explorers so I wanted to understand that allure. Once I started this journey, I wanted to use my creativity to speak to other people in the world about these discoveries and, more importantly, how to protect it all. Why did you set up Wildlife Films And become involved with Great Plains Conservation? Wildlife Films was set up in 1983 so that we could produce and distribute documentaries to the world. We wanted to use this platform to get deals landed with Nat..
Trying to decide what to do on the world’s most exciting continent is a challenge. Safari Consultants founder Bill Adams tells us his favourite places It never ceases to amaze me that there’s “always something new out of Africa”. I can vividly remember the first time I tracked rhino on foot in South Africa’s private Timbavati Game Reserve, walked among a herd of buffalo in Botswana’s Okavango Delta or saw the wildebeest migration in Kenya’s Masai Mara. However, my favourites stand out well above the rest: Best for kids – Kenya The non-malarial areas of South Africa are the most obvious choice, but being a safari purist I’ve gone for Kenya as my favourite country for a family holiday. My children were four, six and ten when we first went and it was a great success. You can achieve a good balance of safari, culture, activities and beach. Mobile phones, tablets and computers have little place here and you’ll be amazed by how they adapt to some quality time in the natural environment. • ..