On the lookout for big cats

Whether you are on safari in Africa with guides and rangers or whether you are managing a self-drive safari holiday, you will still need a keen eye to spot wildlife. Once you have spotted an animal sitting under a tree or skulking around the bushes, it can give you a real thrill to know that you are watching wild animals in a natural habitat rather than spotting them at a zoo or safari park at home. It does help to have at least a basic understanding of animal behaviour. Big cats are fundamentally lazy and will only really move if they are catching prey, so they spend most of their... Read More »

Enjoying a self-drive safari holiday

A self-drive safari holiday is possible in some of the national Parks in Africa, including in Kruger, in the north-east corner of South Africa. It can be a much cheaper option than travelling on organised tours and it also enables you to do things at your own pace. The best time for animal watching tends to be in the morning before about 11am and, later in the afternoon, after 3.30pm. There are strict speed limits within Kruger National Park – 50kph on tarmacked roads and 40kph on gravel roads and sandy tracks. Entrance into and out of the parks is very strictly controlled and it may take 30 or 40... Read More »

Safari Park or a Safari holiday – a million miles apart

You may have been to a Safari Park in the UK, where you drive around in your own car and see many wild animals but this is nothing like experiencing a real Safari holiday in South Africa. The two do not even compare and if you have been on a Safari holiday you will know why. When going to a Safari Park in the UK, the animals are never like they are in the wild, regardless of how company has tried to re-create their habitat, is a totally different experience to seeing them running around in the wild. Animals will always behave differently in a place where they do not... Read More »

The Nairobi National Park

For keen wildlife spotters who find themselves on a limited budget and maybe also with limited time, then the Nairobi National Park may well be worth a visit. Covering just 117 square kilometres, not only is it one of the smallest parks in the whole continent but it is also the only park which borders a big city, located less than 10 kilometres south of Nairobi city centre. If you are short of time, it is possible to book a half day excursion with one of the many tourist companies in the city. However, the best way to explore the area is in a 4 wheel drive vehicle, particularly if... Read More »

Tanzania in its Raw Beauty

Tanzania is one of the most popular African countries, especially for those seeking out spectacular wildlife. You’re able to witness incredible Great Migration in the beautiful Serengeti, while there is rare black rhino, hippo, gazelle and lion to spot. Tanzania has plenty of forests, swamps, lakes and grasslands, and you may feel as though you’ve entered the movie The Lion King. If you want to check out Tanzania, then the Lake Manyara is definitely worth a visit, while it’s home to herds of elephant. Tanzania is more than home to the big game 5, it’s home to exotic scenery, friendly local people and a stunning bush landscape. Make sure you... Read More »