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Natalia Alexandra 10 months ago
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Self drive african safari! One of the best holiday in my life! Perfect way to be close to the animals and the nature. I will be back one day.
Hi Natalia - sorry for the delay in responding! That looks awesome, and yes, there is nothing quite like being in the African bush on a self-drive! Hope you get to go back soon!
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Warwick Blow 1 year ago
๐Ÿ˜„ I think almost as high Victor Van der Taelen
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Sometimes it's not the animals that are the star of the show in Africa. In Sossusvlei it is without doubt the magnificent dunes, like this one, Dune 45!
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Warwick Blow 1 year ago
๐Ÿ˜„ yip, one big sand pyramid!
Its the towrr of Bavel?
For those wanting a unique experience, the beautiful Okavango Delta in Botswana is game rich, far from mass tourism and really a unique place to be! This is Baine's Camp, with only 5 suites, it is one of the more intimate hideaways!
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Cici Z 1 year ago
Thanks, Warwick! Might need your advice one day ๐Ÿค“๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜
Warwick Blow 1 year ago
Any time!
One of my favourite shots! This was taken just before complete darkness at a lake in the Okavango Delta in Botswana!
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Lyf&Spice 1 year ago
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Dreaming of being here right now! The beautiful Matetsi River House, exclusive use for up to 8 people.......who's coming with ๐Ÿ˜„
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Probably the least "famous" of the Big 5, but definitely one of the most dangerous when threatened!! The Cape Buffalo can weigh up to 1 tonne!
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Who would not want to sleep in this bed, in the middle of the African bush! This is the wonderful Swala Camp in Tanzania's Tarangire National Park.
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I love Africa, but like everyone there are parts that are really special to me. One of those parts is the Etosha National Park in Namibia, especially if you visit at the right time of year. Then it's a question of where to stay, and the two best options in my opinion are Okaukeujo Restcamp or the beautiful Onguma The Fort shown in this pic. It really is an amazing lodge!
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The dry season means everyone congregates around the waterhole! Here elephant, springbok and ostrich are all coming together to quench their thirst!
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Cameron Rogers 1 year ago
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How do you find socially and environmentally responsible safaris?
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Hi Cameron! Thanks for the great question. Fortunately by its very nature, photographic safari lodges are conservation oriented. There definitely are some for whom profit comes before the welfare of both the wildlife and the staff.
However, there are hundreds of lodges across Africa that do amazing work, both in terms of conservation as well as community upliftment. The development of protected conservation areas works best when they have safari lodges operating in them, as the lodges offer employment to local people who often previously engaged in poaching and hunting for survival. The lodges now offer opportunities to work in the lodges and towards conservation. The more money that local communities get from employment at lodges and camps the more likely the local community is to actively protect the reserves.
Many lodges go further than just employing people. There are lodges in South Africa for instance that outsource the provision of fresh fruit and vegetables for the lodge to local communities, thus creating new businesses and spending money locally rather than with big corporates.
In other areas like Botswana and Namibia you often see partnerships with safari operators who have the expertise and local tribes who have the land to create win win situations for both sides.
From a conservation point of view, people want to come and see the animals in as natural a habitat as possible, and by paying to do so, land that would otherwise be used for farming or poaching gets turned into conservation areas. This is obviously the immediate benefit. Beyond that many companies/lodges/camps have extensive wildlife programmes designed around conservation, from rhino protection to studying pangolins!
I could go on and on about the great work that gets done. If you are interested in going and want some specific lodges or camps, let me know if you have any specific country in mind and time of year you would want to travel and I will happily give you some suggestions.
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A male cheetah after enjoying a kill! Of the three big cats in Africa, lion, leopard and cheetah, this is the most vulnerable. It loses prey to many other predators and has suffered immensely from loss of habitat to farming.
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Ever wondered how you get to some of Africa's remotes safari destinations? This is how, in light aircraft, that land on dirt strips. Once there climb on your 4x4 vehicle and let the adventure begin!
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Part of a pride of young lions at dusk just before they headed off on the hunt!
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Jason Goldberg 1 year ago
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Hi there! Can you share a bit more about the sort of trips you organize? Do you focus in certain countries? More luxury or off the beaten path?
Hi Jason - thanks for the question. My focus is mostly on East and Southern Africa at this stage, although considering India in the future. I try and find the right experience for the individual, rather than just a cut and paste type safari. So for instance, someone who is coming out to Africa for the first time and only has a couple of days to see as many animals as possible I would probably suggest one of the South African reserves which offer slick operations and a good chance to see a wide variety of game. If someone has been before, has more time and really wants a full on nature experience then I would look more at somewhere like the South Luangwa in Zambia or Botswana. A lot also depends on budget, because often the more remote the more expensive things become. I find too many companies see safaris as cash machines and try and only sell luxury, but I believe there is something for everyone. I am not anti the luxury side at all, and promote a few top end lodges, but have to believe they offer something special for their price before doing so.
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Beautiful bull elephant with springbok in the background in Etosha National Park.
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Warwick Blow 1 year ago
Realised that I have not really ever done a proper introduction! I am South African born, British raised and spent the last 20 years running a company selling tourism to Africa. A couple of years ago I moved to live in rural England, but as they say, you can take the man out of Africa, but not Africa out of the man! So after a two year break I am back, actively selling trips to Africa. My focus is all about the experience. Too many companies just try and sell top end luxury safaris, but don't focus on experience, all the while chasing the money. I believe there is a great safari experience to suit every budget, and love sharing Africa with the world!
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If all the big cats I have been lucky enough to see, the leopard is undoubtedly my personal favourite. All the great cats are incredible, but there is just something about the leopard. This particular one was in the Timbavati Game Reserve, in the greater Kruger National Park area of South Africa.
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Sometimes safaris can be exhausting! Early mornings, days out in the fresh air, late nights swapping takes around the camp fire..... The best cure, time out in the beach, and what could be better than a beach like this one on the spice island of Zanzibar! Perfectly situated in the Indian Ocean just a short flight from the safari circuits of Tanzania and Kenya.
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Tinashe Mukogo 1 year ago
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Hey. Noticed you visited Zimbabwe on your channel. Would be great to hear your thoughts on how safe it was? And the online and media view of Zimbabwe vs what you actually experienced.
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Hi Tinashe - indeed I have visited Zimbabwe, many times (and my parents and brother were all born in Zimbabwe), and it is one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited. From a tourism perspective Zimbabwe is a tricky one. I have certainly never felt unsafe ever while there, however, the actual tourism infrastructure is not that great outside of Victoria Falls and surrounds. There are some great lodges in Hwange and Mana Pools, but again the logistics of getting there can be too much of a hassle or too expensive for many. And there is also the unfortunate level of poaching going on in the national parks. On the other hand this does make it a perfect destination for those who want to go to a less developed and less crowded destination. I really hope that in the not too distant future things will change and allow the whole country to open up again, as it has so much to offer.
At the end of the day, if a client asked me if s/he should go to Zimbabwe, I would almost always say yes.
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Salifu Nari Lovey 1 year ago
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McDom KHali 1 year ago
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Which place would you recommend for an Elephant safari and rescue camp?
Hello and many apologies for the late reply. When you say elephant safari do you mean a safari on elephant back or just a safari where you will see many elephants?

Somewhere that is "in between " and a lodge I would highly recommend is Camp Jabulani in the Kruger region of South Africa. You will not do any safaris on elephant back, but will have a lot of elephant interaction.

A lot also depends on budget, as somewhere like Abu Camp in the Okavango Delta would provide a real elephant back safari experience but it comes at a high cost.

And of course as with all safaris, when you were looking to travel would have a big effect on where I would suggest.

Regards,

Warwick
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Warwick Blow 1 year ago
OK, and I agree 100% with you, elephants are amazing creatures and I am not a fan of elephant back safaris! Yes , indeed, Elephant Valley Lodge and in fact the whole Chobe area is fantastic for elephant sightings with arguably the highest concentration of elephants in the world. I would recommend travel there from August to October for peak elephant viewing
This is great, also super relieved and started crying almost when I saw this. More elephants ๐Ÿ˜…https://theculturetrip.com/asia/china/articles/china-to-end-ivory-trade-by-2018/
How would you like to have lunch with this as your view? This is a common scene played out in front of the dining deck at Elephant Valley Lodge in the Chobe area of Botswana
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Beautiful male giraffe. You can tell the males and females apart by their horns. The male has "bald" horns and the female has fluffy.
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Jason Goldberg 1 year ago
Love your pics and adventures man!
Warwick Blow 1 year ago
Thanks so much, been travelling back from Tasmania, need to get back into no
Came across the group of Little Bee Eaters one morning while on a mokoro (traditional canoe) safari in the heart of the Okavango Delta. They were huddled together for warmth and making the most of the early morning sun!
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It might be the fastest of the big cats, but it is also the weakest, and because of that, the most threatened. Cheetahs are in serious decline due to habitat loss, a very small genetic pool and the inability to adapt the way say a leopard does.
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The Chobe National Park in north eastern Botswana is home to one of the largest concentrations of elephants in the world. This is one animal you can be guaranteed to see if you visit this neck of the woods!
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The mighty Victoria Falls, truly one of nature's great spectacles! Here in full flood the spray creates a mist that can rise as high as 800 m ( 2,600 feet) and give rise to its local name Mosi-oa-Tunya - "The Smoke That Thunders". It's also a great start or end point for many safari options!
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Alexander Netzel 1 year ago
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The lilac breasted roller is one of the most beautiful sights on the African savannah. As it flies the sun catches the iridescent blue wing feathers and lights of the scenery.
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Who needs fancy tarmac runways to land planes?? This is how it's done in Africa ๐Ÿ˜„ - the gravel strips make great runways and make reaching some safari destinations so much quicker, like this one at Keekorok in the Masai Mara in Kenya!
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Who wouldn't want to have a bed with a view like this onto the African wilderness. This amazing little resort only has 5 "room" on a tributary of the mighty Zambezi River. Amazing lying in bed at night listening to the hippos in the river and the elephants crossing between Zimbabwe and Zambia!
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We absolutely loved the Serengeti!
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Look at this little cutie with his goofy smile! Through many parts of Africa the coming of the rains triggers the annual baby boom, with many animals giving birth so their young get to start life with abundance. Case in point this little springbok born just as the usually arid Etosha National Park comes alive after the first rains.
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Even when you're not in a safari area wildlife abounds in Africa, on land and in the sea! Like this little chap sunning himself in a protection tyre at the entrance to the Victoria and Alfred Waterfront in Cape Town #southafrica
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This cute little guy is a reticulated giraffe, also known as a Somali giraffe. They are found in Somalia, southern Ethiopia and northern Kenya, this particular photo was taken in the Shaba game reserve in northern Kenya. There are actually four species of giraffe found across Africa! I love them all, but think the reticulated is probably my favourite.
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Warwick Blow 1 year ago
Pankaj Keswani thanks for the kind words - yes, all photos are taken by myself. I have been lucky to spend a lot of time on safari around Africa
Pankaj Keswani 1 year ago
Great!
It is heartbreaking to think that these magnificent animals are being slaughtered across Africa so that their horn can be used in certain Asian countries as "tonics" for a range of conditions, all of which have been proven are not helped with rhino horn. No one needs a rhino horn except a rhino!
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People go on safari to see the animals, but many end up as enchanted by the scenery as the wildlife! Who would fall in love with scenes like this one in Namibia's Etosha National Park?
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I know everyone (almost) likes lions......and.....well me too!! They are amazing creatures. These three sisters were just getting moving in the late afternoon as temperatures started to drop.
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How's this for a gorgeous bird? The Little Bee Eater in the reeds in the Okavango Delta in Botswana.
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Remember, on safari, it's the animals that have right of way!!
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Sometimes on safari you really get up close and personal with the animals. On this occasion this little guy decided he was going to come and explore our safari vehicle!! Isn't he gorgeous?
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It's not always the big animals that are the attraction! This colony of African penguins can be seen at Boulder's Beach in Cape Town
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Sometimes it is in the least expected places you find a great safari experience! Like this waterhole in the little known Mhkuze Game Reserve in South Africa's Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
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It's not always just the animals that are the attraction on safari, sometimes the views are just as amazing. Take this sunset in the Masai Mara for example.
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I love coming across these guys on safari, they really are magnificent. I am also amazed at how resilient they are, such huge creatures able to survive in some very hostile conditions, like this bull in Etosha in Namibia!
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